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Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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An enslaved boy, Wash, is brought on as an assistant to the plantation owner‘s brother, who is building a rudimentary hot air balloon. The novel is both deftly plotted & intensely introspective, both travelogue and fable. It‘s not a novel I loved intensely, but it did make me think, especially the ending, which defied my expectations. I‘m going to sit with it & wonder if my feeling of dissatisfaction/ambiguity is part of the novel‘s project.

Rebecca (Special) | Daphne Du Maurier
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So excited to make my #spooktober #tbr today! Looking forward to at least a few minutes of reading one of these (I don‘t expect to get through them all this month obv) after work ends tonight. I think I‘ll start with Rebecca because it‘s been on my list for literally years. 🙌🏻

BookDragonNotWorm I love Rebecca! Hope you enjoy it! 10mo
rubyslippersreads Rebecca is one of my favorites too. 10mo
Reviewsbylola Love Rebecca! 😍😍 10mo
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Anton I loved Meddling Kids! 10mo
LeahBergen Yes, definitely Rebecca! And try to get to The Haunting of Hill House. 10mo
DGRachel I loved Rebecca! Lore is on my list for this month. Jackaby and Meddling Kids we‘re both fun books, too! 10mo
CouronneDhiver Your writing looks similar to mine. 👍🏽 10mo
LectricSheep @CouronneDhiver I love all caps! It looks so clean and confident. 😀 10mo
LectricSheep @BookDragonNotWorm @rubyslippersreads @Reviewsbylola @LeahBergen @DGRachel Holy 🐮 Is Rebecca popular! Now I have even more incentive to get to it. 😀 10mo
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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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Here‘s my August reading wrap up in my #bulletjournal! I can‘t believe I read 20 books this month. #25infive really helped me hit a personal reading record. (The book I hated, I‘m sorry to say, was The Mere Wife, which I was so excited about I bought it on its pub day. Probably the worst read of the year for me.)
If you can‘t tell by my color scheme, I am so ready for fall. 🍁

LiteraryinLititz This is a beautiful spread! Thanks for the inspiration! 11mo
Andrew65 Well done and what a great presentation! 👏 11mo
Mindyrecycles Middlemarch! ❤️ 11mo
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LectricSheep @Mindyrecycles Slowly, but yes! 😅 11mo
mabell Wow that is just gorgeous! 😳❤️😍 11mo
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If you liked Hidden Figures. . .
Karen Piper grew up at China Lake, a rocket testing facility where both her father and her mother worked on the sidewinder missiles.
This book wasn‘t my favorite— it delves into Piper‘s adult life, which I found less interesting than her descriptions of China Lake. However, it did deepen my understanding of female “computers.”
Here‘s an excerpt published today on Nautilus: https://tinyurl.com/ybfrng69

LectricSheep Photo taken from the linked Nautilus article. Thanks to Netgalley for my ARC. 11mo
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Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet No. 29 | Kelly Link, Gavin J. Grant
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Remember zines? Did you know that Kelly Link edits one?
Lady Churchill‘s Rosebud Wristlet is published by Small Beer Press, who publishes Ursula K Le Guin, Kelly Link, and Sofia Samatar. I subscribed as soon as I realized it existed! $5 per issue— less than the chai in the photo. 😅

saresmoore Awesome! 11mo
readordierachel I've been meaning to check this out! Kelly Link is a treasure 11mo
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When you love a quotation this much, you put it in your #bulletjournal. I‘ve had so much fun on the launch team for this collection of essays on “the delights & dilemmas of the reading life.” She even has one on You‘ve Got Mail!
If you preorder a copy, you can get all the preorder bonuses (a copy of the audiobook, a class on “7 Ways to Get More Out Of Your Reading Life,” & more!). Just for today, it‘s half off at Books A Million— less than $8!

MicheleinPhilly Yeah the decorator‘s rule of thumb is bullshit. I‘m filling 3/3 of my shelves with BOOKS! 11mo
LectricSheep @MicheleinPhilly whenever I see that “rule” I‘m just like “so you want every surface in my apartment covered with bookshelves then. You want my counters, my couch, and my bed to be made out of shelves.” 11mo
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MicheleinPhilly Not a bad idea! Although I don‘t think my wife would approve. 11mo
DivineDiana Hello! I preorders the book from Amazon, but I don‘t know how to take advantage of the additional perks?!? Could you help? It was your post that influenced my purchase! 👍🏻 9mo
LectricSheep @DivineDiana Hi! At this point, because it‘s been a while, I would email the modern Mrs Darcy team: support@modernmrsdarcy.com. Let me know how it goes! 9mo
DivineDiana Thank you! 9mo
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A Little Life: A Novel | Hanya Yanagihara
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I started A Little Life a couple of years ago but put it down when it started getting too dark. I‘m in a different place now, so I‘m going to try again! I hear the language & characters are worth the heartbreak.
Usually, I don‘t pick up long books this close to the end of the month because I know I won‘t be able to count them in my monthly total. 😅 I know that‘s ridiculous, but it‘s true.
Also, shout out to the best pens ever: Pilot Juice!

Reviewsbylola It‘s definitely very dark. 💔 11mo
LectricSheep @Reviewsbylola Did you enjoy it? Was it worth it for you? 😅 11mo
Reviewsbylola I did and it was but it will definitely stay with you. I read it with @emilyhaldi and her mother in law so it was nice to have people to discuss with in the moment because it‘s definitely a downer. 11mo
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emilyhaldi One of my favorites ❤️💔 11mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Quite an amazing book, despite all its darkness. I think it‘s absolutely worth it. 11mo
LectricSheep @BarbaraTheBibliophage Good to know! I‘m about 1/3 of the way in so far. The writing is so precise, it‘s heartbreaking. 11mo
fleeting I cannot emphasize how much I loved this one! It does suck you into its ball of pain, but yes it is so worth it! 7mo
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“Human nature is universally imbued with a desire for liberty, and a hatred for servitude.” — Caesar, Gallic Wars
I‘m savoring my way through Tom Holland‘s Rubicon: The Last Years of the Roman Republic. It‘ll probably be a few more days before I can give a final review since I‘m taking notes and summarizing as I go, which makes the reading process take about 3 times longer than usual. But for really good non-fiction, I think it‘s worth it.

Every Heart a Doorway | Seanan McGuire
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If you‘re not sure about novellas, try the Wayward Children series! McGuire‘s stories follow children who, like Alice in Wonderland, fell out of our world and into a very different one. The doors opened because they needed them to, and they took the children to places that suited them much better than Earth did. But then, for many different reasons, they were forced to return to this world, and all they want is to find their doors again.

Addison_Reads Great review. These are on my TBR pile. I think it's time to move them up to the top. 😁 11mo
LectricSheep @Addison_Reads I went more in-depth on my IG page— I wish Litsy lifted the character limit. 🙄 But yes, absolutely read them! I think they‘d be great to travel with— they‘re so short and totally captivating. I‘d start with Every Heart a Doorway, then maybe Beneath the Sugar Sky and then Down Among the Sticks and Bones (not publication order, but I think they make more sense that way). 11mo
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It finally feels a little like fall! I went for a run this morning for the first time in a long time (let‘s be honest: a run/walk), and now I‘ve opened up all the windows and doors and am sitting down to enjoy some creepy Seanan McGuire.
“The Moors exist in eternal twilight, in the pause between the lightning strike and the resurrection. They are a place of endless scientific experimentation, of monstrous beauty, and of terrible consequences.”

Ashley_Nicoletto It feels like fall here too and I am into it. 11mo
MicheleinPhilly @Ashley_Nicoletto SAME. I took Pickles to the park for an hour and a half this morning. I just wanted to stay there. 11mo
DaveGreen7777 I just got her “Sparrow Hill Road” book in a recent book haul! Hope you enjoy this one! 😊 11mo
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It me! This is from the essay “Bookworm Problems.”
Somehow @annebogel (Modern Mrs. Darcy) is seeing into my soul with this collection of essays on the reading life.
Out Sept. 4. #idratherbereading

Texreader So true. 11mo
Melissa_J I love this 😊 11mo
EclecticBookLover @aroc definitely! Or make sure you give them to a friend so you can always re read them if you need to 😁 11mo
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The Hobbit | J.R.R. Tolkien
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Thanks for the tag, @CindyMyLifeIsLit !!
👧🏼 The Hobbit! My dad read it to me when I was little and I‘ve loved it ever since.
📽 What About Bob? with Bill Murray! Or The Silence of the Lambs. Very different films. . . Or are they? 😬
🎤 Cher‘s entire Believe album. I can sing every song thanks to the road trips my mom and I took.
⏰ It‘s almost too late! If you‘re reading this & you‘re interested & it isn‘t midnight yet...tag! #tuesdaytidbits

LectricSheep Thanks for the questions @JenlovesJT47 😀 11mo
JenlovesJT47 💚💚💚Silence of the Lambs is a masterpiece!! 11mo
ReadingsByTheC Yes! Love the Believe album. Of course I'm biased 😉 11mo
LectricSheep @ReadingsByTheC 😂 She‘s a great namesake to have! 11mo
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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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Tryin‘ to take fancy book pics & of course Otter decides he wants to model.
I just finished my 2nd Jesmyn Ward novel this weekend, & I can‘t imagine a future where she doesn‘t become a classic voice of the South. Her novels are violent, physical, surreal, & sometimes terrifying, but above all, they feel true.
Sing is my book club pick for this month— we‘re meeting tonight, & I hope everyone made it through! It‘s an intense reading experience.

merelybookish 😻😻 11mo
AlaMich I love the name Otter! 😻 11mo
LectricSheep @AlaMich Thank you! He‘s both playful and incredibly squirmy, so we think it fits. 😅 11mo
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CoffeeCatsBooks Great photo! 😻 11mo
DaveGreen7777 D‘awww! 😺 Otter is otterly adorable! (Sorry, I had to! 😂) 11mo
Nute Such a cute photo. Otter is adorable! 11mo
kspenmoll What a cutie cat! 11mo
kspenmoll Also agree with you about Jesmyn Ward😀 11mo
batsy Too cute! 11mo
aeeklund 😻😻😻😻😻 11mo
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Alright, enough adulting for the day. Time to read!
I‘m LOVING this crazy horrifying (sub)urban fantasy. A group of kids is “adopted” by a mysterious, cruel being they call Father who teaches each of them in their own catalogs— war, healing, communing with the dead, seeing all possible futures... you know, the things we all learned. When we meet them, though, Father has disappeared, the Library is off-limits, & no one knows what‘s happened.

heikemarie Love this one!! 11mo
LectricSheep @heikemarie Just finished— that ending!! 😭 11mo
Reagan-reads I loved that book! So bizarre. 11mo
DaveGreen7777 I agree! This book was bizarre but so refreshingly original! 😁 11mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit One of my very favorite books!! To me, it‘s one of those books that, when one of your friends says they didn‘t care for it, makes you feel, secretly, just a little sorry for them. If you meet someone who “gets” Char, you feel a kinship with them—they get it! It‘s a little like being in a secret society. I know—I‘m weird!! 😁 10mo
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Does anyone know of a fun #readathon in #September? I fell in love after completing #25infive and I want to do more! I know there‘s the #Screamathon in October, but...I don‘t know if I can wait a whole month!
The photo is of French Mallow up at Monticello (we went on a tour this weekend with my in-laws). I know the big draw for Monticello is supposed to be the house, but I love the grounds. ❤️

Zelma Very pretty flower! 😍 11mo
Librariana So #Boutofbooks is currently going on until midnight on Sunday, but in September, I only know of #Duodecathon (Sept 1-7). You pick one out of a list of 12 challenges so that by the end of the year, you've essentially completed all of them. It's intended to be a monthly readathon. Those are the only two I know of 😕 11mo
Librariana Rephrasing - Duodecathon is an annual readathon broken up into monthly installments 😁 11mo
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LectricSheep @librariana I saw duodecathon— it looks quite confusing! Maybe I need to do more research. 11mo
mabell Lovely photo! 😍 11mo
Beachesnbooks The R.I.P. Reading challenge is all of September and October--last year the hashtag was #ripxii and this year is #ripxiii I think. Sign-ups aren't up yet but they're on insta @perilreaders. Basically it's a challenge to read horror, mystery/thriller, dark fantasy, supernatural, etc type books during those months. It's fun, I've done it the past few years 11mo
Beachesnbooks Oh plus it overlaps with the #screamathon ! 11mo
LectricSheep @Beachesnbooks Oh excellent, I hadn‘t heard of that. Thanks for the heads up! I think I‘ll join in! I‘m so ready for fall. 😑 (edited) 11mo
DuskAngelReads Check out @readathon_guide on Twitter or Insta. It‘s a page just for ReadAThon info. There is also a ReadAThon Calendar linked in the bio of each. 11mo
TheReadingMermaid I always do a big readathon at the last weekend of the month 😉 11mo
LectricSheep @TheReadingMermaid thank you for the heads up! I will keep an eye out. 😀 11mo
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Behold the Dreamers | Imbolo Mbue
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Who knew that the Bakweri and I had so much in common? 😜
This is my first book finished for the #25infive readathon, and I am so glad I read it. The author‘s depiction of what American injustices can do to hopeful, hardworking immigrants like Jende and his wife Neni was so heartbreaking. I‘m sure this novel was powerful in 2016 when it first came out, but reading it in 2018, the year of “detention centers,” gave it a special resonance for me.

DivineDiana I agree wholeheartedly that it was heartbreaking, but the author did a good job of putting things in a positive light in the end. 11mo
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Hour 2 of #25infive was an #audiowalk along my favorite trail by the Rivanna River. Even though it‘s morning, it‘s so hot and humid already the photos look misty. Still, it felt good to get out and get moving!
I‘m not sure this book is the best one to listen to while walking alone down by the river. 😦 I‘m glad that people are always very friendly on this path— everyone always says hi when they pass each other. It‘s strange but sweet.

Reviewsbylola Lovely place for a walk! 11mo
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One-Hour Cheese | Claudia Lucero
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Settling in with my first cup of coffee and Behold the Dreamers for #hourone of the #25infive #readathon. I‘m so excited to be able to finally do this readathon this year!!

Ashley_Nicoletto Me tooooo! 11mo
GloVerdino Love your reading spot! 11mo
Andrew65 I did this last time but on Litsy (was it October?) it wasn‘t aware of it this time. May have to be a late starter! 11mo
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LectricSheep @andrew65 go for it! I just appreciate it as an excuse to skip all invitations to 8 am yoga because “I‘m, you know, doing a readathon.” 😅 11mo
Andrew65 @LectricSheep 😂👍 Sounds Like a plan. As I use Leio I do know I‘ve read 3 hrs 12 minutes since midnight. (edited) 11mo
LectricSheep @andrew65 ooh, what‘s Leio? 11mo
Andrew65 @LectricSheep An App that can track your reading. http://leio.co/?i=1 11mo
LectricSheep @andrew65 I‘ll have to check it out. Thanks! 11mo
RebelReader That chair looks like if I sat down in it, I‘d never want to get up!😃 11mo
Tamra Sooo comfy! 11mo
ladym30 What a great reading corner! 11mo
LectricSheep @GloVerdino @RebelReader @tamra @ladym30 thanks guys! It‘s a LaZBoy that I‘ve had since college (I jammed it into all four of my tiny dorm rooms year after year, believe it or not). It has seen a lot of books over the years. I love it very much. ❤️ 11mo
readordierachel Let me add to the chorus: what a cozy chair! Looks like it would swallow one whole in the best way. 11mo
LectricSheep @ReadOrDieRachel It can be kind of dangerous actually— I don‘t even try to read boring nonfiction there. 😴 11mo
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Anyone who‘s tried to turn a rectangular image into a Litsy-friendly one can feel my pain at trying to turn this guy into a square. 🙄
I saw this on IG, and I wanted to share it with you guys! Which ones are you? I‘m definitely the moody reader, the never-interrupt-my-reading, and the fiction lover. ❤️ #readingtypes

Melissa_J I‘m a moody reader, the talk about my books all day reader, and a fiction reader 😊 12mo
LectricSheep @Melissa_J Yes to mood reading! I don‘t know how people stick to a reading schedule. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 12mo
dariazeoli The never-interrupt-my-reading reader and the book juggler, for sure! 12mo
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LectricSheep @dariazeoli Woe to the human who says “I know you‘re reading, but could you—“ 🔥💥☄️ 12mo
Bronte_Chintz Love this! I‘m a fiction lover and a talk all day long about my book reader. Only Litsy friends listen though! 😂🙈 12mo
Bookgirl Oh dear. I‘m at least 7 of these 😬 12mo
Melissa_J Me neither! I sometimes make a TBR pile at the beginning of a month but I pretty much never stick to it 🤣 12mo
arubabookwoman Moody, which also makes me a juggler. 12mo
LectricSheep @Bronte_Chintz 😂 I know exactly what you mean. Yesterday I actually sat on my husband so I could show him the books I‘d bought without him running away. . . 12mo
LectricSheep @Bookgirl They‘re all good things to be though! 😁 12mo
LectricSheep @Melissa_J me too! What‘s that quote? “I love making plans. They make such a nice tinkling sound when they shatter on the floor.” 12mo
LectricSheep @arubabookwoman True! Those two do seem to go hand in hand. 12mo
Bronte_Chintz @LectricSheep 😂😂😂 I‘d have to do the same. I show him books and he just looks at me like I‘m an odd specimen in the zoo and then tells me “there‘s probably a movie about hat you know, why not just watch that?” 🙈😒 12mo
LectricSheep @Bronte_Chintz oh no! 😦 the horror! 12mo
Bronte_Chintz @LectricSheep I know! I‘m glad you feel my pain. 😂 12mo
Soubhiville I think most of these describe me sometimes! I don‘t underline though. (edited) 12mo
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The Mere Wife: A Novel | Maria Dahvana Headley
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A modern retelling of Beowulf from Grendel‘s mom‘s perspective where Heorot is suburbia? Uh, yes. So much yes. I‘ve always felt like Grendel‘s mom was the most interesting underrepresented character in the epic.

In case you‘re wondering what line my page flag is marking: “Earth‘s a thieved place. Everything living needs somewhere to be.”

MinDea Yes! 12mo
LibrarianRyan Ohhhhh. I‘ll will have to TBR this. A new book is coming out called Boneless Mercies. It‘s disposed to be a gendered swapped Beowulf. 12mo
NovelGirl82 Oh, I need this!!! Beowulf is one of my absolute favorites!! 12mo
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LectricSheep @LibrarianRyan I hadn‘t heard!! That sounds super cool. I‘ll be on the lookout for it. 12mo
LectricSheep @NovelGirl82 me too! I don‘t know why, but I feel like Beowulf doesn‘t get a lot of love from modern readers. That‘s why this retelling makes me so excited! 12mo
NovelGirl82 It doesn‘t! Even back when I graduated high school in 2000, a lot of the others in my AP English thought it odd that I actually enjoyed it when I did my report on it. My husband still thinks I‘m weird for loving it (he has so many things to think I‘m me weird for, though, it‘s ok 😬). It just fascinated me, though! 12mo
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You GUYS I posted my photo from Litsy on IG about buying The Incendiaries and R.O. Kwon commented hearts!!! 😍 I‘m so excited.

sprainedbrain 🤩 12mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage So. Cool. 👏🏻👏🏻📚📚🎉🎉 12mo
AmyG Ha! Nice. 12mo
mrozzz That‘s the best when authors respond 😄 12mo
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These are my best reads so far of #2018! (I‘ll post close ups soon. If only we had an option for multiple photo posts!)
Best Fiction: Free Food for Millionaires, by Min Jin Lee
Best Nonfiction: Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
Best YA: Piecing Me Together, by Renee Watson
Best Science Fiction/Fantasy: The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss (I listened to this on #audiobook, and it was amazing!!)
Have you read these? Did you like them? ☺️

SamanthaMarie LOVE Name of the Wind. I've not read the other though! Sounds like some good reads so far this year. :) 12mo
LectricSheep @SamanthaMarie Yes!!! I‘m listening to Wise Man‘s Fear now but like...so slowly. I‘m afraid once it‘s done I‘ll have to wait for another five years for the final in the trilogy! 12mo
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Heatherfeather Looooove your page layout 12mo
SamanthaMarie @LectricSheep Haha seriously!! I read Wise Man's Fear four years ago. And it seems like I will never get to read the conclusion 😂 They are really well written and stay with you. 12mo
ephemeralwaltz Loving this!! 12mo
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In the past 24 hrs, I‘ve been to the library twice & the bookstore once; here‘s the resulting stack. ❤️ I had to buy the Incendiaries after reading the NPR review this morning. I‘d expected to see a big, sprawling novel, but it‘s surprisingly small! As for the library, my hold on the tagged book came in today, and I couldn‘t let it languish. (Am I the only one who personifies the books on the hold shelf as adopted pets waiting to go home?)

bookishkris Oh, smart reader, checking out Blackout AND All Clear. I read Blackout and then had to wait for All Clear. They are so good, I wish I could read them for the first time all over again. 12mo
2BR02B The NPR review made me put in a library hold for The Incindiaries. Evidently others had the same idea, because there were already 75 people ahead of me. 😅 12mo
LectricSheep @bookishkris I loved Doomsday Book— I don‘t think the era of WW2 Britain (I think that‘s when these two take place?) is as compelling to me as medieval England, but I just love the idea of time traveling historians. 12mo
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LectricSheep @2BR02B I had the exact same experience. Hence the B&N trip! 😅 12mo
emilyhaldi Looks like you're set for a while! 12mo
LectricSheep @emilyhaldi We can only hope! 🙄 12mo
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All Systems Red | Martha Wells
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Another good reading month in the #bulletjournal. I love doing these spreads, although (as you can see) somehow I missed doing a full one for June— I guess I was too busy reading? 😅

Also, in case you love snarky sentient AI but haven‘t picked up Murderbot Diaries yet (the tagged book)— you‘ve gotta grab it. It‘s $4 on Kindle right now, it‘s a novella so you can read it in one delicious sitting, and it‘s absolutely fantastic. ❤️

wanderinglynn Very cool! ❤️ 12mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders My friend just brought me Free Food for Millionaires last night! Great to see it was a favourite in June! 12mo
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LectricSheep @Penny_LiteraryHoarders it broke me. I read it on vacation and was totally sucked in. I have to read Pachinko now! 12mo
kspenmoll Love your journal work! 12mo
LectricSheep @wanderinglynn Thank you!! It‘s so relaxing to do. ☺️ 12mo
LectricSheep @kspenmoll Thanks! I always get excited to show Litsy what I‘ve made when I do bookish spreads. 🎉 12mo
tammysue Looks great! 👌🏻 12mo
LectricSheep @whatshesreadingnow Thank you! 😀 12mo
BooksForEmpathy Wow! Loving looking at this!!! 12mo
Reviewsbylola You are super good at that! 😍😍 12mo
2BR02B Your handwriting is gorgeous. 12mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @LectricSheep oh great! I love those types of books!! 👍 12mo
callielafleur Wow, this layout is gorgeous!! 12mo
LectricSheep @BooksForEmpathy @Reviewsbylola @2BR02B @callielafleur Thanks guys! It means a lot to me that you appreciate it. ☺️ 12mo
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Bookish P 👏🏻 S 👏🏻 A 👏🏻

Today is the last day to get the tasty preorder bonuses for grabbing Anne Bogel‘s book of essays on the reading life, “I‘d Rather Be Reading.” It comes out on September 4, but if you order today through any online retailer, you‘ll get a free version of the audiobook (with Anne‘s dulcet reading voice), access to a class on getting more out of your reading life, and lovely digital artwork! #idratherbereading

LectricSheep Amazon link here, to make your life a little easier ☺️ https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0801072921/ref=dbs_a_w_dp_0801072921 12mo
DivineDiana Thank you! Just ordered it! 😊 12mo
LectricSheep @DivineDiana 🙌🏻 it‘s such a cute, fun book. I hope you enjoy it. 12mo
DivineDiana I‘m really interested in the class! (edited) 12mo
LectricSheep @DivineDiana I love her classes. I did the one on getting more out of your reading journal and it totally changed the way i track my reading! 12mo
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The Poppy War | R.F. Kuang
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“Oh, my next student is running 15 minutes late?” ::disappears quietly into Asian-inspired military fantasy:: I‘m tearing through this one! I couldn‘t get into Jade City, which was more Yakuza/Mafia inspired, but The Poppy War is definitely more up my alley. Only 70 pages left! I‘ll write a full review when I‘m done. 🔥

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Uprooted | Naomi Novik
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Here we gooooo I‘m gonna learn to crochet! Thanks @MommyOfTwo I can‘t imagine how much time and energy went into making these adorable (patterned?! How do you do a pattern?!) dishcloths. Thanks for the heads up about a good YouTube channel— I agree, YouTube videos are way easier than instruction booklets. And thank you for the books! I‘m looking forward to learning this new skill! (Also: your notecards have wax seals?!) #makerswap

LectricSheep @LibrarianRyan Thank you so much for your hard work on this extremely creative swap!! 13mo
LibrarianRyan I love crocheted hot pads! You lucked out. 13mo
MommyOfTwo Yay glad you like everything! I forgot today was the day. I need to go dig my box out of the closet lol 13mo
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LectricSheep @MommyOfTwo I was very excited.😅 I woke up and was like “TODAY IS CHRISTMA— I MEAN UNBOXING DAY!” 13mo
RadicalReader @LectricSheep wishing you the utmost success and happiness on your journey in the creativity that is In Crocheting 13mo
BookaholicNatty Yay!!!!! How awesome!!!! I agree You tube is a wayyyy better way to learn to crochet! You can learn almost anything on there. Even how to fold your underwear 😂😂😂😂 Uprooted has been such a popular book I know you will love it! ❤️❤️Happy Opening Day! 13mo
vkois88 So cute!!! I'm envious of people who can crochet. I can't follow the videos 😭😭😭 the best quality videos are usually for righties and I'm a lefty 13mo
tournevis Those are the best dishcloths! 💃🕺💃🕺💃🕺💃🕺 13mo
LectricSheep @vkois88 I never thought of the difficulties lefties might have in following hand-dominant craft tutorials! The book @MommyOfTwo included says it has instructions for lefties though, so maybe all hope isn‘t lost! 😀 I don‘t see it in the database, but it‘s published by Leisure Arts and its called “Learn to Crochet” 13mo
vkois88 I'll have to look for it at work... I generally try to stay away from yarn bc I know it can be a pricey habit. I used to loom knit. So I have toooons of yarn, and actually started weeding through it last year. Though it doesn't stop me from lusting after more!! Lol... I like to make infinity scarves. I just haven't made one in a long time. I think the last thing I made was for my daughter in October, a little hat 😊 13mo
LeahBergen Lovely! 👏🏻👏🏻 13mo
mabell I love those dish clothes! 13mo
MaleficentBookDragon Lovely package. @MommyOfTwo I‘m a new crocheter. I‘d 💕 to know who you recommend on YouTube. 13mo
MommyOfTwo @MaleficentBookDragon check out Finer Flux 13mo
UwannaPublishme Love those dish cloths! I'm a lefty like @vkois88 and had so much trouble as a kid when my right handed grandmother tried to teach me. Wishing you much fun and success! 13mo
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We are still in the process of getting rid of our IKEA bookshelf packing materials, but at least one member of the family really, really loves the cardboard the bookshelves came in.

knittedgnome Awe!! What a sweetie! 🐱😍 13mo
Bookzombie 💕🐱 13mo
wanderinglynn How cute! ❤️🐱 13mo
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mabell Oh my goodness too cute!😹😹😻😻 13mo
julesG You could DIY a scratch board out of the cardboard. https://iheartcats.com/easy-to-make-diy-cardboard-cat-scratcher/ 13mo
GlassAsDiamonds Oh wow - she could be twin to ours!!! 😻😻😻😻 13mo
Zelma 😂 I love how weird cats are. 13mo
CouronneDhiver Awww 13mo
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Library | Sarah Stewart
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Is anyone else currently in the #mmd “get more out of your library” class? 🤓 I love these little hour-long classes!

The Name of the Rose | Umberto Eco, William Weaver, David Lodge
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I‘m setting up my new bedside reading table in the hopes of incentivizing more books and less YouTube before bed. 🙄 Any suggestions for what to include on the shelves? I know I‘m going to make a mini “reading kit” with a pen, bookmark, highlighter... I‘m going to keep my reading journal there for sure... Not sure what else! I‘m open to suggestions. ☺️ What helps you read consistently before bed?

Zelma Good lighting is a must for me. Or my nook and charger. 13mo
LectricSheep @Zelma oh! Yes! A book light and kindle charger! Thank you! 13mo
rather_be_reading omg i love it! 13mo
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UnidragonFrag That's a cute shelf! I keep a charger, my kindle, a book, notebook, and pen on my bedside table. 13mo
Emilymdxn I always like to have a drink or water bottle near me when I read otherwise I‘ll be wondering if I‘m thirsty and up and down to get water or a snack every few minutes. Maybe that‘s just me lol! You could make a small space for a nice coaster for a tea mug or something? 13mo
LectricSheep @UnidragonFrag maybe what matters most is what I *don‘t* keep on it (I‘m looking at you, laptop) 😅 13mo
LectricSheep @Emilymdxn I‘m the same way! I should have a snack section for sure. Now how to keep my partner from eating them...🙄 13mo
LeahBergen Maybe a small stack of short story collections for when you don‘t know what you feel like reading? 13mo
Emily92Bibliophile Coasters for hot tea and/ or cold beverages ! 13mo
UnidragonFrag Oh yeah! And a coaster for whatever I happen to be drinking at the time. And lol yes, keep that laptop (& phone) away from yer bed! That's bad news for getting good sleep (I should know lol) 13mo
LibrarianRyan No advise. Love the shelf! 13mo
Librariana Some post-it notes/flags, lip balm, hand lotion... You've mentioned it already, but notebook or reading journal, a selection of fun bookmarkS (plural), a coaster for tea (or wine), a tin with some biscuits/cookies... a pretty candle! 13mo
Sarah83 A gorgeous bookish mug? ☺️ 13mo
saresmoore I always have something light and funny within reach. It‘s my favorite way to fight sleeplessness. Currently on the nightstand is 13mo
LectricSheep @LeahBergen good idea! I might go with essays, since I tend to read those more than short stories. 13mo
LectricSheep @Emily92Bibliophile I have handmade coasters a friend made as a gift a few years ago, and I feel like they would look so cute on here! 13mo
LectricSheep @UnidragonFrag technology is so ingrained in my habits that I once “tricked” myself into reading before bed by using the kindle software on my laptop. It was like my brain didn‘t care what I was doing on the screen, all that mattered was that I was on the screen. Kinda scary how habit-forming it is. 😶 13mo
LectricSheep @librariana all great suggestions! Thank you! ❤️ 13mo
LectricSheep @sarah83 it‘s hidden in the photo, but there‘s a mug behind that book stack— it‘s the “banned books” mug from Out of Print. So you and I are on the same page! 😁 13mo
LectricSheep @saresmoore I usually go for boring as my sleep aid. I pretty much always have a history book on my kindle that takes me more than a year to get through because I only read it when I can‘t fall asleep and almost always fall asleep within a few pages. Right now I‘m snoring my way through a bio of Julius Caesar. 😀 13mo
saresmoore That‘s a brilliant strategy! 13mo
LectricSheep @saresmoore now if only I could remember anything about the book. 😂🤷🏼‍♀️ 13mo
Mdargusch I need that table! It‘s so perfect. 13mo
LectricSheep @Mdargusch Pier One! But I did see one almost exactly like it on Amazon for $30 and almost bought it “so my table could have a friend.” 🙄 13mo
UnidragonFrag I completely feel you. I have the same habit in the morning with sitting on the toilet & looking at my phone for like 10-20 minutes. Which I'm doing right now. Which I need to stop D: 13mo
LectricSheep @UnidragonFrag 😂 I motivate myself not to do that only with the promise of coffee. 13mo
UnidragonFrag That's a pretty good motivator, but I'm also very lazy in the morning so my only coffee isn't until I get to work. And it's only mediocre and thus not a great motivator. I really need to start setting my coffee pot up the night before again. That seemed to help! 13mo
LectricSheep @UnidragonFrag yes, having coffee ready to go is key. my partner leaves for work really early in the morning and I‘ve trained him to leave a cup and a half for me. 😂 We have (grumpy, uncaffeinated) words if he drinks the whole pot. 13mo
UnidragonFrag XD I wish I could get my husband to do that, but I'm usually the one having to drag him out of bed ten minutes before we have to go. He has insomnia, so I always feel bad if he's actually asleep and I have to wake him up :( but also, he does that whole pot drinking thing, so it's moderately dangerous to risk making a pot in the morning lol 13mo
LectricSheep @UnidragonFrag Ah, the joys of marriage. 😂 13mo
Mdargusch Good to know! 13mo
Sarah83 Sounds pretty great 😍 13mo
RealLifeReading Cute table! 13mo
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Is there anything more inspiring than bookshelves waiting to be filled? 😍

Melissa_J Have fun filling those 😍😍😍 13mo
LectricSheep @Melissa_J My partner put the shelves together to get the “fire hazards” off the floor. 😂 Such a rude name for my book spires. 13mo
DivineDiana What fun! I have one in the garage waiting to assemble. My husband does not relish the task and unfortunately it is a bit much for me. Need to find an assembly service. 🤔 13mo
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Melissa_J 😂🤣😂 13mo
LectricSheep @DivineDiana My partner finds it relaxing, which is unfathomable to me. But I don‘t ask too many questions— I just accept it. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 13mo
DivineDiana @LectricSheep How lucky you are! 👏🏻📚👏🏻 13mo
Sarah83 Have fun decorating it. 😏 13mo
LeahBergen Sigh. 😍😍 13mo
cariashley Jealous!! 😍 13mo
rather_be_reading 😍😍 somebody is gnna have lots of fun! 13mo
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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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Trying to sort out my thoughts about this one in my #readingjournal. I read it in 1 day, a testament to its compelling plot. The last 1/3 of the book started to feel like endless gut punches tho— so many emotional lows piling onto each other. It started to feel like I was being...manipulated. Like Hannah really, really, really wanted to make me cry. 🤷🏼‍♀️ There‘s a time & place for books like that though, which is why it gets a “pick” from me.

DivineDiana Interested in what the remainder of your journal entry will say?!? 13mo
LoverofLit I'm on hold for this for my local book club July read! 13mo
rather_be_reading def a fav book of mine! also i love your journal 13mo
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Numbers Game | Rebecca Rode
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You know it‘s true love when your partner looks over, sees you counting on your fingers, and says out of the blue “are you worried about the number of months left in the year to hit your reading goal?” #hivemind #readingmath I‘m coming from behind for life reasons, but I‘m feeling good now that I‘ve got a best-case, worst-case, and middle scenario. 🤓 #27weeksleft #howistheyearhalfoveralready

RadicalReader @LectricSheep your partner as into reading as you are? 13mo
Ingerella You can do it! But either way, the process is the best part! 13mo
LectricSheep @radicalreader nope, but I‘m working on him! He mostly listens to audiobooks on his commute and gets through about 7-10 books a year now, though, which is pretty good! 13mo
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LectricSheep @Ingerella I‘d never have a shot at my goal without Litsy! 13mo
Ingerella Me either! I'm a pretty slow reader and before Litsy I was happy to get a book a month..I think last year I only read 12. This year it's only June and I've already read 26! Litsy reinvigorated my love of reading for sure! 13mo
Drnkpnkprincess I‘m so far behind my “goal” — but I did choose to double lasts years total read 🤭... I‘ll just be happy with the same amount or more than last year. I‘m also reading a lot of new authors (#thankstolitsy ) and genres I usually don‘t pick up. So whatever my number - I‘ll be happy. 13mo
Louise Oh, I wouldn't like the stress of trying to meet book goals like this! It would feel so limiting if I wanted to read a few huge books. So interesting to see how others are motivated, though. Good luck! 13mo
RadicalReader @LectricSheep that is phenomenal!!! I wish him much success and enjoyment on his reading journey 13mo
rather_be_reading 😂😂 13mo
SledgeReader I don‘t want to #blameitonkitsy butttt.....I lose a lot of reading time because I can‘t get enough Litsy time. 😂I think I‘m 8 books behind! I‘ve got some car trips coming though! Whew - a plan!☺️😬 13mo
LectricSheep @SledgeReader My Goodreads tracker is exploding with anxiety, especially since I don‘t update it frequently. “You‘re 3,908 books behind...would you like to update your reading goal?” But I keep telling myself that I thrive under deadline, so it‘s fine! 😅 13mo
SledgeReader @LectricSheep BIG goals. I may go to work and crawl straight under my desk to process that! 13mo
LectricSheep @SledgeReader maybe a little poetic exaggeration. Or wishful thinking! 😅 13mo
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Census | Jesse Ball
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Mailed my #makerswap (there are two boxes— I may have gone a bit overboard 🙄) today! I forgot to take a photo of the boxes, so instead have a shot of my lunchtime perch yesterday. This cafe has huge windows that open up onto a patio; if you can get a window seat like this one, it‘s the perfect reading spot. Has anyone read this book yet, by the way? It‘s a bit...strange. It‘s part of the #mmd summer reading guide, so I thought I‘d give it a try.

LibrarianRyan Yeahhhh 13mo
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Gosh do I love teaching the classics. (Also, there‘s nothing like a grid background to make you realize what janky angles your photos are usually at...)

Melwilk My freshman English students read this book as well. I love it 😊 14mo
Alfoster Yes, loved teaching this one!😍 14mo
Anton I read this book to impress a girl! It did not work. 😫 14mo
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Page flags don‘t lie: this was one of the most mind-boggling non-fiction books I‘ve ever read. ALL THE STARS!

Mitch Oh my goodness! 14mo
TrishB A well read book 👍🏻 14mo
Soubhiville 😲 14mo
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AmyG I just got this...because Costco. Yay! So happy to hear it‘s amazing. (edited) 14mo
Ashley_Nicoletto Oooo. Interesting. I have this waiting for me on audio. Might have to move it up to next. 14mo
vivastory @Ashley_Nicoletto I did this one on audio & found the narrator a bit dry. It was only the fascinating subject matter that got me through the audio. 14mo
vivastory I loved Harari's explanation for the potential genetic predisposition for storing sweets. 😄 14mo
Ashley_Nicoletto @vivastory Darnnnnnn. Maybe I'll give it a shot and if it's not working get my hands on the book. 14mo
LectricSheep @vivastory @Ashley_Nicoletto I tried this on audio too and wasn‘t initially into it. But then again, for some reason I can never do nonfiction on audio. I just zone out. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 14mo
emilyhaldi Love this post-it overload!!! #stacked 14mo
rather_be_reading i do the same thing! 😍 13mo
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Read it three years ago and found it forgettable. Had to reread for a new book club that has its first meeting tomorrow night— still forgettable. 🤷🏼‍♀️ Cool premise, love the world building— but for some reason, this just doesn‘t click for me. Maybe shallow characters? Watching the movie with my husband because he says “there‘s no way he can make it through 600 pages.” 😅 I‘ll cover for him.

rajithr RPO is mostly about the 80s nostalgia. For a book on console games and gamers, it could have been better. I thought the hero won the games very easily, without going through the gamers trials. 14mo
Anton There's a whole podcast (featuring Mike Nelson of Mystery Science Theater) devoted to making fun of this book. 🤣 14mo
LectricSheep @anton that‘s dedication! I‘ll have to go find it and use it to support my claims at book club. 😂 14mo
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LectricSheep @rajithr Yes! I think that‘s part of it, definitely. 14mo
Anton It's called 372 Pages We'll Never Get Back! I'm pretty sure for season 2 they did Cline's other book, Armada. 14mo
LectricSheep @anton Brutal! Thanks for the info. 😀 14mo
Nan2 What??? I‘m LOVING this book. I‘m so curious to know if it‘s because I‘m also a child of the 80s. Do you mind telling me if you‘re younger or older? 14mo
LectricSheep @Nan2 I was born in 1991, but I think I‘m pretty well-versed in 80‘s gamer culture! I think I “got” most of the pop culture references, but I‘m sure lots also went over my head. 14mo
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Illuminae | Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
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Real #booknerds go to the pool...and sit under the umbrella to write up their monthly reading stats. (Photo not taken today, sadly.) I‘m actually pretty happy with 7 books, in a month when I had to grade more than 100 papers and get married! But this month is already on track to be much more impressive. Hooray for #summerreading!

vivastory Congratulations on the wedding! 👏👍🎉🎊 14mo
LectricSheep @vivastory Thanks! I‘ll put up a good photo of the Hobbit copies we gave out as wedding favors once we get the professional photos back. 14mo
vivastory Nice! I love book themed celebrations! There should be a reality TV show centered on literary decorations. 14mo
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LectricSheep @vivastory how is that not a thing yet??? 14mo
vivastory Right?! I'd watch the hell out of it! 😄 14mo
Reviewsbylola I love it 😍😍 14mo
Centique Well done and congrats on the wedding! 14mo
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My #makerswap box came! 🎉 It is now hidden in the closet to prevent an attack of grabby hands.

MommyOfTwo I can‘t wait for you to open it either! 14mo
LectricSheep @MommyOfTwo I have to admit I stalked your feed a little bit to see if I could get any hints about what was inside 🙊 but you‘re like Fort Knox! 14mo
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I was so into the tagged book that I didn‘t see Otter getting real real friendly with the bedside lamp. We‘re staying at my fiancé‘s parents‘ house this week (we get married in their backyard on Saturday!!)— fingers crossed this wasn‘t somebody‘s childhood bedroom lamp...

LeahBergen 😬😬 I hope the wedding is still allowed to go on. 😆 1y
readordierachel Lamps were made to be broken 🙃 (And good luck with the wedding! Hope it's everything you want it to be!) 1y
Smrloomis 😂😂😂 hope the wedding goes well! 1y
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julesG There's a German saying: "Scherben bringen Glück" - loosely translated: broken china will bring you luck. A lot of people have a party shortly before their wedding day (a lot have it on the evening of the wedding) where friends and family bring old plates and cups and smash them on the floor (outside, designated area) to bring the couple luck. Soooo. It just means good luck! ? 1y
LectricSheep @ReadOrDieRachel @Smrloomis Thank you! Otter will not be helping with the set up, lol. 1y
LectricSheep @LeahBergen I‘ve always wanted to elope! 1y
LectricSheep @julesG 😀 that‘s so cool! I‘ve never heard of that. Thank you for telling me about that— maybe Otter is German! 😁 1y
DeborahSmall Congratulations and good luck 😘 1y
Suet624 Congrats!!!! 1y
mabell Congratulations! I love backyard weddings! (I'm a little biased - I had one 😆) I'm sure it will be lovely! ❤️❤️ 1y
asiriusreader Congrats!!! 1y
jfalkens Congrats 🎊🎉🎊🎉 1y
GypsyKat Hahaha! Congratulations!!! 🍾 🥂 1y
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The 5th Wave | Richard Yancey
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I find that my happiness increases in direct proportion to the quantity of ink on my hands. #makerswap #audiobook (this novel is perfect on audio if you like dystopian YA btw— and it‘s on #hoopla!)

Ashley_Nicoletto I loved it on audio as well! 1y
LibrarianRyan Ohhhhh pretty. 1y
kathedron I'm totally with you about the ink! The day just doesn't feel right until there's ink on my fingers (fountain pen, in my case). 1y
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The Name of the Rose | Umberto Eco, William Weaver, David Lodge
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Okay friends, I have to ask...does this get better? I‘m just under 100 pages in, and I‘m feeling a little overwhelmed by all the political nuances that the characters keep having long conversations about. I‘m here because the main character sounded like a 13th century Sherlock, but am I just going to spend the next 500 pages reading about which pope hates which religious order?

MicheleinPhilly I was utterly bored by this. 1y
LectricSheep @MicheleinPhilly well, shit. 😅 1y
gossamerchild I was also bored by it, unfortunately. 1y
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LectricSheep @gossamerchild oh dear. Thanks for letting me know! 1y
BibliOphelia I loved this. Am I am more of a history geek than I even thought? (edited) 1y
Faibka I hear you. I‘m still on page 50 I think and started to read other books so that‘s not a good sign 😓 1y
LectricSheep @BibliOphelia I‘d heard that it might scratch the same itch as Elizabeth Kostova‘s The Historian— have you read it? 1y
LectricSheep @Faibka I keep falling asleep! 😂 1y
Faibka @LectricSheep 😂 I feel better now knowing I‘m not the only one! 1y
BibliOphelia I did read and love ! 1y
BarbaraBB I liked it a lot but I also remember skipping pages that were not directly related to the plot! 1y
LectricSheep @BibliOphelia @BarbaraBB I think I will keep pushing on then— at least for a while! 1y
BarbaraBB It is a really good whodunnit mystery! 1y
BibliOphelia Hope it turns to love - but if it just never hits you, ditch!! 😂 1y
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For those of us who care more about the “why” of a murder mystery than the “how,” I can def. recommend The Devotion of Suspect X. I haven‘t read a lot of novels set in Japan and written by Japanese authors, so the new perspective is an excellent bonus. Starting the next one in the series right now! 🙌🏻

LectricSheep @Avanders @EvieBee you were so right— it was awesome! 1y
Avanders Yay glad you liked it!!😀 1y
EvieBee Yay! I loved this one too! So happy for you. 1y
rajithr I love Higashino, and Salvation of the saint is my favorite 👍 1y
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@Emiller my very sleepy boy Otter is sending you snuggles on this rough day. I know how hard days like this can be. Just do you and take care of yourself as best you can. 💙

Emiller He‘s precious 😻. Thank you ❤️ 1y
Reviewsbylola I would cuddle him all day! 😍 1y
AmyG What a cutie 💕 1y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Otter is the best name for this cat!! 1y
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Die, reading slump, die. ☠️ Will this be the book that finally kills it?

MrBook You can do it!!! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1y
Avanders Oooh I hope so.. I really loved that book! 1y
EvieBee Yes! This book is sumptuous. 1y
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Still Stuck | Shinsuke Yoshitake
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🌸 My student who cited Breitbart as a reputable source in his final academic research paper 🙄
🌸 cute stationery supplies! They have those adorable binder clips I never buy. Maybe I could use them as bookmarks...?
🌸 I‘m in a reading slump. 😅 That‘s part of why I‘ve been so absent on Litsy— nothing to post about!
🌸 Homemade meyer lemon-key lime bars. 🤤
Thx for the tag, @CindyMyLifeIsLit ☺️ @jesshowbooks #friyayintro

AlaMich Breitbart?!? 🤯😡 1y
LectricSheep @AlaMich Sometimes there‘s nothing to do but laugh. . . And then make them rewrite it. 😂 1y
AlaMich Did he get mad when you told him? 1y
Suet624 Definitely a good teaching moment. 1y
Texreader Aaargh-your no 1!! Unreal we need to teach kids nowadays about reliable news sources. I sure hope this was a good learning experience from you. 1y
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I‘m so sorry for missing out on so many fun Litsy things lately— especially sorry to @River_Voice my #freakyfriday buddy. But Cassie & I are reaching the end of our time together, and I haven‘t read much of anything lately. This past month has been filled with vet visits, new medications & subcutaneous fluids, but I think it‘s time to wave the white flag. She is so tired & uncomfortable. We have a vet visit scheduled for tomorrow morning. So sad.

AmyG Oh no. She looks like my beloved George..my first cat. I‘m so sorry as I know how hard this is. 😪 1y
LectricSheep @AmyG we joke that she‘s the “ur-cat” since it seems we see lookalikes for her everywhere! Thanks for your kind thoughts. 1y
asiriusreader Oh no! I‘m so sorry to hear this. Such a hard thing to go through with our furry family members. 💗 1y
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Mdargusch I have a pet wasting away from kidney disease and I do sub q fluids every other day. It is so devastating to watch them waste away. I‘m sending you a hug because I know exactly what you‘re going through. ❤️ 1y
LectricSheep @asiriusreader It‘s always hard. But it‘s what we sign up for! They‘re worth it. ❤️ 1y
Mitch Sending you lots of love 😽 1y
AmandaL ❤️ 1y
Skeebies05 Hugs 🤗 1y
LectricSheep @Mdargusch We‘re giving 100-150 ml subq every day, and she hates it! It feels like we‘ve tried everything. ☹️ the vet thinks it could be autoimmune. Let me know if you want any alternative medicine recommendations— we supplemented traditional meds with herbal stuff. It didn‘t help our girl, but apparently it‘s supposed to work for many pets. 1y
wanderinglynn So sorry 😥 She‘s such a cutie! I know this is such a hard time for you. Sending you {hugs} & love. ❤️🐱❤️🐾 1y
youneverarrived So sorry. Sending love ❤️ 1y
emtobiasz ❤️❤️ to your family. This is such a hard situation, and I'm thinking of you. 1y
JoScho I am so very sorry. I know the feeling and it is an awful one. Spoil her and love on her as much as you can tonight 🖤 1y
LectricSheep @wanderinglynn She is the cutest. Only 5 and a half pounds! She‘s definitely the runt of the litter. Thanks for thinking of us. 🐾 1y
LectricSheep @youneverarrived @emtobiasz @JoScho thanks guys. It helps to talk about it, so thank you for listening. 1y
swatreads So sorry..it's really hard.. Sending lots of love and hugs all the way from India❤ 1y
LectricSheep @swatreads Thank you! ❤️ 1y
NCNY Sorry for what you're going through. Hope whatever time you guys have together is full of snuggles and belly rubs. 1y
LectricSheep @NCNY Thanks for thinking of us. 🐾 1y
Mdargusch Does she have kidney disease? 1y
LectricSheep @Mdargusch we don‘t know. She is in kidney failure, but she‘s young and otherwise healthy, so we don‘t know why it would be CKD. 1y
Mariposa_Bookworm I‘m so sorry!!! Sending love and hugs your way! 1y
LectricSheep @Mariposa_Bookworm Thank you! 💙 1y
rubyslippersreads Sending ❤️❤️❤️ and purrs to you and Cassie. 😽 1y
RebL 💔😿 your priority is right where it should be. Lots of love. 1y
kathedron Please don't apologise: spending time with your lovely Cassie is so much more important than Litsy shenanigans! For a time we had a tabby friend called Seamus. It's devastating when they get sick. I'm so sorry you are having to go through this. Thinking of you and your beautiful girl. ❤ 1y
Librariana Oh, sweetie 😔 I am so very sorry you and your kitty are going through this. I know it's especially difficult to have to bid farewell to a beloved pet. Enjoy your time together with whatever amount of snuggles she's comfy with 💜 And treats, of course! 🐟🍪 Thinking of you and sending you loving energy 💖 1y
LeahBergen Oh, I‘m so sorry to hear this. Big hugs to you. ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
mabell I am so so sorry. 😥 I'm glad you and Cassie had a bit more time together. I will be thinking of you. 😞❤️ 1y
squirrelbrain So sorry to hear about Cassie. We went through this about 6 months ago with our Cola, and you know when it‘s time... Love her lots until then.... 1y
sherryvdh So sorry to hear this! Sending hugs! 1y
Nerdfins I am so sorry. It‘s never easy when our furbabies have to leave us, but try to remember all the happiness and love that you both shared. 💕 1y
JenReadsAlot I'm so sorry. I said goodbye to my Cosmo last Friday and it is so hard. Hugs to you. 1y
Smrloomis 💜💜💜 😢 1y
MicheleinPhilly ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
Jas16 I am so sorry 1y
JessClark78 I‘m so sorry. 😢❤️❤️❤️ 1y
dariazeoli I‘m so sorry ❤️ 1y
ocdIrene I‘m so sorry. Those decisions suck, but you‘re making her comfort your priority, which matters. 1y
rabbitprincess Thinking of you and Cassie ♥️♥️ 1y
BookNAround I‘m so sorry. It‘s so hard even though it‘s the most loving thing you can do for her. 1y
Melissa_J I‘m so sorry. Thinking of you and Cassie, and sending you hugs. 1y
rohit-sawant I'm so sorry to hear. 🙁💜 1y
megt I‘m so sorry. Sending hugs. 💕 1y
OrangeMooseReads I‘m so sorry 😿 that is one of the hardest decisions to make 1y
Yellowpigeon I'm so sorry. 💔 1y
irre 💕 1y
batsy I'm so sorry 😔 1y
TricksyTails I‘m so very sorry. 😔 Hugs and love to you. ♥️♥️♥️ 1y
4thhouseontheleft I‘m so sorry. 💕💕 1y
CoffeeK8 I‘m so sorry to hear this 💕 1y
PurpleyPumpkin I‘m so sorry 💜 1y
MaleficentBookDragon I am so sorry. Cherish the time you have left. 😿 1y
MommyOfTwo 😢 1y
emmanoble I‘m so sorry, Mirabella. Sending you hugs & love ❤️ 1y
Susannah It‘s one of the hardest decisions to make, but you know when it‘s time. I‘m so sorry. 1y
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Red Rising | Pierce Brown
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Just finished Red Rising after letting it languish on my Kindle for months. It‘s been EXACTLY what I need right now: all plot and pacing and more than a little gore. It‘s been strangely enlightening to read it next to this biography of Julius Caesar, especially given all the novel‘s references to the classical era.

Girls Burn Brighter | Shobha Rao
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@emmanoble you wonderful human! I got your first box a few days ago and wrote you a thank you that went in the mail on Monday, not realizing that you in Australia won‘t get it for approximately a thousand years. I hope this was a processing error, and you didn‘t think that I didn‘t get my first box! Let me know if I need to talk to amazon and get you a refund, or if we just stumbled on an infinite books hack! 😜

LeahBergen Let me in on that hack. 😂 1y
LectricSheep @LeahBergen I know right?! 1y
emmanoble I had a feeling this would happen! 😂 I got an email from Amazon a few days ago saying it was lost in the mail because of the crazy weather & they offered a free replacement. I was thinking wouldn‘t it be funny if two showed up now. 😂 I guess you can do what you like with the extras since they were free!! 1y
LectricSheep @emmanoble Now you have discovered the craziness that is the Charlottesville post office. Is it okay if we offer them as a giveaway? 😀 1y
emmanoble Yes, definitely!! Yayy for free books! 😊 1y
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🎉🎉🎉 this is such an awesome idea! I signed up last night.

Link here: https://goo.gl/forms/IvlPckdawq9uO0Iu2

Props to @LibrarianRyan for coming up with such a great idea. #makerswap

mabell Yay! I'm really tempted! But I'm trying to figure out if I make anything worth sharing 😂 1y
LectricSheep @mabell I make cards, so they are by default always shared— even if they‘re totally deformed. 😂 What do you make? 1y
mabell @LectricSheep That's what I'm trying to narrow down! I dabble a lot, but there isn't anything that's "my thing." I do a bit of letterpress, but I don't know what my match could make. I'm still giving it some thought. I like yours! Cards would be perfect. ❤️ 1y
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LectricSheep @mabell Whoa, letterpress! I don‘t know anything about that. But I imagine you need a lot of tools? 1y
DiruVamp What a cute idea! 1y
mabell @LectricSheep Generally yes, you do need the big press, so mine is a kind of faux letterpress. I made a substitute press with a pasta machine. 😆 1y
julesG I'm still undecided. I make a lot of different things, but knitting is my favourite hobby, besides reading. Just don't think I want to force knitting needles onto someone who hates knitting. @mabell Neat idea! Will have to steal this idea of using a pasta machine. 1y
mabell @julesG Do! And let me know what you think! 1y
LectricSheep @mabell A pasta machine— genius! 1y
LectricSheep @julesG I feel like anyone who participated in this swap would be happy to have a beginners‘ knitting project to work on! It seems like that‘s part of the fun. 😁 1y
julesG @LectricSheep I think you just sold this swap to me. 😁 1y
LectricSheep @julesG 🙌🏻 mission accomplished! 1y
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