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RaimeyGallant

RaimeyGallant

Joined April 2017

LibraryThing member RaimeyGallant

This writer is a reader. Here is the compilation of Litsy tips some of us put together: https://raimeygallant.com/2017/10/31/litsytips/
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To all the new Littens out there, Litsy created 2 new accounts to help you find accounts to follow. Click on @TheBestofLitsy and @BestOfLitsy to get to them. To stay up to date, I also recommend following @LitsyHappenings @LitsyPenPals @LitsyWelcomeWagon @Litsy @LitsyGetsGraphic @LitsyBuddyRead @LitsyGoesPostal

BookwormAHN Thanks for the heads up 🌺 1d
julesG Interesting! 1d
emz711 Fun! 1d
Geeklet Oh neat! 1d
TheAromaofBooks Thank you!! Super helpful!! 1d
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Small Great Things | Jodi Picoult
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I'm struggling to write a one-size-fits-all review. I think many will benefit from reading this, because it shows a character arc from denial of their own biases and privilege to acknowledgment. This said, the Turk POV chapters (based on interviews with former white supremacists), while enlightening, are a trigger minefield. Overall, a moving and well-realized story with minor logic issues.

Booknerd2 Nice review!!! I loved this book. I hope the movie does it justice. 4d
RaimeyGallant @Booknerd2 Thanks! I didn't know there was a movie coming out. Cool. :) 4d
Booknerd2 @RaimeyGallant Yes!!! I believe Reese Witherspoon bought the rights. I‘ve heard Viola Davis is main character and Julia Roberts, her lawyer. 4d
Tanisha_A Nice review! I have read only one Picoult as of now, which I liked (Leaving Time). Hope to read more some day! 4d
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Milkman | Anna Burns
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Fave read of the year so far. Just when you think no one could ever find a new way to tell a story, a story like this comes along, and you get addicted to the rhythm of it, and then it's over, and you wish it had twice the number of pages it did. About a young woman being preyed upon by a "renouncer" during the Irish Troubles, and holy cow is it enlightening.

Suet624 I bought this book at Christmas and it sits on my bedside table. I so want to start reading it. And yet I keep being enticed by library books and bookclubs and I just can't seem to get to it. Gah!! First world problem, for sure. I'm so glad to hear how much you liked it. 1w
RaimeyGallant @Suet624 Drop everything and read this book. It's that good. :) 1w
Theaelizabet I‘ll be shocked if this isn‘t my number one book for the year. At the end I had a hard time giving up the narrator. 1w
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LeahBergen I really need to read this! 👍🏻 1w
batsy @Suet624 Let's do it! I have it now and I'm dragging my feet as well. Maybe we can nag at each other? 😂 7d
batsy Great review 👍🏽 7d
Suet624 @batsy yes! Let‘s! One of my sons is getting married in a few weeks in Colorado and I‘m trying to decide whether to bring it with me for the weeklong event. 6d
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Word Painting | Rebecca Mcclanahan
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Valuable for writers who want to write more descriptively & worth reading for the examples alone. Def new takeaways for me. My complaints: 1) the author, at times, forced quotes about writing into arguments they weren't well suited to 2) I accidentally read an older edition & can't speak to whether the non-woke passages were revamped in the latest.

Since I forgot to take a pic of the book, a little free library I came across this past winter. :)

Clutterbucks_Queen This so cute! What a lovely idea! 😍 5d
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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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ALL THE STARS. I wholeheartedly add my name to the list of people who have recommended this memoir, which, by the way, happens to include both Barack and Michelle Obama, Bill Gates, and Ellen DeGenerous.

baes ❤️ For the longest time I assumed so much from the title, and kept looking past it. It was so much more than I expected. 1w
LoverofLit Such a great read. I had to furiously Google everything about her and her family after to make sure she's ok. 1w
smilingshelves This is my book club book for this month. I'm impatiently waiting for my library hold to come in! 1w
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RaimeyGallant @baes Same. @LoverofLit I did the same thing! @smilingshelves It'll be worth it! 1w
teainthelibrary Simultaneously terrifying and inspiring! I couldn‘t put it down. 1w
rwmg My book club's choice for August 1w
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Philosophy Bites | David Edmonds, Nigel Warburton
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The philosophy topics addressed in this book, chapter by chapter, are edited transcripts of podcast episodes, and I think some of them could have done with a little more editing for clarity. The farther into the book I read, the less decipherable these modern-day thinkers' thoughts were. My recommendation: read the first half; skip the latter.

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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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Sorry for going dark for a while, folks!

Didn't think it would be possible, but I love this book even more than her debut. It's set a year after the events of The Hate U Give, same fictional neighborhood, different cast of characters. Not only are the story and voice terrific, but through the protag (aspiring rapper Bri), Thomas believably recreates the thought process that goes into writing lyrics, and every time she did, I was like, wow.

Captivatedbybooks Just ordered this from #botm 2w
RaimeyGallant @Captivatedbybooks I hope you love it as much as I do! 2w
readordierachel Welcome back! 2w
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MrBook Heeey! You‘re back! 🙌🏻 2w
LeahBergen Hello! 👋🏻 2w
RaimeyGallant @LeahBergen @mrbook @leahbergen *waves frantically, runs into group hug* Hi! I've finished editing for the moment, so way more time to be on Litsy, yea! 2w
Trashcanman I truly like your eye for taking photos. 2w
GatheringBooks looks great indeed! 2w
Erofan I'm glad you're back! 🤗 2w
RaimeyGallant @Erofan Thank you!!! 2w
Graywacke Nice to see you posting again. Congrats on finishing your editing (for now?) 1w
RaimeyGallant @Graywacke Thanks! lol, exactly: for now. Lots of big news coming soon. Can't wait to share! 1w
Graywacke @RaimeyGallant sounds like it will be really awesome news. !! 1w
HOTPock3tt This was probably my fave read of 2019 so far... (edited) 1w
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This author is so funny! A thorough look at what life was like in 1988 Northern Ireland as a member of a police service with a super high mortality rate. The writing style is a fresh take on hard-boiled detective fiction. The mystery is well-plotted and mostly solvable by the end. He lost a few sensitivity points, but I'm not sure every reader will clock them as such. I will read more of this series.

Andrew65 A small group of us are reading the second book in this series, I Hear The Sirens in the Street, from 22nd February. Pleased to hear the series holds up. #AdrianMcKintyBuddyReaf @Tove_Reads @EadieB (edited) 3mo
RaimeyGallant @Andrew65 Fun! I'll add it to my list. 3mo
gradcat What a fantastic title!! 2mo
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Trashcanman Where ya hiding? 2mo
RaimeyGallant @Trashcanman You're so sweet for checking in. I'm in revision mode. I'm reading but not much right now. I'll be back April 8 at the latest! 2mo
Shannahherl Even the title has got me laughing already! 2mo
NoShushing All of his titles in this series are lyrics from songs by Tom Waits. Love him!! 2mo
RaimeyGallant @NoShushing I had no idea! Thanks for the info! 2mo
RaimeyGallant @JohannaRose Hi! To reply to me, you don't have to tag me on my own comments. 4w
JohannaRose Awesome! Thank you so much for clarifying and helping me out! 😊 4w
RaimeyGallant @JohannaRose My pleasure! 4w
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A 2003 anthology on the topic of public humiliations experienced by authors and poets while being authors and poets. Essays by Margaret Atwood, Chuck Palahniuk, and Alan Werner are among my favorites. Read what interests you; skip the rest, because not all of these essays are particularly good or particularly inoffensive.

Vivlio_Gnosi I'm mortified by the amount of snow where you're at! =-O 3mo
Vivlio_Gnosi However, those gloves are quite stylish. 3mo
RaimeyGallant @Vivlio_Gnosi I was just talking about how much snow we have! The mittens are homemade from the grandmother of an old boyfriend. I miss her. :) 3mo
Vivlio_Gnosi Too much snow!! (Personally, I hate the cold) 3mo
Vivlio_Gnosi Awww, that's super cool! 3mo
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An author's story of mortification: "Killing time in the precinct, I find a copy of one of my early volumes in a dump-bin on the pavement outside the charity shop. The price is ten pence. It is a signed copy. Under the signature, in my own handwriting, are the words. 'To mum and dad'." ~Simon Armitage ?

merelybookish 😂😂 3mo
Crazeedi Lol!😉 3mo
sarahbarnes Omg! 😳 3mo
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LeahBergen 😆😆😆 3mo
rwmg 🤔🙄😥 3mo
ByChallaF Man i would just die and cry and die again 3mo
Cathythoughts I love this picture ❄️❄️❄️ 3mo
RaimeyGallant @Cathythoughts Aw, shucks. :) 3mo
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Still Water | Amy Stuart
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Cool premise: an on-the-run domestic abuse survivor works as a P.I. trying to find missing women. Out-of-the-box red herring. The wrap-up for this, the second mystery in the series, leaves me intrigued about where this could possibly go for book three. Logic snagged a few times, but the plot did make sense.

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My heart is still warmed by the surprise Valentine's gift I received from @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego :) I just ordered a little something for you, too, Danielle, so look out for book mail from me in March!

JoScho What a fun package ❤️ 4mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego You're adorable! Litsy book buddies are the best! 💕📚💕📚💕 I love the chocolate man, always makes me crack up when I see them in the store. Hope you like the book, Hosseini is a fantastic story teller. 4mo
RaimeyGallant @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I just decapitated the chocolate man. No regrets. 4mo
Stacypatrice Chocolate Men are the best 🥰 4mo
Turbovelcro-1 Kite runner ❤️ 3mo
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Look at my book mail surprise! It's all I can do to not put down my phone right now and rip everything open. Thank you so much @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I'm feeling the book love. :)

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego 💕💕💕💕 4mo
emilyspimily Do you have a book pen pal? This is so fun!! 4mo
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Wise words from this fictional UK doctor: "I don't believe in fundraising for public services. The government would love that, making us raise all our own cash from bloody jumble sales. They need to fund the NHS properly from taxes, not sell it off to their fat-cat mates in private health care."

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What a book! What a life. Can't wait for the adaptation starring Lupita Nyong'o as Trevor Noah's mom. Highly recommend the audiobook version of this. #audiobooking #audiobooks

hermyknee Ooooh I didn‘t know there was going to be an adaptation!! 4mo
RaimeyGallant @hermyknee I can't figure out when, though. 4mo
Canndor Thanks for the recommendation! I love listening to this type of audiobook when the author reads it. 4mo
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readordierachel So good! 4mo
LoverofLit One of my favorite reads. I love his standup too! 4mo
RaimeyGallant @Canndor This one won't disappoint. :) 4mo
SleepyDragon My favorite part of this pic is the Obama book photobomb. Lol 4mo
RaimeyGallant @NeesyBeth I didn't even see him sneak in the shot! 4mo
hhavel Thanks for the encouragement! Also, many thanks for your Litsy help tips. They help a lot. 4mo
ApplesandSpindles I listened to the audio for this and it was fantastic! He won the award for non-fiction audio of the year and it was so well deserved. 4mo
RaimeyGallant @ApplesandSpindles I didn't realize that! 4mo
ShyBookOwl I listened to the audio twice in a row! I had no idea there was an adaptation coming! I've said his middle school and high school years would be a GREAT Netflix series lol 2mo
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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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My mom: Guess who's coming to Winnipeg?
Me: Rod Stewart? (she loves Rod)
Mom: No. Barack Obama. Do you want me to try to get tickets?
Me: *squeals a moment, then pauses* Too bad it isn't Michelle, though.

JK JK JK! Hope we get tickets!!!

In other news, it's -49C with the windchill in Winnipeg right now, but nobody tell Barack, or he might not come. I win #ColdestLittenInTheWorldContest!

Lindy Great news about Obama. Shocking news about the temperature. 😳 4mo
RaimeyGallant @Lindy Yes, shocking to my lungs especially, every time I go outside and try to breathe. 4mo
Lindy @RaimeyGallant I know what you mean about breathing in those temperatures, from previous experience. We have been so lucky in Edmonton with our warm winter so far. 4mo
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TheBogwitch Damn, I miss those two. ☹️ 4mo
Graywacke Cool !! (-49 is insane, though.) 4mo
RaimeyGallant @Lindy Let me know if you break my coldest-Litten record. ;) 4mo
RaimeyGallant @Graywacke Yes, yes it is. 4mo
julesG -49°C that's terribly cold. 4mo
Lindy @RaimeyGallant OK… but I hope I won‘t. 4mo
britt_brooke 🥶 4mo
JacqMac Brrr I am not missing those extra cold temps either. I‘m very much enjoying our almost sane winter here. Stay warm! 4mo
batsy Oh my... January in Winnipeg 😰🥶😰🥶 Stay toasty! 4mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I'm going to see Barack too!! 4mo
RealBooks4ever Hope you get those tickets! 😍 4mo
Suet624 Brrrrr.... and Yayyyyyy 4mo
ReadingsByTheC That is super cold! Stay warm. 4mo
JennyM 😆😆😆 4mo
Traci1 Hope you can get the tickets!! 4mo
Clare-Dragonfly I heard that it‘s colder in Winnipeg than at the North Pole today! 4mo
Scochrane26 That‘s so cool—hope you get to go! 4mo
CouronneDhiver Fun! It‘s totally ridiculous out there ... 4mo
RaimeyGallant @Clare-Dragonfly That's scary. 4mo
RaimeyGallant UPDATE: -51 C with the windchill. 4mo
kstadt929 It was -51 F with the windchill at 7 am here 🥶🥶🥶 Also jealous you are seeing Barack ❤️ I‘ve seen him in person once and he is a great speaker 4mo
RaimeyGallant UPDATE: GOT THE TICKETS!!!!!! 4mo
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A funny excerpt from a piece of writing being examined in this writing craft book.

"Dear Abby: My wife sleeps in the raw. Then she showers, brushes her teeth and fixes our breakfast--still in the buff. We're newlyweds and there are just the two of us, so I suppose there's really nothing wrong with it. What do you think?--Ed
Dear Ed: It's O.K. with me. But tell her to put on an apron when she's frying bacon."

GingerAntics 🤣😂🤣 4mo
simpledutchgirl 😂hilarious! 4mo
shawncapito 🤣🤣🤣 4mo
Post---OAP Thank you for the information concerning Litsy and Littens! Very helpful. 4mo
RaimeyGallant @Post---OAP My pleasure! 4mo
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Through visiting passages of The Great Gatsby at various stages of edit (inc. the back-and-forth between Fitzgerald and his editor), and through accounts of editing processes from other known authors, the moral is that there are many ways to self-edit; authors can use this book to shop for the one(s) best suited to them. Bell also breaks down macro- and micro-editing concerns. I caution taking her advice in the language subset too much to heart.

readordierachel This sounds great, and love the picture! 4mo
Trashcanman I think you and @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks take the best pictures on Litsy. You both have a real eye for photography. 4mo
RaimeyGallant @Trashcanman Wow! Thank you! It's all in the filters. :) I have a terrible phone camera. 4mo
Trashcanman @RaimeyGallant non the less there's creativity there. Your work is beautiful. 4mo
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Because a woman disappears in 1976, her neighbors are forced to think back on the 1967 events that led to the disappearance. When I realized how integral to plot the protagonist's search for God was, I was tempted to DNR this, but ultimately decided that the voice delivered by Cannon made the book worth reading. The voice is stupid good.

Tamra I really enjoyed her distinctive voice in this one! 4mo
Kaye I really loved this on audio. I don‘t DO religious books either. I don‘t really think that‘s what the aim is. I think it‘s more of 2 little girls trying to decipher LIFE and why things happen and for what reasons. If it would‘ve been churchy I wouldn‘t have read it. (edited) 4mo
RaimeyGallant @kaye Really good points. The author's point with the religious stuff was a little fuzzy in the end, in my opinion. 4mo
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Coleen_Nieto I really enjoyed this one! 4mo
NikkiLeeTaylor Thank you for your msg and welcome. I wasn‘t sure how to reply in the msg! Lol 4mo
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If you've ever had a fleeting fantasy about killing your boyfriend or your sister's boyfriend or your friend's boyfriend, this is the catharsis for you. Thoughtful structure, great voice, powerful story. Dear publishers: more #ownvoices crime fiction please.
Which #ownvoices read is next on your TBR?

suzisteffen YES more #ownvoices crime fiction! Thank you for the post and the request too. 4mo
thewallflower0707 I SO need to buy this!! 4mo
RiotousReads I‘m in the middle of this one, and it‘s awesome! 4mo
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Jcunning I‘ve seen this book recommended many places. Sounds intriguing! 4mo
Angitron Reading this one right now! 4mo
shanaqui I sort of didn't like the sound of this when it was described as "funny 4mo
shanaqui ...and "satire", two things I don't usually 'get'. You make me want to give it a try. (Sorry half of this posted before I finished!) 4mo
Godpants This one was super fun. 4mo
MarriedtoMrT I LOVED this one. The audio is amazing. 4mo
MarriedtoMrT @shanaqui Yeah, I wouldn‘t call this funny so you should disregard that review! 🧐🤨 4mo
RaimeyGallant @shanaqui I don't really get why it was described as satire. I doubt the author does, either. It's a fairly plausible (if rare) scenario, in my opinion. The narrator is occasionally witty, but I don't think funny is in the top five words I would use to describe the book. 4mo
Reggie @shanaqui This book for me just like some things in real life start out all fun and games but by the end I was quiet with what had happened and how we got there. I also think part of the “funny” comments comes from the killer sister who has a certain audacity that we aren‘t used to, which comes off differently to all of us. I really enjoyed it. Give it a try. 4mo
RaimeyGallant @Reggie @shanaqui I agree with what @reggie said about the 'quieting.' There's a real gravitas to this story once you get to the why. 4mo
EyesOnly34 @RaimeyGallant thanks for the message and follow—-and for the tips. I am sure I‘ll need them lol 4mo
RaimeyGallant @EyesOnly34 My pleasure. :) 4mo
kweenk Just downloaded the audio book for this. Super excited, might get the actual book to follow along 4mo
RaimeyGallant @kweenk Hope you like it! 4mo
sixgun @RaimeyGallant I just saw this on the shelf. I was a bit put off by the title, but with your recommendation it may be worth a start. 4mo
RaimeyGallant @sixgun It's a...brave concept, for sure. ;) 4mo
flying_monkeys Which I hear is fabulous (love sister stories) and I‘m hoping the summer part will help me through this last month of winter. #springfever 3mo
RaimeyGallant @flying_monkeys I am not dealing well with the low in Winnipeg tonight: -37 c with the windchill. 3mo
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My library branch always has puzzles out lately. I have puzzle envy over this beauty.

Blueberry I want it 🧡 4mo
suzisteffen #want! Beautiful. 😍 4mo
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valeriegeary 😱😍🤗 gimme gimme! 4mo
ValkyrieAndHerBooks 😱💕That‘s an amazing puzzle! I‘m with you on the puzzle 🧩 envy! 4mo
BookBabe Omg, that‘s so cool! 😍 4mo
Chasingmermaids We‘ve talked about it at mine but we honestly don‘t dare bc the chance of missing pieces. 4mo
Iblu Wow!!! Days are too short for the many lovely things one could be doing... like 🧩 ! 4mo
jb72 I have the Nancy Drew puzzle. I plan to get it completed this year and maybe glue it together. 4mo
RaimeyGallant @Chasingmermaids I wish I could give you some of mine. I get them at the thrift store for $2.50 each, and I'm not too worried about missing pieces. 4mo
tracey38 I want to get back into puzzles but worry about the dog eating the pieces. No real place to keep them from her. 😂 4mo
tracey38 And I'd love to find some bookish ones. 4mo
RaimeyGallant @tracey38 I worry about my cats, too, but I have a jar for found pieces now, and I get mine used, so they sometimes have a piece missing anyway. :) 4mo
dragondrool That one would be cool to glue and frame and then hang in a home library. 4mo
RaimeyGallant @dragondrool Absolutely! 4mo
Chelseabillups30 It would be cool if you could do a collage of all the books read in a year and then somehow create a custom puzzle. There‘s my million dollar idea for the day!!! 4mo
RaimeyGallant @Chelseabillups30 Puzzle of Have-Reads, I'm in. 4mo
Chelseabillups30 @RaimeyGallant, business partners!!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4mo
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"...I have tried to write by the old rule that how good a book is should be judged by the man who writes it by the excellence of the material that he eliminates."

Tanisha_A "Write drunk, edit sober." ? 4mo
RaimeyGallant @Tanisha_A I've never tested this, but it could work! 4mo
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"W.H. Auden used to say, rather pungently, that he could only truly 'see' a poem once it's typed because 'a man likes his own handwriting the way he likes the smell of his own farts.'" ?

Velvetfur Ugh! There's a certain type of man (a bloke, not a gentleman) that talks like that....and luxuriates in their own gas 😨 I can't imagine any of the gentlemen here on Litsy writing things like that! 4mo
Pricel101 😂 that‘s hilarious! I‘d never heard of Auden until I read The Hearts Invisible Furies. @Velvetfur It truly takes all kinds to make the world! 4mo
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rabbitprincess Hahaha pungently 😂😂 4mo
GingerAntics 🤣😂🤣 4mo
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Deep Enough for Whales: Writing in Canada Now | Dionne Brand, Rabindranath Maharaj, Tessa McWatt
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To name a few, Margaret Atwood, Lawrence Hill, and Michael Ondaatje wrote essays for this anthology on what it means to write creatively in Canada, about Canada, or with Canadian experience. Within a few essays, I concluded this book should be read by all who write creatively, regardless of what ties you may or may not have to Canada, regardless of what branch of storytelling you devote your time to. The essay by Hiromi Goto was one of my faves.

Graywacke Sounds really good. Noting. 5mo
RaimeyGallant @Graywacke @jenniferw88 @merelybookish @Bradleygirl I forgot to mention in my review that the publisher must have changed the title after the book entered the Litsy database. This is the correct Litsy listing, but the title as photographed is Luminous Ink. :) 5mo
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"...and an old newspaper, which turned over and over on the concrete, as a breeze read through its pages."

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty!! 5mo
Tamra I really enjoyed this novel, such a distinctive voice. 5mo
RaimeyGallant @Tamra That's my favorite thing about it. 5mo
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Hey Raimey. I don't imagine you check the LWW slack group too often, but I sent you a lil PM there. Nothing urgent, just whenever you have a spare moment. Cheers 🥂 5mo
RaimeyGallant @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Hey! I removed my permissions, so as to give you all more privacy if you wanted it, so I'm not sure I can rejoin again without another invite. I'll email you, and we can chat that way? :) 5mo
JeanAudrey Thanks for the advice right now the help is really needed 4mo
RaimeyGallant @JeanAudrey My pleasure! 4mo
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Pieces of Her | Karin Slaughter
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Slaughter has a knack for weaving important issues into crime fiction, and this thriller is no different. The issue tackled in this book has origins in the real world, and it's something that receives far less media attention than it should. It relates to mental illness, but that's all I'm going to say. You'll have to read it yourself to find out more. A well-plotted story, even if Andrea's logic didn't always match up with my own. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

RaimeyGallant Experiencing technical difficulties. Anyone else? 5mo
Eyelit Litsy has been glitchy for me all evening 5mo
Bookzombie @Eyelit I thought it was just me! 5mo
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TiredLibrarian @RaimeyGallant Yes. Posts not appearing, and a couple of crashes. ☹😖😢 5mo
batsy Happy new year! 🥂 As for Litsy, yes, it's been glitchy. Comments not showing up, then shows up twice, slow to load... 5mo
RaimeyGallant @batsy @Eyelit @Bookzombie @TiredLibrarian Everyone called me crazy, but I knew Y2K would happen sooner or later. ;) 5mo
batsy 😂 5mo
Leftcoastzen 😂Y2K is ,like ,super late, @RaimeyGallant 😂 5mo
Freespirit Happy New Year! 5mo
Whitparks Just ordered this from library! 5mo
RaimeyGallant @Whitparks Hope you like it! 5mo
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Fabulous overall premise (a man who loses the love of his life finds purpose collecting lost objects,) and in the words, a lot of brilliant imagery. The story is sound, but past the 1/4-way mark, I wasn't turning pages with as much gusto. The characters felt real but in a surreal way, real for the world the author created. There's a touch of paranormal, which guest-stars in the role of plot device, but I wouldn't say plot was governed by it.

readordierachel Pretty view though! 5mo
RaimeyGallant @readordierachel What you call pretty, I call life-sapping. It's -35 C. That's -31 F. Winnipeg is the place car batteries go to die. ;) 5mo
readordierachel @RaimeyGallant Yowzah! I stand corrected 😆 5mo
ericarobynreads This was definitely a slow one! If it wasn‘t my book clubs pick I probably would have dropped it. I hope your next read is better for you! 😁 5mo
batsy Oh.. Those Winnipeg winters 🤪 5mo
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Fascism: A Warning | Madeleine Albright
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History has as many interpretations as there are interpreters. I don't subscribe 100 percent to former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's interpretations, but I did find value in learning them. She takes readers along on an easy-to-follow chronology of fascist and fascist-leaning leaders (Trump inclusive), all the while, via takeaways from discussions with her students, digs into what fascism is and isn't.

Lcsmcat I loved this as an audiobook read by Albright. 5mo
RaimeyGallant @Lcsmcat I did it on audio as well. Always a bonus when the author reads! :) 5mo
GingerAntics This was a great primer on fascism. It‘s not something that is frequently covered in history texts. 5mo
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JaclynW I loved this book! The audio was excellent. 5mo
TheBrockUEnglishMajor Reading this right now 5mo
Iblu Interesting. Added to my stack, thanks! 5mo
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Deep Enough for Whales: Writing in Canada Now | Dionne Brand, Rabindranath Maharaj, Tessa McWatt
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"I began to consciously approach my creative practice as a place to refuse and resist white hegemony even as I worked to disentangle myself from internalized racism. Alongside this learning/unlearning I was also disentangling myself from internalized sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and other forms of oppression... This is ongoing work. It is never done.'" The title for this series of essays about writing creatively was changed to Luminous Ink.

RaimeyGallant Correct Litsy listing; incorrect title. 5mo
GingerAntics This sounds interesting. 5mo
Graywacke Greay quote, but also, yum! 5mo
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The Lido | Libby Page
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Look at the lovely #christmasbookswap package I received! I can't thank you enough, Lynne (who I haven't convinced to join Litsy yet, but I'm working on it.) I'll carry this tote with me everywhere, and I can't wait to dig in to The Lido. #holidaybookswap

BookishMarginalia I enjoyed The Lido. 5mo
RaimeyGallant @BookishMarginalia Sweet. Good to know. 5mo
tpixie Tell Lynne to join us!!! She‘d fit right in!! 5mo
readordierachel Love the tote! 5mo
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This is a memoir of Hemingway's time in Paris, mostly pre-Pauline. It's hard to critique this as a literary work, because it only read like he had literary intentions in spurts. I enjoyed this for all of his intentions: a record of 1920s Paris, a truth-telling about the quirks myriad behind the famous names, an imparting of wisdom to writers and life lessons to all, and, perhaps, an unburdening of regrets and letter of apology to Hadley.

CoffeeNBooks I loved this book! 5mo
Valeka I have committed passages of this book to memory! It‘s one of my absolute favorites. ❤️ 5mo
minkyb Great photo and review! (edited) 4mo
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The Christmas Swap | Janet A. Martin
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My #ChristmasBookSwap package is ready! My swap partner Lynne isn't on Litsy, so I should be safe posting a pic. Lynne and I decided to swap 1 book from our wish lists, and she's into traveling, so a few goodies for that. When you open the paper fortune teller, it tells you which genre you're destined to read. It took me 3 attempts on the kirigami tree, the corner bookmark was easy, and the envelope holding the book darts is structurally unsound.

RaimeyGallant Thanks @MyBookSwapClub for organizing! 5mo
CrowCAH Love paper crafting! All looks great! 5mo
LauraBeth This looks so thoughtful and cute 😍 5mo
MyBookSwapClub Beautiful and very thoughtful! Thank you for joining last minute and helping out :) xoxo 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm Loving your craft works, beautiful! 💗 5mo
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The Mars Room: A Novel | Rachel Kushner
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In my mind, there are two ways to write believably from the perspective of an incarcerated sex worker: either you've lived it, or, via sources who have, you've painstakingly learned it. Kushner is the latter, but the way she wrote this book, it feels like she's the former. This was one of my favorite reads of the year, and it made The Man Booker's 2018 shortlist.

Geeklet This was the first Book of the Month book I got! I was more lukewarm on it but I just might have not been in the right headspace for it. The story was haunting but I don‘t think I liked the way it was delivered. 5mo
RaimeyGallant @Geeklet I can see not being in the right mood or headspace for this. Her writing just really drew me in. 5mo
LauraBeth Great review! I still need to read this! 5mo
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britt_brooke Completely agree with your review. I was blown away by Kushner‘s writing! (edited) 5mo
ColleenIsReading I have been eyeing this on the new books shelf at the library, think I will give it a try soon! 5mo
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Gratitude | Oliver Sacks
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Joining in the #HolidayGratitudeChallenge!
I'm grateful for all the Littens. To name a few:

@ellemarr for being my critique partner and for that thing she told me to do
@CocoReads for organizing a Litsy cabin for Camp Nanowrimo
@ErinSueG for helping me navigate bookstagram
@Chelleo for organizing @LitsyWelcomeWagon and to the rest of the volunteers, @jess7 @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @bookaholicnatty @CoffeeNBooks

More in the comments...

CocoReads Aw, thanks for all your encouragement! 😊 5mo
CoffeeNBooks Thanks! 😊 5mo
RaimeyGallant The whole LibraryThing/@getlitsy team for making us Littens feel heard: @timspalding @kgriffith @lorannen
@julesg and @trishb for helping me pull the Litsy Tips blog post together
@britt_brooke, @gingerantics, @laurabeth, @readordierachel, @graywacke, @crowCAH, @rohit-sawant and @Elizabeth_Chatsworth because I can
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britt_brooke How kind of you! 💚 I enjoy seeing your posts here and on bookstagram (which I‘m still trying to get the hang of)! 5mo
BookaholicNatty @RaimeyGallant you are the sweetest! Thank you for paving the way for #LWW! You are the original you are the one who loves on new Littens soooooo well! You have a huge heart and it shows! Thank you for being you!! Litsy would not be the same without you! 😘❤️ 5mo
RaimeyGallant @BookaholicNatty Big hugs. :) Group hug! 5mo
GingerAntics Aww thanks!!! 🤗 5mo
readordierachel That's so sweet!! Litsy is such a great place ❤🤗 5mo
RaimeyGallant How could I forget @mrozzz ! I'm grateful for her, too. 5mo
CrowCAH @RaimeyGallant thank YOU! You are super kind and generous; truly one of a kind! 🥰 5mo
mrozzz Awwwwwwww!!! 💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗 5mo
Graywacke Can I repeat everything @BookaholicNatty said? Thanks Raimey for being awesome and our Litsy core, for being a huge part of making Litsy special. 5mo
julesG 😘 5mo
kgriffith @RaimeyGallant 🤗 So glad you‘re on our “team,” too! 5mo
TrishB 😘 you‘re all awesome 5mo
LauraBeth Awww @RaimeyGallant - I feel so honored! 🤗 Big thanks for everything you do for us on Litsy ❤️ 5mo
REPollock OMG a Litsy cabin! Next time, I want to be in it too! ❤️ 5mo
rohit-sawant Aww, how kind of you! Echoing what everyone said about being grateful for your presence on Litsy! 💕💕 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awww thank you so very much!!! ❤️❤️❤️🌟 5mo
RaimeyGallant @CocoReads If we do a cabin next year, @REPollock wants in on the action. :) 5mo
CocoReads @RaimeyGallant I‘d like too, I‘m pretty sure my schedule will be crazy but I have editing that needs done. I‘ll sound the announcement when it‘s time to sign up again! 5mo
ErinSueGreads So glad I could help!!! Thanks for joining! I‘ll tag you in the other posts. 5mo
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The original milkman: "The goatherd came up the street blowing his pipes and a woman who lived on the floor above us came out onto the sidewalk with a big pot. The goatherd chose one of the heavy-bagged, black milk-goats and milked her into the pot while his dog pushed the others onto the sidewalk." ~Ernest Hemingway

"Misha, get out of the shot." ~Raimey Gallant

merelybookish Misha makes the shot. 😻 5mo
BookNAround I agree with @merelybookish that Misha makes the picture. 😂😻😂 5mo
GingerAntics I third that Misha makes the shot. 😻 5mo
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emtobiasz I used to live next door to a cat named Hemingway 🐈 5mo
RaimeyGallant @emtobiasz I bet he too was fond of conjunctions. ;) 5mo
kspenmoll Love this photo! 5mo
LA_Mead Great photo! 5mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Love the photo ❣ 5mo
MissMary That‘s the cutest cat!! Gingerkitty 💕😻 5mo
Brenda This is a great shot! 💕 5mo
Cedar_and_Grapefruit Beautiful and hilarious,y favorite combination! 💕 5mo
Andronicus The book is classic, but Misha rules. Orange kitties are known clowns! 4mo
RaimeyGallant @Andronicus She's the center of everyone's world, so says her. 4mo
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The Mars Room: A Novel | Rachel Kushner
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"What did you drive?" Conan asked me.
"Sixty-three Impala," I said.
"Hell yeah," Sammy said. "That's my girl."
But the moment I said it, the fun cracked to pieces. I had no car anymore.

Callsie I recognize that sticker! We have the same stomping grounds! 5mo
RaimeyGallant @Callsie I just liked some of your posts on insta, and I noticed you were at U of M. :) #teamtoba 5mo
deadrabbitsbooks On the reading list now! 5mo
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"I had already seen the end of fall come through boyhood, youth and young manhood, and in one place you could write about it better than in another. That was called transplanting yourself, I thought, and it could be as necessary with people as with other sorts of growing things."

Ruthiella I‘ve not read this edition but I loved this book when I first read it over 20 years ago now. I enjoyed it way more than any of his novels that I‘ve read! 😀 5mo
Leigh_Medeiros Echoing @Ruthiella's comment. Loved it when I read it 20+ years ago. (A graduation gift from my high school English teacher.) My favorite of his. Need to revisit! 5mo
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In 1953, Bradbury imagined a dystopia in which book-banning is taken to its extreme. It's hard to overstate the importance of what he accomplished with this book. As an author, this is the story that I'll think back on whenever I have doubts about why I write. A quick listen at 6 hours. #audiobooking #libby #audiobooks

CJharles I also did a review on the book too and your‘s is definitely better! 5mo
RaimeyGallant @CJharles Aw, thanks. Can't wait to read yours. I'll try to find it. 5mo
Trashcanman Bravo! 5mo
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CrowCAH Nice pic composition! 5mo
bullbunny I got this book in an exchange this month, I will read it soon 5mo
UnidragonFrag I keep meaning to read this. Maybe audio will be easier for me. 5mo
NoConcernsForCarol Well done Love this photo and the book!!! 5mo
readordierachel Great photo! 5mo
minkyb Creative way to frame your review! 4mo
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You | Caroline Kepnes
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All of the following statements are true:
1. I don't like any character in this book.
2. This book is very entertaining.
3. I've hit my annual ceiling for chauvinistic protagonists.
4. I would read Kepnes again.

Heatherfeather Haha! Terrific review and 100% correct 😂😁 5mo
RaimeyGallant @Heatherfeather lol, thanks. :) 5mo
LauraBeth 😂😂 5mo
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Ruthiella Totally! I kept feeling sorry for various characters and then pulling myself back because they were all pretty unpalatable! 5mo
AvalonRoselin Read it a few weeks ago and totally agree! 5mo
nikirtehsuxlol I loved the tv show too 😅 5mo
LeslieO I never knew I could hate all the characters but love a book until Gone Girl. 5mo
Reggie Lol. 5mo
Boooooks Same for me with the chauvinistic protagonist as much as I couldn‘t put this down I found myself cringing at his thoughts 😬I need a break after books like this haha 5mo
Reviewsbylola I just started this one today! 5mo
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The Cactus | Sarah Haywood
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When all your library holds come in at once...

Prairiegirl_reading Doesn‘t that always happen!? It‘s infuriating to me! 5mo
RaimeyGallant @Prairiegirl_reading Why does WPL have to be so darned efficient?! ;) #ilovelibraries 5mo
BooksAtNight Darn those libraries! How are we supposed to read them all?! 😛 5mo
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RaimeyGallant @BooksAtNight Yes! The variety! The sheer quantity! The horror! 5mo
GingerAntics That‘s so frustrating. I always feel like I can‘t spend the proper time absorbing each one when that happens. 5mo
BekaReid And it seems to happen all the time! 5mo
Crazeedi Yes! 5mo
scowler1 I've got two waiting to be picked up, one in transit, what do I do? Get the two? Wait another day or two in case the other one comes in? 😵 5mo
RaimeyGallant @scowler1 There should be a word for that problem, because the fear is real!!! 5mo
Trashcanman You have an eye for taking photos just like @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 5mo
huntersmom1977 Did you grab them at the Millennium downtown? ☺️😊 5mo
RaimeyGallant @huntersmom1977 Louis Riel Branch! But I want to stop in at Millennium soon to get my hands on their selection of literary mags. 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Trashcanman awww thank you ❤️❤️❤️ 5mo
nikirtehsuxlol LOVED The Mars Room 5mo
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The Rosie Project | Graeme Stinson
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Bear hugs to everyone who recommended this to me. If you loved Eleanor Oliphant, socially awkward geneticist Don Tillman of The Rosie Project is going to be your next favorite narrator. A did-that-just-happen moment in almost every scene, laughs just as often, and a voice that flows as if from the mouth of an actual human being.

CoffeeNBooks I loved Don!!! He reminded me of Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory. I seem to like quirky main characters- Don, Eleanor, Ove, Britt-Marie. I loved them all! 5mo
BridgetteM I seriously loved The Rosie Project! It surprised me how much I enjoyed it. 5mo
DivineDiana A favorite! ❤️ 5mo
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Reggie I loved this book!! 5mo
Dragon Me too! 💚💚💚 5mo
AileenRR This was a fun book! 5mo
shammi.dc10 Read it a really long time ago but still remember how fun this book was!!! 5mo
thea-block I really liked this book! Just read the sequel a few months ago - it was so-so... I could have left it at just the first book and been just as happy! Glad you enjoyed this one! 5mo
RaimeyGallant @thea-block Good to know! 5mo
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Women Talking: A Novel | Miriam Toews
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THIS BOOK! Over two days, eight Mennonite women, in order to protect their children, convene to decide whether they will A) do nothing, B) stay and fight, or C) leave their colony and their men. What a gift Toews has given us, this understanding of what life is like for Mennonite women, and leave it to her to package it in a story that is as absorbing as it is important. Inspired by true events.

ohyeahthatgirl I can't wait to read it! All My Puny Sorrows wrecked me and I'm ready for more. 6mo
readordierachel Sounds amazing! 6mo
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A multi-character study set within the modern feminist movement with touches of intersectionality. Wolitzer reaches much higher than the lowest hanging metaphors, right to the top of the tree. I loved following Greer's POV, her struggle to find voice and space in a movement. I wasn't as entranced by the other POVs, but still found the overall experience rewarding. #AudioBusing #Libby #AudioBooks

Trashcanman Give your breath to it all. 6mo
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The Power | Naomi Alderman
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An interesting anthropological exploration of what could happen if there were a sudden physical-power reversal between genders. I didn't fly through this, I think because of the quantity of violent scenes. I had some questions about the logic behind how women are ultimately portrayed, which were cleared up with the email exchange at the end. The last line is brilliant and sent me straight to Google.

The homemade carrot and ginger soup: 5 stars

Trashcanman Yes and yes and yes. Then no. 6mo
AmyG @Trashcanman Or maybe just maybe. 6mo
4thhouseontheleft That soup looks really yummy. 🍲 😋 6mo
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scowler1 Great book! 6mo
CaroPi Soup looks amazing! Where can I find the recipe? 6mo
RaimeyGallant @CaroPi Of my own invention. :) Roasted carrots, garlic, onions, then warm-hot veg stock and a little fresh ginger pulsed with everything else in my vitamix. Salt/pepper. 6mo
Doughtah My book club read this for our first group read 😃 and we were all kinda on the fence about it. I liked the characters though. I particularly liked the news anchors! The ending was definitely enlightening as to the author‘s goal, but we also were kinda like ‘where‘s the non-binary rep?‘ (edited) 5mo
RaimeyGallant @Doughtah I feel you. She did speak to non-binary but only in passing, if I'm remembering correctly. The reporter parts did add something special, comic relief in the end. I could picture it in a movie. 5mo
Doughtah @RaimeyGallant i cant recall nb specifically being mentioned (alas) but Alderman did mention specifically there were men who ended up having skeins and some women didn‘t have skeins so there was an aspect that could have been developed into nonbinary/gnc rep (her descriptions of the folks kept it p square in the binary tho 😩). For sure! They‘d be nice asides in a movie production. What was ur fave aspect of the book tho? 😃 5mo
RaimeyGallant @Doughtah You could be right. I'm low on sleep, and I'm not remembering everything I should be. I liked the beginning and the end mostly. Both felt fresh. The middle felt like more of the same. 5mo
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“His flat, fair hair looked like a circle of lawn that had been trapped and left to die under a kiddie pool.“

GingerAntics 🤣😂🤣 6mo
readordierachel How evocative 😆 6mo
Courtneyjo_reads I‘ve been wanting to read this one, how is it? 6mo
Tanisha_A Oh the imagination! 😂 6mo
RaimeyGallant @Courtneyjo_reads I'm going to post a review in the next day or two. Loved the writing, the story is a little meandering. 6mo
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Click on this hashtag (#BlitsyHistoryMonth) or visit @Chelleo to sign up. U.S. only for the inaugural year, but if you're not in the U.S., go express your interest anyway, and maybe the #LitsySwaps fairies will make it worldwide next year. ;)

Chelleo Thanks for sharing! 🤗 6mo
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I expected dry, headache-inducing chapters about punctuation. Instead, I got a quick, hilarious read in which the punctuation lessons are leavened with wit, and the history of punctuation, cherry-picked for its quirkiest moments. If you're behind on your reading goals for this year, this book is 200 pages. The author, as shown above on her book jacket, is defacing property, because the movie "Two Weeks Notice" is missing an apostrophe—the horror!

mkinney10 This was a required book for my English 101 class and I absolutely loved it! Still memorable 14 years later (eek!) 6mo
tournevis I've bought this for so many Anglophones! 6mo
CarolynM Love this book, it's hilarious💖 6mo
Deborah42 Loved it! I never expected a book about punctuation to be so supremely entertaining. 6mo
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DNF: many of her statements about psychology and anthropology are neither attributed nor as logically sound as they could be. I advise going into this book knowing that the protagonist's internal journey as a baseline for moulding story is one strategy among many, and for some of us authors, a combination approach is what ends up working best.

GingerAntics Oh I hate the “one size fits all” approach to writing. Ugh. Don‘t blame you for not finishing. 6mo
DoonTheGoon Just goes to show how everyone works differently. My partner is a writer and found this book super insightful!!! 6mo
RaimeyGallant @DoonTheGoon Exactly. I expected to like this just because of how much my writer friends do. 6mo
Trashcanman I like that picture. I like your shoes. 6mo
RaimeyGallant @Trashcanman Thanks! They're from grass-fed cows. 6mo
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The magic that happens with edited punctuation!

"A woman, without her man, is nothing.
A woman: without her, man is nothing."

MyBookSwapClub Spot on :) 6mo
Moony Wonderful picture ♡ 6mo
readordierachel LOVE this 6mo
AutumnRLS Great book! 6mo
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Anne Lamott is my dream creative writing coach. She wraps up insight with a great bow of commiseration that makes me feel better. After reading this, I'm pretty sure that at some point in my life, I'm going to go out of my way to hear her speak. I laughed a lot throughout, but, during her chapter on publication, until I cried. What makes her humor so great, I think, is because it comes from a really honest, introspective place.

LA_Mead I‘ve got that on my shelf—going to have to read it! 6mo
LA_Mead What do you like to write? 6mo
RaimeyGallant @LA_Mead I'm writing something that's more up lit (uplifting fiction) at the moment, but I've also written two crime fic books. You? 6mo
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LeticiaToraci @RaimeyGallant I love books about writing, Have two shelves full of them. 6mo
jenniferajanes I love this book. I can‘t remember how many times I‘ve read it. It‘s nice to know fellow Lamott lovers. 6mo
MaGoose I read this book years ago. I'll have to read it again. 6mo
Joyfulmimi I loved this 6mo
batsy I loved this for the honest humour, as well. 6mo
REPollock I oughta reread this. 6mo
minkyb Absolutely love her! 4mo
Chelseabillups30 This book was referenced in my church‘s sermon this last Sunday!! 4mo
RaimeyGallant @Chelseabillups30 Cool! Yeah, she's Christian, a very liberal Christian, from what I understand. 4mo
RaimeyGallant @Chelseabillups30 You should tweet at her and tell her. She's on insta too. I'm sure she'd love to hear her writing book was mentioned in a sermon. :) (edited) 4mo
Chelseabillups30 @RaimeyGallant, I don‘t do twitter, but maybe just maybe I‘ll DM her on Instagram! 4mo
RaimeyGallant @Chelseabillups30 Cool. Or add a comment to one of her posts. :) 4mo
Chelseabillups30 I also know my mom is a big fan of her books, and my mom is a fellow bookworm, so I trust her judgement on good reads!! 4mo
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