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Shmemilina

Shmemilina

Joined July 2016

~*~ UPenn '16 ~*~ 😻 ~*~ Chi Omega ~*~ Peace Corps Senegal 2018-2020 ~*~
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The Chase: A Novel | Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg
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Thanks Little Free Library!

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Dearest Josephine | Caroline George
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Just finished up this baby. While I like it overall, I have to admit that I wasn‘t always thrilled by the formatting. I found the switch from epistolary to text messages to emails and back somewhat jarring and disjointed at times - right when I was getting into the narrative, whoops it‘s time for a random inconsequential series of texts. Mostly, however, it was a pick! (And the cover‘s a beauty.)

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Dearest Josephine | Caroline George
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Another bath, another book, this time an ARC from a while ago that I was lucky enough to win from Goodreads!

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The Three Incestuous Sisters | Audrey Niffenegger
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What a beautiful book. Very Edward Gorey-esque, and a quick read.

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Moving on to diversity as an end goal rather than as a tool to end white supremacy: “Treating diversity as an end instead of a means to an end typically creates a significant chasm between the experience and attitude of the white stakeholders and the experience and attitude of the BIPOC stakeholders in that organization.” It‘s also important to note the burden that diversity places upon BIPOC to explain/teach white people about white supremacy.

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Love this bit about the dangers of wokeness. Hill suggests we move “from seeking to establish ourselves as experts to seeking a permanent posture of learning,” and isn‘t that a great lesson that‘s applicable to literally everything?

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Thanks to @LibrarianRyan for this one! I‘m honestly kind of shocked by how much this is resonating. This is billed as a Christian approach to dismantling White Supremacy, both in ourselves and in our world. As someone who is very much not a Christian (culturally Jewish, personally agnostic), I thought I would skim it and maybe find a few takeaways. Instead, it‘s providing some really helpful lenses through which to think about things, and I‘m…

Shmemilina Cont‘d: only in the first chapter! 7mo
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Vinegar Girl | Anne Tyler
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Love a good bath time book, and I‘ve been especially loving retellings lately.

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Super cute middle grade book! Now I just need to read the first one… and then all the others.

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Skipping ahead in the series with another Nancy Drew, also featuring whirlybirds & Ned gets kidnapped!

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Because my lovely fiancé @BigHam got me a monthly used book box, I‘ve been reading some random stuff that I wouldn‘t usually have picked up. This is one of those books, and I have to say, I pretty much hate-read this one. But I‘ve gotten many other winners, so thanks babe! (Sorry) This one was just very War of Northern Aggression-ey, with lots of questionable Karen behavior. I definitely do not think I will pick up another from this author.

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I loved learning that whirlybird was apparently slang for helicopters when this book was written. How cute is that?! Of course, reflecting the time period, super problematic handling of Native American/American Indian burial grounds in an anthropological dig, but that‘s to be expected.

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In view of my new attempt to have my Litsy account better reflect the breadth of what I‘ve actually been reading, I‘m including a little blurb on my latest Nancy Drew. I can‘t believe I never got into these when I was younger. They‘re simplistic, but fun and light-hearted, and a great palate cleanser between other fare.

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A Question of Holmes | Brittany Cavallaro

I loved this series for the satisfying mystery/YA aspects, but truly felt it could‘ve been better to end it on book 3 with the more optimistic, open-ended resolution to Jamie & Charlotte‘s relationship. Also don‘t love the overly simplistic resolutions with nominal “friends” who‘ve repeatedly and egregiously betrayed them, and Jamie‘s untreated PTSD that seems to inexplicably go unnoticed by everyone and then just disappear.

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The Ickabog | J.K. Rowling

Love all of the cute illustrations by kid contest winners, but kind of hate how disconcertingly and unnecessarily dark some aspects of the story were? The story, in terms of plot, character development, and themes, reads like something for really young kids, but so. many. people die. And in very messed up ways, with so many people complicit. I feel like Cornucopia would need a Truth and Reconciliation Commission after this story.

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I‘m DYING at this quote!

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Enjoying this treasure, but sheesh is it making me pine for the days of being able to watch trash tv with friends and a bottle of wine (or two...)!

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Secrets and Lies | Selena Montgomery
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I‘ve been listening to Hillary Clinton‘s amazing podcast You and Me Both, thanks to @BigHam ‘s recommendation, and found out Stacey Abrams is also a romance author under the name of Selena Montgomery! Feels perfect to read one of her novels after the Georgia races.

Chrissyreadit That woman is AMAZING 12mo
Shmemilina @Chrissyreadit I know, right?! And she wrote her first romance novel WHILE she was in law school! 12mo
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The Blade Itself | Joe Abercrombie
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#49BDayGiveaway ! Tagged my current read. Thanks @Jerdencon !

Shmemilina And happy birthday!!! 3y
Jerdencon Thanks for joining! 😊 3y
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While I would love to blow $50 on paperbacks, studying for the LSAT and the GRE at the same time is expensive!! Congrats @TheSpineView on your #50KLoveLitsy !

TheSpineView Thanks! 3y
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Exit West: A Novel | Mohsin Hamid

I think this one is my favorite book of the year so far, but then again I always favor the ones I‘ve just read! Thanks for the opportunity, @EH2018 !

EH2018 This one is on my tbr pile at home! 3y
BigHam *books 3y
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Family Album: A Novel | Penelope Lively
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Some reads for Short Book September!! All under 250 pages (or thereabouts). Tagged one of my favorites so far! #sbksept Thanks for the idea, @juliannebenford ❤️📚

juliannebenford Thank you! I'm intrigued by all of these! 3y
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#TuesdayTidbits @JenlovesJT47 1) Tome! 2) Can I say both? If I really have to choose, Harry Potter 3) Physical books are much preferred but I‘ll read it any way you give it to me! 4) Tea 5) Agatha Christie - I‘ve been on an Agatha Christie binge lately! ... Just finished the tagged book about Nancy Drew (the magnifying glass is in her honor).

JenlovesJT47 💚💚💚 3y
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Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
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For this, my first post in forever AND my first post in the beautiful country of Senegal 🇸🇳, here‘s a look at a very small part of what I‘ve been doing here ~ reading (because no matter where I am, I‘m always reading!)
Tagged is one of my most recent reads and a favorite for this year @callielafleur #ClearingtheShelves3

callielafleur There are some amazing titles on this list! ❤️ 3y
Nute Fantastic accomplishment! 3y
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Tell Tale: Short Stories | Jeffrey Archer
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Currently juggling these two beauties, both due back to the library by the day after tomorrow (the 8th). 😱😱😱

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So I know this doesn't exactly sound like a ringing endorsement of either book but... I read both of these this year, and while I kind of get them confused when I think back on them, I really enjoyed them both.

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Forgot to post when this occurred, but I caught the moment!! #Spooky

LeahBergen 😮 4y
MiyakoBunny Cool 😎 Catch! Curious though as to how you pronounce your username? 4y
Shmemilina It's a nickname from high school; my name is Emily and when I was little my mom would call me Emilina, and when my friends found out of course they had to make fun of me for it. 4y
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MiyakoBunny Awww no worries 😃 I think it‘s rad! I honestly thought it was a spin off the Indiana Jones Temple of Doom ShivaLinga Mystical Stone 🤘🏼😅 4y
Shmemilina Haha well in the future I can definitely tell people that instead. 😜 4y
GypsyKat 😈 lol 4y
JoeStalksBeck 👏👏😮🤭🤘🏻👹 4y
MiyakoBunny You should & then grab their chest and start chanting the “Kali-Ma Kali-Ma Shi-Toh-Day!” & pretend to rip their still beating hearts ♥️ from their chests it‘ll go over like gang busters 🤘🏼😎 4y
MiyakoBunny I love this plan 😍😍😍 please film it if you ever do 😳😳😳 4y
Shmemilina Hahahaha omg I promise that if I ever do it I will film it for you lol 😂 4y
Smrloomis 🎉🎉🎉👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 4y
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I don't know if I'm just at the right age or time in my life for Rupi Kaur but these days her poems seem to be exactly what I need to hear. #SelfAffirmation

Shmemilina Again, creds to google for the pic 4y
Hornsby78 Rupi makes my heart sing. Glad you found her work. 4y
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Lola | Melissa Love
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Currently reading and really digging this book that hasn't been getting as much litsy love as it deserves. (Cover pic from google)

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This book was sooooo good! And such a good follow up to the March series. (I love those weird library book selection coincidences where somehow you end up picking a bunch of books dealing with a similar topic: in this case, segregation and Jim Crow).

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Beowulf | Anonymous
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My bedside book stack is getting more and more out of hand... #spacejam #technicallynotashelf

LauraJ Ha...Hold Me Closer, Necromancer 😹 4y
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Interesting and dark graphic novel about one of the Lost Generation's forgotten literary stars.

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Midnight Crossroad | Charlaine Harris
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Saw the new commercial for this show and had to read the book before it premiers! #24in48 #Book2

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Getting a bit of a late start to the #24in48 because Artscape is today in Baltimore, and then this classic was on tv when we got home! What's a reader to do?

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The Chocolate War | Robert Cormier

Not the brightest start to the #24in48 weekend, but a pick nonetheless

Sue Oh, good old Robert Cormier. I am the Cheese destroyed me. 5y
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The Fate of the Tearling | Erika Johansen
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Success! Thanks mom!

Liberty Hello! You won the #BooksFromLiberty giveaway! Please email me your name and address at liberty at Book Riot dot com and I will send you books. 😊 5y
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The Fate of the Tearling | Erika Johansen
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T minus 8 hours until my last final of the semester and had to shoot my mom a late night text before going back to studying...

LeahBergen Thank you for all the "stacks"!! ? 5y
MiyakoBunny 😂When you reach that point in your life/book addiction where subtle hinting just won‘t do. ❤️ it! 4y
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Is it a gift if your professor gives you his book that's required reading for his class for free? My parents (who pay for my books) definitely think so! #BooksfromLiberty @Liberty

Marchpane Looks like it would be a very interesting class! 5y
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Democracy in Europe | Larry Siedentop
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Mr. Preston has a fundamental misunderstanding of what "compulsively readable" means... Also please note the abundance of cat hair sticking to the cover ?

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I'll Give You the Sun | Jandy Nelson

I've been stalled on this one for a while... I thought the sister was being really whiny and self-absorbed to the point that I had to take a break. Still not sure if I'll get back to it anytime soon.

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This is potentially the snarkiest aside that I have ever seen in a published work. I liked the Da Vinci Code! I mean, it's not Shakespeare, but neither is your book Misters Micklethwait and Wooldridge! #lol

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Can we all just agree that it's super not ok to refer to women by their first name while simultaneously referring to men by their last names if you don't personally know the woman? Which, considering she died in 1944, I doubt you did?! (Aimee Semple McPherson is just Aimee, meanwhile William Seymour is consistently referred to by his last name.) #FthePatriarchy

BookishFeminist This drives me nuts. Either use last names for both, first names for both, or their initials for both. 5y
Shmemilina @BookishFeminist Agreed! It's just so disrespectful! 5y
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Tonight's bath time book, my last read for my Middle Eastern Politics class and the first fiction book of the semester! (Joy!)

BookishMarginalia I'm curious about the concept of an"ethnographic novel" and wonder if there are others that bill themselves thusly. 5y
Shmemilina Yeah, it was definitely something that was commented on in our discussion of it in class. I thought the most interesting reflection was the question of how accurate it can really be given that in this fiction book you can see inside the main character's head, but an anthropologist or ethnographer can never really know when they're getting the whole truth from an interviewee. @BookishMarginalia 5y
BookishMarginalia @Shmemilina I hadn't considered that point but that's would indeed by a big issue. 5y
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Loving this little history of one of my favorite places I've ever been as a break from all the class reading I should be doing... Particularly all the vignettes about special buildings and shops; it's added a lot of locales to my to-do list for next time!

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Flowers for Algernon | Daniel Keyes
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Someone seriously needs to restrain me... More new ebook purchases.

jpmcwisemorgan I read The Sisterhood a couple of years ago and grabbed when I saw it on sale. I might have gone a little crazy this weekend with ebooks. 5y
Shmemilina Same!!! I bought more than are pictured here but I felt like even Litsy might get sick of all my new book purchase posts lol 5y
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An interesting discussion of religious legislative overreach in America... Not bad for class reading!

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Can't wait until Winter Break when I'll be able to get back to reading for pleasure instead of doing all this class reading! Reading about the failure of the Arab Spring and the Euro Crisis is getting mighty depressing...

DivineDiana Hang in there! 😀 5y
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The Wonder | Emma Donoghue
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Omg why did y'all have to tell me about Cyber Monday sales?!?! My dad is gonna kill me when he gets these Amazon notifications... #ThanksLitsy

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Persuasion | Jane Austen
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I ❤️ Jane Austen, and this was no exception.

[DELETED] 2232195534 Love Persuasion! 5y
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The Valley of Fear | Sir Arthur Doyle
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On to the Valley of Fear, and more of the beautiful cover on this edition of the Sherlock Holmes novels...

MrBook Yes, I like this cover! 5y
flyfarther79 Such a cool cover/detail! 5y
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