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Smartypants

Joined September 2016

Dating refugee. ATCQ Lover. Books make the best boyfriends.
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How to Be Single by Liz Tuccillo
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Nine Stories by J. D. Salinger
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All By Myself, Alone: A Novel | Mary Higgins Clark
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Panpan

Don‘t do it. I‘m a survivor but only because I have this rule that I MUST finish books. The WORST one she‘s written. Too many characters to keep up with, I wasn‘t looking for THAT much intellectual stimulation for an easy summer read. You‘ve been warned. PSA: this is NOT an attempt at reverse psychology.

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I've Got My Eyes on You | Mary Higgins Clark
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Because sometimes it‘s fun to just read and escape life. I read so many life-changing books with real purpose but every now and then it‘s nice to just read and escape into the world of a book. #summerreading #readjustbecause #fiction

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Reading gives us the gift of glimpsing into the reality of those unlike us. A great glimpse into #ferguson and the beginnings of the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Nine Stories | J D Salinger
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I have not posted in 5 months...wow. I have not completed one book this year and I‘m disappointed in myself. I am going to commit to finishing this book by the end of the week. #dobetter

Kathrin Don‘t be hard on yourself. Live happens, the books will still be there when things calm down! 2mo
Smartypants @Kathrin thank you for the encouragement! I‘ve been dating someone and I feel like a shell of my old self right now. 😘 2mo
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This was an interesting book and a great perspective of another country and culture. I highly recommend as a way to diversify your reading list!

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When You Reach Me | Rebecca Stead
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Mehso-so

Another good #ya read.

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Posted | John David Anderson
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Just reading a little #yafiction and came across this book. It‘s a great story with characters in middle/high school and starting a post it note revolution. It was refreshing to read a #ya book that isn‘t filled with sex and drugs. Good read!

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Ohio | Stephen Markley
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I tried REALLY hard to get into this one, but it just wasn‘t there for me. I was super excited to read a book set in my home state of Ohio but I just couldn‘t do it. Perhaps in another place and time, I‘ll be better able to read/listen to it. Sad face. 🙁 #ohio #dnf

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I really want to see the film and I sort of have a rule about reading the book first. An excellent history of the infiltration of a black police officer in Colorado into the Klan. #history #spikelee

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What a great #memoir . The memoir of a stenographer in the Obama White House. Lots of fun details of a young persons‘s life in DC in the Obama era.

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Cherry: A novel | Nico Walker
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The perfect week to read this book as it is the memoir of a #veteran from my hometown of #cleveland. Set in the mid 2000s, it‘s an excellent story of the challenges in middle America, returning war vets and young adulthood.

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Less: A Novel | Andrew Sean Greer
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This won a #pulitzer so I was hopeful it would be a great read. Perhaps I never could connect with the characters but I found this book to be meh. However, it wasn‘t a complete throw-away as I pushed through to the end.

Geezy Exact same feelings about this one! I stuck with it because it won a Pulitzer, but I never really figured out why... 6mo
Smartypants @Geezy same feelings because we‘ve been friends since we were 12! LOL 6mo
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Lilac Girls: A Novel | Martha Hall Kelly
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I‘ve been wanting to read this book for several years. During a recent moving trip, I was able to complete it during the drive. A haunting but beautiful story of the lives of three ladies impacted by WWII.

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Whiskey in a Teacup | Reese Witherspoon
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What a delight! I‘ve loved Reese since 1991 and the film, ‘Man in the Moon‘! This book was a charming collection of stories of her southern heritage. Although I listened to the audiobook, there are some recipes if your purchase the audiobook or the book itself. Enjoy and bless your heart! ❤️

Susanita I love that movie! 9mo
Smartypants @Susanita yes, it was a great movie when I was a young teenager! 9mo
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Reconstructing Amelia | Kimberly McCreight
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What an excellent book! If you‘re looking for a mystery and a setting at a private school, this book is for you! Kept me company on a 14 hour drive this past weekend. 😊

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We'll Fly Away | Bryan Bliss
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I was hoping this would be phenomenal! Unfortunately, it was just so-so. The premise is good and the setting in North Carolina was appealing, I just had a hard time following the plot as it seemed to ping pong back and forth between present and past.

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Allegedly | Tiffany D Jackson
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An interesting read! The story of Mary, a young girl, incarcerated for the murder of her sister and the alleged story surrounding it. #goodbook

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Dad Is Fat | Jim Gaffigan
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Real Talk: I was in a reading slump at the end of August; disappointed in myself for what I thought would be an unfinished reading goal of 100 books in the year of 2018. Thanks to my fellow littens‘ encouragement, I finished September with 18 books complete! #goals #readingchallenge #encouraged

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Can‘t say that I‘ve been a huge Billy Crystal fan all my life but this autobiographical musing on his life has made me a fan! Apparently, we have a shared ethnic heritage which made the book all that more appealing. His stories on the Yankees, Jack Palance and growing up were charming with lots of laughs! 😂

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FREE book! I will be relocating and am trying to find happy homes for my books! Leave a comment if you‘d like this book to be mailed to you at no cost! #freebooks #free #bookmail

Meghagrawal Is this international? 10mo
Smartypants Sure! What‘s your email addy? I‘ll message you to get your details! 10mo
MyBookSwapClub I wouldn't mind having some for our BookSwap club. I'll be doing drop off on a train/special places etc 10mo
Smartypants @MyBookSwapClub can you comment with your email? More than happy to send you a few books to share! 10mo
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The Radicals: A Novel | Ryan McIlvain
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I love small bookstores. There is a plethora of literature that hasn‘t been censored for a reader‘s perusal. #radicallit #Detroit #independent

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Long Way Down | Jason Reynolds
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Not written the way you would typically expect a book to be, but a good one, nonetheless! #ya

Karkar This one is great on audiobook! 10mo
Smartypants It is! I loved hearing the author speak life into the words. 10mo
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the witch doesn't burn in this one | Amanda Lovelace, ladybookmad
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Hmm...this is the second book I‘ve read from the author. This one was dark, very dark. However, sometimes life is very dark. #poetry #innerthoughts

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Food: A Love Story | Jim Gaffigan
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I‘ve been reading a lot of books with heavy themes for for personal growth. It was quite a change of pace to pick this one up and hear his musings on food! #food #foodie #lightreading 🍕🍗🌭🍔🍟🥓🥩🥨🥗🍒🍎🍉

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Litsy Friends: I have a FREE book giveaway! If you would like both or either book, please leave a comment below. I‘d like these to get to a good home! I pay the cost of shipping! #freebooks #giveaway 📚

Rachel.Rencher I've been wanting to read The Impossible Fortress, but I'd be happy to pay shipping! ❤ 10mo
Smartypants @Rachel.Rencher it‘s yours! Can you send me a message on IG? I‘m “Deslovesyou”. 10mo
Dr._Who_number10 Both books!? 😱❤️ 📚 📖 10mo
Smartypants The Impossible Fortress is already in the mail but I would love to send you All Fall Down! Can you message me on IG? “Deslovesyou”. I‘ll put it in the mail for you tomorrow! 10mo
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Impossible Fortress | Jason Rekulak
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Hello Littens! I am moving back to the Carolinas and have a bunch of FREE books I‘d like to gift to someone. They are in excellent condition! I will send via media mail at no expense to you! Please let me know if you‘d be interested in this one in the comments! A great coming-of-age story set in the 80s! #freebook

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The Poet X | Elizabeth Acevedo
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What an intriguing #ya book. So glad to see the diversity in poetry, particularly for young adults. It was a fairly quick listen, not too long. Even my 19 year-old son—typically uninterested—perked up a bit.

riversong153 Maybe it‘s better on audio. I couldn‘t get into the print version. 10mo
Smartypants @riversong153 it‘s definitely a uniquely presented book. The audio was good, without seeing the print from page to page, it seemed like it was a collection of poems. But I also have fear of not finishing a book, too! LOL 10mo
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Small Fry | Lisa Brennan-Jobs
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Rich people can be dysfunctional too. A very interesting perspective on #stevejobs from his first-born daughter. I‘m glad she took the time to share their story and correct many of the untrue things said of Steve Jobs. However, it is interesting to learn about how his great mind works.

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Small Fry | Lisa Brennan-Jobs
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I‘ve read quite a few biographies on Steve Jobs. I love that his daughter has taken control of THEIR story and has chosen to share it with the world. #stevejobs #jobs #apple #biography

LittlePixels I can't wait to read this! 10mo
Smartypants @LittlePixels I‘m so glad to be reading it. It puts things in perspective, especially the stories in the media about him abandoning his daughter. Her story is quite different. 10mo
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In anticipation of the upcoming movie, I completed this book. Great read! Intriguing plot and such a realistic look at the emotions of new mothers. #booktomovie

Smartypants @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks you‘re going to love it! 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Smartypants yay!!!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 10mo
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What an amazing book on the black renaissance in Pittsburgh. The author does. Great job discussing the politics, economy and culture of Pittsburgh during its renaissance—as much an amazing experience as the Harlem Renaissance. Highly recommend!

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Milk and Honey | Rupi Kaur
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SPECIAL THANKS TO @Riveted_Reader_Melissa for reminding me of the beauty of Rupi‘s poetry. Finished the book on the plane ride to Memphis today. Sometimes, flight delays can be a reader‘s best friend! #rupi #poetry #empowered

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘m so glad you liked it! 11mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa And you‘re welcome! 11mo
Smartypants It was wonderful! So was her other book! 11mo
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The Great Failure | Natalie Goldberg
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I know there are 4 FULL months left to try and meet this goal; alas, I can‘t help but feel like a bit of a failure. What‘s a girl to do, read some picture books? #goals #readingchallenge #highexpectations

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Comic books rule! Try some Saga! Poetry is great too, try Milk and Honey!😉 11mo
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Smartypants Thank you @Riveted_Reader_Melissa that is a great suggestion! I‘ve loved Rupi since she was on Instagram. 11mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Smartypants Then check out her second book too 11mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa And I bet you‘d also like Amanda Lovelace. 11mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sometimes a good quick read, of a completely different type, really helps me meet my reading goals, plus it keeps things interesting. 11mo
Smartypants @Riveted_Reader_Melissa this is so true! I have this on hold at the library and it should be an easy read too! 11mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Smartypants I‘ll have to check that out too! 11mo
Libby1 No! You‘re not a failure! Quality is better than quantity. My book count is quite high so far this year, but I‘ve read some real clangers and have had to bail on a few. Have you enjoyed what you‘ve read? 11mo
Smartypants @Libby1 I learned to let go of some I didn‘t like this year—previously I had pushed through but I‘m no longer going to be miserably reading a book when there are so many good ones out there! I read some life-changing books this year; so that itself is success! 11mo
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Road to Memphis | Mildred D Taylor
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Hey y‘all! I‘m off to Memphis this week for work. I‘ll have a couple of evenings free to explore. Any suggestions? What did you love most about Memphis? #memphis #travel #sightseeing

QuothTheRavenclawNevermore If you want a tattoo, check out my shop: syndicated Ink 11mo
Smartypants Thank you!! 11mo
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Adventures Around Cincinnati | Laura Hoevener, Terri Weeks
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I‘m in this lovely city for the weekend! Which bookstores should I visit? Where‘s your favorite place to read?

Pamwurtzler Joseph-Beth at Rookwood Commons. Along with great books, they have a cafe and lots of local products! 11mo
Karkar Yes! Joseph Beth for sure!! 11mo
Smartypants Thanks y‘all! 11mo
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Wow! I wanted to read this because of the title and I‘m glad I did. A great no-nonsense book on how to live your best life on your terms! #selfimprovement #girlwashyourface

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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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Wow! What a phenomenal read. The twists and turns in the plot keep you intrigued from the first to the last page! #fiction #contemporary

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@CoffeeNBooks Guess what finally arrived? I can now listen to books in the shower! Woo! 🛁🚿🛀🏿

CoffeeNBooks Yay!! You're going to love your SoundBot!! 11mo
Smartypants I kinda wanna take a shower tonight just so I can try it out! I‘m so excited. It‘s so pretty too, I am loving this color of blue! 11mo
CoffeeNBooks @Smartypants 🤣🤣🤣 11mo
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Bailedbailed

No, just no. I wanted to make this work but after a couple of tries, I broke up with this book. The premise is one of interest to me but it literally reads like a DISSERTATION of a neuropsychologist. I wish the author had made the content more accessible to the average layman. 😢😢

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Crazy Rich Asians | Kevin Kwan
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I had no idea this was a book until I saw the movie last night. Super hilarious! I will be putting the trilogy on my TBR! #funny #laugh

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A Book of Words | Rudyard Kipling
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Smelling a book is one of my #favoritethings 💙📚

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This couldn‘t have come at a better time. Breakups suck! 😢💔

Karkar Hugs 11mo
TheReadingMermaid 💕💖🤗💖💕 11mo
Smartypants @Karkar @TheReadingMermaid y‘all are so sweet! I love my #litsy family. 😘 11mo
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An excellent examination on the vicious cycle of poverty with a focus on the city of #milwaukee and its housing crisis. The plight of the poor and the search for shelter is a never-ending cycle. #staywoke

Reggie The part about the landlord getting fined for 911 calls made me sick. And then she evicted those girls. What the hell is 911 for? 11mo
Smartypants @Reggie agreed! How can she control the crime in her neighborhood and be safe from it if calling 911 gets her evicted? 11mo
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The Nix | Nathan Hill
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I‘m proud of myself for finishing this book. It wasn‘t bad but it wasn‘t amazing. The author does a great job with character development but the shifting time periods in the characters‘ lives without much earning was a bit distracting. However, when you are 8 hours into the audiobook, how can you not finish?

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All Fall Down: A Novel | Jennifer Weiner
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I‘ve always loved Jennifer Weiner books because she is willing to write fiction that resonates with the average woman‘s experiences and realities. This book touched on prescription addiction in an upper class family. A worthwhile read. #chicklit #summer

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A Little Princess (Collins Classics) | Frances Hodgson Burnett
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What a charming little book. I never read it as a child and I was waiting for my holds so I gave it a whirl! Loved it!

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So I‘ve been following the case of the missing girl in Iowa, and thought it might be a good idea to learn more about staying safe in this cruel world. 🙏🏼 she is found soon.

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The Last Black Unicorn | Tiffany Haddish
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Super excited that I‘ll be starting this book! Special thanks to @BeaG for the recommendation!

BeaG @Smartypants I'm glad you didn't have to wait long! Enjoy! I can't wait to hear what you think. 12mo
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Bailedbailed

I tried so hard to make this work! I invested 90 minutes that I can‘t get back. I just couldn‘t do it. Read this if you want a full book devoted to just one word. #bail

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Why Not Me? | Mindy Kaling
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OMG! Mindy is my spirit animal. You will love this book if you love other female comedic actresses. I wish she could be my BFF, we would have so much fun! #funny #mindy