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SolaRaynor

SolaRaynor

Joined November 2021

Writer and artist
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The Gift | Vladimir Nabokov
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With what eyes shall I look at these snowflakes?
And black branches of trees?

from “The Gift“ by Vladimir Nabokov

LiseWorks What a beautiful scene 2d
SolaRaynor @LiseWorks It's Mirabeau Point in Spokane Valley :) 2d
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The Ex Hex: A Novel | Erin Sterling
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...“The kind of day that made one want to take up painting or maybe develop some kind of poetry habit.“ --Erin Sterling “The Ex Hex“

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Ly Tran describes growing up in Queens as an immigrant, and her ultimately triumphant struggle to achieve her own American dream. Highly recommend!

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The Image of Chekhov | Anton Chekhov
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I found this book at a second hand book store. I loved all the stories! My favorite was “The House with the Mezzanine“.

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Orwell's memoir of working in Paris hotels and living in London lodging houses. I thoroughly enjoyed it :)

SRWCF Whoa! I have never heard of this book before. My fave of all time is 2w
SolaRaynor @SRWCF I've tried reading “1984“ twice but it's so realistic that I just can't do it! I loved “Animal Farm“ and “Down and Out“ though :) 2w
SRWCF @SolaRaynor Yeah, 1984 hits a little too close to home these days. 2w
SolaRaynor @SRWCF No doubt!! 2w
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“Why did we feel so cheerful when it rained?“ --Vladimir Nabokov, quoting a letter from Tamara in “Speak, Memory“.

Andrew65 Love this picture. 2w
SolaRaynor @Andrew65 Thank you :) It's the view of the Spokane River from the Mission Street Bridge in Spokane, Washington :) 2w
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The Wind in the Willows | Kenneth Grahame
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“The river still chattered to him, a babbling procession of the best stories in the world...“ --Kenneth Grahame, “The Wind in the Willows“

Cathythoughts ❤️ 3w
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Gnomes | Wil Huygen, Rien Poortvliet
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I loved this book as a kid, and just discovered it in a box! So much fun :) It describes the ways of gnomes :)

IndoorDame I loved this book as a kid too! 3w
SolaRaynor @IndoorDame It was fun discovering it again!! 3w
Dilara I discovered it as an adult, and loved reading it with my daughter! 2w
SolaRaynor @Dilara Very cool!! 2w
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“I confess I do not believe in time.“ --Vladimir Nabokov, “Speak, Memory“.

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Oryx and Crake | Margaret Atwood
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Action, suspense, and a love story, set in a (frighteningly plausible) dystopian future. I reread this in 2020, maybe not the best year to do this lol!!

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SolaRaynor @WJCintron Awesome! A really great book. 2w
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“Very lovely, very lonesome. But what am I doing in this stereoscopic dreamland? How did I get here?“ --Vladimir Nabokov, “Speak, Memory“.

cant_i'm_booked Lovely, lovely quote! 1mo
SolaRaynor @cant_i'm_booked There are so many in this memoir!!! 1mo
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I read this last summer and now I'm going through it more slowly, noting passages that are especially moving. Nabokov describes his childhood. His life is upended as his family loses almost everything in the Russian Revolution.

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Wally loves to sit on books! “Costume Reference I: Roman Britain and the Middle Ages“ has great information for world building :)

RaeLovesToRead Wally is so beautiful! 🥰 1mo
SolaRaynor His personality is too, most of the time lol!! 1mo
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This book caught my eye. I'm not a woodcarver, but the leader of my writing group always reminds us to “read widely“. The carved gnomes are giving me ideas for my next manuscript :)

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Stranger in a Strange Land | Robert A. Heinlein
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“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.“ --Robert A. Heinlen, “Stranger in a Strange Land“.

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“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently?“
-- Lewis Carroll, “Through the Looking-Glass“

DaveGreen7777 Oooh, love this picture! 🤩 1mo
SolaRaynor @DaveGreen7777 Thank you, it's the neighbor's plum tree :) 1mo
kspenmoll Beautiful photo! 1mo
SolaRaynor @kspenmoll Thank you, I love snow :) 1mo
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Vagabond | J. D. Brewer
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“She'd be gone when the breeze got under her skin.“ --J.D. Brewer, “Vagabond“.

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The mayor's daughter goes missing, and Detective Michael Bennett will stop at nothing to rescue her.

This was my first James Patterson thriller. I look forward to reading more :)

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Rail Journeys | David Ross
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Beautiful photos of trains, stations, and landscapes, as well as interesting descriptions of railway journeys in different countries.

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Snuff | Terry Pratchett
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Eclectic TBR Bookstack. Looking forward to it!!

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Shadow of Night | Deborah E. Harkness
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Time travel to 16th century England and France made this my favorite book of the All Souls trilogy.

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I'm trying my hand at Celtic Knotwork. I drew this design freehand from Dover's “Celtic and Old Norse Designs“ by Courtney Davis.

DaveGreen7777 It‘s gorgeous! 🤩 2mo
SolaRaynor @DaveGreen7777 Thank you! I've been having fun sketching these designs :) 2mo
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Frances Hodgson Burnett's the Secret Garden | Frances Hodgson Burnett, Inga Moore
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“Magic until they burst and uncurled into cups of scent delicately spilling themselves over their brims and filling the garden air.“ --Frances Hodgson Burnett, “The Secret Garden“.

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I had a hard time putting this one down. An excellent mystery, one of the best I've read.

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“If you can't go around an obstacle, go around it. Water does.“ Margaret Atwood, “The Penelopiad“.

tokorowilliamwallace Hiking? Where's this? 2mo
SolaRaynor @tokorowilliamwallace Mirabeau Point, Spokane Valley, Washington. I took this picture in late September of this year :) 2mo
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TBR Bookstack! Looking forward to it :)

DrexEdit Lots to look forward to there! 👍😊 2mo
SolaRaynor @DrexEdit Awesome! 2mo
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Men At Arms | Terry Pratchett
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“Cats will amusingly tolerate humans only until someone comes up with a tin opener that can be operated with a paw.“ --Terry Pratchett, “Men at Arms“.

RaeLovesToRead Pickles also uses me as a hot water bottle! 😸 2mo
SolaRaynor @RaeLovesToRead Aaww! Love it :) 2mo
johncadams @SolaRaynor What a sweetie! 2mo
SolaRaynor @johncadams He is...most of the time! 2mo
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Dubliners | James Joyce
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I'm between books right now, so I'm rereading stories from “Dubliners“. Absolutely love them :)

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The Frog Prince | Brothers Grimm
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My Tiny 3-D Book Series, 1971. Check out the price in the upper right hand corner!

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The Synonym Finder | J. I. Rodale
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Wally and my favorite thesaurus, “The Synonym Finder“ :)

RaeLovesToRead Hiya, I've tried to tag you in a couple of comments, but it won't let me do it for some reason (maybe because there's a space in your username?).. just didn't want you to think I'm ignoring you 😊 Adorable kitty ❤ 2mo
SolaRaynor Yes, there is a space in my username! Maybe that explains why certain things don't show up in my profile?? I've tried tagging and I don't think it's worked! Ok I guess I should edit my profile...thanks for the head's up! 2mo
SolaRaynor @RaeLovesToRead Thank you so much, it worked!!!! 2mo
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RaeLovesToRead Woo! That's great 😊😁 2mo
SolaRaynor @RaeLovesToRead Yes! Thanks again :) 2mo
tokorowilliamwallace I write lengthy and wordy messages, so I used to spend hours trying to figure out what I was thinking/saying by searching the online thesauri! 2mo
SolaRaynor @tokorowilliamwallace I go online sometimes but I love flipping through the pages of this thesaurus! As an aside, I bought it with credits from used books I traded in...definitely not something that can be done with a Kindle :) 2mo
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The Image of Chekhov | Anton Chekhov
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“Last year's leaves rustled mournfully beneath my feet, and shadows lurked in the twilight between the trees.“ --Anton Chekhov, from “The House with the Mezzanine.“

Bookwomble 🧡🍁🧡 2mo
SolaRaynor @Bookwomble I took this picture in Finch Arboretum in Spokane, Wa. :) 2mo
Bookwomble @Sola Raynor It looks beautiful and peaceful 🙂 2mo
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A Deadly Inside Scoop | Abby Collette
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Bronwyn Crewse wants to focus on running the family ice cream parlor, but her plans are derailed by a murder. When her father comes up as prime suspect, she is determined to find the real killer and clear his name.

I enjoyed this mystery and look forward to reading the second book in the series :)

SeaToSkyes I read this earlier in the year; I enjoyed it, too! 2mo
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The return of the king | John Ronald Reuel Tolkien
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1970 edition of the classic.

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Beauty and the Beast | Marianna Mayer
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A classic favorite with incredible illustrations.

Pigpen_Reads I love Beauty and the Beast and this edition looks so pretty! 2mo
SolaRaynor @Pigpen_Reads Many of the illustrations are even better than the cover :) 2mo
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Nana | Emile Zola
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An old Random House - Modern Library edition of Emile Zola's “Nana“. Originally published in 1880, the story describes interactions between the Parisian demimonde and upper classes.

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This Dover book has a nice collection adapted from old Celtic and Norse designs. I drew a few of them freehand; lots of fun!

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Walking With Walser | Daphne Gordon
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Daphne Gordon is the freelance editor of one of my manuscripts. “Walking With Walser“ is a lovely read. I would've finished it in a day if I wasn't interrupted by breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

DaveGreen7777 Oooh, wishing you the best with your manuscript! 😀 2mo
SolaRaynor @DaveGreen7777 Thank you! I am plugging away :) 2mo
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A Deadly Inside Scoop | Abby Collette
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Snacks, a cup of orange spice, and a mystery :)

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The Hobbit | J.R.R. Tolkien
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1966 edition of The Hobbit :)

DrexEdit 😳😍 2mo
Leftcoastzen Nice ! Love old paperbacks 2mo
SolaRaynor Yes!! 2mo
BookDadGirlDad Love the vintage stuff! 2mo
SolaRaynor @BookDadGirlDad Same here :) 2mo
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Memory and Dream | Charles de Lint
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An urban fantasy classic. I've reread it twice, and will read it again.

Nutmegnc I love his work!! 2mo
CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 🎉📚🎉 2mo
SolaRaynor @Nutmegnc Yes! Out of everything of his I've read, “Memory and Dream“ is my favorite :) 2mo
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SolaRaynor @CoffeeNBooks Thank you! I'm enjoying this site :) 2mo
kwmg40 I'm a huge Charles de Lint fan. Just bought his newest Newford book. 2mo
SolaRaynor @kwmg40 I didn't know there was a new one! I'll have to check it out :) 2mo
Kammbia1 One of my favorite De Lint novels. I‘ve read it twice and discussed the book on a podcast. 1mo
SolaRaynor @Kammbia1 Looking forward to listening to it :) 1mo
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An excellent book. I'd recommend this for any writer whose work includes world-building. (My cat Wally thinks so too!)

DrexEdit Welcome to Litsy @Sola Raynor! Wally looks like a wonderful reading/writing companion. 😻 I'm not a writer, but I do love all British history. Book stacked! ☺️👍 2mo
SolaRaynor @DrexEdit Awesome! Marc Morris also wrote a book about the Norman conquest, which I look forward to reading :) 2mo
sharread Welcome to Litsy. What a cute kitty. 2mo
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SolaRaynor @sharread Thank you! It's nice to be here. And thanks re Wally! He's a good cat..most of the time :) 2mo
RedxoHearts Such a handsome kitty! 2mo
SolaRaynor @RedxoHearts Thank you :) 2mo
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Likable characters, strong pacing, a beautiful setting, and intriguing plot.

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The Princess Diarist | Carrie Fisher
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I enjoyed “The Princess Diarist“. It added insight to the filming of the first “Star Wars“ movie in 1976, as well as relationships between the actors and crew.

Birdsong28 Welcome to Litsy 🎊🎉 Thanks for the tag @hannah-leeloo 2mo
AkashaVampie Welcome to Litsy sweetie! I hope u enjoy it here. We have the best community. 2mo
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AkashaVampie @hannah-leeloo thanks for the tag hun! 2mo
AmyG Thanks Hannah! 2mo
Chrissyreadit Welcome to Litsy! There is also a link on my bio with a lot of info about litsy activities and links on using Litsy. Thanks for the tag @hannah-leeloo 2mo
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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Welcome to Litsy, Sola! 👋 thanks @hannah-leeloo 2mo
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SolaRaynor @hannah-leeloo Awesome! Thank you for the suggestions :) 2mo
SolaRaynor @AkashaVampie Thank you, I'm looking for an alternative to the “big“ social media sites :) 2mo
SolaRaynor @DaveGreen7777 Thank you, very much looking forward to it :) 2mo
SolaRaynor @Chrissyreadit Very cool, thank you :) 2mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @hannah-leeloo thank you for the tag 💕 2mo
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tpixie Great review. Welcome!! 2mo
deeannloso Welcome to Litsy!! ✨😊 2mo
AkashaVampie @Sola Raynor u won't regret it hun. I haven't been on Facebook in like 3 yrs and I don't have to deal with any more drama. It's awesome. 2mo
SolaRaynor @AkashaVampie I'm thinking so! I've been on Insta and the algorithm and all the ads are getting a tad stressful :) 2mo
BookishBelle Welcome to Litsy! 🤗🎉 Thanks for the tag @hannah-leeloo ! 2mo
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SolaRaynor @LibrarianRyan Thank you! I'm liking this site :) 2mo
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LibrarianRyan @Sola Raynor any questions or issues just ask. We are a friendly bunch and love to help out. 2mo
SolaRaynor @LibrarianRyan Thank you so much! I'm already liking Litsy better than other social media sites :) 2mo
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