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StaceyAnneHoffer

StaceyAnneHoffer

Joined May 2016

I devour books & plants: check it out at www.wellreadvegan.com
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"Nature everywhere speaks to man in a voice…familiar to his soul"

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Seven Pillars of Wisdom | Thomas Edward Lawrence
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When your friend says his favorite book is an 800+ page history of the Middle East, you have to consider how much you like your friend and respect his taste in books. So far, both friend and book are incredibly amusing, if a little cerebral. Thank goodness for #24in48 or it would have taken me an era to read this epic history! @24in48

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Orlando: A Biography | Virginia Woolf
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Nothing like finding the unexpected-- and I mean both the bookstore as well as the note I found in this pristine copy of Orlando. I'll let you know how my destiny in numerology turns out, too. I've heard numbers don't lie, but I don't think I believe it. #together #bookhaul

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The Journal, 1837-1861 | Henry David Thoreau, Damion Searls
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I saw this hibiscus in a pile of greenery where we were walking today, so I seized this beauty from the trimmings. Oddly, Mexico reminds me of Thoreau, both because "Flowers were made to be seen, not overlooked," and because the Mexican-American War sparked his Civil Disobedience. Both flowers and history "...imply eyes, spectators." Maybe traveling with my husband has me thinking more politically than usual, but all the same...#resist beautifully

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10/10 would sleep again.

Eyelit 😸 2y
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Rather than buy new clothes and endlessly search through my overstuffed closet, I've taken to research: forget fashion, style is immortal! #clothesmakethewoman

LauraBrook I've been curious about this! Looking forward to your process. ❤️👚 2y
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Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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I suppose we're both done reading for the night...or maybe I could read the rest and just call out of work tomorrow... 🤔

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Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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This book reminds me of that scene in Short Circuit when Johnny V reads a bunch of books really quickly but then he finds Frankenstein and Pinocchio and reads them really slowly, turning the pages one at a time because the story is that important. But how did it take me this long to get around to reading it? #overdue #reductiverobotsarepeopletoo

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This cookbook has been so much fun to explore. Not only are the recipes simple, fun, and fresh, but they're all vegetarian and super easy to veganize. The gorgeous watercolors and photographs help a lot too 💐🍾🥗

Eyelit 💜 your mug! 2y
StaceyAnneHoffer @Eyelit thanks so much! I got it at the kitchen store in rehoboth beach 🐈 2y
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Food and good reads at the Drop Squad Kitchen in Wilmington. I'm getting the Garvey with a side of sweet potato chips while my beloved ordered a v steak with a side of socialism #veganfeast

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Working inside, but dreaming of working outside. This book is arranged in perfectly readable short segments. It almost seems designed to read in between grading papers. If only I could work out a system where I could grade while I garden. Alas 🌱

BrittanyReads Love your lamp! 😊 2y
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Bowie: A Biography | Marc Spitz
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I'm not sure if this is what Marc Spitz intended, but reading this biography has inspired me to listen to the entire Bowie discography in chronological order #music2readby

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"Claude Izner is the pseudonym of two sisters, Liliane Korb and Laurence Lefevre. Both are secondhand booksellers on the banks of the Seine and experts on 19 century Paris."

StaceyAnneHoffer #tfw the authors are living your dream life but that's OK because they also write a cracking good mystery 3y
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Devil in a Blue Dress | Walter Mosley
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This was an awesome book. I could've read it again as soon as I finished it but someone told me the movie with Denzel Washington was a classic, so I gave it a shot. As always, the book is better than the movie, but man, Denzel Washington is an attractive individual. 😍

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This was such a good book. So many of my family members, friends, and students are suffering or have suffered from PTSD. This book goes a long way to helping me understand, and making me thankful not to understand completely. Anyone who knows anyone who has been on active duty should read this book 📚 plus, there are a ton of great books scattered throughout the story. Highly recommended for the book about war in the book riot #readharderchallenge

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This book is full of excellent facts and compelling arguments for adopting a plant-based diet 🥕It's also a little repetitive, but I guess it's helpful when you're trying to build a knowledge base built on scientific and medical research. Still, I think the best argument for veganism is a taste test! 🍪

DivineDiana Kathy Freston started me on my journey! 3y
StaceyAnneHoffer That's excellent! She is very wise and has some excellent tips! 🤓power to the plant people 🌱 (edited) 3y
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Heartless | Marissa Meyer
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There's nothing so delightful as reading a good book while wrapped in a cozy quilt ☕️

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Two new books I didn't know I needed 📚

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Cat's Cradle: A Novel | Kurt Vonnegut
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This book has a most misleading title, but so far Endora and I find it intriguing to say the least!

Joybishoptx Kitty Endora is adorable!💕😻 3y
Eastbriar It's a very intriguing one, but also one of my faves 😊 3y
StaceyAnneHoffer Thanks! She is sweet and rarely still enough for a photo opp! I really like the book, except for the part where his cat dies 😿otherwise, it's Vonnegut par excellence! 3y
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Christmas Bells: A Novel | Jennifer Chiaverini
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A lovely story of Christmas Day told from multiple perspectives in both an historical and contemporary timeframe. Everything is wrapped up beautifully by the end, but not without tragedy along the way. Altogether a perfect, quick Christmas Eve read! Merry Christmas, everyone! "Peace on earth, goodwill to men." ???#seasonsreading2016

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Santa Clues | Various
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My husband just gets me, ya know?

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I bought signed editions of both "Land of Love and Ruins" by Oddný Eir and "The Whispering Muse" by Sjón at the Keflavik Airport Penninn Bookstore before take-off. Both of them feature hauntingly beautiful settings and strangely compelling characters. Both are fascinating in different but related ways. Regardless, I highly recommend both these authors. Many more Icelandic recommendations to come! Maybe it will help how badly I want to return? ??

ReadingEnvy I focused on Iceland for a year but struggled with Laxness, which is blasphemy I'm sure. 3y
StaceyAnneHoffer Haha! Our tour guide said they all have to read him in school and it was awful because when she was 16 she had no point of reference for anything he was saying. I'm tackling it next, but with realistic expectations 😅 3y
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Burial Rites | Hannah Kent
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It's been rough restraining myself, since this is probably the max I can fit in my suitcase, but I've taken a ton of pictures of books I want to order when I get home. The thing is, Iceland truly understands the purpose of bookstores. For instance, the books in translation section is huge! And the selection is so much better. I've hit every Reykjavik bookstore on the Book Riot list and then some and I still haven't been to all of them #niceland 📚

ReadingOver50 What an awesome trip 😍 3y
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I completely love my new agenda! Apparently, so does my cat. I guess I was done with my idea mapping anyway. The best part about this book is that stopping and coming back to it only helps you set better goals.

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Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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"What I know now, my son: Evil begets evil. It grows. It transmutes, so that sometimes you cannot see that the evil in the world began as the evil in your own home."

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Strong Poison | Dorothy L. Sayers
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Nothing like an excellent mystery and a warm fire-- especially in the fall! And Dorothy Sayers truly crafts a compelling mystery. I love when a mystery writer provides all the necessary clues and the case is still baffling!

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This book is not helping me beat my husband in chess. In fairness, I don't think it's the book. 💩

Bette My husband won't play chess with me so I got the app for Really Bad Chess so I can go nuts! 😂 3y
StaceyAnneHoffer That sounds like a lot of fun! I play terrible chess so I would probably be good at that app 👹 3y
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Gaudy Night | Dorothy L. Sayers
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These dogs are the warmest blanket ever and this book is the most enjoyable of mysteries. I love when a mystery writer takes time to make her characters human and lays out the evidence in such a way that you can put it together, but you would have to be a true genius. Durst I say I love Dorothy Sayers more than Agatha? I could no more or less choose a favorite pupper! I love them both in different ways. #auntiedoesntplayfavorites #readingtodogs 🐶

Eyelit 💜🐶💜🐶💜 3y
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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek | Annie Dillard
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"Our life is faint tracing on the surface of mystery, like the idle, curved tunnels of leaf miners on the face of a leaf."

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To Mock a Killing Bird | Raymond D. Mason
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Bird on my bookshelf 📚Must've flown in from the porch where the hubs is painting with the door open. I feel like this could be inspiration for #nanowrimo somehow 🖊

Reviewsbylola 😳😳😳 3y
StaceyAnneHoffer Haha! My thoughts exactly, @Reviewsbylola 3y
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I picked this up at a used bookstore while traveling in Oregon because "Often as I walk I think." The only problem is how much wanderlust it gives me. Stupid desk job, getting in the way of my best life. #Adulting

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Endless Night | Agatha Christie
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Reading something spooky while I play chess with my husband. He's watching Poirot and cutting out tiny shapes for a collage. We each take so long to move we need activities while we play, so I stole the skull to complement the "dark and stormy night" storyline and provide a touch of dark humor. Watch out for the disembodied skulls! ???

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This book has so much that I love: turn of the century historical references, Kenya, complex and painful feelings, an incredibly courageous main character, and a very deep current of philosophical issues to help throw it all into stark relief. Can you tell I'm in love? I just started yesterday and I'm ready to make a commitment and finish this beautiful story tonight. #nosleeptilnairobi

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My friends in Oregon have a replica set of these. They have a ritual where, when someone in the household does something remarkable, they turn them to face in the direction of an incredible bakery down the street from their house. Once all of the pieces face towards the bakery, they walk down the street and buy sticky buns. Of course, this inspired me to read a history of the original set of Lewis chessmen and play a lot more chess with my fiancé.

SusanInTiburon Great story! 3y
StaceyAnneHoffer Thanks! I left out the part where it also inspired me to buy a lot of sticky buns 😅🍴☕️ 3y
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The mycorrhizal mushroom sounds exceptionally beautiful and complex. Ubiquitous and mysterious, I'm starting to see them everywhere now 🍄

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When you're covering another instructor's class at the last minute but still trying to keep up in grad school😅

BookishMarginalia May the force be with you! Oh Bakhtin, how you made me work for it! 3y
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"Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks" This newest set of bookshelves should do the trick (for now). #shelfie #shelflife

LauraBeth ❤️ this! 3y
MrBook Jealous!!!! 3y
StaceyAnneHoffer Thanks guys! Let me know if you want a copy of the plans 😉📚 3y
Simona Library at home. Very nice. 3y
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To the Lighthouse | Virginia Woolf
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The book I could read over and over again forever in my favorite place to read, the tropical room at Longwood Gardens.

DivineDiana Longwood Garden! You must live in Pennsylvania too! I never thought of reading there. Great idea! 3y
StaceyAnneHoffer It's such an excellent place to visit but even better to read there! I never get tired of the citrus garden 🍊 3y
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Eugenia Bone is either a Pynchon or a wizard name, and I'm leaning towards the latter. I guess it makes sense then that she wrote a book about mushrooms ? This is part one of the "Moving to Oregon" Series. Many more to come...?#takemeaway

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Daddy-Long-Legs | Jean Webster
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I love vintage books. Those who previously turned each page (and when) creates a timeless fellowship. In this case, both the story and the book felt like time travel. Aside from some feminist critiques, this was an enjoyable, romantic epistolary novel about an orphan girl and her benefactor. The narrator was both charming and not entirely flawless, which is often (tiresomely) the case, and not unlike little orphan Annie, but perhaps better read 🤓

Eyelit I loved this book when I was a kid. I believe there is a sequel. 3y
StaceyAnneHoffer That's exceptional news! I'm definitely going to try and find it 3y
DivineDiana I also read this book many years ago and it is a sentimental favorite. There was a movie of it starring Fred Astaire. Kind of creepy though because he just seemed too old. 3y
StaceyAnneHoffer Haha! Poor Fred. I'm sure it was a little creepy, but then so was the book so I still want to see it. Thanks for the rec 😊 3y
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"[Doomed people celebrate peace with sky bombs.]" The bracketed commentary breaks the fourth wall and adds shades of meaning to seeming banality. It reminds me of the Shakespearean aside, but with a post-modern twist-- quite the literary device! Each little phrase is a tiny needle jolting the reader to pay attention and listen carefully. Good grief, what a writer! I'm turning green over these turns of phrase and absolutely loving every syllable.

LauraBeth One of the best books I've read in a long time! 3y
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The Complete Guide to North American Trees | Carlton C. Curtis, S. C. Bausor
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Traveling extensively along the West Coast hasn't left much time for reading but it's been excellent for book buying! I found this treasure at St. Vinny's among the most beautiful antique books I've ever seen. It was so good I even stashed it in my knapsack when we went hiking along the coastal range. Oregon is paradise. These huge ancient Sitkas were fun to identify but even more majestic to experience. I see many more nature books in my future!

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The fourth and final, but for a mere 100 pages. #24in48 was a complete success! I finished the last 400 or so pages of Empire of Things, crushed all 536 pages of Bonita Avenue, snacked on 272 pages of horror in Bird Box, and finished with 143 pages of Benjamin Hale's short stories for a grand total of 1,351 pages! Thanks to @24in48 and @Litsy for a lovely weekend! It was delightful reading and sharing with all of you! May your #tbr over-floweth 📚

Eyelit That cat figurine is awesome! 3y
StaceyAnneHoffer Thanks @Eyelit! It's a puzzle box 🤓 3y
Eyelit And it just gets cooler! 😻 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Wonderful job! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
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Bird Box: A Novel | Josh Malerman
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An #HonestBookTitle @Litsy for this is "Never Sleep Again" or "Don't Ever Leave Your House Again, Ever" @24in48 Honestly, this one requires a serious constitution for spookiness. The worst part: the evil is unseen, except by its affect. Good thing it's still the daylight portion of my #24in48 readathon. I haven't been this freaked out since I was 7, reading Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark with a flashlight #stillreadingthough #scaredycat ???

MrBook 😂👍🏻 3y
ReadingEnvy Ooh I recorded a horror episode of my podcast (posts in three weeks) and my guest said this was one of the best! Looks like something I'll need to read! 3y
StaceyAnneHoffer It's very creepy but really fun! Your podcast sounds excellent! Where do I tune in? 3y
AnnaDesourdy Um yes this book scared the 💩 out of me 3y
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From Plato to Derrida | Forrest E Baird
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My favorite part about the shelves my fiancé and I built last spring is how many tiny paintings magically appear the morning after an all-night painting session. That, and the way you can rearrange everything to cram more books on the shelves! I obviously have a shelf problem, not a book buying problem. ? Thankfully, my fiancé agrees. We're planning on putting in several more like these soon. ?#getlostinthestacks #shelfie #24in48 @Litsy @24in48

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Bonita Avenue: A Novel | Peter Buwalda
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Finally sinking my teeth into a friend's recommendation. The translation is a little funny at times but mostly the prose is crackling and the characters enormously flawed and complex. Great fun all around! At this rate, I think I might be able to finish this one around three or four this afternoon. So far I have about 200 pages left! Luckily, my beloved makes excellent coffee, so I'm properly caffeinated ☕️ #24in48 #amreading 📚 @Litsy @24in48 🙃

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I'm so excited to finally finish this behemoth! Four hours into the readathon, not counting lunch, I've managed 400+ pages. Looking back, I wish I could take a week and read it again from cover to cover! Not only was this excellent because of the global context and far-reaching historical perspective, but also because everything it covered is completely applicable to the way we live and consume today. Totally life-changing📚 #24in48 @Litsy @24in48

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Bonita Avenue: A Novel | Peter Buwalda
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Let the reading marathon commence! I don't expect to finish all of these, but it's always good to be prepared! The top two might come with me on my trip out West but I'm hoping to get through at least two out of the other five. I'm optimistic, since I've been training all week. Whoever thought up a reading marathon is an absolute genius. I can't imagine a better excuse to sit around and do nothing but read all day. Thanks, universe! #readharder 📚

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I'm passing on my Nancy Drew collection to my cousin's oldest daughter. I have to say, it is quite difficult to let it go but I know that she will love the series in spite of its many flaws and begin a passion for girl detection as those before her have done! The nostalgia is palpable. Would I love Agatha had I not first explored the world of mystery with Nancy? Perhaps, but you never forget your first brush with crime! Solving them, I mean...🕵🏼

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I don't think I could let those go either. I might lend them, or buy her her own collection of the set, but I don't know if I could give them away. You're a better woman than me, because that is one beautiful collection.💕 3y
Eastbriar What a great collection! Loved those books when I was younger. 3y
erzascarletbookgasm I feel for you, you are so strong..and wise, because these treasures are going to another good home 💙 3y
StaceyAnneHoffer I might make her sign a contract to the effect of getting them back if I ever have kids, but she's 8 so I don't think it would be legally binding 😭 thanks for the support, everyone. It's so hard to let go! 3y
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I thought coloring could be a good way to break up the monotony of grading, so I requested a copy of this coloring book from Blogging for Books. The charming epigraphs accompanying each intricate page put the kitties in context, featuring a variety of breeds alongside iconic Parisian monuments like Shakespeare & Co. and Notre Dame Cathedral. It's like getting to visit the city again, except with a bunch of cats leading the way! Color me content 😻