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Valeka

Valeka

Joined April 2017

Writing. Reading. Rinse. Repeat. On Instagram as valcru. www.goodreads.com/Valeka
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Murder Lo Mein by Vivien Chien
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In the Dream House: A Memoir by Carmen Maria Machado
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Blood Sugar Canto by Ire'ne Lara Silva
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Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
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Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
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The Animators: A Novel by Kayla Rae Whitaker
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An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
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Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao
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Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
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Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
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Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin
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Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
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Her Body and Other Parties: Stories by Carmen Maria Machado
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The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
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What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton
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Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
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Guess Who? by Margaret Miller
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Rebeca by Daphne Du Maurier
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Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
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Into The Water by Paula Hawkins
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Something to consider! 💚📖📚

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A friend of mine is using this in a university creative writing course she will be teaching in the fall. I had to get a copy for myself!

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A wonderful poet friend gifted me this book. As a fiction writer, poetry is so different for me but I‘m enjoying learning new forms to broaden my skills.

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I needed something different and Stevie is always a source of inspiration for me.

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Boundless 2021: the anthology of the Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival | Edward Vidaurre, Gabriel Gonzalez Nunez, Sarah Joy Thompson
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I cried when I saw my work and name in print. What an amazing feeling!

wanderinglynn 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 awesome! Congrats! 🎉 1y
BookishMarginalia 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 1y
Nute That is awesome! Congratulations! You are a poet. I would like to read some of your poetry. 1y
BookNAround What a rush! 10mo
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Mouth | jo reyes-boitel
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When your friend writes a beautiful book of poetry, you buy several copies to give others! #writerssupportingwriters #author #neonhemlockpublishing

Nute Good luck to your friend. Much love for poetry! Stacking! 1y
Valeka Thank you @Nute !! 🤗 1y
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Always learning more about my craft. #writerslife #knowledgeispower

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Flash Fiction Forward: 80 Very Short Stories | Robert Shapard, James Thomas
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Reading this for a workshop I will be taking. It takes a lot of skill to create an impactful teeny tiny story!

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For Whom the Bell Tolls | Ernest Hemingway
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The latest additions to my Hemingway collection. #vintagebooks #antiquebooks

TheBookHippie 😍😍😍I am in LOVE 😍😍😍 1y
Nute Be still my heart!😍 1y
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Getting the car inspected and grabbed a coffee frappe while waiting. This almost feels like the Before Times except I just got my second vaccine today and I‘m wearing a mask

TheBookHippie I just ordered this book!!!! 1y
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Got some nature time today and planted a few varieties of mint! I forget how enjoyable it is to get my hands in some dirt!

Tamra I envy you! 2y
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I‘ve been so absent from LitsyLand and I‘ve missed it! I‘m taking a wee break from my own writing to read a new book. #virginiawoolf

kspenmoll Nice to have you back! 2y
Valeka Thank you @kspenmoll 🤗❤️ 2y
TheBookHippie I missed ya! 1y
Valeka @TheBookHippie Awwww! Missed you, too!! 1y
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Puro Chicanx Writers of the 21st Century | Sandra Cisneros, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Rosemary Catacalos
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It‘s so cool to see so many people I know in one book!! So proud!! Maybe I‘ll be in the next edition ❤️

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A Promised Land | Barack Obama
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Had to get this!!

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I‘m heartbroken. #RIP #RBG

Leftcoastzen I am too!💔😭 2y
TheBookHippie 😭 devestated 2y
SamAnne Me too. 2y
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Pandemia & Other Poems | Edward Vidaurre
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Another great poetry collection! My friends write some great stuff. #authorssupportingauthors

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My Name is Romero | David A Romero
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Another poetry book! I enjoy getting books from fellow authors. #authorssupportingauthors

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Hope everyone gets to enjoy some quality reading time today!! ❤️📚📖

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Mowing Leaves of Grass | Matt Sedillo
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Just finished this amazing poetry collection. Definitely worth checking out if you enjoy reading works filled with social commentary. #authorssupportingauthors

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Every Frenchman Has One | Olivia de Havilland
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Such an amusing book! #RIP Ms. de Havilland ❤️🇫🇷

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Had to get this for my collection. I‘ve learned so much more about Hemingway from reading his letters.

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Zarzamora | Vincent Cooper
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A brief outdoor reading and writing session. I‘m trying to read more poetry. It‘s nice to read collections from writer friends! #authorssupportingauthors

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Another reference book for a writing project I‘m working on.

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Bless Me, Ultima | Rudolfo A. Anaya
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Rereading this in honor of el maestro, Rudolfo Anaya.

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This just came in the mail yesterday. I‘m always trying to find better ways of caring for myself especially during the crazy times we are living in.

callielafleur Love this cover 2y
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I didn‘t get to spend the day with my mom but I sent her flowers and food and goodies! Happy Mother‘s Day to all you moms out there!

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More research for a project working on. So much information!

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Coatlicue Girl | Gris Muoz
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My latest poetry book. I‘m trying hard to read more local/Texas writers. I‘ve come across so many great authors!

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The Best American Poetry 2019 | David Lehman, Major Jackson
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Matilda / Matilda | Roald Dahl
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Happy 15th Birthday to my April fool!! Grateful that I get to have this little nugget in my life 💖Matilda the Great 💖

JoScho What a sweet baby ❤️ 3y
wanderinglynn Happy birthday sweet Matilda! ❤️🐶 3y
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Received these amazing books from Flowersong Press, a small publisher here in Texas. Lots of great poetry and storytelling to keep me busy for a while!

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Pretty much!! #quarantinelife

Thousand-Lives Yep!! 😬 3y
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Tampa | Alissa Nutting
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That moment when you recommend an author to a literary critic/essayist who is looking for “brain candy” and the recommended author likes your Tweet and then follows you! #fangirl #geekingout

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Research for a little writing project I‘m working on.

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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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I‘m late to the show but this books is fantastic! #quarantinelife

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Murder Lo Mein | Vivien Chien
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When your city is practically shut down because of a viral plague and you‘re quarantined, reading a cozy mystery series makes sense, right? Stay safe out there folks!

mdm139 I picked up a cozy mystery today too 3y
Valeka @mdm139 I have never been into them before but I am enjoying them very much! They are a good distraction from all of the craziness happening right now! Stay safe 😷🦠 3y
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I needed a good distraction from all of this COVID-19 stuff so I bought a book about crystals. Maybe they‘ll bring in some good mojo. Goodness knows we can all use some!

BookishTrish ❤️ Judy Hall books 3y
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Book mail is the best mail!! Forgot that I had preordered this little book. I have really enjoyed the Noodle Shop Mystery series.

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I treated myself to a new Kindle since my old one was not reliable anymore. I‘m in love with my case!!

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The Water Museum: Stories | Luis Alberto Urrea
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Had a relaxing morning with some egg/cheese/avocado toast and a nice cup of tea. It was a nice, easy start to my day for a change!

Trashcanman Seems like a lovely start 3y
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Dominicana: A Novel | Angie Cruz
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I‘m a day late posting this but this is my #1wordtitle book for the #ReadWithMrBook challenge!

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In the Dream House: A Memoir | Carmen Maria Machado
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Book mail is the best mail! This just arrived today and I‘m ready to dive in!

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The Secret History | Donna Tartt
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My 500 page book for the #BookRiotChallenge!

KarenUK My favorite ever😍💕 3y
annahenke I still haven‘t read this. And I love book riot. I feel like I‘m cheating... can both be true? 3y
Jeannineth My top book of 2019! It‘s a masterpiece. 3y
Valeka @KarenUK and @Jeannineth I‘ve heard great things about it! So glad you guys recommend it! 📖📚❤️ 3y
Valeka @annahenke Pick up a copy and we can read together! 📚📖 I love Book Riot, too!! Guess we are in the same boat! 🤣 3y
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The end of a year and beginning of another. Wishing all of my Litsy friends a happy and joyous New Year filled with love, light, adventure, and understanding.

VioletBramble Happy New Year! 3y
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Clifford the Big Red Dog | Norman Bridwell
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My boss bought this little pouch for me. How sweet was that?

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Matilda | Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake
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My Matilda is working so hard! This is what she does when she comes to the office with me!

brit91 So cute😍🐶 3y
Valeka Thank you @brit91 😊 3y
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I am so behind on my reading! ARGHH!! How do you guys get back into the reading groove after surviving life‘s curveballs? I have so many books to get through and am not sure how to prioritize them.

wanderinglynn After a life happening, I try to read a book that is light-reading or even fluffy. Something that will allow me to easily escape reality without having to think too much. I hope things are going better for you. 💚 3y
BookingitwithSandra I hate when that happens. I always choose the book that‘s cover calls to me first to read when i can‘t decide which to start with. I hope your journey back to reading is enjoyable. Sounds like you deserve some down time. 3y
Valeka @wanderinglynn and @Lifeisasnap Thank you for the suggestions! Something fluffy with a catchy cover sounds perfect right about now! ❤️📚 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m having the same problem!!! 3y
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Blood Sugar Canto | Ire'ne Lara Silva
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Reading a poetry collection from my friend Ire‘ne on this cold Texas evening.

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A Healthy Homicide | Staci McLaughlin
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I‘m not sure why I‘m so into the Blossom Valley Mystery series but I am! Maybe it‘s because they‘re light and easy to read. The epitome of cozy!

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Hope everyone is having a great Halloween!