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Viji

Viji

Joined April 2016

Avid reader, coffee-drinker, cat-lover, ICU nurse
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Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
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King of Infinite Space | Lyndsay Faye
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Not sure what I‘m reading but I love Lyndsay Faye‘s writing 😁

Tera66 I really liked this one.❤ 3mo
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The Paper Palace: A Novel | Miranda Cowley Heller
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Liked this book very much! The setting of Cape Cod summers over many years is described so beautifully. The MC is in love with two men and you see how those relationships evolve over her life. Recommend!

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Pickpick

Really enjoyed this novel set in Vietnam with alternating POV, imperfect characters, hints of mysticism. Oh, and snakes 😩

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How sadness and shame are more than feelings; they‘re an illness, a terrible cancer that spins through the world taking lives in a hidden cyclical way that might never end.

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Alternating heavy with beach read 😎

Viji Loved it 😍 6mo
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Bewilderness | Karen Tucker
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We‘d just hit the sweet spot too: perched at the top of the arc, between all the crap you go through as a rising amateur player and the inevitable plunge that follows once you hit pro levels.

Texreader Does it tell you which sport? 6mo
Viji It‘s about opioid addiction. 6mo
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Hot Stew | Fiona Mozley
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So far this seems full of quirky characters and may be just what I need right now 🤪

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You understand that if you must learn to love a man, he is probably not the man you should be loving.

Erinreadsthebooks I love this book! 7mo
Viji I‘m enjoying it too! Probably finishing tomorrow. 7mo
LitStephanie What a great quote! 7mo
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Shuggie Bain | Douglas Stuart
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I‘m about 100 pages in and so far it should be called “Agnes Bain”. Well-written but not what I was expecting.

Cathythoughts I loved this one ❤️💔 8mo
CarolynM It was different from my expectations too, but I thought it was very good. 8mo
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Run | Ann Patchett

This business of coming back to take your little part in the play you would never again be the star of was simply more than anyone should have to bear.

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Run | Ann Patchett
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Nobody knew if he was looking to see if there wasn‘t somebody else coming to take him away or if he was trying to find the person who‘d left him behind.

CarolynM Loved this - my favourite read last year. Hope you enjoy it too🙂 11mo
Viji @carolynm, some writers can write about any characters and any subject and make it fascinating. For me, Ann Patchett is one of those writers 💕 11mo
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...what was a sibling but a person you stayed tied to whether or not you liked them.

dariazeoli Oh, that quote. Oof, but also, yes. 11mo
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Like my mother, I had a locked box where I kept all my tears.

Viji She casually lays down these sentences and they punch you in the gut. 12mo
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Homegoing was one of my favorite books of 2017 and so far Gyasi‘s second novel feels just as heart wrenching.

KathyWheeler I found this second one to be even better. 12mo
KarinWestbrook Just started reading it, and am enjoying it. I was not a fan of Homegoing, in fact I didn‘t finish reading it. 12mo
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The Mercies | Kiran Millwood Hargrave
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First book of 2021!

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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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A perfect fairy tale for this cold December day!

monalyisha Lovely! 13mo
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Writers & Lovers | Lily King
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Have never read King‘s books but I‘m enjoying this one. Main character is trying to write a book, living in someone‘s potting shed and riding her bike to work as a waitress. I‘ve heard it has a happy ending so things do get better!

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Homeland Elegies | Ayad Akhtar
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Didn‘t know “the Donald” is a character!

LatrelWhite Wow I need that! ☺️ I have the library book copy that I just can‘t seem to get to it. I‘ve checked it out 3 times. Thankful there are no holds!🤣 1y
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I‘m enjoying this so far! Even if you‘re not into sci-fi, the cast of characters is very engaging. Just the distraction I need right now!

readordierachel I loved this one. And the others in this series. 1y
Ruthiella @readordierachel I second Rachel. Such a great, character driven series. 😀 1y
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StaceyKondla Love this book! 💚 1y
Viji @readordierachel Can‘t wait to read the others! 1y
BekaReid Becky Chambers' characters and relationships are amazing! 1y
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The Black Cat | Horrified Press
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She looks like Toothless the dragon! #nationalcatday#catsoflitsy

BennettBookworm SHE DOES!! 😍😍😍 1y
Scochrane26 😍😍 1y
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Rodham | Curtis Sittenfeld
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I am really enjoying this alternate history of Hillary Rodham Clinton‘s life and career. Can‘t wait to see how it turns out!

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Long Bright River | Liz Moore
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Can my melancholy soul take this book? We‘re about to find out.

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Wolf Hall | Hilary Mantel
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I‘m not a big history buff but Mantel‘s writing style is very engaging. Enjoying early fall weather after we had snow last week 😣

BookwormM I am 40% into this one and yes the writing is very engaging 1y
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I turned out to be stronger than I thought, but that‘s never a thing you want to have to test.

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I‘ve been on the waitlist at the library forever! Very mixed reviews on Litsy. Let‘s go!

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A Memory Called Empire | Arkady Martine
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In some respects this is similar to The Expanse, which is very much focused on the characters. So far this seems equally about the characters and the world building, which is extensive. Ambassador Mahit, the MC, is a snarky young woman and who doesn‘t love that? 😁

DuckOfDoom I need to start this books. It's been lying on my shelf for ages😣 2y
Viji @DuckOfDoom , if you read it, let me know what you think! 2y
QuintusMarcus Loved this book - I thought it was fantastic, really different. 2y
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The Snow Collectors | Tina May Hall
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Here in the Colorado mountains we are far from true spring weather. And social distancing somehow fits the mood of this book as well. Gothic, atmospheric, eerie. Loving it!

charl08 Happy litsyversary! 2y
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Barkskins: A Novel | Annie Proulx
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Threat of deadly virus will not stop the library book sale 😷

marleed Oh our was Thurs-Sat. I went Thurs morning (5 books for me!). By Thursday evening physical library services were shut down immediately and until further notice. There are covid-19 cases with positive tests in my county and neighboring counties. 2y
Viji There was a death from corona virus at the hospital I work at. 2y
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I keep finding myself drawn to books that are a product of these troubled times. Really gripping so far!

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Lost Children Archive | Valeria Luiselli
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Perhaps it‘s just that we sense an absence of future, because the present has become too overwhelming, so the future has become unimaginable.

kspenmoll That quote! ❤️☹️ 2y
merelybookish There are so many poignant passages in this book! 2y
Viji It‘s definitely worth savoring. 2y
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Men Without Women | Haruki Murakami
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Have never read his books so thought I‘d start with stories.

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Bluebird, Bluebird | Attica Locke
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A different kind of cop story. And with a writing style smooth as butter, I will definitely be reading Locke‘s other books.

Scochrane26 This is the book for my book club this month, so I‘ll be reading it soon. 2y
Liatrek I‘ve read all Attica Lockes books and they are great! 2y
susurran Loved this book! 10mo
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I like the idea of a story about post-apocalyptic days where people come together and build a new world. (Instead of all trying to kill each other 😧)

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Starting today. Seems like a very original concept for a courtroom drama.

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Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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So far I‘m loving this little book about a girl who doesn‘t fit in. Anybody else relate?

CouronneDhiver 🙋🏽‍♀️ 3y
Jinjer I loved that book so much!
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EKonrad ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
cathipink I haven't stopped thinking about this book all year 🙂 2y
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Bowlaway: A Novel | Elizabeth McCracken
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Just a couple of chapters in, this reads a little like Alice Hoffman. Perfect for summer.

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Keats & Chapman (formerly The Bookstore) | Belfast, County Antrim, United Kingdom (Bookstore)
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One of several bookstores we‘ve visited while in Belfast. Loved the stacks of used books!

BooknerdsLife 😍😍📚 3y
cuiuup I love bookstores like this!! 3y
Viji #malllocup, I know! In some places the stacks were two or three deep so you had the sense there were books that hadn‘t been touched for years! 3y
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Reservoir Tapes | Jon McGregor
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Maybe this little book can help me out of my slump 🙂

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Gross Anatomy | Mara Altman
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I picked this up at the library today because it looks both hilarious and informative.

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When life gets to be too real, Starbucks and a delicious fantasy 😍

DuckOfDoom I loved that book! Not as dark and gritty as The Fifth season, but her writing style is just so good 😍 3y
SW-T Loved that book! 3y
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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I‘ve never been a big fan of mythology but if there‘s one thing I‘ve learned from Litsy, it‘s to try reading books outside my comfort zone. And everybody on here loves it ,so here we go!

Gryffleclaw95 I really am not a huge mythology fan either, but this was very well written and I ended up enjoying it! Hope you like it! 3y
Librarianaut I had the audio version of this book- it was amazing. The narrator did a fantastic job of telling a gorgeous story. 3y
Tamra Me neither, but having just read The Odyssey it was fun to read a full narrative about a minor, but intriguing character. 😁 3y
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Hope you enjoy it! 3y
Lcsmcat I‘m reading this now and loving it! 3y
Book_Fairy_Mary I could tell you how much I loved this book, but you've heard it all before from everyone here. 😂 I hope you love it as much as we did! 3y
Viji I did end up liking this book a lot! 3y
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Ways to Hide in Winter | Sarah St. Vincent
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Something very bad happened in her past and there‘s a feeling that something bad is about to happen. So far it‘s a slow burn that I‘m enjoying.

MelissaS I read this one in a day! It‘s really good! 3y
Viji @MelissaS , I‘ve had some time off work and I‘m really on a roll so far this year! 3y
Tamra I loved it! 3y
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The Dinner List | Rebecca Serle
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Hot chocolate in my new mug, a kitty and a new book.

booksensation I really enjoyed this book!!! Hope you like it 3y
LazyDays Love your mug! 3y
Viji Thanks @LazyDays , Christmas present from hubby! 3y
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Friday Black | NANA KWAME. ADJEI-BRENYAH
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...you have to dig happiness up, ‘cause it‘s not gonna just walk up to you and ask you how you‘re doing.

parasolofdoom That was my one of my favorites this year! 3y
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Fellow Littens , I need your advice. I want to try bullet journaling in 2019 and need to know what brand notebook you‘d recommend. I want one with good quality paper, not too small or too big and with a nice cover. Recommendations? Go!

Literary_Siren I kinda want to do this too! Someone keep me posted! 3y
jillrhudy I think the website by the bullet journal guru guy has them. 3y
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BookishMarginalia I have this one from Chronicle and I love it — thick pages and gilded edges https://www.amazon.com/Shine-Bright-Productivity-Journal-Chronicle/dp/1452168245... @Literary_Siren (edited) 3y
JaneyWaneyB Either Moleskine or Leuchtturm notebooks with dotted pages or look on Etsy for travellers notebooks and build up your journals that way. Pinterest is my go to for inspiration on planning, changed my organisation and mind space completely through tipbits on there. Enjoy and hope you love the creativeness of it 3y
Viji Thanks for the tips @BookishMarginalia and @JaneyWaneyB! I‘ll post a picture when I get started. 3y
JamieArc I‘ve been using Leuchtturm dotted or grid notebooks for my past few, but am eyeing Archer and Olive notebooks to try out for my next one. 3y
Larkken I like to go to half price books during their December journal and planner sale and pick out one that makes me happy. They have knock off moleskins, but I often like some of their weird ones that have the calendar somewhere in there... You know, for reference. 3y
tdrosebud I just got an Artist's Loft one from Michael's. I didn't want to go too expensive if it turned out I wouldn't really like the process. 3y
LauraBytheBook I used Leuchtturm this year and loved it. I plan to get another one for 2019. 3y
Viji Thanks for all the great input, @KnitNread , @tdrosebud, @larkken, @jamiearc! (edited) 3y
Bklover I like Leuchtturm dotted grid. 3y
Viji Thanks, @bklover, that seems to be the consensus. 3y
Moony I agree with @BookishMarginalia The notebooks by Leuchtturm or moleskins are wonderful and the book by Ryder Carroll is great. I learned the method with his homepage. But the book have backgrounds and extra tips. By now I go to an paper shop and look for nice notebooks with blank pages. Dotted paper is good but not a "must have". 3y
InnerSavvy I was not sure if I would keep it up so I got a $5 dot journal at Michael's Arts and Crafts. Turnd out I really love the journal and will keep using it. 3y
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Royal We | Jessica Morgan
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Something fun for the holiday season!

teainthelibrary I‘m a little bit embarrassed to admit how much I loved this one! I‘ve reread it twice and listened to the audio 😂 3y
Viji @teainthelibrary, guilty pleasure? I‘m in! 3y
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What better way to spend Saturday night than starting a new book?

mrsmarch Every time I see this cover I think, “She doesn‘t look relaxed.” 3y
RidgewayGirl You are in for a great read! 3y
SexyCajun Yeah she‘s giving someone the stink eye 3y
Blaire This book was unusual in the best way. 3y
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The One | John Marrs
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This starts off with a bang and reminds me of You by Caroline Kepnes.

RadicalReader @Viji you‘ll adore this book I honestly couldn‘t put it down!! I highly and strongly recommended to all the major networks to turn this incredible gripping novel like no other into a marvelous movie masterpiece (edited) 3y
Moony It's very funny, the next Litsy post in my account is about "You". What are the odds! 3y
Viji @moony, you should read them both! 3y
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Calypso | David Sedaris
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I‘ve never read his books before. I like the confidential feeling of a friend telling you stories about his life.

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I love these characters so much but the stories are getting stale 🙁