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Zelma

Zelma

Joined June 2016

I want to read all of the books. Add cats and coffee and I'm set for life.
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How to Stop Time | Matt Haig
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I survived Summer Reading Registration at the library yesterday and this is my only plan today: book, coffee and snuggling with Doggie. So tired but it all went well. Summer is here. 😱😁💪

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This is not me right now and I am very put out by it. Currently taking a quick break from mopping but I‘d much rather be reading my book. Things just got a bit crazy in Scythe.

OleAnder This one's one of the worst things. You know you should do it but books are just always, always there pulling at you! I had to study a lot lately and it was hell trying to stay away from books :((( if life could just stop sometimes 2w
Zelma @OleAnder normally I would just skip cleaning and read, but that‘s why my house need it so bad right now! 😂 my folks are coming to visit tomorrow and I need to clean the cat hair for my allergic mom. No excuses today. 2w
OleAnder @Zelma Haha, always leave it until it's absolutely necessary! :) 2w
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Slajaunie I‘m reading my book. 🥰 2w
Zelma @Slajaunie jealous! Taking another quick mopping break. I might be done until morning. 😴 2w
Slajaunie Someone should really clean my house! 😂😂😂 2w
Zelma @OleAnder @Slajaunie more mopping! 😩 and just dumped over a bucket of dirty water in the kitchen. Tonight will be reading and lots of wine! 2w
OleAnder @Zelma I just cleaned my kitchen and made dinner. Now I am waaay too tired to even pick up a book :((( 2w
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Scythe | Neal Shusterman
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Had to snap this quickly while Radar was looking. He‘s not a lap cat but will hang next to me and chill. Really enjoying this book after a few duds. I am torn between Litsy-ing or reading though. I can‘t watch the last GoT episodes right away and habe to stay off social media for the next two weeks. 😱

Coleen My cat is the same. Heaven forbid she sit on my lap, but she‘s often within a 2‘ to 3‘ radius. 2w
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Bailedbailed

I couldn‘t do it. I‘m suspecting that Ian McEwan and I no longer get along. I absolutely loved a couple of his earlier books but the more recent ones feel cold and pretentious and lack the depth that I expect and want. This has such an interesting premise but gets bogged down by one character‘s secret past and is just boring on top of everything. Moving on.

Vinjii Atonement is one of my favourite books. Oh well. I guess things do change. 2w
mrozzz Hmmm I really wanted to read this one but I also kind of want to skip it 😅 2w
Pruzy This book reminded me of a worse version of Enduring Love 1w
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My post for my library‘s FB page today. It‘s doing pretty well so far.

LibrarianRyan I have this in a tee shirt. 3w
Zelma @LibrarianRyan so cool. I need to up my t-shirt game. 3w
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Dread Nation | Justina Ireland
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My plans for the ending. Leftovers for dinner so I don‘t have to cook and one of these three beauties from the library. What a long week. Am exhausted and ready to be a sloth!

readordierachel Enjoy! 3w
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The Dreamers | Karen Walker
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Mehso-so

I was so excited about Walker‘s newest novel after loving The Age of Miracles. Unfortunately I really didn‘t care for this at all. The writing was nice, if a little distant.and I wanted to see what happened to the characters, but the plot felt way too familiar and unfinished. My overall impression was that this book has already been done before many times, and I still didn‘t know what was going on or really the whole point by the end.

readordierachel Bummer, this sounded so good! 3w
Zelma @readordierachel I forgot to write in my review that I think this will be an awesome book for the right reader. And that I probably would have liked it more if I was in a different mood. 3w
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Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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Pickpick

Holy moly, I love this book! I have been on a linked short stories kick recently, but I felt like this tied more together as a novel then, say, Olive Kitteridge. This was really a series of snapshots of a family tree, each chapter a different voice. I referred to the family tree in the front the book quite a bit but never found the book confusing. So evocative, tragic, hopeful, and very difficult at times. Just excellent.

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Bailedbailed

I have been bailing left and right on books lately. 100 pages in and I just didn‘t care about this one. Great idea, but not much in the execution. Another gratuitous photo of Radar. And yes, I have barely moved from this chair for my entire long weekend. 😄

ravenlee Life is too short to stick with books that don‘t do it for you. Nice kitty! 1mo
Dragon 😻 1mo
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Pickpick

Just finished another installment of the Inspector Gamache/Three Pines series and enjoyed. I love the setting and characters so much that they make up for some of the plot points or murders I don‘t get into. Even better than relaxing at home with Radar right now is the fact that we closed early early due to nasty weather and I have tomorrow off. Lots of reading ahead!

Brewychock48 What a beautiful kitty💞 1mo
Zelma @Brewychock48 thank you! He‘s kind of simple but so loving and weird. We adore him. 1mo
Amiable Love your black kitty! 😻We have one, too. Also kinda weird and simple. 😀 1mo
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Bailedbailed

I had high hopes for this one but it depressed me even more. By page 70, amidst the anecdotes and statistics about the current retirement/employment situation in the U.S., the only recommendation was to skip expensive brunch and go out for $4 coffee instead. I felt like it just dumping more negativity on me as a reader. Nope, not for me.

BookwormM Dump the coffee and make your own at home with a good book 🤣🤣 1mo
Zelma @BookwormM excellent point. Now to be fair, her main focus was on the fact that people who struggle as they age aren‘t alone and we need to change the culture of employment and aging as a whole. And she recommended leaning on relationships and the important things in life. But it was still just not for me. 1mo
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But the used bookstore yesterday and tuned in a tote bag full for credit. Got these two for free. I am so excited I nabbed the next Penny book in the series, just the one I needed to read next!

readordierachel Nice! 1mo
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Olive Kitteridge | Elizabeth Strout
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Pickpick

Such a quiet and lovely book. I really enjoyed reading this series of linked short stories, savoring one per evening before bed. Some stories definitely works better than others, and I was surprised so many were from Olive‘s perspective; I thought she would always be a peripheral character. I will absolutely be reading more Elizabeth Strout in the future.

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Olive Kitteridge | Elizabeth Strout
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Enjoying my morning with coffee, Cadbury mini eggs and this gem of a book.

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Pickpick

I can‘t see this working as a movie but that won‘t stop me from taking a photo still from it. Om, I loved this book so much. A short, quiet meditation on death and life and what‘s important. Each item that the narrator gives up for another day to live is tied somehow to his life beyond convenience and to his memories. This each day become more of reflection and trip through his life in his mind. Just beautiful.

Rissreads ET phone home! 🤣 1mo
Zelma @Rissreads 😂👍 1mo
Dragon 😻 1mo
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September | Rosamunde Pilcher
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I have been reading only library books lately. I am starting to double stack, which feel me it‘s time to tackle Mt. TBR again.

dariazeoli I resemble this post 😁😬 2mo
Zelma @dariazeoli I mean, it‘s not that bad, but it goes against my typical bookshelf rules. I get rid of books as I read them and make room for new ones. I have an overflow of read books for the used bookstore still sitting around plus a few too many shopping trips. My shelf is a tad full. 2mo
Gezemice @dariazeoli Me, too. Always get library books and my own stack up! 2mo
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Pickpick

I‘ve been in the mood for light rom-coms lately and this fit the bill perfectly. I know some readers have a problem with the deceit involved; however if you‘re ok with You‘ve Got Mail, this probably won‘t bug you. I like the use of text messages and email throughout . And a huge thumbs up for one character‘s growth including therapy! On an unrelated note, I really need to move those magazines; I am tired of seeing them in every litsy pic I post.

monalyisha I‘ve been in the exact same mood. It must be that spring thang. 😉🌸 2mo
Zelma @monalyisha that sounds like a much better reason than my escape from reality. Life and work are stressful right now. Rom-com is world I want to inhabit right now. (edited) 2mo
monalyisha @Zelma I‘ve also been stressed. Christina Lauren helps. 💖 2mo
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One of the reasons I have been so tired this week? A 3:30 am wake-up to chat about my library on the news. Yes, I‘m totally bragging on the fact that I get to promote libraries for a living. 😁

Zelma Oh and the goofy comment is my husband when he posted this on Facebook. 😆 2mo
LauraJ Brag away! You‘ve earned it 😸 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome!!! 🎉🎉🎉 2mo
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Merethebookgal How cool! 2mo
RealLifeReading That's awesome! 2mo
Reggie That‘s so awesome!!! 2mo
LeahBergen Woohoo! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
Tanisha_A Sooo cool! 2mo
emmalouise1 Awesome 🙌🙌 2mo
Birdsong28 Congrats 🎊🎉📚📖 2mo
Gezemice Very nice! Congrats! 2mo
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Library book sale haul for $4. I have been running on fumes lately but I had to run out to the spring sale after work one night. It‘s one of my favorite things ever. I‘ve read Station Eleven but gave my copy away. I need a new one for rereading. So excited I found a copy of LaRose.

AmyG Wow. Great haul. 2mo
Zelma @AmyG thanks! And now of course all I want to do it Litsy for the moment. I am never on here anymore. 😕 2mo
TrishB Great haul 👍🏻 2mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks The Nightingale ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
Julsmarshall What a great stack! 2mo
LeslieO Nice Haul! I read a borrowed Station Eleven and I think I need to get a copy. Definitely one to own. 2mo
RealLifeReading You got some great ones! 2mo
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Chain | Adrian McKinty
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Not a ton of books available at my conference last week. I nabbed a stack of thrillers to make some prize packs at work, but these are a few I am super excited about. Currently reading the book on the left, The Chain, and really enjoying it.

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How I Live Now | Meg Rosoff
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Had my book in the ER last night while sitting with my mother-in-law. Long afternoon and evening and finished my book. Now am in her hospital room and forgot my next one in the car. Also, dementia is a bitch.

tpixie Hugs! 2mo
Laura317 Bless you! I‘ve been there with my dear MIL. It‘s difficult seeing someone you love just seemingly fade away. Hugs! 2mo
TheLibrarian So sorry ☹️ *hugs* My father was just diagnosed last year with dementia and I agree, it is a bitch. 2mo
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Zelma @tpixie thanks so much 2mo
Nute {{{HUGS}}} 2mo
Zelma @Laura317 and @TheLibrarian I‘m sorry you both have had to deal with this. The worst part is that I am literally having to convince everyone here that something is really wrong. She can answer the basic questions about her name and age with no problem so they think she‘s lucid. 2mo
Zelma @Nute thank you. 2mo
tpixie ♥️♥️♥️♥️ 2mo
Jas16 Sending ❤️ 2mo
irre 💕💕 2mo
ravenlee 💓💓💓 love and hugs to you both. 2mo
WhatThePuck @Zelma name/age/birthday are all long term memories. They're usually the last to go. They should ask her how old she is or who the president is or even what her jewelry is called. My grandma puts her watch on every day out of habit, but can't tell you what it is or what it's for. Yet you ask her the time and she'll show you her watch. She has a lovely neurologist who helped us with questions to give the nursing staff. 2mo
Dragon Hugs 🤗 2mo
Zelma @WhatThePuck what were one or two of the questions? I finally got them to listen when after another barrage of age/birthday/location questions, I asked her to tell them about her eyesight. She talked about all she could see and how it just came back two nights ago. She is blind (no light or anything). That convinced them I am not being hysterical. 2mo
Zelma @tpixie @Jas16 @irre @ravenlee @JennyM @Dragon thanks so much for the support. 8 agree, dementia is normal but what isn‘t normal is going from the level of forgetting what she had for lunch and what day it is to hallucinating people and talking to them and telling everyone she can see everything in the room (she‘s completely blind). Something happened when that changes in the course of one day. 2mo
tpixie also make sure that they check for urinary tract infection that can cause confusion as well as electrolyte imbalances not that she isn‘t suffering from dementia but that can cause quick changes in alertness 2mo
Zelma @tpixie first thing we checked. Not that. 2mo
tpixie @Zelma good ? Well good they checked. Take care- prayers your way 2mo
CouronneDhiver No new meds? Sometimes a bad reaction can cause hallucinations and cognitive changes. 2mo
Zelma @CouronneDhiver nothing new. Probably a TIA. She is back to baseline normal today, but remembers all her hallucinations. Very strange and stressful few days but I will be better prepared next time. 2mo
ravenlee I hope she‘s doing all right, and you as well. I was thinking of you earlier today. 2mo
Zelma @ravenlee thank you so much. She is back to confused and hallucinating. It‘s pretty terrible. 2mo
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I have been behind on any posting on Litsy, especially reviews, but at least I‘m still reading. Am curled up with this one on a Sunday morning and enjoying it so far.

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Congrats @TheSpineView for the #50KLoveLitsy !

TheSpineView Good luck! 2mo
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Hey @MrBook to answer your question with visual evidence, I just got up and came back to this scene at my chair. 🙄 the third cat has decided he prefers the top of the cable box lately. 🤔

MrBook 😂😂😂😹😹😹 3mo
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It‘s been an insane two weeks at work so I immediately plopped down in my reading chair with some cheez-its and Wonderland-themed short stories. I might warm up a little dinner but that is the extent of my efforts tonight. 😌

TobeyTheScavengerMonk I‘m reading this one story at a time between novels! Just finished Sentence Like a Saturday. That first story was great, huh? 3mo
Zelma @TobeyTheScavengerMonk yes very cool! I am enjoying how dark and unsettling these stories are. I‘ve been reading one or two every night before bed. 3mo
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This isn‘t a novel that will change my life but I definitely found another romance author that I enjoy. Yay! Fun, light, didn‘t take itself too seriously. I don‘t have a photo of the book so this one of Doggie will have to do. Not a new one but super sassy.

hermyknee 😍😍😍 3mo
Purrfectpages I love this picture! 3mo
LeahBergen Aww! 😍😍 3mo
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tracey38 Oh, I love it! The look!! ❤🐶 3mo
Slajaunie Sassy indeed! 😁🐾 3mo
Redwritinghood Love that pic! 💕💕 3mo
AlaMich The ear!!🐶❤️ 3mo
Linsy So cute! 3mo
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Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart | Beth Pattillo
Bailedbailed

Meh, not my thing and not very good. Definitely could be a quick read if that‘s what you want, but there is no depth and none for the characters motivations‘ make any sense. The insta-love doesn‘t work at all either.

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L is for Lazy. My midday is shaping up to be pretty decent. There was coffee and cat snuggling all morning. Now I have dog snuggling and ice cream to go with my books. The laundry being done is the only thing keeping me from feeling completely guilty right now.

hermyknee Ice cream sounds good 3mo
PurpleyPumpkin Sounds like a perfect Sunday. Enjoy!😉 3mo
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Every Heart a Doorway | Seanan McGuire
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Pickpick

This book was so up my alley. Dark, creepy but not scary. A school for children who have disappeared to other worlds, returned against their will, and can‘t readjust. Loved the characters, stories of other lands and distinctions between them (Nonsense vs. Logic, etc). and that there was no love triangle or even major romance component. Plus an asexual character, not something I‘ve seen in YA before. No book pic so here‘s my snuggler this morning.

ravenlee What a lovely snuggler! #catsoflitsy 3mo
Zelma @ravenlee he‘s definitely the snuggliest of our boys. 😍 3mo
AlaMich I wish I had a snuggler! My Maddie loves attention but when you handle or touch her in a way she doesn‘t like, she busts out her teeth. 😠 3mo
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The Royal Nanny | Karen Harper
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Really rough start to my day. My anxiety is out of control and have had lots of trouble sleeping. After regular therapy this morning, I did some retail therapy at my favorite used bookstore before heading back to work. Skippy is creeping in the background, keeping an eye on things. @MinDea #Shippy

DivineDiana Take care of yourself! And some new books always help! ❤️ 3mo
cobwebmoth *hugs* 3mo
RealLifeReading Hugs! 3mo
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Zelma @DivineDiana @cobwebmoth @RealLifeReading thanks! 😘 planning to make a simple dinner and just Litsy and read all evening in my favorite chair. 3mo
heikemarie Anxiety is the worst! Good for you for having regular therapy appointments. I hope the rest of your day is full of small victories! 3mo
JennyM 😘😘😘 3mo
Zelma I appreciate the love and support @heikemarie @JennyM 3mo
LeahBergen Oh, that sucks. May you feel much better, very soon! 😘 3mo
Zelma @LeahBergen thanks @LeahBergen . A good night of sleep just did wonders for me today. Kitten snuggles and coffee all morning now. ❤️ 3mo
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Big Little Lies | Liane Moriarty
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Super lazy and barely pulled this out of my work bag for the photo. I‘m really surprised how much I enjoyed this. Read it for our work book club and had low expectations due it not liking the other Moriarty book I‘ve tried. It 5is was really addictive and fun and had more depth than expected. I didn‘t want to put it down while reading and then was pretty happy with the end. So a success!

Suet624 This was the first of hers that I read and I really liked it. That‘s why I was expecting more from the one I just finished. 😩 3mo
Linsy Loved this one! 🍭 3mo
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Ooh, fun prompt @britt_brooke ! Mine are:

Susanna Kearsley
John Krakauer
Catherynne M. Valente
Winston Graham
Lucy Knisley

britt_brooke I love Krakauer! Nice choices! 3mo
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Alice | Christina Henry
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Pickpick

Definitely a gritty, dark, bloody take on Alice in Wonderland. I felt like I needed a bath afterward. It didn‘t follow the classic closely but borrowed characters and elements. I liked it, didn‘t love it. But I am a sucker for any Alice retelling so it was up my alley.

TobeyTheScavengerMonk I almost started this just this morning! I too love an Alice remix. 3mo
Zelma @TobeyTheScavengerMonk I didn‘t think this was as good as The Lookingglass War but is an interesting and definite gritty take on it. 3mo
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I thought you all might get a kick out of the comic I doctored up for my library FB page yesterday. I live in south Louisiana, hence the Saints reference.

Bklover I love this! 4mo
BookFreakOut I'm in Kansas, and I have heard zero talk about the game...I think everyone is wilfully ignoring it since the Chiefs aren't in it either. 😂 4mo
cobwebmoth I'm a Saints fan, too. I have no interest in the game today because of this. However, I will go to my parents' and eat a bunch of snack food while everyone else watches.😋 4mo
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Bailedbailed

I just can‘t do it. 120 pages in and I cannot take the manic, ADD voice of the narrator any longer. At one point, he compares his train of thought and digressions to Russian nesting dolls, but only if there were infinite dolls. Exhausting. And while I really liked his recollections of biblical events, the current day stuff was less intriguing.

kgriffith That does sound exhausting! 4mo
zezeki So sorry to hear you didn't like it. It is one of my favourites. 4mo
Zelma @zezeki I can totally see how it would be loved, but it just wasn‘t for me. And I love that we can have so many different opinions here; keeps things interesting! 4mo
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I haven‘t had any time to be on Litsy lately and I miss you all so much! I am so super busy with my new job plus trying to keep up with balancing work and home and all that jazz. It‘s great and after an awful year, life is starting to swing up again, but I want to just spend time here too. Anyway, stealing a few minutes of this weird book and coffee before work this morning.

TrishB Hi 🙋‍♀️ hope you get some you time soon! 4mo
PurpleyPumpkin Good to see you back! You sound super busy, but I hope it‘s in a good way. I find it challenging to spend time on Litsy too, but do what I can. Life, right? 4mo
Suet624 Nice to see you again! 4mo
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JennyM Glad you are being kept busy with nice, good things. But lovely to see you back xx 4mo
Reggie Yay for things back on the up and up!! 4mo
CouronneDhiver 👋🏽👋🏽👋🏽 4mo
Zelma @TrishB @PurpleyPumpkin @Suet624 @JennyM @Reggie @CouronneDhiver thanks so much! I love you all and so miss my time here. I need to set aside some serious sit down time on Litsy this weekend. It just feels so wrong to hardly post and comment! But the good news Nd that positive life stuff is responsible. 😁 4mo
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Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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Bailedbailed

So much potential but ultimately I realized I was annoyed at picking it up after about 200 pages. I just didn‘t care enough to keep going. Loved the writing and the initial story. So, so interesting, but I felt like the beauty of the novel just devolved into a rush of “this happened, then this, and years passed.” The book just lost the intimacy and interest of the first half. However I‘m intrigued by this author and will definitely read her again.

AceOnRoam Same thing happened to me but I kept reading for a 2 star finish :( 4mo
Zelma @AceOnRoam ugh, that is really annoying. When I start groaning and make faces as I pick up a book, I know it‘s time to move on. Life is too short and I already finish enough mediocre books. 4mo
AceOnRoam I know, I know but I wanted to be able to discuss this come #TOB2019 in March. I really wanted to like it but Wash got on my nerves, and too many coincidence that moved the story along 😒 4mo
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Zelma @AceOnRoam I typically only read a few ToB books every year, but this year had been a bad batch for me. Read 2 plus this one and haven‘t loved any. 4mo
AceOnRoam Oh what a pity. I DNF Zebra and Dictionary of Animal Languages. I have read 9, but you are right, not the books I have enjoyed most in 2018. It will be interesting to see what the judges say. Not long to wait now! I most enjoyed The Italian Teacher in terms of storytelling and There There for substance. The others have been somewhat too 'deep' for my little brain 🙃 4mo
Zelma @AceOnRoam I want to read There There before the commentary. Liked but didn‘t love My Sister the Serial Killer and The Mars Room. And that‘s it so far. 4mo
AceOnRoam There There is excellent but the ending is probably its weak spot. 4mo
Redwritinghood Yes, I totally agree. I felt like this devolved into a YA novel. 4mo
BarbaraBB @AceOnRoam @Zelma I didn‘t like this one much either. My favorites so far are The House of Broken Angels, Census and My Sister the Serial Killer. But I still need to read 7 more! 4mo
Cinfhen Oh no, I‘m 120 pages in and loving this book @AceOnRoam @Zelma @Redwritinghood @BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja I‘m gonna be pissed if this book takes a nosedive😝 4mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen It is okay, I went in with low expectations, it‘s just not really memorable in the end, imo 4mo
Zelma @Cinfhen you might still love it. The general consensus is positive. I am just a curmudgeonly reader. 4mo
Cinfhen I‘m in book 3 and still loving it!!! 4mo
Zelma @Cinfhen I am so glad. I was all in until after the Arctic. Then it just lost me. 4mo
Cinfhen Uh oh!! I just finished that section 😜😟🥺 4mo
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I have mixed feelings on this one. A Pick but not an enthusiastic one. It was short and definitely kept my attention; I really wanted to find out how it would end. However, I hated all of the characters and wasn‘t a fan of the writing style (short, choppy chapters).

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The Proposal | Jasmine Guillory
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Bailedbailed

I‘ve tried and I just don‘t like Jasmine Guillory. I thought The Wedding Date was shallow and annoying. This was completely boring and all of the characters sounded the same; I couldn‘t tell who was speaking and frequently had to backtrack to figure it out. I like a fluffy romance but these just don‘t work for me. Just too bland, like the blandest Hallmark movie out there.

bio_chem06 I had The Wedding Date from the library and never opened it. I keep thinking I'll go back to it, but I'm not a big fan of books like that. It sounds like I wouldn't like it either. 4mo
Zelma @bio_chem06 it wasn‘t awful but the entire conflict could have been solved if the main characters had a conversation. 🙄 4mo
Purrfectpages Thank you! Everyone loves The Wedding Date and I just don‘t get it! Haven‘t tried this yet, but it‘s not high on my list. 4mo
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Zelma @Purrfectpages I honestly wouldn‘t bother. I like The Wedding Date more than this one, so that should be pretty telling. 4mo
Reggie Yeah, I shouldn‘t have given the Wedding Date a Pick. But it was Christmas!!! The guy in there was soooo emotionally immature. Or just badly written. 4mo
Zelma @Reggie looking at my stats, I gave it it a Pick. I must have been feeling generous. And betting that my feelings have soured as more time has passed. 4mo
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Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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Two very different books in my current stack. Washington Black is quite good, but I am reading it so slowly that I wanted to add a light page turner to the mix. I have no chance of reading all of the Tournament of Books shortlist but this will make my third one.

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This was absolutely perfect at this point in time for me. A huge thank you again to @Kaylamburson for this awesome gift. Some essays didn‘t totally work for me but others poke to me soul. Overall this was a powerful, life-affirming, emotional read. Those of us with mental illness are not alone and this is just one resource to show that. Perfect for reading a little at a time and savoring the voices here.

Purrsistently I'm on page 163 of this right now, it's so good! It's also featured on kindle today for $1.99! 4mo
Kaylamburson I'm so glad it was a helpful read!! A giant virtual hug to you @Zelma 4mo
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Northanger Abbey | Jane Austen
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And my #bookhaul from the new used bookstore yesterday. So excited! They only had 1 copy of Northanger Abbey and it was the title I was missing for my collection, in the edition I wanted! 😍

8little_paws White trash was fascinating 4mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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Another shot from my bookstore foray yesterday. They have lots of little cozy reading spots throughout the store. I love this place!

Soubhiville Sweet! 4mo
Literary_Siren I have that exact same chair (times two) and ottoman! So comfy! 4mo
readordierachel Wow, it looks like someone's house! 4mo
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I was so sad when our beloved Alexander Books closed (the owner retired). But rejoice; a new store opened up. A group of young friends bought the name and stock and opened a new store nearby. I finally checked it out yesterday and it is awesome! An old wooden house that they didn‘t renovate too much. The kitchen is there as a sorting space (the oven is still in the wall). All of the closets are being used for shelving. I love it!

ReadingSusan Yay that‘s so exciting! 4mo
laur89 What a great use of space! 🥰 I wish we had bookstores like that where I live. 4mo
Redwritinghood A new bookstore! So exciting! 4mo
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Someday | David Levithan
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Mehso-so

Levithan‘s book Every Day is lovely and I just loved it so much. Read the companion Another Day and despised it; I should have learned and left this alone. It was ok but just felt so slow and long-winded; there were giant swaths of speeches and what felt like monologues from the characters and nothing felt real or organic. Still not a fan of Rhiannon and being in her head. A was fine but I wanted more from them. Lackluster. Blah. Meh.

thevictoriousone That‘s unfortunate. I have that one and have been meaning to read it for ages. 4mo
Zelma @thevictoriousone you might love it. I‘m just very contrary! (And there is some good stuff in this one. It just didn‘t work for me as well as the first one.) (edited) 4mo
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Bailedbailed

My 2019 reading is not starting out well. I was so excited about these dark fairytale retellings, but they fell completely flat for me. They were dark enough but the prose wasn‘t lyrical enough for my taste (it just felt monotone) and I didn‘t really get the point of most of the stories. It was definitely a case of “it‘s me, not the book” but still. Moving on. Gorgeous cover though.

CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian I felt very similarly about this one! 4mo
Lchnessmnstr I don‘t think it was you... the second story made no sense to me. May bail soon 4mo
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My text to a friend pretty much sums it up - I loved this book. A book about books is my Achilles Heel and this was no exception. Really a love letter to books and design. The author is an artist (famous for her Ideal Bookshelf paintings) and I love the marriage between her style of drawing and her love of books and bookish things. She covers genre, covers, bookstore cats, writers‘ rooms, cool bookstores and libraries, and book recs (and more).

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Such a beautiful book!!! 🤩 5mo
kspenmoll Great review! 5mo
Amiable I've seen so much love for this book--I'm going to have to get it. 5mo
kgriffith I got the ideal bookshelf for a (now former) partner and didn‘t gift it to them because the dust jacket was marred; never bothered with the return so now I own it. Oops? 😬 5mo
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It chilly and rainy outside so I am battling the gloom with coffee, the two books I am in the middle of, and my twinkly tree. Super cozy but I may change to flannel pajamas and complete the hygge. 😁

JennyM Hope snuggling inside did the trick 😘 5mo
Zelma Still snuggling and playing on Litsy instead of reading. 😳😉 @JennyM (edited) 5mo
monkeygirlsmama Looks cozy. 5mo
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Starting my quiet and relaxing Christmas off right - Yule log on tv, coffee in one of my favorite mugs, and savoring this lovely book. There may have also been cupcakes but they are in my belly!

Crinoline_Laphroaig Christmas Cookies have be my Breakfast for days! 5mo
Zelma @Crinoline_Laphroaig 😂👏👍 I plan to have a breakfast sandwich later but I needed those mini cupcakes first thing! There‘s cream cheese in them so they count as breakfast, right? 😉 5mo
Amiable Lovely! Enjoy! 5mo
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Kaye A person who knows what a balanced diet is. Cupcakes are good for any meal. 5mo
LauraJ Cupcakes, books, coffee and TV Yule log here too! 5mo
GypsyKat Great mug! Merry Christmas!!! 5mo
Redwritinghood Merry Christmas! Hope you had a great day. 5mo
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