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Joined September 2016

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The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
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Obasan by Joy Kogawa
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Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
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This book was astonishing.

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I‘ll just stop in and see what‘s new at the bookstore, I said. I don‘t really feel like buying anything, I said.

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Midsummer Night's Dream (Revised) | William Shakespeare
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Preparing to go see A Midsummer Night's Dream this weekend! It's been 15 years since I read this. It's lovely. (And yes, I'm back after a bit of a Litsy hiatus 😁) #booknlunch

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A Greater Music | Suah Bae
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Spoils from an after-work trip to my local indie store today. I am super excited about both of these.

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I guess technically this is a "magazine haul"? Made a little trip to Barnes & Noble today. :-)

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The Queen of the Night | Alexander Chee
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Perfect timing! Finally finished this and really enjoyed it. Taking a week to read short stories and lit mags before I pick my next book - that's the level of book hangover we're dealing with here. #MayBookFlowers #StartsWithQ

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The Queen of the Night | Alexander Chee
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Treating myself to some coffee and reading before I head home this evening. ☕️ 📚

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Body is Water | Julie Schumacher
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Today's prompt made me think immediately of this book, which I read...maybe 15 years ago? I remember loving it and crying over it. Might be time for a reread. #MayBookFlowers #BodyOfWater

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The Queen of the Night | Alexander Chee
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Trying to start the week off healthy, here. #booknlunch

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Notes from Underground | Fyodor Dostoevsky
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Of course I have to pick my beloved Underground Man for favorite #unreliablenarrator. 💕#MayBookFlowers

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The Queen of the Night | Alexander Chee
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Back to this delightful book! #booknlunch

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The Stone Raft | Jos Saramago
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Finally done with this one. I wish I could say it's a pick, because I love Saramago in theory...but it was just ok. Still glad I finally read it, though.

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The Stone Raft | Jos Saramago
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Tfw you have less than 50 pages left but only half an hour for lunch...agggh. #BookNLunch #noodles

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RIP, Robert Pirsig. This is my dad's original hardback copy (c. 1974). I've read that opening bit about the blackbirds probably half a dozen times, but could never make it much further. Nevertheless(or maybe "therefore"), this book is important to me.

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The Stone Raft | Jos Saramago
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A beautiful sunny day to gaze at from my office window during lunch today. Not pictured: my Ziploc bag of cheese, because Friday lunch inspiration is hard. 😁#bookandlunch #officeworkersoflitsy

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The Stone Raft | Jos Saramago
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My other current read, served with leftover fried rice. I have to take Saramago in small doses (those sentences...!), but enjoying it! #bookandlunch

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The Queen of the Night | Alexander Chee
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Well, I've made it to p. 300 - just 268 more to go! Really enjoying this, though, and kind of glad it won't have to end for a while yet.

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If on a Winter's Night a Traveler | Italo Calvino, William Weaver
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This...doesn't sound familiar at all. 😬

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My January got derailed by various Bad Things - car accident, death in the family - but yesterday I finally finished my first #LitsyAtoZ book! I liked this a lot - it was interesting to see him trying to stick to a more conventional narrative structure than he used in John Henry Days, which I read a few years ago. Subject matter made it difficult going at times, but a compelling read. #blackhistorymonth

LauraBeth Sorry to hear about your January - here's hoping that your February is much better 💕💕 3y
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I know what I'm doing on New Year's Day - I've got a lot of new books to read! So glad I found this community in 2016. Happy new year, littens! 🥂

Reviewsbylola Literally finished The Queen of the Night 20 minutes ago! 3y
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Great Expectations | Charles Dickens
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I got some Dickens for Chrismukkah! Everyone else is napping now and I can finally start reading. 😁🎁🎄🕎❄️

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Snowy afternoon - perfect time to start this. ❄️️☕️❄️️☕️

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I picked up a few holiday gifts for everybody...and a few for myself, ahem. 🎁 ⛄️️😊 #TBRtemptation

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Brightfellow | Rikki Ducornet
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A strange, beautifully written little novel about a strange young man living in the secret cracks of the world. I enjoyed it very much, though there were a few things that bothered me enough to make it almost a guilty pleasure. Still - recommended.

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Hag-Seed | Margaret Atwood
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My #LitsyAtoZ list in progress, so far made up of all the books from 2016 I haven't gotten to read yet...

BookishMarginalia Looking good! 3y
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Brightfellow | Rikki Ducornet
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I'm not sure I've ever color coordinated my lunch and my reading material this well before. 😬

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I bought this used YEARS ago, picked it up a few times and couldn't get past the first page, picked it up again a couple of weeks ago and am really enjoying it. 🤔I've always loved her essays, so I'm glad to finally be getting into the fiction side of things too.

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Brightfellow | Rikki Ducornet
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"The letters come together, she whispers right into his ear, in order to delight, to derange us. They come together, they hold hands, they caress, they bruise one another, they force the soul down deeper, they make us thirsty for unimaginable things, they shake their limbs and dance..." Wow, this book.

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I don't read much science fiction, but I like Ursula Le Guin. Excited but a bit intimidated by the size of this.

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I'm having a really hard time getting into this, which surprises me b/c it's got a lot of things I normally love - smart/artistic female characters, meandering reflections on the nature of art, etc. But something about it is just rubbing me the wrong way. Might have to take a break and come back to it.

CAGirlReading It took me a few chapters to get into it as well but it does pick up as you go on😄 3y
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The Best American Short Stories 2015 | Heidi Pitlor, T.C. Boyle
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Am I the only one who has to take a break between finishing one novel (the fantastic Everything I Never Told You!) and starting the next? Short story palate cleansers, you know? In other news, I'm only halfway through this and it's time to buy the 2016 edition already...yikes!

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Apparently I've reached the "burning your dinner because you can't tear yourself away" stage with this book. Thanks a lot, @Pronounced_ing ?

BookishMarginalia Isn't it great? 3y
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The Mothers: A Novel | Brit Bennett
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Just read about this in the New Fiction newsletter from my awesome bookstore, A Room of One's Own. Came over to Litsy to add it to my "to read" list. Naturally everyone over here is already reading it. I love you guys.

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Rose: Poems | Li-Young Lee
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The fall weather always makes me think of this lovely poem. It's been on my mind the past few days.

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Local beer: also important.

MrBook This looks like an excellent pairing. I need to try that lager 😊👍🏻. 3y
OutlandishLit SO GOOD 3y
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A trip to Iowa City requires a trip to Prairie Lights, obviously. #getindie (photo staging inspiration courtesy of @BookishMarginalia )

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Seven plays | Bertolt Brecht
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A little light reading this morning. Uh, #TBT ?

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Margaret the First: A Novel | Danielle Dutton
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I'm normally not a huge fan of historical fiction (so do with that what you will), but loved this. Reminded me of Jeanette Winterson's The Passion - that is, a lyrical novel that felt perfectly modern despite historical subject matter. "I had rather be worse in singularity than better in the mode." #recommendsday

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Accordion Crimes | Annie Proulx

Continuing to work through a backlog of acclaimed 90s fiction... I'm not sure what to make of this yet. I want the stories to spool out more, but the encyclopedic nature of the book seems to preclude that.

bouquinista Oh, here's something it reminds me of: Flaubert's "A Simple Life." That no-nonsense, journalistic style. Never slows down. 3y
MrBook Belatedly, but, welcome to @Litsy anyway! We hope you enjoy your stay, I think you'll like it here 😎👍🏻. 3y
bouquinista ☺️ Thanks! 3y
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