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gregspuches

gregspuches

Joined March 2018

Fine artist with green thumb & an affinity for fiction + poetry. Proud father of Ludovico the black moor goldfish. Someday I‘ll finish my 1st novel.
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Love in a Fallen City by Eileen Chang, Ailing Zhang
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The Old Man and Me | Elaine Dundy
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#traveltuesday • apparently not nearly as acclaimed as The Dud Avocado (somewhat based on the author‘s life) but always my favorite of the two by far. Again, I read this gem at least 3 or 4 times in my early 20s • to me, Honey Flood (“if that‘s her real name”) was a gutsier version of Edith Wharton‘s “Summer” protagonist Charity Royall, both of whom I identified with at that age.

#readingresolutions #photochallenge

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The Kiss | Kathryn Harrison
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#memoirmonday #arc 😘 Read this at least 3 times between the ages of 21-23. Hands down one of my favorite memoirs. Loved the writing. Should revisit highlighted sentences soon 🤔 Otherwise I‘ve only read Envy (loved!) and a wonderful collection of short stories she selected/edited for a lit mag but keep meaning to add another Kathryn Harrison to the #tbr stack.

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Ruthiella I have avoided this one due to the incest☹️ I don‘t think I can handle that. 1y
gregspuches @Ruthiella please give it a shot! She handles it so gracefully without embellishment. 1y
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Siddhartha | Hermann Hesse
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#coolcover for May‘s #readingresolutions #photochallenge 🌺 Read this in high school but plan on reading it again. Will add to my stack once I have.

Traci1 I love this cover. My copy is brown and boring. 1y
gregspuches @Traci1 although I love this cover, couldn‘t we agree a boring, brown cover somehow suits the moral of the story better? 🤷🏻‍♂️😂 1y
Traci1 @gregspuches lol, true. I still love those birds. 😊 1y
gregspuches @Traci1 can‘t lie so do I ❤️ 1y
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Squeezing in a few poems before my 💛 gets home and we enjoy my (locally) famous “Super Secret Special Lemonade” cocktail (from my bartender days) al fresco 👅💦🍋🥃🍒🍃🌸

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Beasts | Joyce Carol Oates
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😱 #creepycharacters (funnily enough these just happen to sit next to each other on the shelf) • #readingresolutions #photochallenge

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May‘s #TBR #readingresolutions • Well into the tagged book and 🧡 it. The two Anita Brookner novels I pulled off the shelves at home and was surprised to find I got halfway through both - must‘ve been years ago. The Doris Lessing has been on my list for a while, while Lisa See has only recently come to my attention and I thought Snow Flower would be the perfect first read. Eileen Chang‘s also been sitting on the shelf too long 😊 #photochallenge

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Prodigal Summer | Barbara Kingsolver
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Was able to squeeze in 4 novels (plus some poetry and art magazines here and there) and start a 5th between work, school and a couple vacations in April. Tagged my favorite book of the month. Looking forward to May‘s challenges 📚🐛🤗

#readingresolutions #photochallenge

DivineDiana Prodigal Summer has been on my TBR for some time. Just pulled it out and hoping to read during the warm weather. (edited) 1y
gregspuches @DivineDiana so funny because it was cold and rainy in CT while I read it and I was surprised to keep remembering that summer is COMING 😂 Felt like I was inside this book the entire time. 1y
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Rainy day vibes. More coffee brewing. In love with this book. Writing style reminds me of Marguerite Duras a bit.

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...and as I write I‘m a bit surprised because I discover I have a destiny. Who hasn‘t ever wondered: am I a monster or is this what it means to be a person?

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Day 25: #beachread ??? Françoise Sagan‘s first brilliant novel, written in her teens.

“Sometimes I think I would blame myself less if I had been prompted that day by hatred and violence, and had not allowed myself to drift into it merely through inertia, the sun, and Cyril‘s kisses.” - p77

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Mdargusch Great photo! 🏝 1y
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Asked my boyfriend (photographed as a toddler in the cute little denim jacket frame he found at his parents‘ house) which of these from my small #tbr stack on one of our bookshelves I should read next, and am happy to report he chose what I was hoping for 🤗 Can‘t wait to dive in tomorrow morning before work!

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Agostino | Alberto Moravia
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Finished this quick and thought-provoking tale of innocence lost over the Atlantic on my flight home. Coincidentally a great little beach read (only 102 pages) if you‘re in the mood for something a little more subtle yet intense at the same time. Excited to read a third Alberto Moravia novel someday. Highly recommend Boredom as well which I read in 2012.

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No Title | None
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“If reading one good book is fun,
reading four must be quadruple the pleasure.
Two hard covers and two paperbacks
carelessly snuggle about me in the hammock.”

- Charlotte, NC

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Questions About Angels | Billy Collins
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Two Girls Fat and Thin | Mary Gaitskill
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Day 15: #chunkster Another nice long-ish read from #MaryGaitskill a favorite novelist of mine. Also funny challenge for the name of the book (I hope no one takes offense to my silly joke 💚)

#readingresolution #photochallenge

Ruthiella Have you read The Mare? How does it compare to Gaitskill‘s other works? 2y
gregspuches @Ruthiella I have not! Keep meaning to though! 1y
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I bet Toby here would relate to Mary Oliver.

“...
Inside the bright fields,

touched by their rough and spongy gold,
I am washed and washed
in the river
of earthly delight—

and what are you going to do—
what can you do
about it—
deep, blue night?”

From #Poppies

#MaryOliver #Poetry

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The Dud Avocado | Elaine Dundy
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Day 12: #foreigncountry 🗺 Chose this over The Old Man and Me by #ElaineDundy which I loved more but both are excellent reads.

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DivineDiana I have been wanting to read this for some time‘ #tbr 2y
gregspuches @DivineDiana definitely do! Don‘t forget about The Old Man and Me too! 2y
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#MeetTheLittens @maich

? New York, NY
? That Mad Ache
? Anaïs Nin‘s diaries
? The Village
? Grace & Frankie
? Lana Del Rey
? Yellow
? Fiction, autobiographical fiction, poetry
? Fine artist, freelance graphic designer & photographer
? Ludovico, the black moor goldfish

Wife Welcome to Litsy!🌹(and Ludivico too!🐟) 2y
CarolynM Welcome to Litsy🌼 2y
JackOBotts Grace & Frankie!!! 🙌🏼 💗 2y
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asiriusreader Welcome to Litsy! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome 🎉🎊👏🏻 2y
Megabooks Welcome to Litsy! 👋🏻📚 2y
DivineDiana Glad you‘re joining us! Love Grace and Frankie! And The Village was filmed not far from my home. Big Shyamalan fan! (edited) 2y
gregspuches @DivineDiana I love Shyamalan too! He‘s so underrated. It breaks my heart. 2y
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Boredom | Alberto Moravia
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Day 11: Dino‘s #misunderstood for sure, first by himself 🤷🏻‍♂️ then it‘s hard to say whether even more so by everyone else, & then only if because he so misunderstands them 🤔 Still, the biggest misunderstanding of all are his convictions about young Cecilia, changing & overtaking him throughout.

Not to worry! Ultimately leads to a certain semblance of something vital understood in the end 🌳

#albertomoravia #photochallenge #readingresolutions

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She Came to Stay | Simone de Beauvoir
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Day 10: #top3 #mustreads 🤤📚 Tough #photochallenge but how could I doubt these 3 beauties? I‘ve read each selection several times over the years and I‘d have to say these are certainly 3 of my top favorite writers as well 🤩 #simonedebeauvoir #anitabrookner #margueriteduras

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Mdargusch Beautiful photo! 2y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 🖐😊 2y
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RaimeyGallant Great reviews and photos! 2y
RaimeyGallant By the way, if you add the last few hundred people to like my posts in the last few days, it's about a 50 percent follow back rate, because they're recently active. I mentioned this to someone yesterday, and I checked today, and she has 156 followers and 43 welcome comments. :) Tag me tomorrow if you try this. I'd like to see what happens. 2y
gregspuches @Mdargusch thanks! Seems we‘re both plant lovers as well based on our top 3 photos 🌱💚 2y
LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! New book friends are the best! We hope you‘re loving it here! Checkout these #Litsytips: http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: http://bit.ly/litsyvideos There‘s so many fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! Check out #LitsyHappenings for details. #LitsyWelcomeWagon 2y
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Those Without Shadows | Franoise Sagan
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So begins my fourth Françoise Sagan novel. Hard to say whether That Mad Ache or Bonjour Tristesse was my favorite - not to say A Certain Smile wasn‘t just as expertly written - but nonetheless, high hopes for this quick read!

Chelleo Welcome to Litsy! New book friends are the best! We hope you‘re loving it here! Checkout these #Litsytips: http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: http://bit.ly/litsyvideos There‘s so many fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! Check out #LitsyHappenings for details. 2y
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Prodigal Summer | Barbara Kingsolver
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Only complaint about this novel is that it ended. Will be thinking about these lovable and inspiring characters for a long time and all that may have happened afterward. Beautiful use of nature, and again Barbara stresses the significance of flora and fauna without preaching. Wish it was at least twice as long. Highly recommend. Not a wasted word in this captivating read.

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Prodigal Summer | Barbara Kingsolver
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Happy Easter 🐇🌷🥂 Chapter 10 #mothlove