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heatherkaz

heatherkaz

Joined September 2016

sleep, eat, chase toddler, read, repeat.
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Re-reading some classics.

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Somerset | Leila Meacham
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The prequel to "Roses" spans three generations of the Toliver family. Amid the Civil War and industrialization of the 19th century is the family saga and "curse" that the Tolivers endure.

Side note: The only author I know that kills off this many characters is George R R Martin?, but seriously.

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Dracula | Bram Stoker
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Where It Hurts | Reed Farrel Coleman
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A retired cop with a painful history gets tangled up in the investigation of the deaths of father and son criminals. He must deal with his own personal demons as well as the crooked cops trying to keep their thumbs on him as he gets deeper into the well of drugs, murder, and cover-ups.

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Red Clocks: A Novel | Leni Zumas
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It took a few chapters to get used to the writing style, but once I did I was able to connect with the story and cast of characters.
Several intersecting female POVs deal with a range of issues including relationship struggles and bodily autonomy (both personal and political).
3⭐

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The Choices We Make | Karma Brown
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Quick, emotional read about the moral dilemmas we face over infertility, surrogacy, adoption, and the right to life. 2.5⭐

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Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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The hype over this book is not without merit. Aside from loving the engrossing family saga, I also learned a lot about the strained relationship between Koreans and Japanese.
I couldn't put this book down. I loved the characters, I nearly cried several times, and it is by far my favorite read of 2018 so far.

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Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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#unputdownable
I can't believe I waited this long to dive in

Reviewsbylola It.is.amazing! 2y
heatherkaz @Reviewsbylola seriously, I've read half of it in little more than 24 hours! 2y
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Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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I started this last year and only got about 100 pages in thanks to a reading slump I was battling so today I'm starting over.
It's a good day to since the weather isn't great and I'm home alone with a toddler and a newborn. I'm going to distract myself from some serious cabin fever!

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Secrets of Eden: A Novel | Chris Bohjalian
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A murder/suicide rocks a small Vermont town and the events leading up to and following are told through the POV of four main characters. A little sleepy at times, but overall I liked the plot and the characters.
⭐⭐⭐ (3/5)

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The Invention of Ana: A Novel | Mikkel Rosengaard
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An intern becomes completely obsessed over an artist whose life's tale is equal parts mysterious, sad, and passionate, just until he's on the precipice of his own self-destruction.

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Never Touch a Dinosaur! | Rosie Greening
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My heart burst open when big brother said he wanted to "read" to baby brother.
#ReadingTogether #Kids #RaisingReaders

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A quick, funny, and often inappropriate set of short stories about various famous people. Plenty of commentary on religion and culture that actually made me laugh out loud.
My favorites include the real story about the Last Supper, Da Vinci's lost inventions, and Larry King's interview with Hitler. 👍👍

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I'm in the mood for something light and funny next. I picked this up at a used book sale last summer and just haven't gotten around to it yet.
I saw Jon Stewart speak several years ago, I just 💜 him! I'm sure this won't disappoint.

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The Winter People: A Novel | Jennifer McMahon
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Truly creepy... Think pet semetary.
This is about the lengths people would go to when they've lost a loved one, with dangerous consequences.
⭐⭐⭐

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The Winter People: A Novel | Jennifer McMahon
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This book is creeping me out so I have to read it during the day, when everyone is up and about. It's not what I expected it to be so we'll see how it goes. #ImABigBaby #creepy

AmandaL This one IS creepy! 2y
heatherkaz @AmandaL this is my daytime read now and at night when I'm up feeding the baby I have something totally safe to read that doesn't make me double take at the closet door! 😝😱 2y
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I was busy making a baby yesterday so today I will get a peaceful day to finish this book!

emtobiasz Oh my goodness what a beauty! Congratulations!! 2y
Minispok Congratulations! Beautiful baby 😊 2y
Cinfhen Congrats 🎉 💕😊 2y
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Wife Congratulations! Such a sweet baby! ❤️ 2y
Jas16 Congratulations!❤️❤️❤️ 2y
rubyslippersreads Congratulations on the new Litten! ❤️ 2y
Mommamanzi ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
Melissa_J Congratulations! 2y
CouronneDhiver 😍😍😍 2y
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emilyhaldi Wow congrats!!! ❤️ 2y
Eggs Congratulations 🎊👶👶🎈💕 2y
sprainedbrain Congratulations!!! ❤️ 2y
CoverToCoverGirl Congratulations... have you settled on a name yet for this possible future Litten? 😍🎉 2y
jfalkens Congrats 🎉🎊🎉🎊 2y
Librarybelle Congratulations! 2y
heatherkaz Thank you, everyone! Today was so calm and wonderful, no visitors. Just testing it all in! His name is Ethan, @CoverToCoverGirl 2y
Sophoclessweetheart I am adoring this book! And congratulations x 2y
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Currently rewatching #TheAlienist on TNT because I just couldn't stay up late last night (and by late I mean 10pm😆)

IheartYA I'm in bed around 9. Must DVR all the good shows 😂 2y
Booksnchill Oh me too- DVR‘d it! 2y
heatherkaz @IheartYA @Booksnchill i like to pretend that I can stay up, but I (as my husband predicted I would) dozed off halfway through! 2y
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This is the first pick of our new #bookclub formed at my work... It read fast, but I'm not really into all of the spiritual references in here. What can be taken away from this novel is a conversation about what it means to be a good human being, moving on from tragedy, and forgiveness.
⭐⭐1/2

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🤣 you know nothing! One can never have too many books!

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This was great in the way of the objective history of scientology; less shock and awe than some other scientology-related material. Don't get me wrong though, there were plenty of WTF moments, but if you want to know how and why L Ron Hubbard started this [religion] and how it evolved into the monster it is today, then this is a great place to start!
#audiobook

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And After the Fire | Lauren Belfer
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This was an eye-opening historical fiction. At the risk of sounding naive, it was absolutely heart breaking to learn of the strong anti-semitic undercurrent in early 19th century society.
Nonetheless, the story was a beautiful merger of multiple lives along two time lines. If you love historical fiction, anything to do with WWII, music, then you may enjoy this.

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In the follow up to #TheAlienist, Stevie recalls the story of the group's second major case that has character twists and turns galore, a serial killer, political scandal, courtroom drama, and tons of action. I liked this installment in the Dr Laszlo Kreizler series just as much as the first.

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In true Atwood fashion here's our dystopian future, but imagine what this looks like when society is obsessed with sex.... Sexbots, brainwashed love slaves, and the like.

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Can't sleep, think I'll get up before the rest of the house and read.

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Ok, I'm a quarter of the way through and I've "wtf'd" to myself so many times.
We've touched on hazing, cultural cleansing of a sort, and the fact that this wasn't even originally intended to be a "religion," but for tax purposes it just made sense. ??

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#thestruggle ... when your team makes the playoffs for the first time in 17 years, but the book you're reading is unputdownable 😬
#BuffaloBills #Buffalo

Coco I‘m watching the same game and trying to read too lol!! The struggle is real!! 2y
PatriciaU Are you in Buffalo? 2y
heatherkaz @PatriciaU cheektowaga to be exact ✌️ @Coco right?! Glad I'm not alone 2y
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PatriciaU Rochester here! Also watching. 2y
CoverToCoverGirl Aren‘t you glad you can multitask? 🤣😎 2y
heatherkaz @CoverToCoverGirl never have I been more appreciative of this skill 😝 2y
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#favoritesof2017 #BestOf2017
(In no particular order)

emilyhaldi I'm reading The Alienist now and loving it! 2y
Jaimelire Dragon Springs Road was amazing! ♥️ 2y
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Current situation... #MeTime
#dogsoflitsy

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Each Peach Pear Plum | Janet Ahlberg
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My husband took our son to the library today... So here's the first library book haul of his own!

At what age did any of you sign up your children for their own library cards?

CocoReads I think my girls got theirs in kinder. Or maybe 1st grade. One or the other. 2y
rachelm Still haven't yet, with pre-k and toddler here. I'm thinking kindergarten or when he's truly an independent reader (kind of as a reward 😊) 2y
queerbookreader My mom signed me up when I was 5 💁🏻 I couldn't write yet so she had to sign my name on the card for me haha 2y
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heatherkaz @CocoReads @rachelm @queerbookreader my son is only 3, so I was thinking it would be nice to wait a little while till he understands it a little better! I think I was in first grade when I got mine. I didn't know what the most common/appropriate age was 2y
rachelm I was in kindergarten. I think it helps for them to have a concept of responsibility for something (since fines are real world consequences), so school age is a good idea in my book 😋 2y
heatherkaz @rachelm 👍👍good advice! 2y
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This is like criminal minds 19th century style! How does one solve a murder mystery with seemingly nothing to go on at the start? One of the early forensic psychologists ("alienist") hunts down a sick serial killer in 1896 NYC.
I intend to read on in the Lazlo Kreizler series by Carr!

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Merry Christmas, friends! My husband is working today, so the little guy and I are lazing around the house until it's time to brave the snow for family festivities. He's showing off his reading material this morning. 😊🎄

Cinfhen Ninja Turtles💚💚💚 2y
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Reading Challenge | Casey Malarcher, Andre Janzen
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I hit my #Goodreads #readingchallenge goal of 65 books! (and there's still time for one or two more 😉)
How's everyone else doing with their goals? 📚🏅

AmandaL I hit my Goodreads goal and finished the #ReadHarder2017 challenge. 😁 2y
AmandaL And congrats on reaching your goal!🎉🎉🎉 2y
heatherkaz Nice, @AmandaL ! Such a great feeling! 🎉 2y
Jas16 🙌🏽 2y
Drnkpnkprincess Congrats!!!! It feels so good! 🙌🏼🙌🏼 2y
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Holidays on Ice | David Sedaris
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This holiday - themed collection of short stories is not for the faint of heart. Sedaris' dark sense of humor is in full force here, people!

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It's a cuddling kind of night! #dogsoflitsy #beagle #mykindofparty

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@JillPill I don't know where to start! You have spoiled me and these all sound great! I can't wait to dive in. ❄️🎁❄️💜
Wow!
#secretsantagoespostal
#wintersolsticebookexchange

JillPill I'm so glad you like everything!! This was my first book exchange on Litsy so I'm glad it went well!! :D 2y
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Secret Santa | William T. Bix
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It's here! I have helpers for the big surprise too!
@JillPill
#secretsantagoespostal

JillPill Oh I'm so glad it arrived on time!! I hope you like everything!! 2y
heatherkaz Thank you so so much! @JillPill 2y
JillPill @heatherkaz you're very welcome!! 2y
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The Orphan's Tale | Pam Jenoff
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This story set in WWII twisted my gut over good and evil, poor decisions made by otherwise decent people, and whom to trust.
A traveling circus was an interesting backdrop for a WWII historical fiction too.

MinDea @TricksyTails have you read this? It is on my own-tbr list. I hear good things about it. I think you might like it too. 2y
TricksyTails @MinDea I haven't! You're right. This sounds like something I'd enjoy. Adding to the TBR! Thanks for thinking of me! 😊 2y
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The Orphan's Tale | Pam Jenoff
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Enjoying reading in peace and quiet while everyone else sleeps in on this cold morning.

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This was full of all the usual quirky wit I like about Douglas Adams, but overall I just didn't enjoy this as much as the first Dirk Gently novel.

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This classic was no snooze fest, and I gotta say, it deserves more recognition! Main character, Helen Graham's back story was wild and heartbreaking.
Anne Bronte wrote a strong and progressive character for early 19c!
#audiobook

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Secret Santa | John Scognamiglio, Sabrina James
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Getting ready to send out my #secretsantagoespostal package soon! Just a couple little things to put in the box with these here!
🎅❄️❄️⛄🎁

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The Nightingale | Kristin Hannah
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Why didn't I read this sooner?!
This was emotional, beautiful historical fiction about two sisters and their respectively courageous journeys through WWII.

Hollie One of my favs! 2y
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I prefer any non fiction I read to be in audiobook form so I don't lose interest and abandon it. This was just okay... I really enjoyed hearing about the women who went over the falls in barrels; I would listen/read a book exclusively about them.
Here's a picture of me and my siblings going over the falls in 1991.

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The Nightingale | Kristin Hannah
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I'm about to embark on this hefty read I picked up from the local bookstore this morning. I've heard so many things about it before, I can't believe I haven't picked this up yet;it sounds like it's right up my alley! And yes, I'm drinking decaf tea out of this mug... 🙄 #pregnant #needcaffeine #smallbusinesssaturday #currentread #WWII #historicalfiction

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️ 2y
CoverToCoverGirl ❤️😍❤️This book found a home on my personal top ten best list of all time reads! 2y
heatherkaz @CoverToCoverGirl nice! I actually really disliked the one other book I read by this author, but I'm really excited to start this one. I have high hopes! 2y
Sophoclessweetheart I need to read this one soon! 2y
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This book has been in my TBR since it came out, and thanks to my last litsy book exchange I received a copy and *finally* got around to it!
I loved all of the Jane Eyre and Bronte talk, but (guilty pleasure alert!) also enjoyed the romance parts of it. It was like a Hallmark movie went to college😜 overall, an entertaining binge read!
@EmilyChristine #summersolsticeexchange

tpixie @heatherkaz Great review, great book! @EmilyChristine 11mo
EmilyChristine Yay! 😊 11mo
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#BOTM
Not going to lie, didn't realize this was non fiction when I picked it out (generally not a huge fan of non fiction) and so I was unsure if I was going to like this or even get through it, but it read very easily, I didn't find it dry at all. The arsonists are a couple of strange birds that I just had to read about to the end. I do wish there was a map included though!

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AmandaL I need to learn to crochet! I love knitting but there are so many crochet patterns I'd love to try too. 2y
heatherkaz @AmandaL I completely understand...I love to crochet but feel I need to learn to knit for all the cool projects! One of these days! 2y
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The Rules of Magic | Alice Hoffman
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I just love Alice Hoffman's way of storytelling.
True to form this is a story about a family full of superstition and love, and shrouded in the mythical.
Without giving anything away, I just love Franny and Hay even though they broke my heart too many times, and Vincent's fate was perfection... Hoffman gives me all the feels.
#audiobook #witches #alicehoffman #magic

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1. Purple
2. Crocheting, dogs, chocolate🍫
3. Jane Eyre
4. Historical fiction, lit fiction, mystery
5. Tchotskes
6. I'm always cold 🌬️
7. I'm on Goodreads (Heather Yearley), but my litsy TBR is all stuff I do not own

#giftswapsurvey