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heatherkaz

heatherkaz

Joined September 2016

Currently running on caffeine, chocolate, books, and swears.
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When your book club's new M.O. is hunting a vampire, "What are we supposed to do? Read him to death? Use strong language?"
This was such a fun and entertaining read! ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Some people might be upset if their MIL dropped off dozens of children's books to them. I'm not some people.

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How apt considering mother's day is around the corner.
#authorsnote

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Anna Karenina | Leon Tolstoi
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Legos, lattes, and Leo

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Anna Karenina | Leon Tolstoi
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Afternoon perfection!

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Anna Karenina | Leon Tolstoi
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Sitting down with a good book tonight.
#dogsoflitsy

Tamra Such a cutie! 💜 I‘m thinking we should down size in dog breeds for our next family member, is anything I should know about beagles in advance? I‘ve always thought they would be a good choice. 2y
heatherkaz Aw, thanks, @Tamra ! She's a wonderful companion; loves to cuddle, loves people, good with the kids, will never turn down a long walk or a park adventure! 2y
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Anna Karenina | Leon Tolstoi
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I foresee another heavy, irremediable misfortune for which you will soon be blaming yourself for 🧐

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Anna Karenina | Leon Tolstoi
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"Before, when I was told to find him intelligent, I kept searching and found myself stupid for not seeing his intelligence; but as soon as I say 'he's stupid' in a whisper- everything becomes so clear, doesn't it?"

You ever meet anyone that made you feel like this?

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I waited weeks for this library hold only to find out it's not compatible with my kindle!😭 I don't know about you but I hate reading on my phone!
I might return this and just buy the physical book afterall.

swishandflick That happened to me too but another Litten suggested waiting 24 hours and trying again. It worked! 2y
heatherkaz @swishandflick 😲 I sat on it since yesterday morning and now I already returned it since there were many people waiting, but if it ever happens again I'll have to check that! Thanks for the tip! 2y
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Verity | Colleen Hoover
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Wow, what did I just read?! This has all the staples of a good cozy thriller, but a warning that there are a lot of disturbing potential triggers in here. (Child abuse, neglect, abortion)
Otherwise, an exciting love triangle with an open-ended conclusion!

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A young woman rescues a supposed Luftwaffe officer in the mountains. As their individual histories are revealed its apparent that their colliding paths couldn't be more serendipitous.
I couldn't put this down! I'm always a fan of WWII historical fiction. easy to read in terms of weight of subject matter as it focused mostly on the current plight of our protagonists as opposed to heavy, emotional WWII material. Nonetheless, well written!

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A funny and smart story about the Danvers High girls field hockey team led to the state championship on the wings of witchcraft and Emilio Estevez. Need I say more?
I needed a book that could give me more than a few laughs along the way!

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Ok, I wasn't feeling it at first, but this book is growing on me.
#dogsoflitsy

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The Secret Life of Bees | Sue Monk Kidd
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Glad I finally got around to reading this! Full of a lot of heavy topics, but being narrated by a naive, yet likeable, teenage girl softened the blow.
I loved this family of women and everything they did for each other.

kspenmoll This was a wonderful book. Read it 2x several years apart. 2y
heatherkaz @kspenmoll I just love finding books that are worth doing that! 2y
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The Secret Life of Bees | Sue Monk Kidd
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There's a lot of secret lives happening around us 🤔

kspenmoll Secret lives of Sleep!!!! 2y
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The Secret Life of Bees | Sue Monk Kidd
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The house is a mess and I'm tired as hell, but quarantine allows me some really great time with the kids and extra reading time. Relaxing with a #bookandbeer
I haven't posted on litsy in a long time. How is everyone else coping?

kspenmoll Good to hear from you! To me a messy house means you are really living in it- paying attention to important things like kids, pets, readjng. 2y
heatherkaz @kspenmoll thank you! I think it'll feel good to be back, I miss the community on here! 2y
LiteraryinLawrence It‘s good to see you again! I‘m doing ok, considering. At first I found it really hard to concentrate on reading, but I think that‘s eased up on most days now. Stay safe! 2y
heatherkaz @LiteraryinLititz thanks, it's good to be back. I agree that it's eased up for me too; I'm having an easier time letting reading be my escape. 2y
kspenmoll @heatherkaz Especially now! 2y
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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! 4y
heatherkaz @Reviewsbylola seriously, I've read half of it in little more than 24 hours! 4y
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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! 4y
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! 😝😱 4y
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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!! 4y
Minispok Congratulations! Beautiful baby 😊 4y
Cinfhen Congrats 🎉 💕😊 4y
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Wife Congratulations! Such a sweet baby! ❤️ 4y
Jas16 Congratulations!❤️❤️❤️ 4y
rubyslippersreads Congratulations on the new Litten! ❤️ 4y
Mommamanzi ❤️❤️❤️ 4y
Melissa_J Congratulations! 4y
CouronneDhiver 😍😍😍 4y
arlenefinnigan Congratulations! 4y
Kalalalatja Congratulations 👏👏👏 4y
Godmotherx5 Precious!!!! 4y
Smrloomis 🎉🎉🎉 congratulations! 4y
emilyhaldi Wow congrats!!! ❤️ 4y
Eggs Congratulations 🎊👶👶🎈💕 4y
sprainedbrain Congratulations!!! ❤️ 4y
CoverToCoverGirl Congratulations... have you settled on a name yet for this possible future Litten? 😍🎉 4y
jfalkens Congrats 🎉🎊🎉🎊 4y
Librarybelle Congratulations! 4y
heatherkaz Thank you, everyone! Today was so calm and wonderful, no visitors. Just testing it all in! His name is Ethan, @CoverToCoverGirl 4y
Sophoclessweetheart I am adoring this book! And congratulations x 4y
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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 😂 4y
Booksnchill Oh me too- DVR‘d it! 4y
heatherkaz @IheartYA @Booksnchill i like to pretend that I can stay up, but I (as my husband predicted I would) dozed off halfway through! 4y
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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!! 4y
PatriciaU Are you in Buffalo? 4y
heatherkaz @PatriciaU cheektowaga to be exact ✌️ @Coco right?! Glad I'm not alone 4y
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PatriciaU Rochester here! Also watching. 4y
CoverToCoverGirl Aren‘t you glad you can multitask? 🤣😎 4y
heatherkaz @CoverToCoverGirl never have I been more appreciative of this skill 😝 4y
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#favoritesof2017 #BestOf2017
(In no particular order)

emilyhaldi I'm reading The Alienist now and loving it! 4y
Jaimelire Dragon Springs Road was amazing! ♥️ 4y
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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. 4y
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 😊) 4y
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 4y
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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 4y
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 😋 4y
heatherkaz @rachelm 👍👍good advice! 4y
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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💚💚💚 5y
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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. 😁 5y
AmandaL And congrats on reaching your goal!🎉🎉🎉 5y
heatherkaz Nice, @AmandaL ! Such a great feeling! 🎉 5y
Jas16 🙌🏽 5y
Drnkpnkprincess Congrats!!!! It feels so good! 🙌🏼🙌🏼 5y
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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!