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kerry

kerry

Joined June 2016

And above all, watch with glittering eyes the world around you. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it. // www.entomologyofabookworm.com
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Monsters of Templeton | Lauren Groff
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Backlist and vacation mornings. #beachreads

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Lucky You | Erika Carter
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I'm annoyed that I wasted a vacation book on this. To be fair, there was enough here that I finished it, rather than bailing... but it didn't go anywhere, or mean anything, in the end. Not worth the time.

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The Chrysalis | Brendan Deneen
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The beach is great, the hat is wonderful, the book is not doing it for me. On to the next read (which will be my first 2019 book!)

MelodySchreiber What saith the hat?? 11mo
kerry @MelodySchreiber Do Not Disturb 😁 11mo
MelodySchreiber Ahhhhh I need it! 11mo
kerry @MelodySchreiber Target dollar spot, just a few weeks ago!! 11mo
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Bluebird, Bluebird | Attica Locke
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A serious and well-crafted mystery, part whodunit and part cold case, that tackles issues of power and race in searing and realistic ways. East Texas is as much a character in this novel as any of the humans, and all of them--place and people--are drawn with an expert eye for nuance and detail. Great narration, for you #audiobook fans out there.

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We're moving in three days, and all my books are packed, and I have to say goodbye to these shelves my partner built for me (they go to the buyers with the house). Le sigh. I miss you already, shelves. #bookshelf

DebbieGrillo How sad. I showed these to my partner, who can build things. He said, too expensive to build. 12mo
kerry Yeah they weren't cheap, but for the size of the wall we wanted to fill, they were cheaper than pre-made options we found that fit. So bummed we can't take them with us 😢 12mo
Avidreader25 I would be sad too! Those are just gorgeous. 12mo
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MicheleinPhilly ☹️☹️☹️That‘s depressing. 12mo
2BR02B I've always loved shelves like these. I'd have a hard time saying goodbye, too. 12mo
kerry @Avidreader25 Thanks! They've lived a good life with my books and the new owners are excited to have them, so at least they are going to (staying in?) a good home. 12mo
kerry @2BR02B I've been promised new shelves in the new house, but it's definitely sad to say goodbye 12mo
kerry @MicheleinPhilly I know it. Like moving isn't already hard enough! 12mo
2BR02B @kerry you are quite fortunate to have a partner who's so handy! My ex built me a set of shelves years ago, but they ended up collapsing under the weight of all my books. 😅 12mo
kerry @2BR02B Oh nooo!! That sounds like a bit of a mess! 12mo
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Bluebird, Bluebird | Attica Locke
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Next up in my ears! #audio #audiobook

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Dread Nation | Justina Ireland
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What one could reasonably call a riot of a read. Dread Nation is a clever, action-packed, sharp novel that imagines a slightly-alternate US history in which the Civil War ended in an uneasy peace because the two armies needed to turn their attention to a new enemy... the undead. Ireland manages to breathe new life into the tropes of the zombie novel, exploring timely (and timeless) topics of racism & sexism along the way. Excellent #audio, too!

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I go down to the shore in the morning / and depending on the hour the waves / are rolling in or moving out / and I say, oh, I am miserable, / what shall-- / what should I do? And the sea says / in its lovely voice: / Excuse me, I have work to do. -Mary Oliver #poetry #maryoliver #travel

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Quirky, listsicle-like* memoir about living with anxiety and depression (and other mental illnesses). Those triggered by stories of self-harm, in many varieties, may want to stay away. // Full review to come in @shelfawareness // #memoir #nonfiction #arc

*The author works for BuzzFeed, so not surprising, really.

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Dread Nation | Justina Ireland
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Perfect listening to get me through the boxes upon boxes of boxes. I'm never moving again. (Famous last words.) #audio #audiobook

DivineDiana Glad you‘re inspired! Take it easy! 😊 12mo
kerry @DivineDiana Thanks! I always forget how exhausting moving is until I'm in the midst of it again! 12mo
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Morning rituals to keep me sane while packing the house: short story, essay, poem. Rinse and repeat.

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This book is a beautiful, heartbreaking story of young love and young loss, a meditation on grief and what-could-have-beens and friendship and mental health, with glimpses of the sometimes cruel, sometimes magical ways the world works when life is shattered and we're left with nothing but the pieces. // Full review to come, but you're going to want to add it to your pre-order list immediately. (On sale August 2018 from @melvillehouse)

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The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir | Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
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Weekend plans: Clean all the things. Read all the books. #readharder #truecrime

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Stray City: A Novel | Chelsey Johnson
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Heartfelt and touching exploration of love and sex and friendship and how the three are sometimes the same and sometimes not at all the same, and also how we make our families and ourselves and lots of other lovely things and lots of unapologetic queer women. Recommended.

EvieBee Yes! I want to read this because Carrie Brownstein blurbed it. 1y
kerry @EvieBee Not going to lie, that was a big part of why I picked it from my stack of March books! 1y
EvieBee @kerry Lol! She‘s pretty amazing. 🤓 1y
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The Clockwork Dynasty | Daniel H. Wilson
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I gave this 2 hours before bailing. I found the characters flat, and the story confusing and all over the place, and the pacing uneven. Others seemed to love it, so if you're into steampunk and/or alternate histories, definitely worth a shot. Just not for me.

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A quick, one-sitting take on setting reasonable goals for yourself and then structuring your days in such a way as to achieve them without burning out due to exhaustion. It's a good book, but it felt a lot like regurgitation of the productivity principles in lots of other business and self-help books. Maybe that's not a bad thing, though.

kerry [NB: Diaz-Ortiz works in Silicon Valley, so like Lean In and other tech-y business writers, her writing skews towards those working fairly flexible 9-to-5s, or those who are self-employed. Some of her points carry over across industries and job types, but many do not.] 1y
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This was interesting enough to finish for a book club discussion, but I really struggled with the voice and exposition throughout. When the narrator, Li-yan, is young, her voice feels far too old and mature for her ten years. When she grows up, her perspective is imbued with distracting asides about China, the Akha, and tea history--all of which are interesting in their own right, but jolt from the story and feel forced in the moment.

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Next up for book club. Anyone read it? Or other books by See? This is new to me.

Penny_LiteraryHoarders Definitely read Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. It is her very best! 1y
Penny_LiteraryHoarders Sorry Shanghai Girls is very good too. That tag didn‘t turn out the way I intended. 1y
kerry @Penny_LiteraryHoarders Thanks, I will look for it! 1y
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The author talks about decluttering her bookshelf and she has 95 books and only kept 54 (and then cleared all but 6 of her 36 pens...). I can't decide if I should laugh or cry.

emilyhaldi I‘m not down with that life 🙅🏻‍♀️ 1y
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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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January 2. Lap dog and YA. Not quite done with vacation yet.

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The Power | Naomi Alderman
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I think I found God in this pizza though.

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Peculiar Ground | Lucy Hughes-Hallett
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I'm 78 pages into this and every time I think I'm finally invested in the story, the POV changes. Again. Anyone read it? Worth powering through? The blurbs (and description!) had me so intrigued...

StephanieY Do they at least change at the start of new chapters or something logical? 2y
kerry @syamko The first (long) chapter was all one narrator, and I finally started to get into his story when it switched time periods, and the new chapter is multiple perspectives. I ended up setting it down for a few days and have lost any motivation to pick it back up. :-/ 2y
kerry @syamko In other news, I ended up liking Elmet! Not perfect, but I dug it by the end. 2y
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I'm over on Shelf Awareness today talking about the essays I plan to re-read this winter during my "hibernation" reading phase: http://www.shelf-awareness.com/readers-issue.html?issue=668#m...

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Never Anyone But You | Rupert Thomson
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continental breakfast companion

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The Veins of the Ocean | Patricia Engel
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This book was a slow build for me, but I loved dipping a toe into Reina's world chapter by chapter. Through her story, Engel explores immigration and homecomings, family, belonging, and faith in ways that will linger with me for some time. Highly recommend.

emilyhaldi Nice review- I'm looking forward to this one 💙 2y
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The Veins of the Ocean | Patricia Engel
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well I was going to read those books... 📚🐱🤷

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As Lie Is to Grin | Simeon Marsalis
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Saying goodnight to my twenties with this in my ears for the umpteenth time. // #audiobooks

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Between the World and Me | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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Required reading, required re-reading. Narrated by the author, and that makes an already moving account even more so.

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Wilderness Essays | John Muir
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Found these pretty hardcover editions of nature books at a local gift shop today... drool. (They also had Walden, Leaves of Grass, and a few others I forget now.)

Jbakesmcgee3 😍😍😍 2y
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Lazy Sunday Morning plans. What are you reading this weekend? #nonfiction #truecrime

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Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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a little seasonal reading

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I'm not a huge fan of self-help, but Brown's books span the bridge between social psych & self-help in ways that resonate without promising quick fixes. Brown's theories on empathy, compassion, connection and vulnerability all the more important in today's political climate, and this book offers ways to walk into that maelstrom while remaining true to oneself. Strong back, soft front, wild heart: may it be your mantra.

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Anne of Green Gables | L M Montgomery
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I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.

britt_brooke 😍 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Me too!! ❤️ 2y
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That airport life.

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Just me and my book and a Colorado apricot ale and a strong desire to skip dinner and just got to bed already. #worktravel #amreading #bookclub

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Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People | Mahzarin R. Banaji, Anthony G. Greenwald
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Anthony Greenwald is headlining the conference I'm heading to this week, so I picked up his book for some light airplane reading today... Here goes!

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Homeward bound, if we ever get on this flight (C31 and C32 aren't exactly the best boarding positions, but you get what you get when you forget to check in to your flight early). Got a good book to keep me company, but I'm ready to be home now, kthanks.

StephanieY I hate that feeling! Hope you got home safely. Enjoy the book! 2y
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Remember when I said the universe was insisting I read this book? I brought it with me on vacation and hey, look, the universe is on to something.

Suet624 😂❤️ 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage That's a booktree instead of a bookface! 😎 2y
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And because my local booksellers know me well, a 2018 (!) ARC to peruse... #history #nonfiction #feminism

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Continuing my cookbook streak of the week. This rings ALL my bells. #cookbooks #litsycooks #resist

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Stopped by my local indie tonight to pick up a hold, and this just leapt into my hands after I specifically asked where it was on the shelf. #resist #essays #feminism

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Stopped by my local indie tonight to pick up a hold, and this just leapt into my hands after I specifically asked where it was on the shelf. #resist #essays #feminism

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The Trespasser | Tana French
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In honor of the BBC adapting the first two Dublin Murder Squad books for television, my next audio pick will have me caught up on the series. Who else has read these? What's your favorite?

Avidreader25 I didn't know they were making a TV show! I love the books. This one and The Likeness are my favorites. 2y
DivineDiana Just started this one! 2y
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If there's anything I love more than food and books, it is running and books. I cannot wait for this one. Mirna Valerio is an inspiration, and I am so excited to read her memoir I could practically burst. #running #memoir #weneeddiversebooks #wndb

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AND THIS ONE YAAAAAY (guys I love #cookbooks so much, and especially love Smitten Kitchen) #litsycooks

rachelm Whaaaat! You got an Arc of this!! 2y
ReadingEnvy Awesome she is one of my favorite bloggers!! 2y
BethFishReads Love love love her 2y
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