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klarusu

Joined March 2016

Book Fiend | Gryffindor | Thingamabrarian | Scientist | Educator | Writer | Stories make the world go round so I write them | clairekotecki.com
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Between the World and Me | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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This is a thought-provoking book - I am not the intended audience but that doesn‘t mean there isn‘t so much to be learnt from it.

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PJs, hot milk and the first of a pile of books ... Perfect Friday! Apt reading considering the wider world today. Not really putting my mind at rest, to be honest 🤷🏼‍♀️

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Hyperion | Dan Simmons
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A re-read on audiobook ahead of reading The Fall of Hyperion for #NewYearWhoDis. I‘d forgotten how good this is ... which makes me feel better about burning an audiobook credit on it when I couldn‘t find where I‘d put my paperback copy 😂🤦‍♀️

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Not sure I‘m going to finish all these by the end of the year 🤔 One book at a time - rereading the early Witcher books after bingeing the series so I can read the last two and complete it. Love these books. Read the first ones in Polish when I lived there in the early 90s. Didn‘t think I‘d like Cavill but I was wrong - he‘s my Geralt!

MellieAntoinette Totally agree on Cavill. He earned The Witcher title! 3w
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Starting the year off a wee bit early with ‘My Sister, the Serial Killer‘ from @shadowspeak17 ‘s list of recommendations for #NewYearWhoDis. Looking forward to reading these recommendations in January (and the rest of them throughout the year!) @monalyisha Great way to find new books and Littens 💕

shadowspeak17 Ooh that one‘s in my top 5 this year. I hope you like it! 😄 3w
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I can tell from the first few pages this is going to be a tough one. As a child of the 70s who grew up in the UK close friends with children of RAF parents in the 80s and early 90s, I very much remember that terrorism wasn‘t always as easy to blame on the ‘other‘ as it is nowadays. When we got our driving licences, we knew that we didn‘t touch any car without checking the wheels for suspect devices. I remember the events of this book at the time.

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Black, Listed | Jeffrey Boakye
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Love this bookmark - my friend brought it back from the top of the Shanghai Tower for me last year. Black, Listed is a really thought-challenging book that isn‘t challenging to read but does make you take the measure of the language you have been accustomed to hearing throughout your life.

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Latest up for audiobooks - I‘m all about the nonfiction memoirs on audio right now. Only just started this one but it has caught me at the outset so let‘s see where it goes from here.

Cinfhen I‘m all for audio recommendations/ especially NF 🤓🎧thanks for sharing 1mo
klarusu @Cinfhen I love my audiobooks - can‘t imagine car journeys without them. 1mo
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Easy like a Sunday morning. Coffee, tales of Trump and a lay in. I always find Woodward‘s books easy to read and impeccably researched. ‘Wired‘ about John Belushi is one of my favourite nonfiction books. This one isn‘t disappointing. A very quick read.

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This is a really difficult but important book. It truly illustrates the destructive power of bullying in a way that‘s visceral. Ben Smith is truly inspirational.

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My Lovely Wife... | Mark Lukach
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Bedtime listen at the moment. Honest, harrowing but also hopeful in its depiction of the reality of building a family life that includes someone who has a long-term, erratic mental illness.

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Widow's Welcome | D.K. Fields
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This is so good! My amazing MA Creative Writing tutor is part of the duo that wrote this. I was supposed to be saving this for the new year while I finished off my current reads but I trapped a nerve in my shoulder today and I‘m feeling sorry for myself so it‘s blanket-sofa-treatread day. This is just the ticket!

IndyHannaJones That. Cover. 2mo
klarusu @IndyHannaJones It‘s lush! The book itself has metallic blue spine writing 💕 2mo
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It‘s cold outside ... I was going out for a run but might have an hour more reading in my toasty bedroom 🤣

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I thought this book was excellent as I read it: immersive world, complex & nuanced characters, superb use of POV. Then I got to the last quarter and realised it was so much better than I originally thought. The first book in a long, long while that has challenged me to go back to the first page at the end to revisit my now-outdated assumptions. Beautifully paced. Wonderfully rich and diverse. One of the best books I‘ve read in 2019.

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Cheating on my current reads with this one ... after a toasty bath and now in my favourite pyjamas. The dreaded head cold won‘t win the day.

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Black, Listed | Jeffrey Boakye
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Today is sponsored by the book pile & all the tissues available to humanity. ‘Tis the season 🤧

A really thought-provoking book that sits at the boundary of identity, language and race. I‘d say recommended reading for anyone interested in challenging themselves to be better at recognising the multiple implications of the words and labels we use today. It‘s written well with real humour on occasion, without detracting from the seriousness.

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This is smart, original and incredibly well-crafted fantasy. Definitely worth all the acclaim.

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Dread Nation | Justina Ireland
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Most excited for this one! 😁😁

Traci1 I'm reading this now and really enjoying it. 2y
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It's a beautiful day outside - the first proper Spring day - and I'm sick with a stomach bug ☹️🤢

Making the most of being confined to bed by catching up on reading for my Creative Writing MA ... which has been one of the best decisions I made this academic year.

I'm really enjoying my new iPad Pro too ... we got a teaching award at work for a module I wrote so I splurged!

Swe_Eva Stomach bugs are no fun. Hope you‘re better soon. 2y
klarusu @Swe_Eva Thanks! 2y
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Scourged | KEVIN. HEARNE
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Listening to this on audiobook while I pot on squash and cabbage seedlings in the greenhouse. BMO the Book Cat was keeping an eye on the orchard for me.

There's so much wrong with these books but I still enjoy them for a light listen. The narrators really need to learn to pronounce Polish properly though. It's dreadful, frustrating and unintelligible at times.

batsy Honestly from this angle when I glanced quickly kitty had a panthery vibe 🐈 2y
klarusu @batsy Kitty would agree with you! 😂 2y
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Clean | Juno Dawson
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Glorious Spring day in the UK today. Managed to get 3 beds ready for planting in the veg garden and got the broad beans & peas in. Lots of potting in the greenhouse too. I've earned this little beauty that arrived today and a cold beer 😁🍺

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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I ate all the Jalapeño and Cheese crisps in the house and read this while my husband was at the gym. I am shameless and without any measure of guilt ?

Apart from being incredibly interesting, this one is so well written.

ReadingSusan I love this book so much 2y
klarusu @ReadingSusan One of the highlights of my reading year so far! 2y
ReadingSusan @klarusu me too. I think it‘s my #1 of the year. 2y
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"A lawn, when you come to think of it, is nothing but a meadow in captivity."

I live in a small English village. I love the quiet and the relationship we have with nature and the seasons. This sums up what I don't like about heavily manicured gardens.

RaimeyGallant Lovely! 2y
klarusu @RaimeyGallant Isn't it just! This book is full of delightful nature writing. 2y
leahbird Being a farm girl, every perfectly manicured lawn looks like wasted food to me. All I can think is, "Get yourself some goats people!" If your going to have green space you put effort into, at least go full in on a garden of some sort! ? 2y
klarusu @leahbird 😂 I know. This year, I'm trying for as much self-sufficiency as I can (Work in Progress!) ... I find myself judging ornamental garden space - my inner voice says 'That could be a squash patch' 😂 2y
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Artemis | Andy Weir
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This was a really entertaining tale and I did enjoy the world-concept. Somehow, the characters didn't ring authentic though. Still, definitely worth a read (or listen ... Rosario Dawson was an engaging narrator).

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Listening to this on audio while I'm potting on my seedlings in the greenhouse ... with a beer. Perfect way to spend Good Friday Bank Holiday.

britt_brooke Sounds pretty perfect - enjoy! 2y
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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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Interesting to consider how conditioned we've all been to link personhood to documentation. It makes it so much easier to treat people poorly when society is trained to consider validity as a document trail.

4thhouseontheleft I agree! And while this is a different scenario, I saw my OBC (original birth certificate) for the very first time a few months ago, when PA released them to adoptees. My brain says it is silly to put so much value on that piece of paper, but my heart was comforted by the small puzzle piece added to my identity. 😊 2y
klarusu @4thhouseontheleft I'm glad you found this small piece. It's funny how we almost see ourselves as an extended network of documentation. In a way though, it's also what enables us to cross time and physical space. 2y
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So excited about this one! Love, love, love Becky Chambers' sci-fi!

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Off to the hairdressers ... not sure I have enough books 🤣

MicrobeMom I also prefer to read than talk to the hairdresser. But then I feel bad and talk the whole time! 2y
klarusu @MicrobeMom 😂 Yes! 2y
LauraBeth I‘ve had the same hairdresser for the past 11 years and it took her forever to learn that I didn‘t want to talk but instead wanted to read and not be bothered 😀 2y
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klarusu @LauraBeth Me too. I have a lovely one and she just lets me read. The hairdressers gets more & more expensive but it's my one luxury every few months ... to be left alone with a coffee and a book and a justification for sitting still 😉 2y
esanderson Do you have to hold the book up at eye level? It has never occurred to me to read at the hairdresser, since I feel like my hair couldn't be done properly if I was staring down at the book in my lap. 2y
klarusu @esanderson My lovely hairdresser is pretty good at working around me 😉 2y
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Artemis | Andy Weir
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Looooonnnng day at work. Bit like Game of Thrones on our uni campus right now. Audiobooks are my way of switching off before bed. Artemis is entertaining. Not perfect but entertaining.

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Artemis | Andy Weir
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Greenhouse, coffee and an audiobook. Perfection!

Avanders You make it look so appealing! (And I have a bit of a black thumb 😳😜) 2y
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Artemis | Andy Weir
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Gardening time doesn't mean it can't be reading time.

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"He wants to believe that playing by the monarchy's rules will keep us safe, but nothing can protect us when those rules are rooted in hate."

Salient words.

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My husband just announced 'We have too many books in the house.'

It's our 20th anniversary this week ... surely by now he should know there's no such thing as too many books 🤣

RidgewayGirl How funny, my 20th anniversary is next week. My husband just keeps offering to build more shelves. 2y
TheLibrarian There really is no such thing as too many books. My fiancé also disagrees with this statement. 2y
ShadrachAnki I came to the unfortunate conclusion a few years ago that while in general there is no such thing as too many books, it is possible to have too many books for a particular location. Structural concerns, etc. 2y
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Saturday morning. ☕️🍪📚

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Artemis | Andy Weir
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I love audiobooks. Who said adults were too old for bedtime stories? 😴📚😴

lorannen No such thing as too old for bedtime stories, so long as the story suits. 10/10, would not recommend zombie books for this purpose. I speak from unfortunate experience. 2y
klarusu @lorannen Never fall asleep listening to the audiobook of Dark Matter by Michelle Paver. There lies madness. 2y
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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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Interesting reading about occasions when self-sufficiency is taken to the extreme, whatever the reason.

A timely picture of this year's batch of sweet peppers. I'm making a positive effort to grow as much as I can myself this year. It's a learning curve. Patience is a virtue. My big goals are longer term than one year so I just want to build up what I can successfully grow. Had to stop naming the seedlings after the first cull though 😂🌿🌿

taraWritesSci Your starts are lovely! 2y
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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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Half an hour until I officially log on to work. Coffee brewed. Sorted.

#firstlines

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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I'd like to be reading this but school bus run and work are between me and reading time today!

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The Belles | Dhonielle Clayton
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This book was positively sumptuous with a sting in the tail. It worked on a lot of levels and the world building is fantastic. The pacing is spot-on. In a world where everyone is grey, Belles bring colour and beauty at a price. It's just not the price they expected.

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LibraryThing as a library service | Aina Manso Santolaria
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I've been on LT for over 11 years now. I registered on Litsy a while back but never really worked out how to get started. Really glad they've both come together as I've found my way back here.

@TimSpalding and the LT crew will take good care of Litsy, I'm sure. They 'get' things and they're always as engaged as they are with you all in Litsy at the moment.

batsy Nice that you're back on Litsy! I'm the same with LT; registered awhile back but only back on it now because of the merger 😊 2y
klarusu @batsy If you have any LT questions, do ask! I get profile comments there by email so I'll always see it. I'm so glad the merger brought me back here. It really helped to add some of the 'shared' Littens/Thingamabrarians. Not sure why I didn't stay the first time because it's a lovely book place. Very different to LT but they're both great. 2y
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Perfect evening! 😍

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The Belles | Dhonielle Clayton
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Delectable and corrupt ... all in one handy package. Filled with a subtext of historical and modern race issues. Mesmerising world with dark layers.

SkeletonKey Saw her speak recently, made me really want to read this. 2y
klarusu It's sumptuous and a really quick read. I'd recommend it. On the surface, it's a great story and you can choose to dig into some of the deeper layers or just enjoy it for the story and the world building. 2y
Jess7 Welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon @LitsyHappenings #whotofollow - Litsy is an awesome place and getting involved really helps make the experience more fun. Definitely check out @RaimeyGallant ‘s #litsytips: https://raimeygallant.com/2017/10/31/litsytips/ and @Chelleo #LitsyHowto videos! I‘ll tag some people for you to get to know and follow: @britt_brooke @TheLibrarian @Cinfhen @Avanders @Captivatedbybooks @MinDea @LitsyBuddyRead @Read4life 2y
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RaimeyGallant This book sounds fabulous. And welcome from me too! 2y
Chelleo Welcome! 🤗 2y
klarusu Thank you @Chelleo @britt_brooke @RaimeyGallant ... finding my feet! @Jess7 you are a godsend 😁 2y
SqueakyChu Hi Claire! Good to see a familiar name! 😄 2y
klarusu 👋 Yay! Nice to see you Madeline! Old friends and new friends. I think I like Litsy already 😉 2y
Jess7 You‘re welcome! 🤗🤗 2y
tammysue Welcome! 🌸 2y
RaimeyGallant She is that. ( @jess7 ) (edited) 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @TheLibrarian Thanks for the introduction! @klarusu Welcome! 2y
BookaholicNatty Thank you @TheLibrarian and welcome welcome @klarusu hope you will love it here in the #Litsy world!!! People are great and lots of fun swaps, read alongs, giveaways, photo challenges and more!! Glad to have a new book friend! ❤️❤️📚 (edited) 2y
Bookzombie Welcome to Litsy @klarusu !! Thanks for tagging me @TheLibrarian ! So sweet! 🙂 2y
klarusu Thank you everyone for the welcome & the introductions. And to think, I thought it might be hard to 'meet' folk on here 🤦‍♀️🤣 2y
klarusu I'm probably being dense, having stayed up far too late reading and footering ... but how do you log 'Pages Read'? Would a lovely, veteran Litten be able to point me in the right direction? 2y
Cinfhen Hi @klarusu welcome! If you want to mark a book read choose the review option for posting. It will ask you to rate the book as pick, so-so, pan or bail. It will then mark your book as read. Did that help? On your Lifluence page, which is found in settings it automatically tally‘s page counts...I think🤔 2y
klarusu Thanks @Cinfhen ... I'm on a learning curve 😁 2y
Cinfhen You‘re doing great!!! It took me a little bit of time to figure stuff out...just have fun & keep asking questions🤓Litsy is a friendly place 2y
Avanders Thanks again for the tag @Jess7 ! 😘😘 Welcome to Litsy @klarusu ! 2y
klarusu @Avanders 😁 Thank you! Glad to see a familiar name 😉 2y
Avanders @klarusu I know it's so cool w all this "crossover" ☺️☺️ 2y
DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy! 🎉📚👍Hope you enjoy it here! 2y
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