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krismlars

krismlars

Joined May 2016

Reading every spare minute! A chemist who recently relocated to Boston (and misses Colorado beer and Colorado mountains).
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The Witch Elm: A Novel by Tana French
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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
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Having a celebratory tea in the family lounge of the hospital...my dad has finally been approved for a room at the nursing home! Hoping he can get transferred today. Of course, there‘s nothing happy about the situation, but I‘m incredibly relieved. Thanks for all the love and support from Litsy! And I‘m loving this book, despite hating the main character.

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My dad has always been in denial about his condition. Sorry for the melancholy posts, but these quotes are really hitting me hard.

kspenmoll So sorry. 💕💕 2d
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Sometimes I stare at my dad‘s bald head and imagine the tumors growing, pushing at his skull.

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Saving Marty | Paul Griffin
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Two weeks since I‘ve seen my cat, and really not sure when I will. Trying to get my dad into a nursing home is NOT going well, and I‘ll also need to make plans for Marty. He‘s from the same litter as my cat, and they‘ve both been great companions for over 17 years now. I‘ll take him back to Boston with me if I must, but I hope to make other family arrangements.

cobwebmoth I'm sorry things aren't going well.😔 4d
CarolynM Hope you can find a good home for Marty, he looks like a lovely cat. 4d
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My borrowed Outlander ebook was returned to the library before I could finish☹️. Luckily I‘ve got a back up! It‘s strange to be reading a Tana French novel that isn‘t part of the Dublin Murder Squad, but so far I‘m enjoying it a lot more than the most recent in the series.

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Outlander | Diana Gabaldon
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The view from Dad‘s hospital room...at least the construction is a little exciting. I know he needs to be here but it‘s becoming very difficult to be around him. I‘m sure it‘s scary to have short term memory loss, but I‘m really frustrated. He doesn‘t know where he is. Do I lie to him or tell the truth? I‘ve been doing both, but it doesn‘t seem to matter. I‘ve still got 200 pgs left, and I‘d love nothing more than to sit down quietly to finish.

jenniferajanes Hugs for you both! I hope you can find time to finish your book soon. 6d
Chrissyreadit I‘m sorry. Hope you can feel some support while supporting your dad. 6d
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Im so sorry. Hope things improve ❤️ 6d
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cobwebmoth Sending positive thoughts and hugs. 6d
Mimi28 I hope things get better ❤️❤️❤️ 6d
CarolynM Oh, that's hard. Best wishes to you both, hope things improve.❤️ 6d
krismlars @cobwebmoth @Mimi28 @jenniferajanes @Chrissyreadit @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @CarolynM thank you all. There's not really anywhere to go but downhill for my dad, but my hope is that it's relatively quick and painless. 5d
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Outlander | Diana Gabaldon
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In my hometown once again. Trying to get in a few minutes of reading while my dad sleeps. He is terminally ill, and I just drove here from Boston to care for him and to make some difficult decisions that I‘ve been putting off. I‘m almost halfway through the book, but it‘s hard to find time to read, or to focus. This story is a good escape and has me dreaming of Scotland.

Tamra I‘m sorry, and I get it. 💚 2w
TrishB Sending hugs ❤️ 2w
LiteraryinLititz Thinking of you. 💜 2w
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BookNAround That‘s so hard. I hope the book continues to be an accessible escape. 2w
stacybmartin So sorry to hear this - sending hugs and strength to you. 💙 2w
Megabooks I‘m so sorry about this! Sending you strength! 💜 2w
jenniferajanes I‘m sorry to hear about your dad. I‘m glad you found a few minutes to escape into the story. It‘s hard for me to read during difficult times too. Hugs! 2w
Gina I am so, so sorry. Sending warm digital hugs from WI 2w
Lynnsoprano So sorry for you and your dad. I‘m sure it‘s hard, but it‘s good that you get some time with your dad. Glad you can escape into a book, even for a little bit. 2w
RadicalReader Beautiful mug 2w
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I listened to this as I drove from Boston to Grand Forks, ND. I really liked the narrator, which I‘m picky about. The story was fascinating, but I often found myself getting riled up about the self-importance of the explorers, their disregard for others, religious conversion, and the treatment of indigenous peoples. Not the author‘s fault, though. But I could have done with fewer descriptions of maggots in wounds and bugs on eyeballs.

Megabooks I read this audio as well, and really enjoyed it. I‘ve also read this book by him and liked it. The three sections each have a different narrator. (edited) 2w
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Outlander | Diana Gabaldon
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Positively WILD Saturday night at the Larson home. Hockey is on TV, the oven is self-cleaning. To be fair, my Friday night didn‘t end until 2 this morning, and I‘m working tomorrow and doing a 10-mile run. Regarding the book: I‘m liking it much more than I expected to. Three more episodes of GOT before I can start this show!

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Probably my least favorite movie of the Harry Potter universe, but I'm reading the screenplay in anticipation of a re-watch. Squeak is keeping warm under the blanket as I read. Purrrrrrrr.

RadicalReader Absolutely sweetest cat 4w
krismlars @RadicalReader she‘s already got you fooled😸 3w
Erofan 😻 2w
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I'm not terribly impressed by the book so far, but I'm probably judging it harshly because I work in the gene therapy field.

RadicalReader The staircase is the most beautiful I‘ve ever seen 4w
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I've never finished a Friday puzzle with such ease! I credit this to second clue I answered: 'What "epistaxis" is a fancy medical term for'. I was sent to the ER for a nosebleed earlier this year!

RadicalReader The most unexpected knowledge you couldn‘t be grateful to have 2w
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The Old Drift | Namwali Serpell
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I wanted to introvert tonight, but I dragged myself out of the house for Namwali Serpell's reading at Harvard Book Store. So worth it! I haven't read the book yet, but it has been moved to the top of my TBR.

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Isn‘t this cover beautiful?! I had to select it as my #botm because @Liberty recommends it.

Reviewsbylola Just finished this one and really liked it! 1mo
RadicalReader The crown sticker really takes the cake with the beautiful kitty they often should be treated as the royalty they are. 4w
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Lazy Sunday morning. I sadly can't read all day though, I need to get a 7 mile run in to prep for a May 11th half marathon.

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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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Halfway through the book...and *not* loving it. I don't trust the narrator, but I'm also confused by some choices of the author. It kind of reads like a made-for-TV movie. (Also, I'm in a horrible mood these days, so perhaps that's adversely affecting my opinion.)

RadicalReader Bet that‘s irritating when a book reads like a TV movie not a good way for a book to be enjoyed 2w
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My usual 'comfort food' TV show is 30 Rock. But Friends is helping me right now to get through hard times.

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A shout-out to my hometown of Grand Forks, where I happen to be now. Also, why haven't I read Chuck Klosterman yet? Also, My So-Called Life was amazing.

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I wish I could check out of real life and binge Friends in its entirety. I'm a third through the book and loving it. It's much more informative than I expected it to be.

Lovesbooks87 I love Friends. I watched the whole series but it took me almost a year to do it! 2mo
CSeydel 😂 that comment makes me feel old. I also watched the whole series, but it took me almost a decade to do it. 2mo
Swati @CSeydel 😂good one 2mo
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Taking a cue from Kelsey Miller... I need to get 4 miles in today. This show (and book) makes me so happy!

Lovesbooks87 Love love love Friends!!!!! 2mo
RadicalReader @krismlars I love finding ways to pass the time when working out makes it all the more effortless 4w
RadicalReader This will definitely help in improving the amount of exercise I‘ve done this many times even when having music playing such a difference 2w
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Some comfort reading📖😊

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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Back in North Dakota, with my dad wearing his Trump t-shirt and hat, I finally finished this amazing book. I didn't think I could love Michelle Obama any more, but this book blew my mind. What a strong, accomplished, and beautiful woman.

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Almost halfway through. Loving it! The characters and setting are so vividly written.

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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I know it's Michelle's book, but I got so excited when I read that Barack lived in Somerville during law school (I too live in Somerville!) and spent a lot of time reading (I too spend a lot of time reading!). I miss them SO MUCH.

CindyE09 I miss them so much too. Wish we could have them back. 3mo
SharonAlger I imagine you‘d even be missing George Bush, compared to who you‘ve got now! But yes, the Obamas were the best. 3mo
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The Old Drift | Namwali Serpell
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I love coming home to find a Read It Forward giveaway waiting for me! The author will also be doing a reading in Cambridge this spring, yay!

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The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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Sobbing. (Here's me on a 2016 vacation in Chicago, not sobbing.)

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The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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A dark picture of my dad's cat, Marty McFly. He's a lover. Marty is from the same litter as my Squeak, but they couldn't be any different. They celebrated their 17th birthday last week. I'm not finding much time for reading while in North Dakota, because my dad literally does not stop talking.

AlaMich How sweet! Why Marty McFly? Is he a big Back to the Future fan? 😊 3mo
RadicalReader Love the name your parents have wonderful taste in names with naming after a wonderful movie series. Is another one of them named Doc by chance? 4w
krismlars @AlaMich @RadicalReader I think my sister was the one who picked the name. But who doesn't love Marty McFly?! 3w
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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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Traveling to North Dakota... Bravely bringing this book into enemy territory🔴

mdhughes72 What brings you to ND? What brings ANYONE to ND? 3mo
MeganAnn Welcome to ND!! I live here 😉 ❄️ Although this isn‘t the best time of year to visit... especially since we‘ve had two snowstorms this week alone. 3mo
krismlars @mdhughes72 @MeganAnn I'm from Grand Forks. My dad is sick, otherwise I wouldn't step foot here this time of year haha. 3mo
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mdhughes72 Well I hope it‘s a nice visit. I‘m thinking about Grand Forks for my ND marathon. It‘s on the Amtrak line, and closer to me than Fargo. I used to live on the Red Line near Davis Square. Anywhere near you? 3mo
krismlars @mdhughes72 I'm in East Somerville! Lived in Union Square for a year 3mo
MeganAnn @krismlars hope you enjoy your visit and I hope your dad gets better. I live in Fargo 😊 3mo
krismlars @MeganAnn well it's not exactly a good time. I don't expect my dad will live more than 6 months, although he's in total denial. So I'm trying to get some loose ends tied up for him, in between fighting with my sister haha. 3mo
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Golden State | Ben Winters
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From the inside cover: A shocking, daring, world-shattering vision of America, Golden State is a wild journey into our post-truth America, a Fahrenheit 451 for our anxious times.
Knowingly contradicting the truth is the greatest crime.

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Emergency Room | Caroline B. Cooney
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It wasn't really necessary, but people at work insisted that I go to the ER this morning. I had a really severe nose bleed. This also happened to me about 25 years ago, and I thought it was a thing of the past. I appreciate all the help from the women at work who took care of me! Here are two of my helpers, celebrating my birthday with me last week.

BookishMarginalia Hope you are well! 3mo
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First recipe out of a new cookbook was yummy! Salmon and radishes. I'm always happy when a new recipe is edible😋

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Golden State | Ben Winters
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I haven't been reading much since the 24in48 readathon. The beginning of February was very busy, with a beer festival and the Super Bowl and my birthday. Oh, and I decided to watch The Office in it's entirety (for the first time, believe it or not). So that was a HUGE time suck. But I finished and now have my life back! Also, this book is super interesting.

Louise Happy belated Birthday! 3mo
krismlars Thanks @Louise ! I'm not sure how I'm already 38😬 3mo
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My old friend has just poured its last cup. Now the question is, do I go electric?☕️

mcctrish Oh no 🤦🏻‍♀️ I have a stove top kettle ❤️it seems more permanent than an electric one although this unfortunate event kinda proves me wrong 😂 4mo
krismlars @mcctrish I can't even remember when I purchased this one. It's at least 10 years old, probably older. I'm leaning towards this style again, because I'd still be able to make tea if my power was out haha. 4mo
mcctrish Exactly! Good thinking 4mo
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I was obsessed with dinosaurs when I was 10ish, and Jurassic Park (the original movie) remains one of my top 5 favorite films🦖🦕. I'm so happy that I've started reading more nonfiction in the past year, I've learned so much!

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How to be Famous | Caitlin Moran
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How have I not been listening to Joni Mitchell these last 37 years? Thank you, John Kite, for giving the Walkman to Dolly Wilde on the flight to NYC.

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How to be Famous | Caitlin Moran
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I will regret this in the morning.

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How to be Famous | Caitlin Moran
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IT IS DONE. The readathon, not the book. I feel pretty good about it. I finished with an hour to spare, and I don't have a raging headache. I am really into this book now that I've picked it back up, but I think I'll set it down until tomorrow. Thanks for the laughs and tears, Dolly Wilde! #24in48

sprainedbrain Awesome! 🎉🎉🎉 4mo
PurpleyPumpkin Good job!🎉 4mo
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How to be Famous | Caitlin Moran
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I'll take a martini, please...'They set fire to tomorrow, to make tonight glorious.' 🍸🍸🍸 #24in48

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How to be Famous | Caitlin Moran
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I actually started this book last December, and I can't remember why I put it down. Back to it! I met the author last year, she's rad. Also, I have officially reached the point of the readathon where I am soooo happy to stop reading so I can do dishes and make dinner. That doesn't happen very often, folks. #24in48

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This did remind me of the Grisha series, so I will happily continue to read it when the second book is published this summer. Also, I was picturing the cast of Black Panther as the characters. #24in48

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My own lionaire! Such a good reading companion😻 #24in48 less than 7 hours of reading left for me⏳

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Only 8ish hours to go in #24in48 #myweekendisallbooked

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Immediately hooked on this book but I need some sleep. Another full day of reading ahead! #24in48

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My initial read of the summary immediately brought to mind the Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo, which I can't get enough of. #24in48

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What Do I Read Next? | Neil Barron
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Too many choices...must decide soon, still have 15 hours of #24in48

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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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Too many good quotes to post, so I'll leave this book with a pic of my current t-shirt. The Bibliophile mantra! #24in48

ReadingSusan Love it. 4mo
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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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Dropped off Lethal White at the library. Returning home to read The Library Book, which I LOVE so far. #24in48

parttimedomestic What a pretty library! 😍 4mo
RadicalReader I always love checking the latest arrivals nothing sweeter 4w
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Lethal White | Robert Galbraith
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Perhaps not my favorite Cormoran Strike novel, but still a good read. Now I can return it to the library, two days late. It's a big book! #24in48

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Lethal White | Robert Galbraith
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Slept away the first 7.5 hours of #24in48 but I can still do it!

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Lethal White | Robert Galbraith
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Squeak can curl into the tiniest of spots. Trying to get through this book on a sick day, but I keep falling asleep. 🤧☔️💨🐈📖😴

Suzze I can‘t read at all if I‘m sick. It‘s like sickness takes away my concentration. 4mo
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