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Joined February 2016

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The Fifth Season | N. K. Jemisin
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That's okay I don't need space

Hooked_on_books 🐶💙 2y
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The Dark Dark: Stories | Samantha Hunt
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LITSY. I have returned. So many life changes this year, I took a step back from an extra social community to try to shift focus elsewhere. But, co-hosting #24in48 this weekend reminded me of what a safe, book-centric place this community is; it was heart balm. I'm tucking into some rye and ginger and short stories tonight; what are y'all reading?

Megabooks Welcome back and thanks for a great #24in48!! 2y
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Wishful Drinking | Carrie Fisher

"I never realized how fun it could be to get a current partner and a past partner together and then pit them against each other. I mean, if you can't find a good book to read."

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Scythe | Neal Shusterman
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Rory's face every time I tell her something crazy that happened in Scythe.

WhatDeeReads Adorable! 3y
LauraBeth 😂😂😂 3y
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Scythe | Neal Shusterman

"What must it have been like to believe in something greater than oneself? To accept imperfection and look to a rising vision of all we could never be? It must have been comforting. It must have been frightening. It must have lifted people from the mundane, but also justified all sorts of evil. I often wonder if the bright benefit of belief outweighed the darkness its abuse could bring."

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Difficult Women | Roxane Gay
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I'm here I'm here, #24in48! I marched yesterday and spent today in DC searching out sign / protest remnants before dropping my best pal off at her bus (full of marchers!) back to NYC. I don't have words yet (maybe not ever), but it was an incredible day literally packed with badass women that made me remember what hope feels like. Curling up with one of my favorite black feminist writers to revel in this feeing a little while longer.

Hooked_on_books Sounds wonderful. And cute 🐶🐶! 3y
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Difficult Women | Roxane Gay
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Rounding out my day of reading black authors by finally starting this collection. I hope your days have been filled with reflection, books, and determination.

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March: Book Two | Andrew Aydin, John Lewis
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The juxtaposition of John Lewis' memories of the Freedom Riders' buses being firebombed with his memories of attending Obama's inauguration is one of the most moving & weeping-inducing constructions I've ever read. #MLKDay

MeganB These parts got me SO BAD! I read it in November too and everything was just so intense. 3y
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March: Book One | John Robert Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
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#MLKDay reading.

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Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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"Hatred, love, all muddled up in that space inside a whisper, when the words don't matter anymore, when the baby's half asleep and you can carry it all the way there if you want, on nothing but the tone of your voice. When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall. Sing it as softly as you like—the words clench their own teeth. The child still falls." || THIS BOOK, y'all.

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An engrossing, necessary, heartbreaking read (listen) on the way home to NoVA after spending two weeks in a rural area filled with still-standing campaign signs for they-who-must-not-be-named. More determined than ever to keep doing the work.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Looks like you were in my general area! And yes, they are everywhere still mocking me! 😱. Great book too, by the way! (edited) 3y
Hooked_on_books This was my favorite nonfiction of 2016. So well done. 3y
Megabooks Fantastic book! There are people here too with signs. 🙄🙄🙄 Some days I still don't believe it. 3y
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Zone One: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Here's the thing. Whitehead is an unquestionable genius and master of language. Literary fiction about zombies is just not a thing that I am here for, apparently. I wish this was a novella or short story; I'd probably give it five stars if it was only 35-70 pages. Still glad I gave it a go—I've made him my backlist author of the year—but whew. I need something snappy after this slow (not really burning) burn.

Hooked_on_books @mauveandrosysky posted just yesterday that she thought this should be a short story. You guys have something in common! 3y
mauveandrosysky I felt very similarly. 3y
kristenlcoates @mauveandrosysky Glad I wasn't alone in these feelings! @Hooked_on_books 3y
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Zone One: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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HERE WE GO, 2017.

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The Mothers: A Novel | Brit Bennett
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I'm not often happy to shut the door firmly on a year but I've locked and barred this one. Here's to 2017 and all it will bring, pals. Here's to beauty, love, strength, humanity, and resistance. Wishing you all as much joy as you can hold with rainbow sprinkles on top. 🖤💕❄️✌️

britt_brooke 🙌🏻🙌🏻 3y
Sarahsbookshelves The Mothers was one of my top 3 as well! 3y
Megabooks Awesome!! 🍾🍾📚🎊 3y
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Getting in some light end-of-year decompression reading to round out 2016.

jessberk13 Listened to this earlier in the month. Love!! ☕️ 3y
kristenlcoates @jessica Such a delight! 😍 3y
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Our book club did a holiday book swap at a wine bar in DC tonight; scored this beauty and I'm feeling pretty festive about it. 🎄📚🍷

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Happy Birthday to my forever literary love / homegirl Jane Austen. 💕📚🎂 || (While this photo makes it look like P&P is my fav Austen, it's just the portion of my Austen shelf that happened to be in the frame. I'm a Persuasion girl through and through, as evidenced by my ink. 😉)

RealLifeReading Great collection! 3y
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The Queen of the Night | Alexander Chee
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"Over time, it seems to me, people called her ugly because they felt they needed one thing to be counted against her brilliance.

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The Queen of the Night | Alexander Chee

The animal will be tender with you, and you with it, but the animal never forgets that when what it wants for survival requires your death, it will become unafraid to kill you. And so you cannot forget this, either. It is, on reflection, good training to be a courtesan. A woman of any kind.

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The Queen of the Night | Alexander Chee
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Saturday sickness and holiday cheer goes best with a side of Bartleby sass.

BookishFeminist Feel better!! 3y
Misanthropester Jealous of the Melville House mug 3y
kristenlcoates @BookishFeminist thank you! ❤️️ 3y
chowmeyow Loving that Bartleby mug! 3y
kristenlcoates @chowmeyow Me too! I have major heart eyes face whenever I use it. 3y
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The Queen of the Night | Alexander Chee
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I wasn't in the right headspace for this one a few months ago; I like my weather cold and my blankets warm when I sink into an atmospheric novel. Crossing my fingers for this second attempt. Escaping to historic Paris seems like a fabulous idea right now.

BooksForEmpathy Ooooh this one is good. 3y
kdwinchester We are doing an author queries right now with Alexander Chee!! Def ask a Q if you haven't already. 👏 3y
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Gabi, a Girl in Pieces | Isabel Quintero
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I'm in between, part-way through, and undecided on various inclusions in this stack. Hoping December brings some settled brain space and reading opportunities. Have y'all read any of these yet?

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kristenlcoates @CarolynOliver Ooohhh good to hear! What did you think? 3y
kerry I have On Beauty around here somewhere as well... Any interest in a buddy read? I need some reading mojo kick-in-the-pants. 3y
kristenlcoates @kerry MUCH interest in a joint kick-in-the-pants. Find your copy and shoot me an email! 3y
WhatDeeReads I've read On Beauty. It's good, but I struggled to focus on it. It's got about 75 unnecessary pages spread throughout. 3y
CarolynOliver @kristenlcoates Oh, I'm a Leonard Cohen fanatic, so of course I loved it. 3y
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Book of Longing | Leonard Cohen
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Best Sunday is Best.

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The Sparrow: A Novel | Mary Doria Russell

"You know, I used to be a real hardass about stuff like this. No retreat, no surrender! But now? I honestly don't know if the world would be better or worse if we all held ourselves to the vows of our youth."

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I loved the first tattoo / stories installment from Fitzgerald and MacNaughton SO much that I think this one was always destined to be slotted behind it in my book pantheon. As always, gorgeous illustrations and a diverse cast of well-tatted humans show up to share their stories and lives. Worth picking up if you loved the first one but if you only have time for one: go for the original.

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My first stack of holiday book gifts is @sarahmaclean Scandal and Scoundrel series (with some saucy socks that I think Sesily would ❤️). I love these books SO much and I'm beyond excited to share them with a friend this Christmas after a particularly rough year for humankind. What books are you gifting this year?

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Post-family backseat road trip dogpile Audible listening.

Hooked_on_books 🐶🐶💙 3y
chaoticgoodhufflepuff What cuties! ❤️ 3y
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Hag-Seed | Margaret Atwood
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Avoiding football, dishes, and sobriety like a BAMF. Thankful for book, all of you, and this corner of the Internet. 🍂🍁

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The post-incident reading continues. This library pile was amalgamated from various lists and twitter recommendations; anyone picked these up before? (Shout out to @GregZimmerman for my first Bill McKibben!)

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I think this is an excellent resource to talk to older children and mid-teens about why parallels are being, can be, and should be drawn between the hate and ideals spawned by our president-elect, his team, and supporters and Nazi Germany. I have some adult books coming into the library on this subject but wanted to span age ranges for upcoming holiday conversations with younger relatives. H/T @bookriot

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Things I will try to sociologically understand with a cup of tea: how non-racist / homophobic / xenophobic people could feel so strongly regarding other issues that they'd vote for a racist, homophobic, xenophobic presidential candidate.
Things I will NOT try to understand with a cup of tea: the appointment of a white supremacist as a senior advisor of said president-elect.

BookishFeminist Yep. That. 3y
Notafraidofwords Uhuh 💅🏽 3y
megt Picked up a copy of this from the library this weekend and I'm still not sure I'm ready to read it. 3y
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shelf-improvement I've been waiting for this one for forever. As a native of that part of the country, I think it's an important thing to understand. 3y
Hooked_on_books Right there with you. I don't understand anything that's going on right now. 😕 3y
kristenlcoates @megt Totally valid. If it helps, so far it's very sociological and honest and isn't making me rage--I think it's an excellent choice to do this sort of understanding attempt / experiment when you're coming from the left. 3y
kristenlcoates @shelf-improvement I'll be interested to hear what you think, being a native of that area! 3y
megt @kristenlcoates good to know! I had it on hold at the library during the election because I wanted to understand what was informing viewpoints different from my own. But I was definitely worried about it becoming a rage read after the past week. 3y
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I haven't been able to read, or do much else, since Tuesday. I've been giving money, paying attention, researching wildly, and sitting silently, letting voices of the LGBTQ community and POCs fill the void of pain as they have far more right to it than I. I don't know exactly where we go from here other than up; I don't know precisely what to do other than fight, support, protect, and amplify. We are stronger together. Keep reading. Keep striving.

Hooked_on_books Sounds like you're doing everything you can. I have a friend who gave money to Planned Parenthood in the name of Mike Pence so he gets a letter for every donation. Feels good and sends a message. 3y
theshrinkette ❤️ 3y
Notafraidofwords Truth ☝️️ 3y
WordWaller ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
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Because I couldn't be at Book Riot Live this time around and @Liberty told me to.

beagle.mama Her talking about it scared me! You're brave! 3y
Suzze Oh, I read this when it first came out. Weirdness. 3y
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It's Friday! We made it! There is a work day to get through, to-do lists behind that, and waves of media to live through but you can do it. We can do it, together. We have lives to live and coffee to drink and books to read. The sun is shining, there's a lovely breeze, and I'm glad you exist. Happy Friday, Littens.

MrBook Nice pic! 3y
read_diverse_books I'm so glad it's Friday 😩 I have a book festival to look forward to this weekend! 🙌 3y
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I ended up reading most of this aloud to my husband because it was equal parts hilarious, enlightening, gross, fantastic, & horrifying. It'll eradicate your misconceptions about idyllic Victorian life while increasing your gratefulness for all the women who have gone before to clear the way. We are still fighting, things are still broken, but we have come so far & have no plans to stop. 💪 Highly recommend; I'll be gifting this more than once.

kerry Think this might make a good audio pick for a road trip? 3y
kristenlcoates @kerry oooohhh yes! 3y
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Mini weekend getaway to Richmond so OF COURSE I found the bookstore.

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Isabel Wilkerson is not fucking around.

theshrinkette This. Entire. Book. 3y
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East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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It's been a hot minute since I've read this and I'm really enjoying my reread. Forgot how much I love it. ❤️ "And it never fails that during the dry years the people forgot about the rich years, and during the wet years they lost all memory of the dry years. It was always that way."

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Still, in my personal life, I am often stricken with a wish to be beyond all that. I am burdened with anxiety. Anxiety for the lamb with his bitter future, anxiety for my own body, and, not least, anxiety for my own soul. You can fool a lot of yourself but you can't fool the soul. That worrier.

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Went to the bookstore today with nothing particular in mind and could not leave without these beauties. 😍
ALSO HELLO I AM FINALLY HERE #readathon PALS!

kerry Shoooot I forgot I wanted to look for the Oliver at the store today! Oh well just have to go back I guess... 3y
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East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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Drooling over today's #bookmail. 😍

Heather_Reads Those covers are amazing! Are they part of a special edition series? 3y
kristenlcoates @Heather_Reads Yes! It's called the Penguin Orange Collection, a limited run of 12 books to celebrate their 70th anniversary! I'm in love. 😍 3y
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Phantom Tollbooth | Norton Juster
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Couldn't pass up the #FunFridayPhoto chance to share my well-worn and yellowed copy of The Phantom Tollbooth. 💕📚

BeththeBookDragon This has a special place on my mantle with my special bookends. Absolute childhood favorite! 3y
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The Wonder | Emma Donoghue
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A portrait of the reader as a master's candidate. Nightstand contents: two books I'm very slowly making my way through, this week's unit to-do list on a stack of post-its, at least one highlighter and one pen, fresh cup of herbal anti-anxiety tea. Happy hump day, litsy friends. I'm so glad this corner of the internet exists.

Notafraidofwords Slow reading sometimes is the best type of reading. 3y
CarolynOliver Wait, does Wegmans actually make an anti-anxiety tea? I need that in my life! 3y
kristenlcoates @CarolynOliver it's Wegmans peppermint herbal tea that I add a few drops of an anxiety-combatting essential oil blend to! 3y
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These days, most of my reading snippets look like this: a cheap cup of coffee grabbed as I rush from my work desk to campus, trying to arrive early enough to read 10 pages before class starts. I'm trying to be even more conscious about what I read because the moments are so few and far between. This examination of life after rape and the possibility of justice 20 years later is a difficult, important, honest read that is well worth the time.

Notafraidofwords Steal time wherever you can. 3y
WhatDeeReads That's a gorgeous keyboard cover. 3y
kristenlcoates @Notafraidofwords Thanks! I'm trying. It's been much harder since starting my master's program but I'm getting by! 🙃 3y
kristenlcoates @Lucky_Ladee I think it was $9 on Amazon. 😉 3y
Notafraidofwords @kristenlcoates you're making me never want to apply for a master's degree lol. 3y
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Invasive: A Novel | Chuck Wendig

Littens! I started this without knowing it was a sequel! Can I get by without having read ZEROES?

MrBook I hate when that sort of thing occurs. 3y
SarahSaysRead I did the same thing with his other series, I read Mockingbird (I think?) without realizing it was a sequel. 😂 It seemed fine at the time but I never went on to read the others. 3y
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White Teeth | Zadie Smith

Don't ever underestimate people, don't ever underestimate the pleasure they receive from viewing pain that is not their own, from delivering bad news, watching bombs fall on television, from listening to stifled sobs from the other end of a telephone line. Pain by itself is just Pain. But Pain + Distance can = entertainment, voyeurism, human interest, cinéma vérité, a good belly chuckle, a sympathetic smile, a raised eyebrow, disguised contempt.?

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White Teeth | Zadie Smith
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I'm in love with Zadie Smith. That is all. 🔥😂📚😍

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🔥📚✒️📖

Lupita.Reads One of my favorites ❤️ 3y
kristenlcoates @Lupita.Reads Same. 💕 3y
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White Teeth | Zadie Smith
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Happy Monday, y'all! What book are you racing through work to get back to this week?

Notafraidofwords How did you know I want time to race by? Lol. I'm currently reading The Interpreter and I'm loving it. Also the story collection: 3y
kristenlcoates @Notafraidofwords Just a hunch.😉 I'm actually reading that collection right now as well! Taking it one story at a time rather than finishing the whole thing. It's reminding me of the television show Black Mirror! 3y
Notafraidofwords @kristenlcoates me too. I'm doing one story at a time. I thought it was going to be "before bed book" but umm it's a bit unsettling. I haven't seen the show yet ! 3y
read_diverse_books I love your Litsy. 😍 Your pictures are so crisp and gorgeous. 3y
kristenlcoates @read_diverse_books Now THAT is a compliment coming from you. 😍 Right back at you! 💕 3y
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Perfect fall Sunday used bookstore purchase.