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leslieisreading

Joined September 2016

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Nothing Happened | Molly Booth
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Much Ado About Nothing is one of my favorite plays, and I‘m a sucker for Shakespeare modernizations in general. This MAAN adaptation is set in a summer camp with all the main characters as camp counselors and lots of queer and POC representation, and it is just SO exactly up my alley.

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A Reaper at the Gates | Sabaa Tahir
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Finished up this gorgeous puzzle listening to the tagged audiobook. 😍

Wife Beautiful!🌹 (edited) 12mo
Tamra Frame worthy! 12mo
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It‘s been ages since I‘ve been on Litsy, but who else would appreciate my recent library book haul like you all??

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I listened to this a few weeks ago, and then when I saw it at the library a couple days ago I snapped it up so my fiancé could read the truly excellent story “Two Houses” - if you like sci fi horror at all I highly recommend it!

8little_paws I would read these before bed and have the most insane dreams. 1y
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Excellent Women | Barbara Pym
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Listening to a book about a confirmed spinster, getting distracted by my shiny new engagement ring. 😆😊

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Congratulations! 1y
DebbieGrillo Yay! Congratulations. 🎉🎈💗 1y
AmyG It‘s beautiful! Congratulations 🎉🎉🎉 1y
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sprainedbrain Congrats!! ❤️ 1y
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Lcsmcat Congratulations! 1y
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DarcysMom Beautiful! Congratulations! 💐💞💐💞💐💞 1y
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megt Congratulations! 1y
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Excellent Women | Barbara Pym
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Hello, spring!

BookaholicNatty Beautiful!!!!!🍃🌱🌾🌺 1y
batsy Gorgeous! 1y
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Same.

8leagueboot Living the dream ❤ 1y
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Too rainy to walk today, so I‘m eating at my desk and reading this fantastic book! Seriously, I‘m so excited about how good this is. I guess I should try Leigh Bardugo‘s other stuff.

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The Couple Next Door | Shari Lapena
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I was pretty into this audiobook almost the whole way through - it was a satisfying mystery/suspense with lots of twists, and although I did guess a few of them I like that because it makes me feel smart when I‘m right. HOWEVER I was really annoyed with the ending, which bumped it down to a “so-so” rating. Mild spoilers in the comments.

leslieisreading I will admit that the ending was foreshadowed, it didn‘t just come out of nowhere, but I still found it very annoying because it seemed like the author just really wanted a big shocker of an ending when I didn‘t feel like the book needed it, just felt like it was trying too hard to go out with a bang, and it was unsatisfying to me. 2y
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The Couple Next Door | Shari Lapena
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I was in the mood for a twisty turny mystery and this is hitting the spot!

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Certain Dark Things: A Novel | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Aztec vampires in Mexico City! Good story and world building, but the romance thread of the plot is doing nothing for me.

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House to myself with the sun streaming into my living room, and I don‘t plan to leave this couch any time soon. 😁

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Happy New Year! I technically finished my first book of 2018 this morning (tagged), but since I read about 95% of it in 2017 I‘m not going to let it count. As a testament to how bad my slump was, it took me over a month to finish this book, by one of my favorite authors! I‘m feeling motivated, and ready to bust the slump.

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I‘ve been in a reading slump since the last few weeks have been filled with buying a house and moving in to it - stress makes me lazy and I mostly turned to TV and my phone during my down time. Things are settling down a little though, and I‘m hoping my library book haul will help get me back into good reading habits!

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Bellwether | Connie Willis
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New audiobook! This social satire was published in 1997, and it does feel a little dated. I‘m still enjoying it, though!

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Fun to listen to Christmas-time sexy shenanigans in the snow while walking through another sunny December day in California.

Melissa_J I‘m quite envious of the warm temperature this picture conveys 😊 2y
leslieisreading @Melissa_J it‘s about mid-50s. I actually kept my puffy jacket on for the whole walk! Its nothing compared to a real winter, but I have very little cold tolerance. 😆 2y
Notafraidofwords Sigh, it was 19 when I woke up this morning. 2y
leslieisreading @Notafraidofwords yikes I hope you‘re staying warm! 🧦🧤🧣 2y
britt_brooke Beautiful photo! 2y
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I didn‘t even manage to get to the Christmas-y parts of this book before Christmas, but it‘s still a delightful listen for the day after!

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First Christmas in my new house! Started listening to a seasonally appropriate audiobook as I continue with the endless unpacking.

Cinfhen Congrats ❤️🎉🏡 2y
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The Unyielding | Shelly Laurenston
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Finished this one on my walk today. Fun, but I‘m happy to be moving on to Anne of Avonlea next. I need my comfort content!

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The Unyielding | Shelly Laurenston
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Audiowalking in California winter weather.

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The Unyielding | Shelly Laurenston
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The only thing wrong with Anne of Green Gables on audio was that it was over much too soon! While I wait for one of my three holds on Anne of Avonlea to come in (my library has three different audio versions on Overdrive and I‘m working the system 😝), I moved on to this fun and rather silly paranormal romance with modern day Vikings to distract my anxious mind as closing day on my house slowly gets closer.

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Anne of Green Gables | L. M. Montgomery
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I‘ll be closing on my house within the week, so it‘s an exciting/stressful/anxious kind of time. Listening to one of my all-time favorite books is a perfect antidote! I‘ve never done this book as an audio before, and I‘m finding it perfectly delightful. I think Anne would appreciate the views on my walk today.

AmyG Good luck with the closing! 2y
CouronneDhiver Yay! Congrats 2y
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Provenance | Ann Leckie
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Beautiful day, and gosh this audiobook is fun! I loved Ancillary Justice but this has a much different tone and I‘m INTO it. I wasn‘t expecting it to be so funny and delightful!

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Provenance | Ann Leckie
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Started a new audiobook! I was unsure about doing this one on audio, as there‘s no way I could have processed Ancillary Justice in this format. Though this book is set in the same world, the style is very different and doesn‘t take the same amount of focus to comprehend. So far it‘s great on audio!

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Well as over the top as these books get I never thought that there would actually be [see spoiler in comments]

leslieisreading ATTEMPTED MURDER! Yikes! (Arguably not a true murder attempt but it certainly could have gone that way so that‘s what I‘m calling it.) 2y
KateFulfordAuthor @leslieisreading perhaps you could consider my debut? Reviews are saying: “I loved this book more than I initially thought I would. Fulford infuses her characters with intense personalities that are prone to clashing with those of others. I loved Eve from the very beginning..." It‘s been nominated for The People's Book Prize 2018 too!

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Thanksgiving got me pretty off track with my reading, but I‘m back in my routine and went for a lovely fall audiowalk with this super fun book today!

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There was a break in the rain for today‘s audiowalking! Beautiful!

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Today I started a new audiobook and saw many, many egrets.

Lynnsoprano Beautiful! Where is this? 2y
leslieisreading @Lynnsoprano Sacramento, California! The Central Valley in California gets lots of migratory birds in the fall. 2y
Lynnsoprano Great town. My brother lives in Orangevale. 2y
leslieisreading @Lynnsoprano Pretty much in Sacramento then, all part of the same region. 😊 2y
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Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
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I was worried that starting this audiobook on a day that I am anxiously waiting to hear about an offer I put in on a house was a bad idea, but actually I‘m finding it oddly soothing. It‘s weird, but there‘s something about the rhythm that is working for me.

Lcsmcat 🤞🏻on the offer. 2y
merelybookish Good luck with offer! 2y
britt_brooke Good luck!! 2y
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leslieisreading @Lcsmcat @merelybookish @britt_brooke Thank you - it was accepted!!! 😁🏡😁 2y
britt_brooke Yay - congratulations! 🥂 2y
megt Congrats on the offer being accepted! 2y
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Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
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I‘m nervous about my new audiobook, but I‘ve been curious about it since it first came out and I heard about the full cast. I‘ve been putting it off but my book club picked it, so now it‘s time to dive in!

ReadingSusan I bailed on the print so I think I am going to try the audio. 2y
leslieisreading @ReadingSusan I listened to the first 40 minutes this morning, and it‘s definitely unusual but I‘m mostly able to follow it, and it has a rhythmic quality that I find fairly mesmerizing. Though that can cause my mind to wander I also kind of dig it so far. I haven‘t looked at the print version but I have a feeling it would drive me crazy. 2y
ReadingSusan @leslieisreading yeah it drove me nuts. I just couldn‘t do it. 2y
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The Ice Twins: A Novel | S.K. Tremayne
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OMG GET YOUR CHILD INTO THERAPY IMMEDIATELY. Today‘s audiowalk thoughts. 😝

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The Ice Twins: A Novel | S.K. Tremayne
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Started a new audiobook today. Creepy twin alert! 👯‍♀️ The narrator‘s creepy child voice is 👌🏻

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Dating You / Hating You | Christina Lauren
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It's a wild turkey invasion on today's audiowalk!

bookwrm526 Hahaha, I love watching wild turkeys, they are kind of ridiculous looking (edited) 2y
AmyG We get them in our backyard. The cat goes nuts. 2y
Megabooks 😀😀 2y
leslieisreading @bookwrm526 I don't disagree but they kind of freak me out! This time they were far enough away and highly visible but sometimes I'll round a corner and they'll be RIGHT THERE and ack! 2y
bookwrm526 @leslieisreading I totally get that. My mom to this day tells a story about being out hunting one night and getting lost in the dark, so she started walking trying to find the road, ended up in this open field, walked about halfway through it and startled a flock of sleeping turkeys that all took wing, scared her half to death 2y
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Dating You / Hating You | Christina Lauren
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New audiobook! I love smart, funny contemporary romance, so this is right up my alley but the career competition aspect gives me low level anxiety. 😬 Still, so fun!

MarriedtoMrT The career competition part is what has kept me from picking it up. Truly competitive relationships give me the metaphorical hives. 2y
leslieisreading @MarriedtoMrT I'm not finding the competition in the relationship to be that bad - mostly wacky hijinks that doesn't get too mean spirited, and they always really like each other. It's the sexist, manipulative boss who is truly causing me anxiety. Ack! 2y
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Ready Player One | Ernest Cline
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So this book was basically Marty Sue wish fulfillment that used pop culture references as a substitute for actual plot development. But even though it was annoying it was also a lot of fun. And Wil Wheaton's narration was good.

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Ready Player One | Ernest Cline
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Well as it turns out I'm pretty engaged in this story even though it causes me to roll my eyes approximately three times a minute. 😝

emilyhaldi Lol, so true!! 😂😂 2y
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Ready Player One | Ernest Cline
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So far this book is about 1/3 fun and 2/3 🙄- I get it, you like pop culture from the 1980s!

Bklover I had this reaction too. I actually bailed on it, thinking I would try another time. It was making me crabby. 2y
leslieisreading @Bklover so far I'm not thinking I'll have to bail, but we'll see. Just when I think it's getting better it literally spends several minutes listing all the specific pop culture items the main character has read/watched/listened to. 2y
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Ready Player One | Ernest Cline
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About 8 minutes into this audiobook and I'm already tired of the 80s nostalgia. Not a great sign...

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Bedtime reading with a needy cat.

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The Undoing | Shelly Laurenston
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I finished this book on my walk today. It was much stronger than the first in the series! Part of that may be the audio, I didn't do that format with the first one. Some of the very casual language and often clunky dialogue came off a lot better with someone speaking it. Also the first book was bogged down with a bunch of exposition - although I enjoyed the world-building, it was better when the plot could just sail along without explanation.

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The Undoing | Shelly Laurenston
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Another beautiful day of audiowalking! I could actually go for some more fall-like weather here, though...

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The Undoing | Shelly Laurenston
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Beautiful day, but dang it got hot again!

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The Undoing | Shelly Laurenston
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I haven't been on Litsy as much lately. Although I'm still reading a bunch, I'm also distracted by things like trying to buy a house. Still going for my lunchtime audiowalks as often as I can, though!

DGRachel Good luck with house buying! I bought my first house a year and a half ago and I never want to have to go through that again! 2y
kspenmoll House buying is a job in itself! Good luck & glad you are walking!!!! 2y
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The Unquiet Dead: A Novel | Ausma Zehanat Khan
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New audiobook! For some reason Overdrive doesn't have a cover for this one. 🤔

CouronneDhiver That‘s unusual! 2y
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It's fun watching the fall creep in slowly during my lunchtime #audiowalking sessions.

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Sexy escapades! Angst and unresolved sexual tension! Intrigue! Highway robbery! This book really has it all.

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The Secret Keeper | Kate Morton
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I left the book that I meant to start next at work, but fortunately I have a good backup.

Allkat Your cat looks like mine. Even the white chin. 😸 2y
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New audiobook! This one sounds so fun, I've been looking forward to it. 😁

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I'm mostly sick of love triangles, and this series already had one. But when I'm kinda into both options in the triangle it can still work. I'm not sure who I'm rooting for! (P.S. it was a gorgeous day for some #audiowalking)

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The Lying Game | Ruth Ware
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Book and homemade Indian food (not exactly authentic) for lunch.

AmyG This book was so good. I just finished it on audio. Enjoy! 2y
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