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monalyisha

Joined January 2017

Head in the clouds, book in my hand, coffee in an I.V. ☁️📖☕️ (R.I. 🌊)
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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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Did you love “Educated”?

How do *you* respond to people who say, “I don‘t know if I believe it” (& therefore, I don‘t love it)?

IvoryLunatic I say that this is a memoir, not an autobiography. Different people remember the same situations differently, especially years later. They often also remember emotions better than the details of the situations. So you have to take these kinds of books with a grain of salt but that doesn‘t make those memories any less real for the people living them, especially the traumatic ones. 2d
Amiable @IvoryLunatic Great answer! 2d
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cathipink I did not like this book at all, but not because of disbelief (I think all of these things likely did happen - just because it feels unreal doesn't mean it is). Everyone has their own story, and lack of corroboration doesn't make it untrue. 2d
8little_paws You go down a dangerous path when you go searching for factual verification of memoir. Assume your narrator is unreliable. Is it still a compelling look at the internal/external life of an individual? 2d
PerksOfBeingABookworm @IvoryLunatic that‘s a great response! 2d
Ruthiella I thought the author was pretty clear that she was working from her own memory and it didn‘t always jive with that of her siblings. I appreciated that she pointed it out. Even in happier families this difference in how we recall events happens... 2d
IvoryLunatic @Ruthiella I forgot about that! I did appreciate that too as I was reading it. 2d
monalyisha @IvoryLunatic @cathipink @8little_paws @Ruthiella Yes. When asked if I thought it was true/if I believed her, I responded that I do believe that she experienced neglect & trauma (regardless of the details), & also that the credibility of her story wasn‘t primary to my experience of it. I think it‘s an impactful story &, more importantly for this type of discussion, well-told. I thought her language was just gorgeous. 1d
8little_paws Also, remember this scandal? I don't think you can really get away with a totally fabricated memoir any more. There has to be some basis in reality. 1d
EKonrad I‘ve been surprised by the amount of people who question her authenticity. I definitely believed the important parts...who cares if she wasn‘t completely accurate on minor details? It‘s still a fascinating story. 1d
monalyisha @EKonrad Right?! Maybe I need to read more about it. Because from what I currently understand, people are questioning her largely because the family members she named as her abusers have accused her of making stuff up? Somehow that doesn‘t *quite* seem substantial to me. It makes me (perhaps a little too) angry & I have to suppress the urge to shout, “BELIEVE WOMEN!” at unsuspecting, fellow readers who should be friends not foes. (edited) 1d
EKonrad Agreed!!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1d
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The Other's Gold | Elizabeth Ames
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A book about female friendship, recommended by Jesmyn Ward, & compared to “The Interestings” by Meg Wolitzer?

God(dess), yes. I‘m SO in.

TheNerdyProfessor I just picked this one up too! 6d
MicheleinPhilly I added it to my TBR as soon as I got that GR email from Jesmyn Ward! 6d
monalyisha @MicheleinPhilly Right? Good sell! 6d
Hooked_on_books @MicheleinPhilly @monalyisha Me too! If it‘s good enough for Jesmyn… 6d
rachelsbrittain Jesmyn Ward's recommendation got me too 😂 6d
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Knuffle Bunny | Mo Willems
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My professor asked us all to create blogs, where we‘ll post our homework & assignments. (Happy to share mine if folks are interested; I‘m proud of my design theme but there‘s not much on it yet). Our first assignment is to write about a favorite picture book. I haven‘t written the entry yet but I decided to go with “Knuffle Bunny.” This meant that I wandered into a laundromat & weirdly did a quick photo shoot even though I had no laundry to do. 😅

monalyisha Note: It‘s not *much* easier to choose a favorite picture book than it is to choose a favorite book altogether. “Knuffle Bunny” is definitely up there in terms of read-alouds but I‘m not saying it‘s my hands-down fave. “Interrupting Chicken” is also a strong contender — maybe a little bit ahead of KB, tbh. I just think KB will make for a more interesting blog post. 😉 (edited) 1w
NHLibrarian I‘m not a children‘s librarian in any way, but when I have to fill in, Sam and Dave Dig a Hole is one of my favorites. Also Mustache Baby and I Ain‘t Gonna Paint No More. 1w
LibrarianRyan I love this. I like the weird titles like I really want to eat a child, all the Walter the farting dog books, and Who pooped on my head (actually titled the mile who went in search of a who done it). 1w
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monalyisha @LibrarianRyan Along similar thematic lines, I just read “The Book That Eats People” to a bunch of 4th & 5th graders today. 🙌🏻 1w
LibrarianRyan @monalyisha I LOVE that one. 1w
MeganAnn I‘d love to read your homework blog! 😘 Some favorites from when my son was little are The adventures of Beekle, The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man, and I Need My Monster... I think I might still have them all memorized😆 7d
Tamra Cute 7d
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This Summer, I started my MLIS (Master‘s in Library & Information Studies) degree. I‘m going at a snail‘s pace (one course at a time). My second course, “Children‘s Services & Materials”, started on Monday. I‘m psyched because it‘s the area in which I‘ve been working for the past 10 years & where I want to continue to focus my energy.

I‘ve gotta admit something, though: I totally deny myself these first 4 rights on the reg. 🙈😅

Billypar I'm not great at 1-4 either (and #2 is completely unthinkable). I don't really get #s 1 and 10. Good luck digging into your new courses- they sound interesting! 1w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Yea... I don‘t believe in #2 either. 😱. Don‘t skip! 😂 1w
Crazeedi I can't remember ever doing number 4 1w
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LibrarianRyan Having worked as I children‘s librarian I agree with this list. For me personally I have a problem with a few. 1w
monalyisha @LibrarianRyan Oh, I agree with it professionally. (“Do as I say, not as I do”? 😅) 1w
LibrarianRyan @monalyisha I used to have to argue with parents about #1. So many wanted their kids to read the books they loved and it‘s a hard sell. 1w
tournevis In the original French, you can get gigantic posters with Pennac's list. A large number of libraries have them displayed. 7d
monalyisha @Mystery1 I just noticed that you stacked this book! Wanted to give you a quick heads-up that there‘s actually a 3rd edition (which is what I‘m reading), but Litsy didn‘t have it listed yet. 3d
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Lost Princess | Debbie Dadey
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re “light (wherever it can be found)”: I was just chatting with a young patron about reading in the car. I was reminiscing about it getting dark & trying to read by the streetlights. I‘d wait until we drove past one & cram in a sentence before we zoomed too fast away from its glow. At the next light, one more sentence. I assumed kids now wouldn‘t have this problem (technology, book lights, iPhone flashlights) but she knew the struggle EXACTLY!

monalyisha Art cred: Oh Jess Marie (https://society6.com/ohjessmarie) 1w
Butterfinger Or holding the book above your head so the car behind you would shine its lights on your book. I remember it well. Now, I get sick when I read. 1w
llwheeler Haha, I did that too! 😄 and staring at the page in the darkness in between streetlights so I wouldn't waste any of the light finding my place again... 1w
Zelma @Butterfinger yes, I remember doing that in the car! 1w
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Roomies | Christina Lauren
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Finished “Roomies” at one in the morning after starting it this afternoon, which should tell you everything you need to know.

Super-sexy & feminist, with a relatable, passionate, creative, yet lost protagonist who needs to convince herself of her own worth. Also starring an uber-hot Irish musician with messy brown hair & green eyes. Swoon. 💚

I wish it passed the Bechdel Test, but it‘s truthful in showing how a female friendship can break-down.

monalyisha Thanks for the book, @AmberWB ! 2w
AmberWB Oh good! So glad you liked it! 1w
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Roomies | Christina Lauren
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“Are all female sex toys bright pink?...You‘d think the colors would be more masculine...”

“I think the flesh-colored ones have a weird sense of sadness to them...like a penis separated from its host...Maybe it‘s because women want pleasure for themselves...and not to feel like they‘re owing it to a dude, even when it‘s a toy.”

“That‘s astute.”

“You‘re pointing out how astute I am for understanding my own sexuality?”

“I knew I‘d like you.”

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One of my favorite candles right now hangs out tub-side: Magnolia & Moss. Another of my favorites, I bought as a joke (because the name was too absurd to pass up) but I ended up loving it: Rugged Patchouli.

Thinking of taking my book into a pool of bubbles later...

#basicwitchswap

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Roomies | Christina Lauren
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I‘ve been brainstorming places to hangout & relax & not go stir-crazy once Winter hits. Yesterday, my husband surprised me with a dual membership to the Botanical Garden by our home. I think this is going to work out just fine. 👌🏻

Zelma Museums used to be my go-to destination when winter hit in Chicago. And anything at the Convention Center. 2w
erinreads Your bookmark is amazing! 😂 2w
monalyisha @erinreads Thanks! I‘ve been eyeing it forever & @AmberWB finally snagged it for me for the #HighFiveToSummerSwap! 2w
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Green: The History of a Color | Michel Pastoureau
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I stumbled upon this article while reading about color & I‘m OBSESSED. I always cite my favorite color as “green”, or, if I‘m feeling specific, “green/blue/gray.” I now know that this shade is called “glaucous.” Please dismiss the connection with glaucoma. Instead, skip straight to the parts about the ocean, Romantic poets, & “Janus Words” or contronyms. 😍

https://www.theawl.com/2017/12/glaucous-the-greeny-blue-of-epic-poetry-and-succu...

Zelma Gorgeous color. That is what my bedroom was supposed to be, but it came out looking more like light blue. 2w
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Petra's Ghost | C.S. O'Cinneide
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Thanks for posting this list of spooky books, @BekahB 😱! I‘ve added a bunch of titles to my TBR: most notably, “Petra‘s Ghost”. 👻 (Click on the article or see comments below for a way better synopsis than the one provided by Litsy.)

https://www.bustle.com/p/20-new-horror-books-for-readers-who-take-spooky-season-...

monalyisha 1/1: Daniel knows the truth about his wife's death, but he can't tell anyone. Instead, he carries her ashes on a 500-mile journey across northern Spain. Along the way, he meets another pilgrim, Ginny, who he hopes can help him through his grief. But when it becomes clear that they are not alone on the trail, Daniel's mental health begins to degenerate. 2w
monalyisha Also, not being an avid Harry Potter fan, I didn‘t make the connection at first but Daniel (Radcliffe) = Harry, & Harry + Ginny = 💕. Now, we have Daniel + Ginny. I won‘t be able to get this connection out of my brain. 2w
ShelfRighteous This sounds interesting. Stacked. 2w
BekahB I added this one to my list too! 😀 2w
Clare-Dragonfly Wow! Lots of awesome-sounding books on that list. Thanks for sharing! 2w
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Kevin Sherry wrote fan mail for me & one of the kiddos at my library! 🙀

Kaylee is a *super* anxious kid who comes from a big family with a lot of LOUD brothers (& one baby sister who looks like an angelic fairy-child); she often gets overlooked & ignored. She told me she either wants to be an author (of mysteries) or a songwriter when she grows up.

I think this is going to be so special for her! Authors are the very best people. 💕

Clare-Dragonfly That is amazing! 😄😄😂 2w
kspenmoll Fantastic!!! 2w
Itchyfeetreader This is wonderful 2w
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valeriegeary Awesome! 👏👏👏 2w
Karkar That is so awesome!!!! 2w
LiteraryinLititz How thoughtful! That is awesome. 2w
Zelma I love this so much! 🥰 2w
Daisey This is amazing! 2w
quietjenn That's so awesome! I love his books - cool to know he seems like a good person, too. 2w
btmerrill Awww! 1w
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Update: I am still listening to this book. I may always be listening to this book. It will never end. I should have abandoned it but now I‘m too far gone to give in.

Today, the very stodgy British narrator said, “There‘s sucking & excreting going on everywhere“ (re: ants slurping sugar straight out of aphids‘ assholes). I guess that was a moment. 🤷‍♀️🙈

Pictured: me, circa 1993, in the wild woods of New Hampshire.

Texreader Love it! 2w
Kimberlone Wow that quote 🤣🤢 2w
Kimberlone Also your 90s outfit is hella on point 2w
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LibrarianRyan I needed that funny right before bed. 2w
Nebklvr 😂😂. At least you have a rockin‘ 90‘s pic! 2w
BookieBiker It‘s taking me forever to read too. I was really into it until I really wasn‘t. It‘s informative and new thinking but somehow it‘s dulllll to read. Go 90s! 2w
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Dorie's Cookies | Dorie Greenspan
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I forgot to mention something very, VERY important in my #basicwitchswap survey: I‘m a cookie *fiend.* 😍

Here are some of my favorites (anyone else a fan of the criminally underrated hermit cookie?)! 🤤

chaoticgoodhufflepuff Those look delicious! What is a hermit cookie? I‘ve never heard of that kind before. 2w
monalyisha @chaoticgoodhufflepuff Spicy molasses cookies (cinnamon, clove, & allspice) with a hint of coffee, & raisins. (I‘ve never understood the raisin hatred that some people passionately spout.) They‘re soft, & chewy, & just all-around drool-worthy. 😉 2w
chaoticgoodhufflepuff Ooo! 😍 I may have to look up a recipe for those. They sound amazing. I‘ve got a half a bottle of molasses leftover from a chocolate cake I made. 😂 2w
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monalyisha @chaoticgoodhufflepuff Tag me if you snap a pic! 😉🙌🏻 2w
chaoticgoodhufflepuff Will do! 😁 2w
Meaw_catlady I want cookies now! 🖤 2w
shanaqui Ever had speculoos? I never did before I lived in Belgium but aaaah I could eat it by the bucketful. 2w
Dolly I LOVE cookies especially a good chewy peanutbutter or a linzer (?) one or ten. I never choose hermits but when I eat them they‘re always better than I remember. Definitely underrated- but NO raisins. 2w
monalyisha @shanaqui Yes! From Trader Joe‘s (grocery store). Both in cookie form & as an ice cream. SO GOOD. I just found & love this review: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.theimpulsivebuy.com/wordpress/2014/09/02/review... 2w
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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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Congratulations on 100,000, @GrilledCheeseSamurai 🎉!

Choosing one favorite read of 2019, as per the rules of your #SixDigitSamurai #giveaway, is ridiculously hard! I‘ve read a handful of books this year that could easily make it on to a list of my favorite books of all time (not just this year). 😵 Edging slightly ahead of the pack is the tagged book. It‘s my favorite kind of ghost story: subtle, heartbreaking, & gorgeously-written.

monalyisha Tagging @Jex, who is my most recent new(ish) follower! Hi, @Jex! 👋🏻 2w
monalyisha @GrilledCheeseSamurai Litsy is an online community that‘s kind, supportive, & genuinely seems to care about what I have to say (& vice versa). Basically, Litsy‘s a unicorn. A pack of unicorns. Oh snap: LITSY IS A BLESSING! 🦄🦄🦄🦄🦄 (edited) 2w
GrilledCheeseSamurai A pack of unicorns! 😂. Love it. 👏 2w
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Lev Grossman just set his profile picture to this stick figure drawing & I am DYING. 😂😂😂 It‘s ridiculous how much it looks like him! I just...I can‘t.

Also, this book‘s Litsy rating is a TRAVESTY.

VioletBramble It is considered the weakest book in trilogy. Quentin is extremely whiney in this one. I love the tv series though. That stick figure does look exactly like Lev Grossman. 2w
monalyisha @VioletBramble I don‘t think “the worst book in the trilogy” is a curse; I think they‘re all great! But I hated the tv show. 😆 2w
Pruzy Don‘t know what that says about me that I didn‘t find him whiney 😬 2w
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monalyisha @Pruzy 😅 I think it‘s a frequent complaint but I also think his immaturity is central to his character; it‘s not like Lev wrote him without intention, so the fact that he needs to *seriously* grow & change didn‘t ruin it for me. It just meant that he was a dynamic character. 🤷‍♀️ 2w
Pruzy @monalyisha Exactly! That‘s a great way to put it. Everyone forgets he was fresh out of high school at the start of the book! 2w
VioletBramble Quentin definitely grows throughout the trilogy. I personally don‘t mind his whining. It helped me identify with him. But based on reviews he is the reason so many people never finish or dislike the first book. 2w
LibrarianRyan I love him. He is such a nice guy. We picked the Magicians as our One book one summer title and he did an intro video for my libraries website. I hate to say I thought the book was boring. 2w
monalyisha @LibrarianRyan @VioletBramble @Pruzy I had a weird experience where I didn‘t think I liked ”The Magicians” the first time I read it. Then, the second book came out & I was strangely...excited??? So, I went back and read the first one again & LOVED IT. I ended up adoring the series & have been chasing read-alikes ever since! (edited) 2w
monalyisha @Pruzy @LibrarianRyan @VioletBramble Maybe everyone just needs a reread. 😉💕 2w
monalyisha Updated info with art cred straight from the stick figure‘s mouth: “Major personal/professional milestone: I‘m interviewing Randall “xkcd” Munroe onstage Thursday night at Cooper Union, so he made a stick-figure drawing of me.” 2w
Kimberlone I love this series! But it definitely has a lot of haters 2w
LL1964 I loved this series so much 2w
Clare-Dragonfly I thought that looked like Randall Munroe‘s style! How fun 😄 I haven‘t read this book but hope to someday. 2w
Salaphina The rating of this book is very upsetting! I loved this book and the second one. The third is still on my reading list though. 2w
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1. Picture book: The Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein; Chapter: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
2. Are you sure you want to ask someone who just said her favorite Children‘s book was Bridge to Terabithia? 🙈😭 Anything by AJ Jacobs (esp the tagged) or Mary Roach SLAYS me!
3. Not my fav genre. I like the Veronica Speedwell mysteries (set in the Victorian era).
4. It‘s impossible to choose between eggs benedict & pancakes!
5. 🙌🏻

monalyisha I don‘t play favorites. 😉 Tagging some past swap-mates, instead! @Judybskt @AmberWB @UnidragonFrag @whippoorwill815 (edited) 2w
monalyisha Real answer to 4: Bloody Marys. 😆🍹🍅 2w
Eggs Thanks for playing 🤗💗 2w
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Roomies | Christina Lauren
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Thank you so much for everything, @AmberWB ☀️! I‘m excited that you chose “Roomies” off of my TBR! I use the Library for so much of my reading but I have a strict purchasing rule for romance novels. I feel like they just aren‘t the kind of thing you want to borrow. 😆 The middle finger bookmark has been much coveted for a long time, so I can‘t wait to stick it to ‘em (my books, that is)! And these Thin Mint k-cups are coming to work with me TODAY!

monalyisha Thanks again, @JoScho, for putting on such a fun swap & helping us all to enjoy every last bit of Summer! #HighFiveToSummerSwap #hftss 2w
jillannjohn Oh wow! Girl Scout Cookie coffee!! 😍 2w
AmberWB I was so psyched to get you that bookmark 😁😁 2w
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JoScho Great bunch of goodies! Thanks so much for participating 😘 2w
monalyisha @AmberWB I‘ve weirdly never had this gummy Starmix before and...WHOA. So good! 😍 2w
Craftylikefox That is a great bookmark! I love those colorful pens 🖤 2w
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Roomies | Christina Lauren
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If Ma thinks she‘s getting these, she‘s crazy...
#highfivetosummerswap #hftss

@AmberWB

wanderinglynn So cute! ❤️🐰 2w
Maria514626 Office supplies. ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 2w
DivineDiana Love those bunny ears! ❤️ 🐰 ❤️ 2w
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Jb2003 So adorable! Those ears ❤️ 2w
AmberWB I ❤️❤️ Ink Joy pens—I have....a lot...in my classroom. 😁 2w
JoScho Ink Joy pens are the best! 2w
rabbitprincess Aaaaaahhhhh the earsies! 😍😍♥️♥️🐰 2w
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Roomies | Christina Lauren
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Moxie is particularly interested in the rainbow-colored pens! 🌈 They‘re really going to help her writing career take off! Or, you know...they‘ll help me stay organized with my MLIS (library studies) course this semester. One or the other. We can fight about it later. 😜
#highfivetosummerswap #hftss

@AmberWB

JoScho 💜💜💜 2w
rabbitprincess Moxie is adorable! Give her behind-the-ear skritches for me ♥️♥️ 2w
monalyisha @rabbitprincess Will do! She‘ll be thrilled. 😉💕 2w
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Roomies | Christina Lauren
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Happy #HighFiveToSummerSwap Day, all!

@AmberWB Moxie & I had so much fun opening your package bright & early this morning! 🐇

#hftss

Texreader Cute! 🐰❤️ 2w
JoScho Love me some Moxie! 🖤 2w
rabbitprincess Awwww hewwo dere! (Sorry, spamming your notifications with bunny comments! 😁) 2w
monalyisha @rabbitprincess Ha! It‘s okay. It‘s been awhile since she‘s made a Litsy appearance. I totally get it. 😉 2w
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Bunny: A Novel | Mona Awad
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Every criticism you could make of Mona Awad‘s work, she‘s already mockingly made herself. It‘s “angry...scary-angry” & “obsessed with its own outsiderness.” Her heroine is “passive” & “things just happen to her.” I‘m not sure if this acknowledgment renders the aforementioned criticism invalid, but I kind-of lean towards thinking it does. Either way, her novel is incredibly self-aware, incredibly fucked up, & incredibly captivating, ultimately.👇🏻

monalyisha 1/: If it doesn‘t grab you right away, if you find yourself rolling your eyes, you‘re not alone. But I have to advise you: keep going! I think its bizarre “Frankenstein” flair is *beyond* worth it. It describes a fantastic, uniquely female rage. It‘s off-putting in countless ways. But I‘ve also never read anything quite like it. I kind-of loved it! 🤷‍♀️ (edited) 2w
Bookish.SAM 💯 yes!!! 2w
Book_Fairy_Mary Agreed! At first I didn't think I'd make it through the constant descriptions, but kept pushing through bc I was so intrigued. I'm really glad I did! Such an unusual, yet entertaining read! 2w
BlameJennyJane Fabulous!! You explained this SO well. I keep feeling compelled to@read this book, and yet I haven‘t because of reviews. Now I feel like I get it!! 2w
monalyisha Thanks @BlameJennyJane! It‘s tough to describe so your comment is very validating! 😉🙌🏻 2w
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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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It‘s clear to me how vital the library is as a space & service-provider to the underprivileged. This article explains how it should be essential to us all. 💕

And it might just make me less grumpy on a working snow day. 😉 Maybe some of the patrons are taking in the beauty, imagining what it might be like to live in mansion-home with a view. I can dig. ❄️

https://m.piquenewsmagazine.com/whistler/a-love-letter-to-the-library/Content?oi...

IamIamIam What a gorgeous building!!!! 2w
monalyisha @IamIamIam I used a picture of the library where I‘ll be working, starting in two weeks. 😱✨ I hope it feels this magical after I‘ve been working there for awhile. 😅 2w
IamIamIam @monalyisha Lol, big houses like that always have fun stories attached. Don't take it for granted! I volunteer in a Gold Coast mansion on Long Island built in 1921 and we're always finding out new and interesting things. 👍 Good luck with the new job!!! 2w
NHLibrarian What a great article! Thank you for sharing. And good luck, what a beautiful building! 2w
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Bunny: A Novel | Mona Awad
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What is a Witch | Pam Grossman
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1. Pine/fir/juniper (woodsy). Lavender/gardenia/tuberose/basil/sage (floral & herbaceous)
2. Reese‘s pumpkins! 🎃 Kit Kats. Also, I love when something unexpected is mixed with chocolate: pretzels, sea salt, cayenne, flower petals, etc. Milk over dark. Local treats are always welcome!
3. I love ghosts (even if I‘m a skeptic). 👻
4. The magic & possibility in the air. ✨& homemade costumes! I love the creativity the season inspires.
#basicwitchswap

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Bunny: A Novel | Mona Awad
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I decided that if I went to the beach late, I might be able to avoid the crowds. I decided right. 👌🏻

My husband‘s at work & he kind-of hates the beach, anyway. I didn‘t call any friends. I‘m really enjoying this time to myself, tbh. I think it‘s emphasized by the fact that the last time we laid on this blanket together, he got sand ALL. OVER. IT. It took everything in me not to complain. Loudly. 😅 Ahhh, sweet, clean-blanketed solitude.

Tamra Perfect! 3w
Reading_in_the_meadow I loved going to the beach by myself when I lived closer! Best time to read! 3w
Chelsea.Poole Looks like a dream! 3w
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I thought about using all of the characters allotted to me to write “wowowow” as many times as I could but that wouldn‘t do the eloquence of this experimental novel justice.

If I still worked at a bookstore, I‘d put a recommendation for this tale about youth, rebellion, obedience, otherness, class, drug abuse, war, old age, motherhood, trauma, boyhood, manhood, queerness, language, bodies, & remembrance face-out in the poetry section. 👇🏻

monalyisha 1/1: Every line is quotable. Every page is dog-eared. Ocean Vuong‘s words broke into my heart. This is one of my favorite books this year. 3w
Cinfhen Beautiful review!! Can‘t wait to read this book!!!!! And lucky me received a copy as a gift from @Hooked_on_books 🙏🏼💕 3w
llawela Stacked for all the Ws in your wow 3w
sprainedbrain Perfect review. This book was amazingly gorgeous. 3w
Lindy Great review. I‘m halfway through and loving it so much. 💔 2w
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“I think of the time Trev and I sat on the toolshed roof, watching the sun sink. I wasn‘t so much surprised by its effect — how, in a few crushed minutes, it changes the way things are seen, including ourselves — but that it was ever mine to see.”

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“The room is silent as a photograph...Her skin had stopped trying, the eyes fallen into her skull, as if peering from inside the brain itself...The only indication that she‘s alive is her favorite yellow blanket, now gray, rising and falling on her chest.”

This description of the passing of Little Dog‘s grandmother made me pause (& cry). My grandmother also had a yellow blanket.👇🏻

monalyisha 1/1: I slept under it whenever I stayed at her house. When she was in hospice care, I bought her a brand-new yellow blanket for Christmas & she died soon after. It‘s amazing how literature can reach into your life. 💛 3w
Crazeedi ❤❤hugs 3w
Megabooks 💜💜 3w
llawela This is why we love books and writers. And the other special people that are part of our stories 3w
marleed Your pic is as gorgeous as the book! 3w
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“A page, turning, is a wing lifted with no twin, and therefore no flight. And yet we are moved.”

Clare-Dragonfly Oh, I love this. 3w
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“One good thing about national anthems is that we‘re already on our feet, and therefore ready to run.”

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“What if I‘m running outside because the moon tonight is children‘s-book huge and *ridiculous* over the line of pines, the sight of it a strange sphere of medicine?”

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“‘I‘m broken in two,‘ the message said. In two, it was the only thought I could keep, sitting in my seat, how losing a person could make more of us, the living, make us two... *Into* — yes, that‘s more like it. As in, *Now I‘m broken into.*”

Leftcoastzen 😞 3w
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Pickpick

If you‘re looking for a fun (but not mindless) series to delve into, this should be it!

It‘s speculative/historical fiction about a group of eccentric academics (is there any other kind?) who travel through time to discover the “truth” of history. The books — & Madeleine Maxwell, their protagonist — are funny, smart, sexy, & profane. In the first book, we visit the Cretaceous Period.🦖 (I wish Roanoke was in my future, but they‘re SUPER British.)

monalyisha Some of the mechanics were questionable (how can the characters work as nurses in battle — literally with life & death! — & not affect history?)...but the story was so satisfying that I‘m wholly willing to tell any doubts I have to shush. 🤫 3w
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Do you have a favorite Little Free Library?

It seems weird to say that this entry might top the one located inside of a tree trunk (https://littlefreelibrary.org/librarian-transforms-110-year-old-tree-into-jaw-dr...) but...it might. Okay, okay. They‘re tied. 🙈

Image credit: @arslinker on Instagram

RealLifeReading So cool! 3w
valeriegeary This one is so cool! 👏👏👏 3w
ValerieAndBooks Wow! I love the colors! #LFL 3w
Cortg Very Eclectic! My daughter and I have a LFL but it's pretty basic looking.
3w
tournevis I love it! I'd make it in a heartbeat, and! That one might survive in winter up here. The one in a tree wouldn't. 3w
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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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I accepted a job offer yesterday at one of the Best Small Libraries in America.

I had to give up some things (I‘ll make slightly less & I won‘t be working with kids as much)...but it‘s a beautiful environment & everyone I‘ve met so far seems just as beautiful. I think I‘ll be happy there & they seem really happy to have me. 💖

Thank you, Litsy, for your positivity & good vibes, as I crossed my fingers & waited! ✨

MoonWitch94 Congratulations 🍾 3w
TheLibrarian Congratulations and best of luck!!! 3w
laur89 Incredible! Congrats! 🥳 3w
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Megabooks Congratulations!! 🍾🥂 3w
Tamra Yay for you!!! 👏🏾 3w
QuietlyLaura Congratulations! I'm so happy for you! 🎉👏 3w
Amiable Is this a photo of the library? It‘s gorgeous! Congratulations to you! 3w
monalyisha @Amiable It is! Isn‘t it unreal?! 3w
TheSpineView Congrats! Hope it is the best job ever! 😊 3w
kspenmoll What a gorgeous environment to surround yourself with! Congrats!!!! 3w
CaitZ Congratulations! 3w
Jess Congrats! 3w
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled So happy for you! That sounds like a wonderful job. 3w
Avanders Congratulations!! 🍾🤫😘 3w
AmyG Congrats! Wishing you the best. 3w
Soubhiville Yay! I hope you‘ll love it! 3w
Billypar Awesome- congrats!! 3w
Amiable @monalyisha Is this in Rhode Island? Where is it? I might need to stop in! 3w
monalyisha @Amiable It‘s in Easton, MA (south of Boston). Definitely pop by! 3w
DGRachel Congratulations!🎉🍾 3w
merelybookish Yay!!👏👏 3w
vivastory Congratulations! 🎉👏🤘 3w
DaveGreen7777 Congratulations on the new job! Hope its a wonderful fit for you! 😊 3w
Butterfinger I think I'm jealous. What a gorgeous place! 3w
OnlyYoo Yay congratulations! 3w
Librarybelle Congratulations! 3w
Redwritinghood Congrats! 3w
Hollie Congrats on your new adventure! 3w
valeriegeary 👏👏👏 3w
Jas16 Congratulations! 3w
Cortg Congratulations! It sounds wonderful!
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youneverarrived Congratulations 😁 3w
Birdsong28 Congratulations 🎊🎉📚📖 3w
chaoticgoodhufflepuff Congrats! That sounds amazing! Good luck! ❤️📚❤️ 3w
Bookzombie Congratulations! 3w
sisilia Wow, that sounds fantastic. Congrats! 3w
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Trees are basically my religion (see: pretty much all of my posts about “Dandelion Wine”). That being said... I‘m seriously thinking about bailing on this book. It has great reviews but it‘s just not doing it for me. It‘s like a lulling nature documentary only without all of the gorgeous visuals.

Anyone else? Bueller?

ravenlee I got this in German for my SIL, because she‘s a nature lover and student of German language/culture. It sounded mildly interesting for me, at best. 3w
SW-T It‘s pretty consistent all the way through. If it‘s not working for you now, things probably aren‘t going to change. 3w
Hooked_on_books I gave it a pick, but I remember it being a bit of a struggle to get through. I think going in I was hoping for something wonderful like Lab Girl, and it‘s quite different. 3w
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What is a Witch | Pam Grossman
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#basicwitchswap
Never actually felt like such a Capricorn in my entire life. 😂

Kaila-ann Virgo 😳🤣 3w
monalyisha @Kaila-ann The sad part is that *I‘m* also the person tripping on the stairs & spilling coffee on her shirt. I‘m just so complex & conflicted. 😅 3w
Redwritinghood Scorpio here 🙋🏻‍♀️ and, yeah, that‘s probably right. Like you, though, I would also be the one with something on my shirt and tripping up the stairs. 3w
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Kaila-ann @monalyisha haha yes, definitely on both ends of that spectrum. 3w
vivastory Virgo here. Yes, I am judging your poorly composed email. While wearing a coffee stained shirt. 😂 3w
sprainedbrain This seems spot on. I‘m a poor, meek Aries so I suppose I‘m in the cage. 😂 3w
cornflakes I am a gemini so according to the internet i am satan and therefore not in this photo. 3w
ShelleyBooksie I am the scorpio looking for lunch - hehe. 3w
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What is a Witch | Pam Grossman
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1. Coffee - esp. a light/medium blend, ground, non-flavored (but I'll drink anything)! We have a grinder which we can use to pulverize whole beans, if need be.*
2. Fiction
3. Light magic; gray fiction
4. Bunnies!
5. Tarot**
6. Story & practice
7. Plants (though I'm an unintentional plant murderer).
8. North? I'm choosing this based solely on Joni Mitchell‘s lyrics from the song (“Case of You“) on the Practical Magic soundtrack. 😅
#basicwitchswap

monalyisha *I like tea, as well (but I don't drink it as often). I like sleepy, nighttime teas (herbal or spicy more than fruity).
** I have a tarot deck & guide (by Kim Krans) but I've yet to commit the time needed to teach myself to use them. One day? Someday soon?
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Meaw_catlady Great answers! And do you have a bunny? 3w
monalyisha Thanks @Meaw_catlady! I do. 🐰💕 You‘ll find some of my posts & pictures of her if you search the tag #rabbitsoflitsy. 📸 3w
Meaw_catlady Awww she‘s adorable!! 🐰 3w
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Summerlong | Peter S Beagle
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My life is crazy right now. SUPER significant job upheaval. Cross your fingers that it all turns out the way I‘m hoping. 💀🤞🏻🤞🏻 Despite the chaos, I got my #HighFivetoSummerSwap package sent out this afternoon! It should arrive at its destination on Thursday, 8/29.

#HFTSS

cobwebmoth Sending positive thoughts about your job! 3w
ravenlee Good luck! 3w
QuietlyLaura 🤞🍀 3w
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Judybskt Arrived today! 3w
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Oceanic | Aimee Nezhukumatathil
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“Give me a church/
made entirely of salt.
Let the walls hiss/
and smoke when/
I return to shore.
I ask for the grace/
of a new freckle/
on my cheek, the lift/
of blue and my mother‘s/
soapy skin to greet me.”

— from “Sea Church” by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

*(in case you were curious, this is my spirituality in a nutshell [a clamshell?])

monalyisha Photo 📸 cred: The Giant Sand Castle of Lappeenranta, Finland by Paula Gaston (edited) 4w
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Brute: Poems | Emily Skaja
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Drunkly reading poetry inside-out & upside-down in this wonderful houseboat cabin in the woods.

hgrimes I‘m a little envious! Enjoy! 4w
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Last mini-vaca before grad school kicks back into gear, & the elementary school kids start pouring back into the library. 💛

Not pictured: goose poop. I actually kinda hate lakes, you guys. 🙈

optimus1 I like so much 4w
OnlyYoo Haha there‘s so much goo poo near the lakes by my house. It‘s so gross!!! Also the geese are freaking mean man 3w
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“I put the kettle on and let the sound of boiling water change my mind.”

Art by: Mark Chalmé

sprainedbrain Oh I loved that book. Gorgeous art! 4w
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“The fluorescent hums steadily above them, as if the scene is a dream the light is having.”

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Finally found a book I felt like reading! Phew!

On break, my day is briefly gorgeous. 🌤🍓

rather_be_reading love it! 1mo
Feenbraut What is it about? Briefly? 1mo
monalyisha @Feenbraut 😅 Good one. It‘s a son writing a letter to his mother who cannot read. It feels very much like a memoir, or a long-form poetic journal, but it‘s a novel. The family is Vietnamese & his mother suffers some trauma/PTSD, which impacts her ability to mother tenderly & kindly. Sometimes, she manages & sometimes not. The writing is top-notch. 1mo
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I Am Girl Power | Katie Cross
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I don‘t need another tote but...HECK YES, I DO! Who am I kidding?!

https://outofprint.com/collections/read-like-a-girl/products/read-like-a-girl-to...

rather_be_reading 😻 😻 1mo
Hufflepuffle 😍😍😍 1mo
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Me and Mr. Cigar | Gibby Haynes
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It would appear that I was fated to read about crawdads one way or another... 😉🦐

rather_be_reading LOVE your ring!! 1mo
angielackswings What‘s a crawdad 🤔 3w
monalyisha @angielackswings They‘re also called “crayfish” or “crawfish.”They‘re like, little freshwater crustaceans. Hard shell, look a bit like a bug, people eat them. “Where the Crawdads Sing” was the other book I was thinking about reading (so hot right now 🔥). (edited) 3w
monalyisha Thanks @rather_be_reading! It wasn‘t even expensive! 🙌🏻😉 3w
angielackswings @monalyisha ohhh I know what you‘re talking about now 3w
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Me and Mr. Cigar | Gibby Haynes
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Climbing into bed early, trying to decide between these two very different books. Each will afford me unique opportunities in my upcoming interview.

On the one hand, reading “Where the Crawdads Sing” will show that I can engage with my patron base about the latest, hot reads. On the other, “Me & Mr. Cigar” will allow me to utter the phrase “Butthole Surfers” in an interview (the author was the band‘s frontman). Sooo...YEAH. Tough call. 😅

BookNAround Start both so you can have the best of both worlds. 😉 1mo
llawela Lol. I'm curious what the job is now, if you're sharing. 1mo
monalyisha Oh, @llawela. 😅 It‘s just a library job (circulation). Current reads usually come up. 1mo
llawela @monalyisha just a library job?? That's awesome 1mo
monalyisha @llawela It is awesome! I‘ve been working in libraries for about a decade now, so sometimes I forget that it sounds so nice! 😊 I just started grad school (finally) in pursuit of my MLIS (Master‘s in Library & Information Studies). 1mo
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The Challenge | Susan Kearney
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HELP!

I've been AWFUL at gauging what I want to read lately. So, I figured I'd issue a Reader's Advisory Challenge & see if anyone feels like playing! For guidance, I'll list the genres I typically like & some titles I've enjoyed recently in the comments; otherwise, go nuts! Try to limit yourself to ONE stand-out book suggestion (but I'm open to a Top 3 if restricting yourself is far too difficult). ;)

Excited to see what you all come up with!

monalyisha Genres:
Literary Fiction
Speculative Fiction
Memoirs (esp. with a religious bent, a la “Priestdaddy“ & “Educated“)

Titles:
“Dandelion Wine“ - Bradbury
“The Sisters Chase“ - Healey
“The Flatshare“ - O'Leary
“Sadie“ - Summers
“Sing, Unburied, Sing“ - Ward
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laur89 If you haven‘t read this, it was such a powerful story! 1mo
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merelybookish Been recommending this to everyone! 1mo
Hooked_on_books Phenomenal book. If it feels a little redundant early, keep reading—about 1/3 of the way in it gets completely turned on its head and is so worth it. 1mo
xicanti I highly recommend Andre Alexis‘s latest, 1mo
monalyisha Thanks @laur89, @Mdargusch, @cobwebmoth, @merelybookish, @Hooked_on_books & @xicanti! I‘m definitely planning to check a few of these out! (@merelybookish I read “Normal People” recently...mostly in the bath! I enjoyed the writing!) 1mo
Crazeedi @laur89 that book stayed with me for a long time, just.wow... 1mo
laur89 @Crazeedi Yep! Totally worth a re-read. 1mo
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