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monalyisha

monalyisha

Joined January 2017

Head in the clouds, book in my hand, coffee in an I.V. ☁️📖☕️ (R.I. 🌊)
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How to | Julie Morstad
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A few more instructions on how to live (from Julie Morstad). 💕

Chrissyreadit ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 11h
RachelO 💖 11h
Tamra Lovely! 11h
jetmarvel This is beautiful ☺️ 11h
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How to | Julie Morstad
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Slightly obsessed with this little, wise book. I love Julie Morstad‘s art.

I haven‘t had much time to read for fun this week (& I‘m a little nervous about finishing my #LMPBC book in time, on top of my grad coursework, tbh) but there‘s always time to take in a picture book or two at work.

More photos to come. 💖

RachelO These are gorgeous! 11h
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“In 1876, Samuel Green, librarian of the Worcester Free Public Library in MA, developed the idea of having librarians assist users in the selection of books to suit their needs.”

Me: “HEY! That‘s my hometown!” 🙌🏻

“Green saw the role of the public library as one of welcoming users by having a pleasant & cultivated female staff.”

Me: Oh, Jesus Christ...

Also me [to my husband]: “Honey, would you say I‘m pleasant & cultivated?”
Him: “No.”

🙈😂

Karkar 😂😂 2d
monalyisha Note: He DID go on to qualify that yes, I am pleasant...but NO, I am not “cultivated.” 😆 I can‘t disagree. 2d
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Walk 4/4 done for this week‘s #bookfitnesschallenge! It‘s so much easier when the weather cooperates!

Today‘s my Monday off, so I accompanied my husband while he walked around the park, scouting out locations for his engagement shoot later today. 📸 My favorite moment was when we stopped to rest on a bench. Some brave geese moseyed their way up to us, munching on dandelion heads, each with an eye trained in our direction. So cute & suspicious! 😆

wanderinglynn Way to go! You‘re killing it! 🙌🏻 2d
BookwormAHN Sounds like a nice walk 👏🏻 2d
saguarosally Is that the park in Providence? I keep meaning to stop by when I‘m down there, but still haven‘t. 2d
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monalyisha @saguarosally It is! Maybe we can do a meet-up or something! 2d
saguarosally @monalyisha I‘m almost in NH so it‘s kind of far but sounds interesting! I‘ve been known to drive to RI for a picture. 😁 2d
guinsgirlreads Wooo! Very nice 👍🏻 🙃 2d
audraelizabeth Awesome 2d
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To Night Owl From Dogfish | Meg Wolitzer, Holly Goldberg Sloan
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I love Meg Wolitzer, so I was psyched to read this middle-grade, epistolary novel co-written by her & Holly Sloan. A few pages in, I became worried that the authors captured the authentic voices of two 12-year-old girls TOO WELL. I was a little annoyed by them, tbh. But soon enough I was charmed by Bet, Avery & their assorted cast of grown-ups. Each character has so much heart, & they work so hard both to protect their hearts & open them up. 👇🏻

monalyisha 1/1: I think the narrative captures the utter normalcy & specific challenges of growing up with gay parents/single parents. Wolitzer & Goldberg-Sloan explore issues such as: racism, classism, homophobia, & menstruation in a completely age-appropriate way. The tone is serious when it needs to be, & so quirky & funny when it doesn‘t. I‘ll be recommending this to the 5th & 6th grade students/patrons at my library, for sure. (edited) 3d
monalyisha @wanderinglynn This is book 3/4 for the #bookfitnesschallenge! 3d
guinsgirlreads Awesome job on your book goal!! 3d
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BethM Killing your book goal! 3d
wanderinglynn You‘re killing your book goal! You may have to up it a bit! 🙌🏻 3d
monalyisha @wanderinglynn I was thinking that. But I also start an intensive Summer class tomorrow. So maybe not. We shall see! 3d
VanChocStrawberry Ohhhh...I‘m gonna have to check this one out. Go you! Book goals 👏👏 3d
Chrissyreadit 👏👏👏 3d
Clwojick This book looks adorable! 💜💚💗 3d
dariazeoli Way to go with your book goal! 3d
Caterina You have me convinced, this is on my TBR now! You're doing fantastic with your book goal! I hope with your summer intensive you still find time to read, but I think you'll definitely be able to reach your book goal either way! 💕 3d
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Sheafe Street Books | Portsmouth, NH (Bookstore)
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I went to Portsmouth, NH this weekend. Since there was so much to explore, I got in a walk yesterday & one in today. I‘m 3/4 of the way to my goal for the #bookfitnesschallenge already!

I didn‘t buy any books (😵) but I did start a new audiobook on the way home: “The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and the People‘s Temple.” Has anyone read it? I‘m not thrilled with the narration yet but am keeping my fingers crossed.🤞🏻

marleed I have not read it, but I remember exactly where I was when new of this tragedy hit the airwaves. It was so horrific. 3d
Samplergal I loved it. Keep at it, it‘s worth it. One of the best for me this year. Disclaimers: I am old enough to remember the actual event. 3d
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 What a lovely place to read & it sounds like you had a good weekend. 👍🏻 3d
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BookwormAHN Nice walk 👏🏻 3d
monalyisha @samplergal That‘s good news! Thanks!! 3d
BethM Good job, that place looks lovely! 3d
VanChocStrawberry Nice photo! Yay for your book goal! 👏 3d
Clwojick Crushing it! Also, this place looks amazing! 3d
Caterina What a perfect reading spot! 😍 Great job with your goal!! 3d
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#moonreflections
1. I start my first MLIS course on Monday, which I‘ve been fairly cavalier about. I‘ve excelled in academics my whole life & figured it‘d be a breeze. Upon looking at my syllabus, I was suddenly seized with fear about not being as capable anymore. I‘ve gotta work to let go of that insecurity & land somewhere healthy & balanced.
2. Tagged! I also love the classic Wilde quote. You know the one. 🌸🌚
3. @Jess_Franzino @Chrissyreadit

Meaw_catlady Love the quote!! Good luck with school! I believe in you and am sending you good vibes for a great start! 🖤 4d
Krisjericho Good luck with your MLIS! I finish mine in December. You‘re going to be great! What school are you going through? 4d
monalyisha @Krisjericho Thanks for the support! I‘ll be taking courses through URI. I live in Rhode Island so I get in-state tuition (+ partial tuition reimbursement from my job). 🙌🏻 3d
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#weekendreads
1. I just finished 2 books (print & audio!) so I‘m not currently reading anything (aside from poems).😱 I brought My Sister, the Serial Killer with me on our overnight trip to Portsmouth NH, though. I might have time to start it...but probably not.
2. Melmoth for #LMPBC
3. Dumplin‘, which wasn‘t as good as I wanted it to be. It was cute but whole characters were cut & Willowdean rolled her eyes TOO much. 🙄 Anyone else not love it?

GondorGirl Dumplin' was once of the only times I liked a movie better then the book. She was so damn frustrating and self-absorbed. 4d
monalyisha @GondorGirl That‘s so funny! I thought she was way more likable in the book than in the movie. I thought her personality was developed so much more. She was a stubborn jerk, for sure, & yeah, selfish. But surmountably-so, I thought — an understandable amount for her age & what she was going through. And it felt like she criticized the pageant less bitterly & less consistently. In the movie, that felt like WHO SHE WAS: just anti-pageant & thats it. 4d
monalyisha @GondorGirl P.S. My husband accidentally used my bath bomb from your package yesterday. 😆 He said it was awesome. I almost posted a picture he sent me of his hairy legs in the bath but I restrained myself. (I was saving him a different bath bomb — a green one with a rune stone hidden inside — but he got confused 🙈). (edited) 4d
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GondorGirl @monalyisha That's amazing! I hope he felt perfectly spoiled after his bath! 😂 4d
Stacy_31 I didn‘t think Jennifer Aniston was a very believable mother for Willowdean, either. 💁 4d
BarbaraJean Your font annotations are perfectly hilarious! Or hilariously perfect? 🤣 (edited) 4d
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To Night Owl From Dogfish | Meg Wolitzer, Holly Goldberg Sloan
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Without the lure of coffee, I might never be coaxed out of bed...

Tamra I as just thinking the same thing, but with tea. 🙂 Plus it got chilly overnight so I‘m even more tempted to remain. 5d
Ashley_Nicoletto That book was amazingggg. It kept me in bed reading much longer than I should have been a few mornings. 5d
monalyisha @Tamra Ditto! But the chill breeze felt kinda nice while snuggled under lots of blankets... I got up finally. I mean, I‘m on the couch. 😅 So, sort-of. 5d
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Dragons Love Tacos | Adam Rubin
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I did end up going for a walk today, after-all. Granted, it was to attend Food Truck Friday, where I ate a bunch of tacos & drank a bunch of beer...but I still walked there! 😆 This is a shot of the pond near our house, taken on our walk home.

1/4 walks this week down. 🙌🏻
#bookfitnesschallenge
Now I‘m in bed, about to start reading “To Night Owl from Dogfish.” I‘ve been getting progressively grumpier all week. It‘s time to relax, hardcore. 😴📚

guinsgirlreads Tacos and beer 👏🏻🙌🏻👍🏻💯❤️ 5d
VanChocStrawberry Look at you go! (Also: yum.) 5d
Jerdencon Nice job! 5d
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BarbaraJean This sounds to me like a perfect night! Hope your hardcore relaxing does the trick! (edited) 5d
kspenmoll Sounds lime a fun way to exercise!!! 5d
paulfrankspencer Not sure I've finished this book. My niece prefers turning pages over reading pages. 5d
wanderinglynn That's the BEST kind of walk. One that ends with tacos & beer. 🙌 5d
BookwormAHN Way to go 👏🏻 5d
Clwojick Woohoo! Way to go! 💚💜💙 3d
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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WOW. I loved this, as foretold. 🖤

Thematically, it‘s almost like a very adult, very feminist “Tuck Everlasting” — based on Greek Mythology. There‘s a strong investigation of what makes a “life” & a pursuit of the burning question of whether immortality is a gift or a burden. I love stories about witchcraft wherein magic = work. The strongest, heaviest themes are about the violence that can be done to a woman — even if she‘s a powerful goddess.*

monalyisha *What this means in terms of responsibility & blame, when viewed on this grand scale, is SO impactful. 5d
monalyisha Completed during Week 2 of the #bookfitnesschallenge (which makes my current tally 2/4 total books read). 5d
suvata Such a good book 5d
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BarbaraJean You had me at “feminist Tuck Everlasting” 😁 5d
DivineDiana Interesting comparison to “Tuck Everlasting”, a favorite of mine. ❤️ 5d
Jess_Franzino I get to go on a reading retreat with Madeline Miller in the fall! Loved “Circe”, but it‘s not my fave only because I‘m very hardcore Athena/Telemachus (Classical shipping wars 😂). 5d
monalyisha @Jess_Franzino Well, that's awesome. What does this reading retreat entail? (Honestly, my Greek Mythology knowledge is seriously lacking... but I know it's your area of expertise!) 5d
Jess_Franzino @monalyisha It‘s a Homeric & Feminist reading and writing retreat in Greece! The novel/trilogy I‘m working on is told from Athena‘s POV (a lot of Athena/Telemachus in that. Tele plays a bigger role in mine than he did in “Circe” & is v. different), so I‘m meeting with some special scholars in Athens prior to the actual reading retreat. 5d
monalyisha @Jess_Franzino Hot damn! That sounds fantastic! Have fun! 5d
Jess_Franzino @monalyisha Thanks! I‘m soooo excited! 5d
Clare-Dragonfly Wow. This sounds even more amazing than I thought! 5d
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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Spending my lunch break in my car today. Finished book 2/4 for the #bookfitnesschallenge. I have to admit, I‘m kind-of happy that, at the start of this new week, I have the luxury of *not* walking today. It‘s rainy & there‘s a whole week ahead of me, so I‘m sitting this one out.

Official Totals (Week 1):
1/4 Books Read
4/4 Walks

Points:
15 (signup) + 6 (sharing) + 5 (1st post) + 4 (additional posts) + 33 (encouragement) + 3 (checkin) = 66 points

monalyisha @wanderinglynn Technical question: I wrote a review of my first book read & tagged #bookfitnesschallenge, but ultimately...it was just a book review. Does that count as an “additional post”? I thought it would (but can subtract a point if not). 5d
DivineDiana 👏🏻🚶‍♀️👏🏻 5d
wanderinglynn Absolutely counts because this is a book challenge too! 👍🏻 5d
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VanChocStrawberry Great week one! Enjoy your rest day! 5d
baes Nice job! 5d
marleed I love a challenge with options! 5d
BookwormAHN Way to go 👏🏻 5d
TheSpineView Great start! 5d
Caterina I loved listening to Circe! Great job getting halfway through your book goal, and meeting your goals for the first week! I'm also enjoying a bit of a rest day. 😊 5d
Clwojick I keep meaning to read this one. 3d
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The Shark Club | Ann Kidd Taylor
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1. I love Smashmallows/gourmet marshmallows (esp. chocolate mint). I like gummies. I like chocolate (milk over dark* #philistine). I‘m a BIG fan of wasabi peas.
2. A cup of coffee. Is that an accessory? 😉 & sunglasses — the weirder the better.
3. BUFFY. 🖤
4. My Girl. An American Werewolf in London.
5. Green/blue/gray
6. Coffee ☕️
7. Any/all beach vacations! Neighborhood-wide games of hide & go seek tag.
8. You‘re it! 👋🏻
#SummerSantaGoesPostal

monalyisha Note: I like *any* chocolate, though. I like most flavors & am willing to experiment. I like sweet, salty, spicy, sour, fruity, floral, earthy, herbal, umami, nutty — all of it. 🤤 Oh! And sweet + salty combined is divine. Basically, I just like food. 😆 No allergies! The only exception I can think of is black licorice. It‘s not a taste I enjoy. (I still participate in the annual Family Shot of Sambuca every Christmas...but under duress.) (edited) 6d
nelehelen Haha cup of coffee is def an accessory! 😉😉😉 4d
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#BFC Check-In (Week One):
4/4 walks complete (half of which were in the rain!)
1/4 books read (middle-grade...but it still counts!)

Also, I‘m piggybacking my Litsy events here but:
5 books ordered for the #SummerSantaGoesPostal swap. One Etsy gift delivered & another shipped today. And one delicious, summery snack acquired. The quest for the perfect wrapping paper continues. I visited 4 stores today but my dream-paper still eludes me. 🤔

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 great first week! And I‘ve loved seeing photos of your walks. 👍🏻 6d
monalyisha Thanks @wanderinglynn! I‘m glad you came up with this great idea! I would‘ve gotten my butt outside eventually, but it probably wouldn‘t have been for another week or two; I would‘ve missed some real dewy beauty! Also, I definitely would‘ve done more scenic lounging than walking. 😉😅 6d
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Clwojick Way to go! 🙌🏻💙💪🏻💜 6d
BookwormAHN Great job 👏🏻 6d
catebutler You did so well! I‘ve been so impressed with all the met goals this week! 👍🏼 6d
Sharpeipup Your swap shopping sounds familiar. I cannot find good wrapping paper either... 6d
monalyisha @Sharpiepup I‘m hoping that it will reveal itself as we get closer to June! 6d
VanChocStrawberry I love seeing everyone's stats! And middle grade totally counts! I've got several at home I hope to read this month. 5d
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I Capture the Castle | Dodie Smith
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Met my walking goal for the #bookfitnesschallenge! Today‘s location: Bancroft Tower, built in 1900.

I‘m so happy that my hometown‘s on the upswing. My whole life, everyone‘s given Worcester a lot of guff — but it‘s honestly a beautiful city, full of character & some of the best people I‘ve ever met.

I also ran into the most Massachusetts tree I‘ve ever seen in my life. 🙈🙄😳

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 And it looks like you have a lot of lovely places to walk. 👍🏻 6d
TheSpineView Great way to start! 6d
Marina_h Well done and nice walk 😊 6d
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DaveGreen7777 Go, Alyisha, go! You rock! 😀 🏃‍♀️💪 6d
RachelO Fun photos! 👍 6d
Laughterhp Great job! What a cool place for walking! 6d
BookwormAHN It looks lovely there, nice job 👏🏻 6d
DivineDiana Cheers! Love the photos! 👏🏻🚶‍♀️👍🏻 6d
nu-bibliophile That's beautiful 6d
guinsgirlreads So cool! 6d
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I fucking love this/her. 🖤

tournevis Fuck yeah! 7d
julesG She has a fucking point there. 7d
AmyG She‘s awesome. 7d
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xicanti The thing that bothers me about the asterisks, in book titles and elsewhere, is that we all know exactly what word the writer‘s “obscuring” so really, they should just write it out. Own their words. 7d
Eggbeater AFP is my favorite fucking musician! 👊 I contribute to her stuff on Patreon. 7d
cobwebmoth I love her. 6d
Clare-Dragonfly 😂 @xicanti That‘s exactly what I think! 6d
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The Secret's Out | Katie Kimball
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Confession: I'm not reading anything right now.

I mean, I'm reading poems in the morning. And listening to Circe in the car. But the latter is just so good that I can't bear to dive into another narrative until it's done!

It feels strange. I carry a bag of books to work with me each day -- just in case (some of which I NEED to start reading for book clubs) -- but they remain untouched.

There's a Full Moon coming in 3 days. I'll blame the sky.

Annl I have books on my phone and carry my kindle in my purse and still carry a book with me. 1w
MelissaSue81 I have one book that I've started but I have been having a hard time picking it up the last couple days. And I'm listening to Oscar Wao in the car, which is really good so far (but I had NO idea it was so long!)

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Craftylikefox I have been in a weird reading place lately. I have been reading a manuscript for a friend. I think I‘m just too afraid I might mix up stories if I add something else into my reading time. Enjoy Circe!!! I love it so much 🖤🖤🖤 1w
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hgrimes I know this is Litsy and I‘ll get voted off the island for saying this, but there‘s no shame in taking breaks from reading once in a while! 1w
monalyisha @hgrimes Ain‘t no shame in my game. 😉 But it *is* unusual. 1w
Weaponxgirl @hgrimes no way will you get voted off the island! I may always have a book with me but I‘m not always in the mood to read. even when I‘m not I still love books and think this is what I think Litsy is here to share personally. 7d
monalyisha @Weaponxgirl Huzzah! (& well-said!) 7d
hgrimes @Weaponxgirl haha! Thanks for your support! I‘ve been lousy at reading lately, but that‘s life! 6d
Weaponxgirl @hgrimes yea it is. My reading varies quite a lot, sometimes I‘m burning through books and other times I‘m barely picking anything up. I‘m trying to read quality over quantity this year and not worry about numbers. 6d
hgrimes @Weaponxgirl Mine too, and it largely depends on how stressful my work has been. I work in education, so suddenly my pages jump to 100 pages a day in the summer when things are tame and then quickly slump down to like 3 for a while as soon as fall rolls around pretty much every year. Soooo - soon I‘ll get to read again! 😃 6d
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Wildwood | Colin Meloy
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3/4 walks done for the #bookfitnesschallenge! This is a trail called Cascading Waters located conveniently near my workplace. It‘s gorgeous this time of year: brand-new leaves unfurling & falling falls. I feel #blessed to live in New England in the springtime (if not during that other season that shall go unnamed).

I also feel #blessed to work someplace where a Sasquatch-riding-a-unicorn t-shirt (+ a blazer) is considered appropriate attire.

RealLifeReading How lucky to have such a nice place to walk nearby! 1w
wanderinglynn I am jealous that you get to wear cool tees to work. I just wish I could dress down a bit. But that is a lovely place to walk. 🙌🏻 1w
Crazeedi Beautiful!! 1w
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BookwormAHN Gorgeous place to walk 👏🏻 1w
Emilymdxn Great work on the walks! And that‘s absolutely beautiful (the area and the t shirt) 1w
Clwojick I love that shirt! 😱😱😱 1w
monalyisha @Clwojick I stole it from my husband. 😆 1w
Clwojick I stole my husbands “spoderman” tee (that I made him) lol. 1w
cobwebmoth Gorgeous trail! 1w
Reecaspieces Oh wow! Lovely 1w
britt_brooke Beautiful! 7d
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What is a Witch | Pam Grossman
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I don‘t know if any of my fellow #witchpleaseswap-pers follow hagclub on Instagram, but they‘re restocking their shop in the next 48 hours & I‘m so eagerly awaiting the lavender bush underwear design that I think I might cry. 😂 I mean, that might be a *little* bit of an exaggeration. But I just think they‘re so cool.

That is all. This has been a magically-feminist PSA. Please continue with your day.

Meaw_catlady I love these!!! 🖤🖤🖤 1w
cobwebmoth Ooh, I do need some new undies... 1w
theresidentromantic A very important PSA that I definitely needed and my credit card did not ♥️♥️ 1w
Craftylikefox Oh! Well now I follow them on instagram 😂 1w
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Electric Arches | Eve L. Ewing
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#poemsbeforephones

What a gorgeous poem! 🌸

“hair always calling for rain”
“skin turned skyward wishing for clouds”
“knowing that ash is the language of the dead...”

“anointed”
“protected”
“resurrected”
“glistening”
“shining” ✨

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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“They have wrinkles, but no wisdom. I took them to war before they could do any of those things that steady a man...I fear I have robbed them not only of their youth but their age as well.”

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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“In my garden, the green leaves were so new they shone like blades.”

Readergrrl Loved this novel! 1w
Lucy_Anywhere Have you read - it's just as good! 1w
monalyisha @Lucy_Anywhere Not yet! I‘m reading this one for book club this month, but “Song” is on my TBR. 1w
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Cobweb Walking | Sara Banerji
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The library where I work is nestled at the very bottom of a tall, tall hill. Strangely, my First Love used to live on the tippetty-top of it. I didn‘t have much time for my #bookfitnesschallenge today, so I decided to see what it would feel like to hike up it again. When I got to the summit, I found that the family who‘d bought his house painted it green. 👇🏻

monalyisha 1/1: There was a statue of Saint Francis featured prominently in the garden, which his mother, who was a staunch atheist/Professor of Biology, never would have allowed. The chili pepper lights ringing his back porch were conspicuously absent. But I remembered the burning in my chest & the flush of my cheeks; this time, those feelings came only from scaling the incline. 💖 (edited) 1w
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TheSpineView Hills will do that to you! Keep going! 1w
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 1w
TheBookHippie The shoes !!!!!!!❤️❤️❤️ 1w
Clwojick ❤️❤️❤️ Gotta get that blush on, one way or another 😉😂 1w
Clwojick And yes @TheBookHippie Those shoooooeeeessss! 1w
Caterina Haha love the end of your story 😂 Great job walking up the hill! 1w
BookwormAHN Fantastic story 👏🏻 1w
BarbaraJean Love this post! Great story, wonderfully told, and you‘re rocking super-cute shoes on your walk! 👏🏼🎉 1w
guinsgirlreads This is great 👏🏻! 1w
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Electric Arches | Eve L. Ewing
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“Let me be clear:
there‘s nothing wrong with finding rapture in the broke
or the broken.
But what you should ask for is a place on the park bench
where all the bits and pieces are everywhere,
and he should hand you the bottom of a smashed up Coke bottle
like the best kaleidoscope
and you should hold it up to the light together
and watch the colors turn and spin,
and that is more than good enough
until you can get the groceries together.”

BestOfLitsy I like that; nice turn on last line. 1w
TimSpalding Ah. That was me. Can't remember what account I'm in :) 1w
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VioletBramble Love the poem and the photo. 1w
monalyisha @TimSpalding Ha! I‘ve been there. Not exactly there...but there-ish. 1w
monalyisha Thanks @VioletBramble! Same. This is only a piece of the poem; the whole thing is just as perfect. 1w
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I liked this middle-grade fantasy book a lot (despite the fact that my favorite character disappeared at the very beginning). The characters are quirky, the talking bees made me laugh on multiple occasions, & it read quickly. I liked that organization is upheld as an honorable trait; it felt refreshing & different since quirky characters are depicted, more often than not, as charmingly-disorganized & scattered (myself included 🤓).👇🏻

monalyisha 1/2: I‘m not sure how I felt about the description of the different worlds, which were named after directions (South, Southeast, West, etc) & how closely those descriptions match the regional differences in the US. For instance, in the book, “Northeast” is mostly green hills & farms...you know, like Vermont. 1w
monalyisha 2/2: There‘s also a section where The Gatekeeper insists that Gatekeeping isn‘t a “relic”; the positive association with the term felt a little weird given the context of the word “gatekeeping” in 2019. Otherwise, this is a fun book both for adults who enjoy a simple children‘s fantasy, & for the target audience (4th-6th grade, I‘d say). (edited) 1w
monalyisha Book 1 for the #bookfitnesschallenge hosted by @wanderinglynn is complete! 1w
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wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 1w
Caterina Great job finishing a book! Sounds interesting. 1w
readordierachel That's a pretty spot! 1w
BethM Great review! 1w
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Went on my first walk today for the #bookfitnesschallenge. My goal is to go for a walk 4x/week. I‘ve been putting it off since the sky‘s opened up in my part of the world; it‘s been raining & showing no signs of stopping since the challenge started. Still, I threw on my raincoat & traipsed around my favorite local park on my break. The rain *is* creating some gorgeous blooms. 🌸 I finished my first book, too, while sitting on a lovely stone bench.

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 And it looks like a lovely place to walk. 1w
RachelO It looks gorgeous there! 1w
Centique The flowers are SO pretty! 1w
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BethM 🙌lovely pics! 1w
Laughterhp What a great looking park! I‘m having the same trouble this week with getting outside with this weather!! 1w
Itchyfeetreader Well done for getting out and what beautiful pics 1w
BookwormAHN Great job 👏🏻 1w
Emilymdxn The motivation is the hardest bit, but I often find that managing once makes it easier after that. Beautiful picture and well done! 1w
BarbaraJean So beautiful! A lovely reward for getting out there. 😊 1w
ReadingSusan That‘s gorgeous!! 1w
Caterina What beautiful pictures!! Thanks for sharing. And great job finishing a book AND getting out there in that weather! 🙌 1w
awildreader What a beautiful park! I‘ve been having the same issue too—it‘s the reason I decided a goal of walking every day was unrealistic 😆 1w
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“You three are astoundingly ignorant,” he said cheerfully, “but at least you‘ve got an explorer‘s instinct. That will get you far — unless, of course, it gets you killed.”

Happily reading the first middle-grade book I‘ve voluntarily picked up in ages. I was on an award-selection committee a couple of years ago (for grades 6-8) & I got *totally* burnt out on Children‘s Lit. It feels nice to be enjoying such a pure-hearted fantasy again. ✨

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The Big Big Sea | Martin Waddell, Jennifer Eachus
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Mother‘s Day post (featuring a mother-daughter/literary tattoo)! 👑 I tagged one of my favorite thematic picture books, which always reminds me of my mom, since it depicts a little blonde girl & her mama sharing a love of the ocean on a quiet, moonlit night.

Happy Day to those who are celebrating! Hope your daughters/sons/puppies/kittens/bunnies/snakelets are good to you today! 🖤

paulfrankspencer Do you know where the quote comes from? 1w
monalyisha @paulfrankspencer I don‘t, actually! 😖 1w
ravenlee You look a lot like your mom! A nice-looking pair. 1w
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BookwormAHN Lovely 💚 1w
paulfrankspencer @monalyisha Sounds Christian-y. Google didn't give me a good answer immediately, so I'll chalk it up as a mystery. 1w
monalyisha @paulfrankspencer I concur — though I‘ll gladly take it out of context. 😉 1w
robinb Love the quote! ❤️ Gorgeous pic of you and your mom! (edited) 1w
Ddzmini Awe 🥰📖😋 1w
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Electric Arches | Eve L. Ewing
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— from “what I mean when I say I‘m sharpening my oyster knife” by Eve L. Ewing*

“I mean I‘m here
to eat up all the ocean you thought was yours.
I mean I brought my own quarter of a lemon,
tart and full of seeds. I mean I‘m a tart.
I‘m a bad seed.”

*(inspired by a line from Zora Neale Hurston: “No, I do not weep at the world — I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife.”)
#poemsbeforephones

suzisteffen LOVED this book. 2w
Bradleygirl 😍😍 2w
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I love this graphic that @wanderinglynn made to represent the 11 countries & 34 states participating in her #bookfitnesschallenge. Can you see me waving in teeny, tiny Rhode Island? 👋🏻🌊

More details & registration here: https://forms.gle/n3ErATLqPYjdYCwUA
***To participate in #BFC, you must sign-up by day‘s end (5/9)!

Chrissyreadit I know! I‘m so excited by this too! 2w
mcipher Yay New England represent! Waving back from CT. 👋😆 2w
LMJenkins Have a great day and start to the challenge! 👋🏼⭐️🏃🏼‍♀️ 2w
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It's THE FINAL COUNTDOWN!

The #bookfitnesschallenge by @wanderinglynn starts TOMORROW (5/10), which means that TODAY is your last chance to sign-up!

The idea is to set a book goal (at least 4 books) & a fitness goal, & keep track of points earned over the course of 6 weeks.

The coolest part is the freedom. The “fitness“ goal can be physical or psychological (ie: mindfulness); the sky's the limit, as long as your goal is measurable. Link below!

monalyisha Join me & register here!: https://forms.gle/n3ErATLqPYjdYCwUA 2w
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Dumplin' | Julie Murphy
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While I don‘t share a body type with Willowdean, I‘ve also never been “willowy.” (And I could never pull off a pixie cut; that‘s a different issue, entirely, but also very upsetting.) In college, the excessively bro-y roommate of my Freshman Year boyfriend called me “thick but hot.” Or maybe it was “hot but thick.” I choose to believe that it was the former because it‘s slightly more complimentary. Whatever.

*Review/confessional cont‘d below👇🏻

monalyisha 1/6: It was before “thicc” was a (culturally-appropriated) thing. You get the idea. I‘ve struggled with body image. I‘ve been late for plans (& even work) because I didn‘t like the way that any of my clothes looked on me in the mirror. I‘ve subconsciously pulled away from a romantic touch because I was sitting in the “wrong” position & I didn‘t want my partner‘s fingertips grazing my muffin-top. (edited) 2w
monalyisha 2/6: I‘ve listened to my mom denigrate her own body & I‘ve internalized it. So, when I saw a review calling “Dumplin‘” out for *pretending* to be body-positive, I took offense. From where I sit (with my rolls gathering beneath my under-boob; ladies, you know what‘s up), Dumplin‘ *isn‘t* pretending. It‘s just honest about the struggle. (edited) 2w
monalyisha 3/6: It‘s HARD to be feminist & to feel self-conscious about your appearance at the same time. You want to not care about your hairy legs, or the warts on your fingers, or the size of your thighs. You hold up Renaissance women as your personal beauty standard, claim a kinship with witches, & say your lap has more room for puppies. (edited) 2w
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monalyisha 4/6: But saying it & feeling it aren‘t always the same thing. I like that Julie Murphy doesn‘t ignore this dissonance, this gap (which deserves more attention than the thigh-gap). (edited) 2w
monalyisha 5/6: Willowdean isn‘t perfect. She isn‘t perfectly imperfect. She *does* feel real. This “realness,” this struggle, doesn‘t go away. That doesn‘t mean that the character — or that the story — is weak. (edited) 2w
monalyisha 6/6: Plus, the book has a fraught (but evolving) mother-daughter relationship, & a sweet, sexy romance, to boot. This is compulsively-readable YA lit at its best. Haters gonna hate. 🙄🤷‍♀️ Me, I‘m a lover. (edited) 2w
wanderinglynn Great review. 👍🏻 I haven‘t read the book, but I did watch the movie & loved. I agree that Willowdean felt real. The book is on my TBR. 2w
BethM I haven‘t read this or wanted to but your review has me rethinking. Well done. 2w
j9brown Really great review! 2w
HOTPock3tt I was *jokingly* called thick a few days ago and I‘m 5‘5 128lbs 🙄 I was also described as hourglass-y as opposed to thin 😓 the pressure that‘s put on women in our society. 2w
mcipher Okay wow - you sold me. I didn‘t want to read this (as a straight up fat girl I have a hard time with a lot of supposed “fat” literature because a little chubby and really fat are two diff ball games) but your review makes it sound too good to pass up! 2w
teainthelibrary I loved the movie so I think I might need to pick this one up! 2w
rohit-sawant Fantastic review! 🙌🏼 2w
monalyisha @HOTPock3tt SERIOUSLY. And the way people feel free to comment on other people‘s bodies is absurd. 2w
monalyisha @wanderinglynn @teainthelibrary I‘m so looking forward to watching the movie! The casting I‘ve seen so far feels right. 2w
monalyisha Thanks @j9brown & @rohit-sawant 👍🏻 2w
monalyisha @BethM & @mcipher I hope you like it, too! It‘s definitely YA — lots of smooching & some complicated friend drama — but also thoughtful & fun. I‘ll look forward to reading your posts! 2w
Clare-Dragonfly Great review! 🙌🏻 Have you read this book? I haven‘t, but a friend has been enthusiastically recommending it, and your review made me think of it. 2w
monalyisha @Clare-Dragonfly No, but thanks for the heads-up! Maybe I‘ll check it out (or at least the TedTalk)! 2w
rather_be_reading love the color of your chucks! 1w
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“Some days, the damn dress just won‘t zip.”

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Dumplin' | Julie Murphy
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#lunchbreak

Listening to Dumplin‘ in the car on my break; though I‘m not currently going anywhere, I‘m always protected by my traveler‘s charm made by @Jess_Franzino

Jess_Franzino So funny that you tagged me in a post about the traveler‘s charm! I was just thinking of how I need one myself, since I‘m traveling to Greece in the fall ♥️ 2w
Clwojick Hey girl, I seem to have lost your email ☺️Can you short me an email? clwojick@live.com 2w
monalyisha @Clwojick Of course! 2w
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I mentioned in my last post that people have said my husband looks like David Tennant. It‘s not so much anymore (he‘s grown a giant beard) but more-so when he was a fresh-faced youth.

@Heideschrampf & @Johanna414 asked that I provide photograph proof 😅, so here are some old photos. And one recent pic, for good measure.

Also, speaking of my husband — & totally non-bookish things 🙈 — today is his birthday! 🎉 Happy Birthday, David Tennant!

monalyisha Oh, there‘s also one of him posing as Steve from Blue‘s Clue‘s doppelgänger — mostly because it really makes me laugh. 2w
rretzler I see the resemblance! Very cool! 2w
Heideschrampf Haha thanks for outing your husband on here! (If he only knew...) Yes, i see it too! Lemme know if there's a single brother around 🙈😝 (edited) 2w
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Johanna414 Omg I see it! 2w
DaveGreen7777 I do see the resemblance! 😧 2w
monalyisha I should add that neither one of us has watched more than one episode of “Doctor Who.” 🙈 2w
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Electric Arches | Eve L. Ewing
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Yesterday, I broke my #poemsbeforepoems streak. I‘d gone 124 days reading poetry in the morning (before touching any technology). But we went on a family trip, & we had to wake up really early, & then I had to explain to my mother-in-law who David Tennant was (because people say her son/my husband looks like him) — so I googled him. 🙈 BUT I later shared some poems with her from the tagged collection & she *loved* them. So it was all worth it.

kspenmoll What a great photo! happiness! 2w
Heideschrampf ... also: please post a photo of your hubby! Haha 2w
Johanna414 @Heideschrampf haha seconded! Also, I see you‘re a Nina - my daughter is named Nina 😊 2w
Redwritinghood Totally worth it! You had a great run. 👏🏻👏🏻 2w
monalyisha Thanks @Redwritinghood! I feel good about it. 🤗 2w
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The Orphan of Salt Winds | Elizabeth Brooks
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Mailing packages & taking names!

@MirrorMask Your #LMPBC #LMPBCnC package should arrive to you on Thursday, May 9th. Sorry I‘m tardy! #procrastinatorsunitetomorrow

P.S. This mural on the side of my local post office is really amazing, & someone graffitied over parts of it with not-so-amazing art. It‘s a super-bummer. At least my favorite section was high enough up to survive!

MirrorMask Yay!!! I can't wait to read it!! 3w
MirrorMask Your package arrived today!!! @Elma I sent your package out today. 2w
monalyisha @MirrorMask cool! The postal service was early even though I was late. It all evens out, kinda. ✌🏻 2w
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I have exactly one Star Wars-themed photo for the #photochallenge hosted by @Clwojick @TheReadingMermaid & @RadicalReader ✨.

I was 16 when I saw Star Wars for the first time (my best friend, Matt, & my boyfriend at the time made me watch it). Honestly, I didn‘t love it. 🤷‍♀️ My tastes have changed since then, though. I guess it could be time for a rewatch. The photo‘s from Star Wars Reads Day at my last library. I love a good theme.

tpixie Fun!! 3w
monalyisha Also, those were REALLY good boots. #RIP ⚰️ 3w
LibrarianRyan Love it. 3w
Clwojick Love it!!!! 3w
TheReadingMermaid 😍😍😍 3w
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Moby Dick | Herman Melville
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DYING. 😂🐋💀

Geeklet LOL! Gotta admit, I‘d be a little into a rambling Moby Dick tattoo. 3w
monalyisha @Geeklet I freaking love M-D. 😆 3w
Amyegia Once I copied most of the first chapter onto a pair of jeans and wore them everywhere. Pretty much why @Waynegjr married me, and unfortunately, a coolness peak I‘ll probably never achieve again 3w
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monalyisha Omg @Amyegia *I* kind-of want to marry you. 😅 In college, a friend I had previously dated started dating a girl who often wore a pair of jeans with Dashboard Confessional lyrics written on them in sharpie, & my bff & I (quietly) mocked her mercilessly (which wasn‘t nice. But no one ever knew we were jerks. And if she‘d just chosen M-D, instead, i would‘ve declared my undying devotion). 3w
Amyegia @monalyisha 😂 I very much agree Moby Dick > Dashboard Confessional lyrics 3w
rather_be_reading 🤣🤣 1w
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I joined the #audiobookfitnesschallenge hosted by @wanderinglynn. My goals are very modest. I committed to reading 4 books in the next 6 weeks (which I'll likely surpass but I didn't want to overreach, as that causes stress which seems counterproductive) & go for a walk 4x/week. Mostly, this is a mental health goal. I want to get outdoors & reconnect with nature after a long, reclusive New England Winter. Moving my body a bit is an added bonus.

DaveGreen7777 You can do it, Alyisha! I believe in you! 📚🏃‍♀️ 3w
wanderinglynn Yay! 🙌🏻 3w
Kaye 💕 3w
Clwojick You go girl! I‘m glad you joined in! 3w
monalyisha Thanks @DaveGreen7777 @wanderinglynn @Kaye @Clwojick. I got this. 💁‍♀️ It feels like kind-of a lame goal...but then I have to admit that it‘s actually a pretty good one for me. I‘ve just been sitting, & phone-ing, & reading (sometimes 😆). Maybe once I shake off my hibernation fully I can set some “real” fitness goals. (edited) 3w
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Aetherial Worlds: Stories | Tatyana Tolstaya
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#friyayintro
1. I took this selfie the other day after a student told me she thought I was 18. I was feeling pretty good; I‘m 33. 😅
2. The final short story in Tolstaya‘s “Aetherial Worlds,” entitled “See the Reverse.” I‘ll link to it in the comments!
3. Quick family trip to CO (we live in RI) to help my brother-in-law move & see the sights. 👁🏔🌄
I have to work the next day after landing at 5am. 💀
4. Dreary.
5. 🤷‍♀️

Avanders I am *always* looking for good modern Russian literature! 👏🏽👏🏽 & love the pic! ♥️♥️ 3w
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The Boy who Grew Flowers | Jen Wojtowicz
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I‘ve long-loved this picture book about a little boy who grows up in a “circus family.” He seems to be the “normal” one...but harbors a secret ability to sprout flowers right out of his head when he‘s happy or when the moon is right. His classmates ignore him (despite his secret remaining secret). When a new girl moves to town, everything changes. It‘s too long for storytime but I thought I‘d give it some love during #nationalchildrensbookweek!

Crazeedi I love this picture!❣ 3w
monalyisha @Crazeedi It's so sweet, right? 3w
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#hellothursday
1. I used to read #buffy fanfic as an adolescent. 🙈 I loved unconventional relationship pairings (Willow/Angel). I also frequented a role-playing chatroom where I went by Queen C (because it was fun to play someone so unlike me)!
2. Tagged (I‘ve only been waiting for about 6 years. Nbd.)
3. We get the local paper at work. I read the occasional article.
4. Poetry in the morning if I‘m in a hurry! 😅
5. They‘re cute! But not really.

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 👋🏻 3w
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I‘ve recently become obsessed with a YouTube cooking series called “Gourmet Makes.” This is uncharacteristic. I don‘t cook...& aside from a brief Iron Chef phase when I was in high school, I don‘t particularly care about cooking shows. I‘ve never even seen a single episode of The Great British Bake-Off.

And yet.

I blame it entirely on Claire. I LOVE her. And tonight, I learned that she‘s a #Buffy fan. I swear, I can just sense it on people. 😅

monalyisha This episode, in which she creates her own version of the instant Maruchan ramen noodles, might be my favorite: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=g1GFJxVeH9c 3w
gradcat Can‘t you just? Sense it, I mean...it‘s a bonus! Love this post! ❤️ 👩🏿‍🍳 😁 3w
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mreads Lucky charms ❤ 3w
Craftylikefox I am slightly obsessed with her series. I want to know how she ends up making the thing 3w
Sharpeipup What is she making with all the Lucky Charms? 3w
monalyisha @Sharpiepup She‘s making her own Lucky Charms! First, she taste-tests the real thing, reads off the lengthy ingredient list, & dissects the product & analyzes every detail. Then, she tries to make whatever junk food she‘s focusing on (Skittles, Twizzlers, Peeps, Snickers, Cheez-Its, Pringles, etc) *better* — less bad for you, with more real ingredients — from scratch. There‘s A LOT of trial & error. 3w
monalyisha @mreads After I watched this episode,I bought a box. I want to eat them for/after every meal. 😅 3w
monalyisha @Craftylikefox Same! I don‘t know how she doesn‘t end up a sobbing mess in every episode. 😅 3w
Heideschrampf Claire got me hooked on 'bon apetit' aswell! They have a new series now where the whole team tries to bake ONE perfect pizza. ❤️ 2w
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Dumplin' | Julie Murphy
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SO. MUCH. KISSING.

I‘m not mad about it. 😍😅
Can‘t wait to watch this on Netflix when I‘m done!

MeganAnn The movie is so adorable! 😍 I haven‘t read the book yet though. 3w
MoonWitch94 The movie was soooooo good! 🍿🎥 3w
monalyisha @MeganAnn @MoonWitch94 It‘s taking everything in me to wait until I‘m done with the audiobook. 😬 3w
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MaleficentBookDragon ♥ the 🎥 3w
Cheshirecat913 Have to say I loved the movie too! Made me laugh and cry and sing. 😁 3w
sammisho I love books with kissing! I loved this book and movie! 3w
Clare-Dragonfly Is this a kissing book?! 3w
monalyisha @Clare-Dragonfly I‘m not suuuper far into it, but so far...absolutely yes! 3w
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A Separation: A Novel | Katie Kitamura
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I finished “A Separation” last night, 10 minutes after I was supposed to sign-in to my online bookclub — which is to say, I speed-read. I didn‘t skim; I read every sentence. What I didn‘t do was leave myself a lot of time to process. I‘m *still* processing. This is a SNEAKY book! On the surface, it seems very direct. It‘s written in first person, reads super-fast, the plot is sensational (infidelity, murder), & there‘s a balmy, island setting.👇🏻

monalyisha 1/1: “Direct” is the LAST thing this book is. Every detail of the text itself *screams* distance. It‘s not really “about” the dissolution of a marriage, who was sleeping with whom, or who dealt the fatal blow. It‘s about reality vs. perception, what‘s lost (or added) in translation, & the unknowability of the Other. The real attack isn‘t something that happens in the plot; it‘s a total literary assault that you don‘t see coming. 3w
monalyisha Note: I still don‘t know how much I “liked” this book...but I‘m supremely interested in the author‘s talent & wiles. 3w
DaveGreen7777 Awesome Litsy review as always, @monalyisha! 😊👏 3w
BarbaraBB Great review. You make me want to read it again! 3w
monalyisha Thanks @DaveGreen7777 & @BarbaraBB! So nice of you to say. 🤗 3w
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If you‘re looking for a complete biography of Steve Martin, this isn‘t it. For instance, he refers offhandedly to his divorce, without ever mentioning that he‘d gotten married. Fortunately, I knew little about Martin going in, not having seen much more than his appearance on Jerry Seinfeld‘s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” (I know, I know; I‘m a Philistine 😳🙈).

*review cont‘d below👇🏻

monalyisha 1/3: I had few expectations. So, when what I got was a detailed account of the development of a comedic philosophy, with a few anecdotal & biographical elements thrown in, punctuated by the occasional banjo riff, I wasn‘t remotely disappointed. Steve Martin has a fascinating brain. He‘s incredibly smart & nuanced, & I‘m left wanting more. (edited) 3w
monalyisha 2/3: I‘ll forgive him his unqualified praise of Bill Cosby‘s delivery (this was published in 2007). I‘ll try not to judge him for devising questionable movie premises — again, hindsight is 20/20. And, I‘m a bit wary about his take on gender (women are largely absent from his memoir, except for brief glimpses of his (fashionable yet weak) mother or vague allusions to sexual conquests). (edited) 3w
monalyisha 3/3: I hope that I‘m just being paranoid. It seems *entirely* possible. He seems like a cool guy. He made me laugh, he made me think (about comedy, philosophy, psychology, art, memory, & family). I hope that when I read (one of) his novel(s), I‘ll find that it‘s even more clever, layered, complex, funny, & paradoxically performative & honest as his personal musings. I‘d love to unabashedly love him. (edited) 3w
TobeyTheScavengerMonk Movie rec: L. A. Story. It is not talked about as much but is my favorite of his films. Shopgirl is a good movie too based on his novel. 3w
monalyisha @TobeyTheScavengerMonk Cool! I'll order a copy right now. I *may* have seen Shopgirl way back when (I loved Claire Danes) -- but it was probably before I was really ready to pay attention in any significant way. 3w
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I love this. 💖

Rick Moranis once referred to Steve Martin‘s act as “anti-comedy.” How perfect is that?

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A Separation: A Novel | Katie Kitamura
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“In the end, what is a relationship but two people, and between two people there will always be room for surprises and misapprehensions, things that cannot be explained. Perhaps another way of putting it is that between two people, there will always be room for failures of imagination.”

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“And my closer: 'Well, we've had a good time tonight considering we're all going to die someday.'“

Lindy 🙃 3w
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