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reluctantangeleno

reluctantangeleno

Joined June 2017

Lover of elephants and English Bulldogs, and books books books!
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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
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Just in case any of you missed this...Target's answer to #primeday! #bookdeals

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Wow...this passage.

I don't think I posted about it here, but I went through a really intense breakup last year with my boyfriend of 7 years. We got back together about 9 months later and tried to fix the broken trust...this passage just describes that process so accurately. In my case, he was no longer deserving of my faith...even though I gave him every opportunity to redeem it. It breaks my heart some days, but mostly I think I'm better off.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Very strong passage and very true... recently went through something similar 💔💔 2w
reluctantangeleno @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I hope you're doing ok...you're not alone! Sending lots of love your way ❤ 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @reluctantangeleno Thank you! I hope you are too... sending you love back ❤️😘🤗 2w
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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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"She explained that convenience, habit, comfort, obligation--these are all things that wear the same clothing as love sometimes."

This hit me in the feels. So much wisdom about love and relationships in this book.

RaimeyGallant Nice. 1mo
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Stillhouse Lake | Rachel Caine
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Mehso-so

I don't like thrillers...but my book club chose this (over Educated by Tara Westover, wtf!). I WOULD give this a straight-up PAN, but I guess it wouldn't be bad if you like reading thrillers? It just had zero substance for me and felt like a waste of precious reading time.

At least it was free through Prime Reading. 🤷‍♀️

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The Sisters Brothers | Patrick DeWitt
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I finally got a chance to check this movie out...and was SO disappointed! I know the film version rarely lives up to the book, but this one just did not capture the tone of the book at all.

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West: A Novel | Carys Davies
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Still kind of processing this book, but I really liked it. The writing is very sparse and to the point, but it was still emotionally engaging for me. Part adventure, part coming of age, and part tragedy. Which is sort of the story of the American West, now that I've written that...

I picked this up because I read a review in the Daily Mail and it sounded interesting, glad I did! Curious about this author's short story collections.

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Went to see Kamala Harris speak about her new book this afternoon and the ticket included a copy! I honestly haven't seen any good reviews - most of them say it's a fluffy "campaign book", making a case for why she'd be a good president. Most likely not gonna read this any time soon. ?‍♀️

MCYmermaid How was the event? 6mo
reluctantangeleno @MCYmermaid It was fun! I don't think she's as well-spoken as some other politician-writers (ahem, #elizabethwarren!), but she's a force to be reckoned with for sure! 6mo
BookishMarginalia I really enjoyed the audiobook. 5mo
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French Exit: A Novel | Patrick DeWitt
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I love all of Patrick DeWitt's writing, and this book did not disappoint. It's so quirky and laugh-out-loud funny, but has depth and complexity and says so much about love and family and the futility of existence.

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Reading time at the cabin in the Sierras! ❤

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French Exit: A Novel | Patrick DeWitt
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I was too shy to take a picture with Patrick DeWitt, but I did get to meet him last night! I adore his writing and have read everything he's published so far. Can't wait to start this one! ❤

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The Mars Room: A Novel | Rachel Kushner
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I really enjoyed the experience of reading this book, but the last 30 pages felt so rushed to me. The ending just didn't do the rest of the book justice! Some of my favorite parts were the explorations of side characters, although I'm not entirely certain of the author's reasons for including them. My work's book club will be discussing this in a couple of weeks, I think there will be a lot to talk about!

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Pretty good! Michelle's writing kept me hooked. It's such a shame that she died before she could see the capture of the Golden State Killer.

I haven't read much true crime before, and I'm typically not a huge fan of non-fiction, but I enjoyed this book quite a bit. It was a book club pick and made for pretty good conversation.

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Round House | Louise Erdrich
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Visited #LouiseErdrich's book store while in Minneapolis!

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#LisaKo, #EdanLepucki, #ClaireMessud, and #GabrielTallent talking about the importance of leaning into dark subject matter. ❤

#festivalofbooks

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Catalina: A Novel | Liska Jacobs
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My #bookfest haul! Most excited about the tagged book! (How have I not heard of it before today?! Flawed characters are so my wheelhouse!)

The Julian Barnes was an impulse purchase after hearing him interviewed on NPR this morning.

#latimes #festivalofbooks

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Festivals and Celebrations | Sandra Lawrence
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Any other #losangeles littens going to the #latimes #festivalofbooks this weekend??

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Fire Sermon | Jamie Quatro
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Wow. This book is so intense and just so lovely. I'm only on page 37, and can't wait to read it again.

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The Sisters Chase | Sarah Healy
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This book broke my heart in the best possible way. That is all I can think to say. I know it will stay with me for a long, long time.

Does anyone know if Sarah Healy's other books are as wonderful as this one?

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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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Well, I didn't love this book as much as the rest of the internet, but the writing was lovely, and it kept me interested throughout, and man oh man, do I love me some flawed characters. And there were some SERIOUSLY flawed characters here, amirite?!

This would make for an amazing book club discussion! I guess I need to suggest it...

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Dry | Jane Harper
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Well, this book was WAYYYY better than my book club's last pick, so that's a good start! I probably wouldn't have picked this one up on my own, but I did enjoy it. The writing was great, the characters were well fleshed out, and she did a good job of keeping you guessing on the whodunit. I am just not that crazy about mysteries/thrillers...the reveal is never that shocking or exciting for me.

Book modeled by Byron! ❤ #bulldogsoflitsy #dogsoflitsy

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The Sisters Chase | Sarah Healy
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Wow, this book had me from page 1. I've been stealing every available moment to spend with the Chase girls. I read it waiting in line at the post office and even while the bank teller was processing my deposits! ❤

Cinfhen That's the sign of a really good book! I can't remember if my #BOTMbuds liked this one?!? @emilyhaldi @Reviewsbylola @L_auren @Booksandcooks 2y
L_auren @Cinfhen I LOVED this one!! 2y
Reviewsbylola It was pretty good. Not my favorite but I liked it enough to care what happened. @Cinfhen 2y
Megabooks I remember enjoying it, but no memory of the plot. @Cinfhen (edited) 2y
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Merry Xmas from my foster dog Bowser! ❤
#bulldogsoflitsy #socalbulldogrescue

WarpedSweetness Awww, how adorable. I love his bow. 2y
BookMaven407 Adorable! 🐶💕 2y
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Friend Request | Laura Marshall
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This god-awful book was chosen by my book club (at a meeting that I missed!), and put me into a serious reading slump. The premise is so ridiculous and I literally rolled my eyes so many times while reading it. It did make for a fun book discussion though, because so many of us HATED it.

I hope that thousands of years from now when aliens land on our planet and are trying to learn about human beings, they do NOT find this book and judge us by it.

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OOPS! | Julie Lauren
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Oooooooops....went a little crazy at #HalfPriceBooks while visiting my Dad in Chicago.

That's the first time I'd been in a HPB...I had no idea they had such an amazing selection!

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Black Friday | James Patterson
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Anyone know where the best book deals will be on #BlackFriday? #bookoutlet is doing 30 percent off! I saw that #BarnesandNoble is doing 20 percent off...anything else??

I'm hoping that #BOTM will do something good?

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Grandma's Brown Chair | Nancy Wiedmeyer
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New #readingchair (as modeled by Byron)! I went to Living Spaces this morning to get some #booknook ideas, and this was on super sale, so I decided to just pull the trigger. It's giant and so, so comfy!

(I put double sided tape on the arms until the cats figure out that Mom's new chair is NOT for scratching. 😠)

Yayayayyayayyy! Looking forward to spending lots more Sunday afternoons in this baby.

#bulldogsoflitsy

Cinfhen That chair looks awesome! And your buddy is too cute 🐶 2y
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Bonfire | Krysten Ritter
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Waaaaiiiit, is #BOTM not doing bookmarks anymore?! Where's @Liberty's lovely face?!

I got 3 books this month but only this one sad bookmark! 😣

L_auren Not cool 2y
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This book was really gripping and a totally addictive read! I loved the format and concept of presenting it as a 'found' story. It's not a thriller in the way of edge-of-your-seat action or shocking twists, but there are unanswered questions that make you continue to reconsider your previous impressions. I'm not entirely sure I agree with this choice as a Booker nominee, but it is certainly one of the more unique books I've read recently!

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Mrs. Fletcher: A Novel | Tom Perrotta
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This was somewhere between a So-So and a Pick for me, but I'm rounding up because it was kind of fun and very readable. I'm bummed that I'm going to miss my book club meeting on Tuesday to discuss this one - I'm definitely curious how the conversation will go!

I sort of felt the same way about Election - it was a fun, quick read, but not a lot of depth. Not sure if I will seek out any other Tom Perrotta novels in the future...

Smrloomis Did you read the Leftovers? I thought it was pretty interesting. 2y
reluctantangeleno @Smrloomis I haven't! Maybe I've just chosen the wrong Tom Perrotta books! 2y
Smrloomis @reluctantangeleno that‘s the only one by him I‘ve read but I really liked it. It‘s worth checking out 😄 2y
AshleySimon I felt the same way about this one! 2y
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Well, it took a month and a half, but I finally made it through this epic! It's one of those books that you hug to your chest after finishing the last page. It's true Literature with a capital L!

I loved the concept of following a character through his entire life, and the first half of the book describing Cyril's experiences as a gay man in such an oppressive place was so powerful.

How long til they turn this into an Oscar-winning movie? 😁

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Mrs. Fletcher: A Novel | Tom Perrotta
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Birthday week #bookhaul. Went a little crazy on the #bookoutlet Booktoberfest sale; got my #BOTM box; was gifted SO many books; and allowed myself a little #usedbook shopping while in Philly for work.

Basically, I need to enact a book ban until my next birthday... 😕

Mrs. Fletcher is up next for my book club...but then what?! Any suggestions??

Louise I spy The Shadow of the Wind at the top right. That book is marvelous! In fact, all of Carlos Ruiz Zafon's books are engaging reads! 2y
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This was a very rich book and made for great discussion in my book club. Whitehead's writing style took a minute for me to get used to - it's an odd mix of poetic and blunt. But the story is important, (especially in these times), and brought up a lot of questions for me about race and privilege and how far America still has to go. Maybe not a 5 star, but it's undeniably a great work of literature.

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Listen to This | Alex Ross
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I feel obligated to post about this, because I'm hoping for another season! Check out @bookriot's podcast Annotated, especially my favorite episode, "The World's Most Glamorous Librarian". Awesome stories about publishing history and book culture! ❤

LauraJ Me too. Really good podcast. 2y
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Borne: A Novel | Jeff VanderMeer
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Oh, hello vacation #bookhaul! Welcome to my home! Mostly used and $2 or less! #thriftstorefinds

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Vacation reading with a side of pug snuggles #pugsoflitsy

Jess7 Adorable 2y
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Fierce Kingdom | Gin Phillips
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Ummm, I don't really get the hype surrounding this book? It was kind of a snooze to me...I kept waiting for something "thrilling" to happen! It felt like one long waiting game and then a pretty anticlimactic denouement. None of the characters felt as if they been fleshed out that well...especially the "bad guys". Maybe you have to have kids to empathize with Joan...? Oh well.

BarbaraBB I do have kids and still agree. Not worth the hype! 2y
reluctantangeleno @BarbaraBB Ha, I'm so glad I'm not the only one!! 2y
BarbaraBB Me too! 2y
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Election | Tom Perrotta
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I was having a hard time getting started on something new after my last read, so I picked this up for something quick and easy. I love the movie...but as always, I wish I'd read the book first. Tracy Flick will never NOT be a young Reese Witherspoon to me! I didn't find the book to be as funny as the movie, but it was still a pleasant read. It's really an original plot for a novel...

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Election | Tom Perrotta
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Flaming margarita + chips and salsa + my book = ❤

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Tampa | Alissa Nutting
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Ummmm...yeah. Definitely not for everyone. I typically like books that deal with taboo/shocking subject matter, but this was a little over the top. There was NOTHING in this novel to humanize or develop the main character. She had zero depth or personality beyond her sexual appetites. For me, this novel didn't have any real insight, message, or lesson, so it basically reads like erotica....if teenage boys are your thing.

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White Fur | Jardine Libaire
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Wow. My thoughts are so jumbled after inhaling the last 50 pages of this book. Mind officially blown. I loved it, but I'm not entirely sure why. It brings the magic and desperation and complete consumption of your first true love to life. I read a few reviews that mentioned vulgarity, but I didn't find it gratuitous at all. I found it raw and tender at the same time. This would make a fantastic book club read since readers seem to be so divided!

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White Fur | Jardine Libaire
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Quite possibly the most poetic description of an orgasm I've ever read.

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I read this book on a recommendation from my boss...and I am quite disappointed. The ending was predictable for me, I didn't find it scary or even that engaging...the whole experience was just meh for me. I think I'm just not a thriller gal.

I will admit, though...before I shelf it, I'm gonna flip back through a few pages to reconcile the ending...

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Behold the Dreamers | Imbolo Mbue
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Soooo, I recently found out about #bookoutlet, and clearly, I went a little crazy. But come on! $65 for 14 books?!

Side note, pretty proud of myself for ordering Behold the Dreamers before Oprah!

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White Fur | Jardine Libaire
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Book of the Month day is the best day!

#botm #bookofthemonth #botmmember