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sarahbellum

sarahbellum

Joined December 2016

Librarian living in the Bay Area 📚✌️💗
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Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
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Walden by Henry David Thoreau
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1. Words with Friends or Candy Crush... I haven‘t explored too many
2. Classics, literary fiction, detective fiction
3. Cadbury Mini Eggs (NOT the creme eggs!)
4. My best friend since I was 8
5. @KVanRead @MrBook
#friyayintro

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1. ☕️👯‍♀️🤔😱😬🤫🥧🍷😢🍤🏃🏻‍♀️🌧
2. Dolores Umbridge definitely made my blood boil
3. Under, otherwise my cat will unravel it 😂
4. Yes, maid of honor at my best friend‘s wedding and bridesmaid at my brother‘s
5. Sorry I‘m late! Haven‘t been on Litsy a lot lately
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🔺 Probably The Cat Who series 😸
🔺 Many from childhood- Babysitters Club, Animorphs, Boxcar Children
🔺 They‘re usually library books, so pass them on
🔺 Yes 👯‍♀️
#weekendchat

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1. I got this mug in Prague when I studied abroad in grad school. Currently full of Earl Gray
2. Cheers- I was too young when it first aired, so I‘m bingeing it on Netflix now
3. Girls‘ Guide to Hunting & Fishing (it‘s okay, it‘s been a quick read so far) and Hold Still (reading slowly to savor it all- recommend!)
4. Mid 60s and sunny 😎
5. Ears and nose are pierced, one tattoo
#humpdaypost

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Pen Pals | Alexandra Pichard
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Fun fact: @Nute has really phenomenal penmanship! Thank you so much for the wonderful first card- keep your eyes peeled for a response soon! Sorry in advance for my sloppy handwriting ☺️ #litsypenpals

Nute @sarahbellum Nice to see that you received it. Thanks for the compliment. I guess that our pen pal commitment is official now? Yay! 2y
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1. Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver
2. 7, mostly from my dad‘s (very large) side of the family
3. Ant 🐜
4. Bagel with cream cheese 😋
5. 🙌
#friyayintro

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They Do it with Mirrors | Agatha Christie
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Just got back from the #library with another ambitious #bookstack. Currently #reading the top and bottom books (They Do it With Mirrors and Hold Still) and the rest are an attempt to chip away at the ol‘ #TBR list. #librarybooks #libraryhaul #bookhaul

monalyisha I reeeaaalllyyy enjoyed the Girls Guide. 🎣👍🏻 2y
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1. Almost always print. Audiobooks for multitasking and ebooks when print isn‘t easy to get.
2. My feet are on the small side for my height (5‘9): 8.5
3. Chocolate covered pretzels: they hit sweet, salty, crunchy, creamy 🍫🥨
4. Gilmore Girls, Parks & Rec, The Office
5. Everybody #friyayintro! 🙌

SilversReviews Love audiobooks when I am walking or exercising and working around the house. 2y
monalyisha Yes to GG & chocolate-covered pretzels! 🙌🏻 2y
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I‘m only about 15 pages in, but I already know this one is going to make a big impact on me. Brene Brown is the best best best 👏👌

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Animal Dreams | Barbara Kingsolver
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My very tall currently #reading (Animal Dreams and Zen) and #TBR pile. Zen has been slow going, but I only have about 100 pages left. I‘m super excited to read all of these, so I wish I could spend all my time reading instead of dealing with life! 😜 #nowreading #librarybooks #libraryhaul #bookhaul #bookstack

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1. Didn‘t know it was this weekend until I saw this posted on Litsy, so no 😂
2. 73 😎
3. Rotating between Animal Dreams and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
4. Too many to pick just one!
5. 🙌
#friyayintro @jesshowbooks

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1. Ice cream! 🍦
2. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon 👌
3. A Good Man is Hard to Find- I knew every story was going to end poorly and so I was on edge reading the collection
4. About a year
5. I don‘t know who‘s new and who‘s an old timer 🤷🏻‍♀️ But welcome, everyone!
#friyayintro

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1. Mostly on my couch, occasionally in bed
2. Neither! Rarely use bookmarks of any kind
3. As much as possible, I try to stop at a natural break in the story, but since I read on my commute, I have to stop reading when I get to my destination
4. Yes 😋
5. Sometimes wordless music
6. Usually 2 or 3 at the same time
7. Everywhere!
8. Silently
9. Nope
10. Try to keep like new
11. When I was in school I did
12. Everyone! 🤗

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Bad Beginning | Lemony Snicket
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#BayAreaLittens! Wanna meet up and read together on Tues, February 6?? 🍻📚🎉 (please tag anyone I missed!)

HardcoverHearts I would love to! The only reservation I have is that I attended one of these there and they played really horrendous dance music during the silent reading period and I was so uncomfortable that I had to leave. I didn‘t know who to ask about it or to request it be (at the bare minimum) turned down. It was a Silent Reading event, for crying out loud! Do you think that was an anomaly? 2y
sarahbellum @HardcoverHearts Oh no! I‘ve never been to one of these events before, so I‘m not sure if that‘s normal or not 😕 2y
SusanInTiburon Golly, that looks fun! Especially if we could have a Litsy table - silent connection is quite powerful (at least on my silent meditation retreats)! 2y
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SoniaC Oh this does sound fun! I agree a Litsy table would be perfect and hopefully no bad dance music! 2y
readordierachel I'm down! Sounds like fun. 2y
Karen3 This sounds like a lot of fun! Have to check my calendar 2y
cocomass I meant to respond to this yesterday—if I don‘t have work travel that day I‘ll plan to come along! 2y
HardcoverHearts Adding @Caksf since she came with me before. We are game as long as everyone is ok in saying something if they don‘t turn the music off at the right time. They have an initial meet and greet period which is fine for a little music. But given the name of the event, it should be silent. 2y
HardcoverHearts Wanted to check to see if people are still interested in meeting up for this? @cocomass @Karen3 @ReadOrDieRachel @SoniaC @SusanInTiburon @sarahbellum ? 2y
SusanInTiburon I assumed it was the reading people who would be silent, not the room. 2y
HardcoverHearts @SusanInTiburon - Sure but it was like trying to read in a techno disco. Some light background music would have been fine. Not the drum and bass they were playing at a volume that even my earplugs couldn‘t mitigate. And I am completely serious. 2y
readordierachel I'm still interested. 2y
HardcoverHearts @ReadOrDieRachel - Ok! I called to verify what the format is expected to be, and it turns out that was an outlier experience. They said while there may be soft background music, dance music was certainly not a part of it & absolutely not at those levels. He indicated that they had received multiple complaints about it after the event, so I guess I wasn‘t the only one surprised by it. Looking forward to it! Maybe others will come? 2y
readordierachel @HardcoverHearts Damn, I actually have to work, so I can't make it 😯 Was looking forward to this too. Next time! 2y
HardcoverHearts @ReadOrDieRachel - No problem. @Caksf and I will be there. @sarahbellum - will you be there? 2y
sarahbellum @HardcoverHearts Wound up working late, so I won‘t be able to make it 🙁. Have fun and hopefully work will cooperate next time! 2y
HardcoverHearts Bummer, but I totally understand. So far it‘s a million times better than it was last time and the place is packed! 2y
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1. Clarissa Explains it All 💁🏼‍♀️
2. Blankets by Craig Thompson
3. Mushrooms 🚫🍄
4. Warmer weather, more daylight 😎
5. #friyayintro @jesshowbooks 💗

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Participating on Litsy has made me realize that I have some different habits from a lot of you. What makes you an oddball reader? No judgement here, just genuine curiosity ☺️

SassyBookworm I read mostly ebooks & audiobooks from my Libby app. I can‘t remember the last time I bought/borrowed a physical book (for me, my daughters that‘s what they have). I can‘t concentrate when I‘m depressed on reading so (unfortunately like right now) I haven‘t finished a books since dec 31. Have started several but let them run out 🙁. Kinda afraid to do challenges bc then I feel forced to read particular books (like in school, which I hated). #weird 2y
SandyW I too rely heavily on my library. While I love the look of a personal library, I do not want a lot of physical books (I don't like clutter and bookshelves always get cluttered and need to be dusted.) And I can only read 1 book at a time (2 if one is fiction and the other non). 2y
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My Life in Lists | Guy Browning
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After a long week of nursing one of my cats back to health, I slept 11 hours last night and am now spending my Saturday reading and relaxing. #catsoflitsy #nowreading

SandyW Glad your kitty is better. 😺 2y
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Had to walk to and from the vet to pick up medicine for my cat and listening to this definitely helped to cheer me up. #nowlistening #audiobook

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I haven‘t been reading much since I‘ve got a sick cat on my hands 😿. I did start watching Miss Fisher‘s Murder Mysteries on Netflix though and am loving it. I haven‘t read any of Kerry Greenwood‘s books that the series is based on. Has anyone dived into the Phryne Fisher series? #mystery

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I Did It! | Anna Ross
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My 2017 goal was 45 books, but I managed to surpass it and read 50! Y‘all are an inspiration and I hope I can read even more in 2018. I feel like I‘m approaching a slump though, so the beginning of the year might be a little slow. Happy New Year and all the best for 2018!

Jas16 🙌🏽 2y
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What I‘ll be reading first in the new year! Trying to read down my #tbr list. #libraryhaul #reading #bookhaul #librarybooks #nowreading #bookstack

DivaDiane Zen is on my list too! 2y
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Questions and Answers | Jimmy Swaggart
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#LitsyQuestions @GypsyKat

1. I didn‘t listen to any audiobooks in 2017! 😱 Planning to fix this in 2018

2. Kindred by Octavia Butler

3. The March trilogy by John Lewis (graphic novels)

4. James McBride

GypsyKat I really need to read March! 2y
sarahbellum @GypsyKat Yesss! 🙌 2y
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Saga Volume 8 | Brian K Vaughan
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‼️A new volume of Saga was just released! ‼️ I guess I know what I‘ll be reading on the plane ride home today 🙌 #saga #graphicnovel #reading #ebook #hoopla #librarybook

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The Fade Out #1 | Ed Brubaker
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So good! Highly recommend to lovers of mystery, the golden age of Hollywood, and graphic novels. First learned about this trilogy from @Clwojick and I‘m so glad I did- thank you! Can‘t wait to gobble up volumes 2 and 3 of this noir murder #mystery! #graphicnovel

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Hercule Poirot's Christmas | Agatha Christie
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Trying to get into the Christmas spirit... this year has been a struggle since I‘m going through a breakup... hoping some Christie will help me get back into the swing of things. #mystery #agathachristie #nowreading #ebook #reading

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Room of One's Own | Virginia Woolf
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Swamplandia! | Karen Russell
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This is the first book that I‘ve ever abandoned. Made it 60 pages in and found myself not caring at all about what happened to the flat characters. Felt kind of like a watered down Geek Love.

JSW Congratulations on bailing! It‘s very freeing. I recommend the judicious practice of it. 2y
sarahbellum @JSW Thanks! I hope this experience causes me to do it more in the future 2y
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Whose Body? | Dorothy L. Sayers
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I really wanted to like this #mystery. As a big fan of #agathachristie, I looked forward to reading more detective fiction, but this one didn‘t do it for me. The characters weren‘t likable or relatable. I figured out the murderer as soon as he was mentioned since Sayers didn‘t make a big deal out of his connections like she did for the other characters. Is it worth trying another Sayers? If you like Christie, do you also like Sayers? #catsoflitsy

SaraRosett I enjoyed other books in the series much more than the first. I loved Strong Poison for the banter alone. I‘d recommend you try that one if you want to give Sayers another try. (edited) 2y
sarahbellum @SaraRosett Thanks for the recommendation! I‘ll add it to my To Be Read list! 2y
julesG Oh, cute cat! 2y
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Whose Body? | Dorothy L. Sayers
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A little #mystery with my #breakfast 🤔☕️. My first Sayers! #whodunnit #tea

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The Dud Avocado | Elaine Dundy
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Lazy Sunday: finishing up a book and administering pets. #cat #catsoflitsy #reading

MrBook 😻😻😻😻😻 2y
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The Dud Avocado | Elaine Dundy
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Anatomy of a good Saturday morning: homemade muffin still warm from the oven, #tea, and a light read ☕️📗 #nowreading #goodmorning #reading

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You're All My Favorites | Sam McBratney
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#TopFiveFaves tagged by @KVanRead ! My favorite...
Series: Harry Potter ✨
Movie: Now and Then ✌️
Color: purple 💜
Dessert: ice cream 🍦
Flower: sunflower 🌻

I tag @MrBook @britt_brooke @Leigh0906 @Tanzy13

Tanzy13 Thank you for the tag 😊 2y
MrBook Ah! I've been tagged! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
sarahbellum @MrBook I keep meaning to tell you- I grew up near Stroudsburg and went to the main branch of the Eastern Monroe PL pretty frequently in high school! 2y
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MrBook Now you tell me 😆👍🏻. You ever get back this way, let @BookBabe and me know. We'll definitely need to hang out!!! 😎🙌🏻 2y
sarahbellum @MrBook @BookBabe I visit my brother's family in Bethlehem a few times a year. I'll reach out the next time I'm back in PA! 2y
KVanRead What's your favorite Bay Area ice cream? 2y
sarahbellum @KVanRead I'm a huge fan of Its-It! I've been meaning to go to Bi-Rite, but everytime I'm nearby, the line is insanely long. How about you? 2y
KVanRead Funny, we live not that far from the It's It factory! We're pretty partial to Humphrey Slocombe when we get the chance. Like you still haven't managed Bi-Rite.😬 2y
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Over Easy | Mimi Pond
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Tanzy13 🐱 2y
Sace That is a "come hither" look! Gorgeous kitty. ? 2y
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The Dud Avocado | Elaine Dundy
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Just got these gems from the #library! Can't wait to dig in #tbr #bookhaul #librarybooks #bookstack #graphicnovel #libraryhaul

KVanRead Did you know there's a Eugene O'Neill house you can tour in Danville? I took my mom once and it was really cool. 2y
sarahbellum @KVanRead Yes! I'm a national park geek and me picking up A Long Day's Journey is prep for a visit to his house soon! 2y
KVanRead Perfect! 2y
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Crazy Rich Asians | Kevin Kwan
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I'm unintentionally reading two #summer books simultaneously ?. I used to never read more than one book at a time, but I've come around to having an "at home" book and a "commuting" book now. #nowreading #librarybooks

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A little #johnmuir with my #breakfast this morning. Mentally prepping for my first trip to the Eastern Sierras in a few weeks! #saturday #reading #nowreading #tea #travel #california #nature #librarybook

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Peril at End House | Agatha Christie
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Sick day essentials: #tea, #cozymystery, #cat pajamas 📚☕️😸 #whodunnit #agathachristie #nowreading #reading #mystery

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Kindred | Octavia E. Butler
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Vanity Fair | William Thackeray
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Skull & crossbones not b/c of a spoiler, but b/c I'm pretty sure I'll die before I finish this book! I've been trying to finish it for 5 months now and I've taken multiple breaks to read other books. I have about 200 pages left and I just want it to end already 😩. I'm not one to abandon books, but after this, I may need to rework that policy! Anyone else have a hard time finishing this one?? #victorian #longreads #thestruggleisreal

Leigh0906 I struggled with it the first time I read it for a class assignment, but I picked it up about two years later for a reread and absolutely loved it! 2y
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Big Little Lies | Liane Moriarty
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I correctly guessed who Ziggy's dad was super early on and found the ending to be too neat for my liking. Very easy to read though and well paced.

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Seeing this performed live tonight and I know I'm going to get goosebumps. Powerful words for powerful women 💪💔 #poetry #women #diversebooks

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A great, humorous dive into what it's like to date these days. As a single lady on the dating scene, I really appreciated the insight and balance this provided. This highlighted paragraph definitely made me laugh the hardest. ❤️💔 #love #romance #humor

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Vanity Fair | William Thackeray
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My current #reading/#toread pile. I've had to take multiple breaks from Vanity Fair. For some reason, it's been like pulling teeth to get through even though I typically enjoy reading long, Victorian novels. Sigh. But I've got plenty to look forward to! #library #bookhaul

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Fun with Word Puzzles | Victoria Fremont
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Anyone else a big fan of word puzzles and crosswords? I love to work through a few with a cup of tea on weekend mornings. 🤓

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About 100 pages in and I have had to pause multiple times to suppress my tears. As someone who had a parent die in my 20s and who finds solace in the outdoors, this one is breaking me open little by little. #memoir #travel

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Saturday morning ritual. #tea #reading #mystery #agathachristie

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Only about 100 pages left and I've got some theories rolling around, but I'm sure I'll be dead wrong. Can always count on #agathachristie to get me out of a #readingslump! #mystery #whodunit #missmarple

MrBook 😻😻😻 #catsofLitsy 2y
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