Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
seebiscan

seebiscan

Joined May 2016

Books and dogs in Chicago.
blurb
seebiscan
Book Journal | HarperPerennial
post image

My boss gifted me with this super cute monogrammed journal, so figured it was finally time to start a book journal.

blurb
seebiscan
Alias Grace | Margaret Eleanor Atwood
post image

A little Atwood + two sleepy pups = a great way to spend a Sunday. #dogsoflitsy

Tanzy13 🐶🐶 2y
CathyJ I'm in the middle of this one as well. 2y
60 likes2 comments
review
seebiscan
We Should All Be Feminists | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
post image
Pickpick

I‘ve been meaning to read this for what feels like forever. Can‘t believe it took me so long! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

47 likes2 stack adds1 comment
review
seebiscan
Half of a Yellow Sun | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
post image
Pickpick

Knocked me out. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

ScorpioBookDreams What a gorgeous dog! 2y
seebiscan @ScorpioBookDreams Thanks! She‘s a wonderful pup. 🐶 2y
47 likes2 stack adds2 comments
blurb
seebiscan
Christmas Magic | Cathy Kelly
post image

The return of Starbucks red cups and a chance to finally wear my book pin—there are worse ways to start a Wednesday. 😝

Bklover Oh yay! So happy to see the red cups! It means I can put up my Christmas tree! (Doesn‘t it?!) 2y
seebiscan @Bklover Feeling like my tree might go up this weekend...🎄🎄🎄 2y
Bklover Lol. Mine is going up this weekend too. Kindred spirits. 🎄🎄 2y
33 likes3 comments
blurb
seebiscan
Happy Halloween! | Melissa Lagonegro
post image

Thank you so much @EmilyM for the amazing #halloweengoespostal box! Everything in it is so thoughtful—the books are all on my TBR and I don‘t own any of them, so I‘m so so excited to dive in. And the fall items are so fun! I just moved into a new condo and I‘m starting to accumulate seasonal decorations,so the decorations are perfect. And the socks, mug sleeve, and tea arrived at just the right time for the weather here. You‘re the best!

seebiscan And thanks a million to @BookishMarginalia for organizing and giving all of us so much joy! ❤️ 2y
cocomass Ooooh Behind the Beautiful Forevers is excellent 👌🏽 2y
EmilyM I am so glad you like everything and I enjoyed picking all of the goodies out for you! I'm also glad you haven't read the books....I tried to get ones on your TBR list. Enjoy! 2y
See All 6 Comments
seebiscan @cocomass It has been on my TBR basically since it came out, so I‘m really excited about it! 2y
seebiscan @EmilyM Perfect choices! 👍🏼 2y
emilyhaldi Nice!! 2y
67 likes6 comments
blurb
seebiscan
post image

Taking a moment to appreciate how adorable this box is! #halloweengoespostal

blurb
seebiscan
Happy Halloween | Susan Kueffner
post image

My #halloweengoespostal package has arrived!

Thank you so much @EmilyM and I‘m so sorry for the false alarm!

EmilyM Pheeeew! Thank goodness!!!! 2y
cocomass Yaaaay!!!! 🎃🖤🎃🖤🎃 2y
52 likes2 comments
blurb
seebiscan
Waiting | Kevin Henkes
post image

Feeling less than optimistic, but keeping my fingers crossed that my #halloweengoespostal package arrives today! 🤞🏼

Edit: It has arrived! Definitely a lesson in being more patient 😂

cocomass 🤞🏽🤞🏽🤞🏽 2y
Jas16 🤞🏽 2y
TheBookAddict I hope you get it soon! 🤞🏽 2y
See All 7 Comments
EmilyM Oh my goodness! I sent it last Monday and they said it would be there by Saturday!! I'm sooooo sorry--that hope it gets there in time! 2y
EmilyM (sorry to ruin the surprise!!😯) 2y
seebiscan @EmilyM Oh my gosh! Totally not your fault—the postal service can definitely be unreliable. Here‘s to hoping it‘s at my building when I get home! 😊 2y
EmilyM Fingers crossed!! 2y
44 likes7 comments
blurb
seebiscan
Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
post image

In no particular order, my #10authorrecommendations!

Christine Great list!! 2y
TheBookAddict I‘ve been seeing F. Scott Fitzgerald a lot recently. I don‘t know who he is but I may have to look into reading one of his books. 2y
seebiscan @thebookaddict Yes, definitely! The Great Gatsby is a classic, but I‘m partial to Tender is the Night. 2y
TheBookAddict @seebiscan I‘ve been meaning to read The Great Gatsby but haven‘t gotten to it. I shall make a note of those two for my TBR. 2y
36 likes4 comments
review
seebiscan
post image
Pickpick

Such a wonderful nostalgia read! It took me right back to reading the Little House books over and over and over as a little kid.

Bklover Loves those eyes!🐶 2y
30 likes1 comment
blurb
seebiscan
post image

Is it even a trip if you don‘t hit up independent bookstores? My luggage was almost over the limit after my work trip...whoops! 📚

blurb
seebiscan
post image

Continuing the adventure—just found a signed copy of The Stone Sky at Housing Works!

SassenachTheBookWizard Omg I love when that happens! 2y
seebiscan @SassenachTheBookWizard It was such a great moment! 📚 2y
30 likes1 stack add2 comments
blurb
seebiscan
Feminist Activity Book | Gemma Correll
post image

An amazing birthday gift from my best friend! 💪

blurb
seebiscan
post image

Spending the day exploring NYC bookstores!

Thanks to @mrozzz for the recs!

mrozzz YAY!!! Enjoy 😊 2y
tpixie Awesome! Which store is this?? 2y
seebiscan @tpixie It‘s McNally Jackson in NYC! 2y
See All 12 Comments
tpixie Love it! ‘My‘ Bluebird Bookstore in Hutchison, KS has birdcages and tea cups for lights! 2y
BarbaraBB Huh? I‘ve been there last Autumn but haven‘t seen this great space! How can I have missed that?!? 2y
Lola Jealous! I am going in December so I‘ll need your complete list 😂 Have a great trip! 2y
seebiscan @tpixie That sounds amazing! I‘ll have to hit up that bookstore one day 😊 2y
seebiscan @BarbaraBB It‘s tucked off to the side—I‘d recommend you hit it up for an almond croissant if you‘re ever back! 2y
seebiscan @Lola I‘ll be sure to offer a full report at the next book club! 😂 2y
BarbaraBB Is it in the left when you come in? I remember there being a lecture when I was there, so I didn‘t go in. I didn‘t notice the books on the ceiling though! Nor the almond croissants 🥐! 2y
tpixie @seebiscan if you ever get this way let me know! 2y
seebiscan @BarbaraBB Yep! It‘s to the left when you come in, by the stairs. If you ever go back, it‘s a super cute place and the workers are really friendly. 2y
31 likes12 comments
blurb
seebiscan
Moonglow | Michael Chabon
post image

Michael Chabon AND Emma Straub!

In NYC for a very long work trip (2 weeks!), but it does mean that I got to go to Straub's bookstore Books are Magic to see the two of them in conversation! An excellent way to spend a Tuesday night.

BarbaraBB I saw this pic in my timeline already! Did you meet up with @mrozzz ? 2y
mrozzz Ha! So cool!! I was there too ☺️ @BarbaraBB hope you enjoy NY @seebiscan 👌🏻 (edited) 2y
See All 6 Comments
seebiscan @mrozzz Ahh, too bad we didn't realize we were both there! Are there any other cool bookstores I should check out while I'm here (aside from the Strand)? 📚 2y
mrozzz YES. There is Greenlight (2 locations) in Brooklyn and in Manhattan there are McNally Jackson, Book Culture, The Westsider (used- and beautiful), 192 Books, Posman, Housing Works... 😄 2y
seebiscan @mrozzz Perfect, thanks! 😊 2y
42 likes6 comments
review
seebiscan
The Fifth Season | N. K. Jemisin
post image
Pickpick

Finished this one last night--it was so amazingly good! I can't wait to get my hands on the rest of the trilogy.

MinDea I am dying to read these books! 2y
Nat_Reads I so badly want to read these! 2y
seebiscan @MinDea @Nat_Reads It definitely lives up to the hype--hope you both get to read it soon! 2y
50 likes1 stack add3 comments
blurb
seebiscan
Untitled | Unknown
post image

1. Cooler temperatures and a weekend away with my best friends!
2. Any season, but winter's particularly nice
3. I've always had a fondness for books set in the Jazz Age--I'm a big Fitzgerald and Hemingway fan
4. $50-100
5. I love reading about mountain climbing even though I don't do it 🤷🏻‍♀️I also love books set in Ireland 🇮🇪
6. Not enough time in the day!
7. About 15, but slowly whittling that down

#litsyquestions

Rachbb3 Me too! Fitzgerald and Hemingway ❤❤❤ 2y
GypsyKat Great answers! And I agree, winter is a particularly nice reading season. 😊 2y
seebiscan @Rachbb3 So good! I need to revisit my favorites sometime soon. 😍 2y
See All 6 Comments
seebiscan @GypsyKat It's just so satisfying to curl up with a blanket and a book. 📚❄️ 2y
GypsyKat @seebiscan Yes! I'm doing that now, but I have the central air cranked up! Haha! 2y
CouronneDhiver Winter 💙❄️ 2y
26 likes6 comments
review
seebiscan
post image
Pickpick

I love Ruth Reichl's writing and this book was no exception! I picked it up this morning and haven't put it down. It covers her childhood through early adulthood and all of her early food experiences. My only regret is that I read this after reading Comfort Me With Apples--I need to remember my own rules about reading things in order! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Zelma I love her books too. One of my absolute recent favorites is My Kitchen Year. It's more like a work of art than memoir. (edited) 2y
seebiscan @Zelma That one is next on my list! Glad to hear it's good. 👍🏼 2y
34 likes2 stack adds2 comments
blurb
seebiscan
post image

I'm starting a new job on Monday, so I have a couple days off to relax! Definitely time for a book + bath bomb type of morning.

review
seebiscan
post image
Pickpick

Thrillers aren't usually my preferred genre, but this one was so good! I won this ARC, so I picked it up two days ago and haven't been able to put it down. It definitely falls into the unreliable narrator category--it's about a recluse in NYC who spends her days watching her neighbors and drinking too much.

It comes out in January and I'd definitely recommend picking it up! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

25 likes1 stack add
review
seebiscan
Cleopatra: A Life | Stacy Schiff
post image
Pickpick

When I was growing up, I loved the Royal Diaries series, especially the one about Cleopatra. So it's no surprise that I really enjoyed this book! In particular, I appreciate that Schiff points out where her story has been obviously influenced by sexism on the part of historians and all of the places where Cleopatra isn't given proper credit for her accomplishments.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

P.S. The endpapers are also gorgeous!

EvieBee I adored this one! I listened to the audiobook which was amazing, but those endpapers are gorgeous. Wondering why I never bought a copy. 2y
35 likes1 comment
blurb
seebiscan

If anyone happens to be stalking my feed, I've cleaned up my Litsy and Goodreads TBRs to remove any books I've read or own!

#halloweeengoespostal

ReadingSusan That‘s a good idea. I should have done that 😳 2y
16 likes1 comment
review
seebiscan
post image
Mehso-so

I had high hopes for this one--it's a collection of essays written by chefs about their mistakes in the kitchen. But (unsurprisingly, I suppose) it's a really uneven collection with some truly funny catastrophes and some that read more like thinly veiled humblebrags. A disappointing read.

blurb
seebiscan
Awesome Autumn | Bruce Goldstone
post image

It's definitely felt like fall in Chicago this past week and I am ready for it.

🍁 Pumpkin
🍁 Cozy book
🍁 Hayride
🍁 Both! Cocoa feels a little more wintertime to me, though
🍁 Pumpkin patch
🍁 Tailgating
🍁 Football--totally inescapable in my house (my boyfriend is a huge Packers fan and I went to Notre Dame) 🏈

#falltimefavorites

blurb
seebiscan
post image

So fun! Hopefully this is helpful for #HalloweenGoesPostal! 🍁🎃🍁

Coffee ☕️
Dogs! (I have 2 🐶🐶)
If I had to pick--vampires 🤣
Jack-o-Lantern 🎃
Thriller 😲
Voldemort ☠️
Either! 💪🏼
Treat 🍩

#litsythisorthat

blurb
seebiscan
post image

I also won these two awesome tote bags with the ARCs--can't wait to use them to carry around a ton of books!

blurb
seebiscan
post image

I feel like I rarely win things, so it was so exciting to win these ARCs from @RoscoeBooks at their customer appreciation night!

review
seebiscan
Home Fire: A Novel | Kamila Shamsie
post image
Pickpick

I couldn't put this book down. There were some fairly predictable plot points, but it was still immensely readable even when it was heartbreaking.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

blurb
seebiscan
Home Fire: A Novel | Kamila Shamsie
post image

Given our current political climate, this really packs a punch.

Texreader Indeed. I've always loved what the Statue stands for and all the more so now. 2y
22 likes1 comment
blurb
seebiscan
post image

My first PageHabit box! I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was really excited when I unboxed it--so much stuff for the price! I also love that they partner with a charity (this month is a university in Cameroon) to bring books to people who can't afford them.

#bookmail #mypagehabit

review
seebiscan
The Readymade Thief | Augustus Rose
post image
Pickpick

This book blew me away. It's the story of a teenage girl who gets caught up in a secret society, and it's full of amazing characters. I thought it was beautifully written and moved incredibly quickly--I couldn't put it down! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

47 likes4 stack adds
blurb
seebiscan
The Readymade Thief | Augustus Rose
post image

Picked this up from the library today!

blurb
seebiscan
post image

Whoooo! Thanks to everyone for making this such a fun place to nerd out over books!

rubyslippersreads 🎉📚🎉📚🎉🎉🎉 2y
tournevis 👏🎇🎉🎇🎉🎇🎉👏 2y
MicheleinPhilly 🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾 2y
See All 9 Comments
TrishB 😀👍🎉 2y
Jas16 Yay!🎉👏📚 2y
LeahBergen 🎉🎉🎉🎉 2y
Smrloomis 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽🎉🎉🎉 2y
Cortg WooHoo! 2y
29 likes9 comments
review
seebiscan
The Sisters Chase | Sarah Healy
post image
Mehso-so

One of my best friends also has a #botm subscription, so sometimes we swap books if we didn't get the same thing. It's the perfect way to get more books!

This book was super readable (it took me less than 3 days, just reading on my commute). It was an interesting look at the relationship between the sisters, but was ultimately pretty predictable.

MicheleinPhilly YAY for BOTM book swapping! I have a friend I do this with but we actually consult one another before we make our selections to hash out who is going to get what. ☺️ 2y
seebiscan @MicheleinPhilly That's a great plan! We'll have to start doing that. 👯 2y
39 likes2 comments
review
seebiscan
post image
Pickpick

A terrifically fun read. It reminded me of The Secret History and The Likeness, but with (obviously) much more Shakespeare. Like both of those, it wasn't only about the crime, but also about relationships and self-discovery. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

blurb
seebiscan
post image

And here's my other mutt--the shelter said she was a purebred lab, but she's almost certainly mixed with something (she's a little too short and her ears are goofy). Like her brother, she's the best dog we could ask for!

MicheleinPhilly SQUEEE! 2y
seebiscan @MicheleinPhilly She's just SO cute--we call this her school picture, haha 2y
Cinfhen Soooo cute!!! 2y
See All 9 Comments
Reecaspieces Adorable...my BIL raises pure labs and trains them for hunting. He once gave my daughter one because the puppy's nose was not right. Needless to say...he came back and got her and sold her and she is a championship hunting dog now with all kinds of trophies and ribbons. You just never know about goophy ears! (Or noses) Lol 2y
LeahBergen 😍😍 2y
seebiscan @Reecaspieces Lol! I think Mocha would be more apt to befriend an animal than be a championship hunting dog 😂 2y
Julsmarshall What a beauty! 2y
DebinHawaii She looks so sweet! 🐶❤️ 2y
seebiscan @Julsmarshall @DebinHawaii @Cinfhen Thanks! She's the best 🐶❤️ (edited) 2y
30 likes9 comments
blurb
seebiscan
post image

Happy #NationalMuttDay! This is one of my two mutts--we think he's some kind of German shepherd, border collie mix. He's the best, fluffiest, most loyal pup we could ask for!

MicheleinPhilly 😍😍😍😍 2y
seebiscan @MicheleinPhilly That's the face I make at him a lot 😂 2y
Julsmarshall Dat face! 😘 2y
See All 8 Comments
seebiscan @Julsmarshall He has the best puppy dog eyes 😍 (edited) 2y
LauraBeth Those eyes 🐶❤️ 2y
DebinHawaii Yes, those eyes are gorgeous! 🐶❤️ 2y
seebiscan @LauraBeth @DebinHawaii He definitely uses them to his advantage when he's begging 😂 2y
BostonBookAddict Omg that face!!!! What a love!!! 2y
37 likes8 comments
blurb
seebiscan
post image

New read + Shakespeare in the Park. A perfect pairing! 📚🎭

review
seebiscan
My Life in France | Julia Child, Alex Prud'homme
post image
Pickpick

Incredibly delightful! I loved Julia's memories of France, the place where she learned to love food. A fun read start-to-finish.

emilyhaldi Dying to read this! 2y
28 likes1 comment
blurb
seebiscan
post image

Went a little overboard at the Newberry Library book sale...

8little_paws Yaaaaaas!!! Maybe I should swing by this 2y
seebiscan @cariashley Good to know--I remembered I heard good things, so I couldn't pass it by for $4! 2y
seebiscan @8little_paws Yes, definitely! It was amazing and so cheap. All of these were $26! 2y
Texreader ❤️📚 2y
37 likes5 comments
blurb
seebiscan
My Life in France | Julia Child, Alex Prud'homme
post image

Escaping the heat with coffee and a good book. 👍🏼

blurb
seebiscan
Saints for All Occasions | J. Courtney Sullivan
post image

A day off work means a trip to @RoscoeBooks is in order.

Reviewsbylola I've been meaning to buy the Sullivan. 2y
seebiscan @Reviewsbylola I'm excited for it! I've liked all her others. 2y
L_auren saints is wonderful ♥️ 2y
seebiscan @L_auren Yay! Glad to hear that! 2y
37 likes1 stack add4 comments
review
seebiscan
post image
Pickpick

This book does a great job of presenting how interesting Barbara Lynch's life has been and continues to be--and, importantly, how much she has achieved as a woman in a still very much male-dominated world.

That being said, despite Lynch's praise for her ghostwriter, I found the writing and editing to be lacking. The book starts to drag in the second half even though that's where you'd expect it to pick up.

Overall, three and a half stars.

blurb
seebiscan
A Rainy Day | Robin Nelson
post image

It's pouring in Chicago today--definitely a day I wish I could spend at home with a book! ⛈📚

Reviewsbylola Rainy days always make me wish that too! 2y
seebiscan @Reviewsbylola It's the perfect day to curl up with a book and a cup of tea! Stupid work for keeping me from that, haha 2y
39 likes2 comments
review
seebiscan
post image
Pickpick

A fun, engaging read. Definitely funny, but Franken also isn't afraid to address big issues--whether it's mental health, addiction, climate change, or why everyone hates Ted Cruz.

The later chapters were harder to read, as they cover more recent events. But Franken makes the case that we need to stay engaged and fight back against Trump and his politics.

But seriously--worth it for the Ted Cruz chapter alone. 😂

38 likes2 stack adds
blurb
seebiscan
post image

I can't resist a chef memoir.

#BIRTHDAYSPACE

Bookcation74 I must get to this one! I ❤️all of Barbara Lynch's restaurants 2y
seebiscan @Bookcation74 I haven't been to any of her restaurants, but I'm sure they're amazing! She's such an interesting person. 2y
32 likes3 stack adds2 comments
review
seebiscan
Pickpick

A super quick, compelling true crime story.

The one area I thought was lacking was the fact that the author touches on socioeconomic issues in the county but doesn't fully explore them. It would have been super interesting to hear more about the other people involved, but I understand the focus on the culprits.

31 likes1 stack add
blurb
seebiscan
post image

The footnotes are definitely one of the highlights of this book! 😂

27 likes1 stack add
blurb
seebiscan
post image

Today's book haul theme? Politics.

BarbaraTheBibliophage I'm about halfway through Franken's book - it's great! I've been reading the other a bit and I like it as well. 2y
seebiscan @BarbaraTheBibliophage Good to know! I'm excited about both. 2y
38 likes2 comments