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Joined October 2016

a professional bookworm. an explorer at heart. a sitcom afficianado. a taco enthusiast. an ohio native in the dmv. // goodreads.com/shelf-improvement
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Transcription | Kate Atkinson
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Monday night, post-gym bath. LOVING this book.

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One of those things that will stay with me forever.

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Bitter Orange | Claire Fuller
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Chilly enough today to curl up under a blanket and read. Not sure how I feel about this one yet.

batsy That cover though 😍 9mo
MarticaMustRead Ooh, curious to know your final feelings on this. I just got notified that my library hold fir this is ready for pick up! 9mo
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For Everyone | Jason Reynolds
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My camera person wasn't great, but hey: I met Jason Reynolds today!! Such an awesome guy with so much insight to share in life.

TrishB Great pic 👍🏻 9mo
shelf-improvement @TrishB Thanks. My coworker's friend took it and I was a little disappointed that it was blurry but I'm so happy I got to meet him and hear him speak. 9mo
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I recently left a stressful job that was bad for my mental health for a work-from-home gig that allows me, among other things, to enjoy a book and coffee in the mornings.

Suet624 👍👍👍 9mo
rachellayown Nice! Congrats!! 9mo
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Weekend project: new bookshelves. I boldly decided to organize by trim-size and the neatness makes me happy.

saresmoore Oh, they look so nice and precise! 9mo
shelf-improvement @saresmoore that's what I like about it!! 9mo
Mdargusch Such a thing of beauty! 9mo
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My library hold list has a terrible sense of humor.

Ashley_Nicoletto 🤣🤣🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ 10mo
Suet624 You‘re right. 10mo
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Evening reading.

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Disgruntled: A Novel | Asali Solomon
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20 minutes in the used bookstore and my stack is too tall to fit in the frame.

Reviewsbylola The Impossible Fortress is fun! 10mo
shelf-improvement @Reviewsbylola I'm excited to get to it! 10mo
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I've only recently started listening to audiobooks. I find that focusing on books is a challenge when my mental health isn't doing so well, but listening to books is easier. My photos aren't as pretty though.

I'm also working my way through the Harry Potter series for the first time. 📚✨

Suet624 I‘m on the same boat with the mental health stuff. Tough times. Hope things get better. 10mo
shelf-improvement @Suet624 Take care 💓💓💓 10mo
Smrloomis Hope things improve for you 🤞🏽 10mo
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Reviewsbylola I need a bath tray so badly! I hope things start getting easier. ♥️ 10mo
Phantasma.Maddie I‘m reading these books for the first time as an adult, just stared this one tonight, have bogus mental health, and am trying really hard to get into audiobooks. You are like my soulmate right now. 10mo
shelf-improvement @Smrloomis I know I'll get there soon. Thank you. 10mo
shelf-improvement @Reviewsbylola thank you, I love this thing. 10mo
shelf-improvement @Phantasma.Maddie sorry about the mental health thing, but high five on the other two. 10mo
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When your beer accidentally matches your book. 🤣🍻

britt_brooke That‘s pretty perfect!! 😄🍻 10mo
Mdargusch Perfect! 👌🏼 10mo
Kimzey 😂 10mo
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The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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Rebecca Makkai wrote one of my favorite books in years--I think I sobbed for 150 straight pages--and today she was longlisted for a National Book Award. Huzzah 🎉

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Eagle and Crane | Suzanne Rindell
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Have some time to kill in New York today, so I discovered a little hideaway.

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Eagle and Crane | Suzanne Rindell
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Amtrak-ing to New York today. Loved both The Other Typist and Three-Martini Lunch, so I'm excited for this one.

hes7 Enjoy! I really liked this book. 10mo
Reviewsbylola I need to get to this one! 10mo
shelf-improvement @Reviewsbylola It was really good! 10mo
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This is a vital book. It's going to save lives. Read it and share it and talk about it.

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I'm wearing a hoodie and drinking Oktoberfest. Feels like fall. 🍂

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Panda Pants | Jacqueline Davies
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Three days in 90-degree weather, but we're all moved in and almost all unpacked. A peek at our new shelves.

Now, to make up for nearly a week of no reading.

tea.n.books Omg 😱 we moved during the MI winter, but moving in 90-degree heat would've been WAY worse 2y
shelf-improvement @tea.n.books thank goodness for air conditioning! 2y
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The Whale Rider | Witi Ihimaera
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I struggled to think of an #indigenous author aside from Alexie and Erdrich until I thought outside the Americas. Either way, I think I need to do some research to find more. #JuneBookBugs

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Manhattan Beach: A Novel | Jennifer Egan
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What a beautiful day to spend my lunch hour reading on the plaza.

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I read this after I was already married, but it was still incredibly inspiring because I have capital-O Opinions on marriage culture in the U.S. "Wait until you're 30 to marry" & "Live on your own for at least a year" were the only real pieces of life advice my mom gave me before she passed away. After meeting my husband when I was 28 (and getting married at 31), I realized it was the best advice I'd ever gotten.
#AllTheSingleLadies #JuneBookBugs

BooksForEmpathy Yessss! 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Great advice! 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa And great book too! 2y
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Packing | Jason Alexandre Rush
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Started packing today. Still have 10 boxes, after purging 4. We're going on a book ban once we get settled into the new place.

tjwill I have the same issue. All I've started packing are books so far. 2y
shelf-improvement @tjwill Moving is the only thing that makes me regret my book addiction. 2y
tjwill I understand! I should probably do a book ban too. 😕 2y
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Next up: my last library book before the move. After books, TV rivals forests and food for my second great love. I sometimes wish I had found a way to become a TV critic because reading and writing about it is so much fun.

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More Happy Than Not | Adam Silvera
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Adam Silvera is one of my must-buy authors. His stories about gay teens are filled with warmth, humor, urgency, and a sense of realism. #lgbtq #junebookbugs

WhatDeeReads This book wrecked me in the best possible way. 2y
shelf-improvement @WhatDeeReads yeeeees. All of his books have done that. 2y
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Queen Sugar: A Novel | Natalie Baszile
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We're moving next week so this month's TBR is almost entirely digital--I suspended all 37 books in my library hold queue except for the Sedaris. Way too excited for that one. #JuneBookBugs

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Pickpick

I bought this because it is set in Southern Ohio and I so rarely get to read stories that feel like home. And so this was lovely for that reason but also a million more.

It took me an unusually long time to get through this, I even restarted it because I was having trouble focusing. I'm so glad I didn't bail because this was not at all what it seemed to be at first. It's unique and weird and haunting.

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This was such a great thriller. Lehane's a master.

I struggled a bit with this month, not able to get through as much as I wanted and feeling unengaged by a lot. But June's a new month. Here's my stats.
Finished 10.5
Bailed 4
By women: 9
By POC: 6

Reading Challenges (Cumulative)
#LitsyAtoZ: 23/26
#ReadHarder: 21/24
#LitsyReadingChallenge: 21/24

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Today's haul from The Strand.

vivastory That is impressive self-restraint! 2y
shelf-improvement @vivastory Only so much baggage, and we're moving in two weeks so that's a good motivator to not buy! 2y
vivastory @shelf-improvement That is good motivation! Books are the worst when it comes to moving. 2y
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Made my first visit to the Strand today.

DuckOfDoom Beautiful!! 2y
batsy 😍 2y
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Been in a serious reading slump lately, so I'm hoping some good nonfiction gets me out. That's my usual rut-busting strategy. What's yours?

Husband and I are on a NYC bound train for the weekend and I can't wait to eat my way through the city!

jfalkens Reread or switch genres 2y
snacksinthestacks That book is fantastic, Im reading right now! You can also sign up for my newsletter for book reviews and recipes 😜tinyletter.com/snacksinthestacks 2y
snacksinthestacks I also like to simultaneously read fiction and nonfiction, that way I can switch it up if need be 2y
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The perfect lunchtime read on DC's first 90-degree day. I don't get to read many books that take place in what I think of as my part of the world, so I have high hopes for this debut novel from an Appalachian Ohio author.

MicheleinPhilly Oooh, maybe I should read that next. I'm already dreading the summer. 🔥🔥🔥🔥 2y
shelf-improvement @MicheleinPhilly It's good so far, kind of a American Gods lite feel with the human devil character and offbeat setting. But, I agree. I haaaate hot weather. 2y
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House on Mango Street | Sandra Cisneros
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This #fruity book is next up in my "reading diverse classics" project. #MayBookFlowers

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Missing Mom | Joyce Carol Oates
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Current mood. Hard to believe I've had 19 Mother's Days without her. #MayBookFlowers

Beckys_Books 💔 2y
CherylDeFranceschi This is my 8th. I'm sorry- I know how sometimes it's so raw, no matter the distance. Just know she lives in you still. *hugs* 2y
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From Here to Eternity | Caitlin Doughty
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I loved Caitlin Doughty's first book and I am looking forward to reading her new one this fall. This is the coolest #eyesonthecover art. #maybookflowers

MicheleinPhilly I didn't know she had a new book coming out! 🎉🎉🎉🎉 2y
shelf-improvement @MicheleinPhilly I just found out! So excited!! 2y
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Woman No. 17 | Edan Lepucki
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I just can't be in the heads of these characters. Nope, nope, nope. Hitting the halfway point and calling it a misfire.

emilyhaldi 😬 got this one in this month's BOTM box 2y
RestlessFickleBookHoarder Uh oh. I got this one too. 2y
shelf-improvement @emilyhaldi @Sace It might just be me. The writing is fine and the story is unique. I just couldn't deal with the protagonists. 2y
Reese_Pearly.Pages I couldn't deal with keeping up with the competing story lines. 2y
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It's like Ferris Bueller meets Dead Like Me. Sweet and thoughtful, but definitely feels YA.

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So I was having a frustrating day at work until this happened. Cancelling all plans tonight.

WhatDeeReads Hermits unite ✊🏾 2y
Smrloomis Yessss! 😁👍🏽 2y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk The author read John Dies at the End and thought it didn't go far enough. (edited) 2y
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Into The Water | Paula Hawkins
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Today's prompt is #BodiesOfWater, and this is about bodies in water. Ha. Starting this library loan tonight, hope it's good! #MayBookFlowers

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I'm not much into #SupernaturalMysteries, but I love Twin Peaks and am looking forward to the revival. This book is in my never-ending TBR. #MayBookFlowers

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This book by #MexicanAmerican Cristina Henriquez is a heart-wrenching story of immigrants chasing the American Dream. It couldn't be more pertinent. #MayBookFlowers

ApoptyGina69 Just finished it! ❤️👍📚❤️ 2y
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Since We Fell | Dennis Lehane
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Pickpick

Woah. This is how you write a psychological thriller. It's not perfect--a loooong set-up and a few lost threads--but I couldn't guess what was happening and I couldn't unclench my ass until I was long done. It's Lehane's best book in quite a while.

MicheleinPhilly I really hope they put "couldn't unclench my ass" on the cover of the paperback release. ? 2y
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Bklover 😂😂good to hear! Just got this one in my BOTM 2y
Reviewsbylola Oh yay!! This is my next read. 2y
Megabooks Good to hear!! 2y
ephemeralwaltz Awesome to know. Stacked! 2y
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Spaceman of Bohemia | Jaroslav Kalfar
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I'm not a Star Wars fan.

*ducks*

Space travel in general's not my thing, but I'm looking forward to this book in my current TBR pile. #GalaxyFarFarAway #MayBookShowers

emilyhaldi Me neither!!! 👋🏻 2y
batsy Yeah, I'm not either. Guess the force isn't with us 😂 2y
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The Sense of an Ending | Julian Barnes
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What I love about this book's #UnreliableNarrator is that it's not someone who's crazy or drunk or suffering head trauma but someone who just doesn't realize how little he knows about the events he's describing. It's a neat take on unreliable. #MayBookFlowers

Suet624 Why didn't I think of this book? Great choice. 2y
shelf-improvement @Suet624 It's not the kind of thing you think of when you think of unreliable narrator, and that's part of what I loved about this book. 2y
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"Characters, for the novelist, are a means of doing the impossible: observing ourselves from the outside." #BuddyRead @shawnmooney @saresmoore @LectricSheep @bookhoarder513

TobeyTheScavengerMonk Hey @Maggany the Howard Jacobson quote you posted reminded me of this excellence I say earlier today. 2y
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American War | Omar El Akkad
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It's such a beautiful day here in DC, but I'm the only one taking advantage of the rooftop terrace. 🌞 #sunshine #MayBookFlowers

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Bookmail, all the way from London for the @shawnmooney -organized buddy read.

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American War | Omar El Akkad
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Lunchtime reading break. Picked this one up because the plot summary sounded a bit like Underground Airlines, one of my 2016 faves.

books_cats_art I've been looking at that one! Excited to hear what you think! 2y
shelf-improvement @radishandhare It was okay, but it didn't wow me that much. 2y
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My May TBR, in no particular order. Most of them are ebooks and galleys getting ready to expire, so you get a screenshot of my Goodreads shelf. I'm especially excited for Salt Houses and Since We Fell. #MayBookFlowers

Reviewsbylola Z is fantastic! I have some of the same books on my TBR. 2y
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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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This timely book is an eye-opener that everyone should read. #BestOfApril #AprilBookShowers

Finished: 12
Bailed: 2
By POC: 6
By women: 7

Reading Challenges (Cumulative);
#LitsyAtoZ: 22/26
#LitsyReadingChallenge: 17/24
#ReadHarder: 17/24

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Yesterday's Independent Bookstore Day haul. We're moving next month so I can't buy too many books, but I got a bag to carry some in! Also, an Ohio book from an Ohio bookstore. 💓📚

Reviewsbylola Good haul! Bags are always needed! 2y
Tnovo Cute bag 😁 2y
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Waiting for the flight home! ✈

Bookgirl Loved this book 2y
shelf-improvement @Bookgirl It's a little slower than I expected, but I'm enjoying it. 2y
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