1) do I have the skills to make this dragon scarf?
2) do I have the guts to wear it out in public?
1) do I have the skills to make this dragon scarf?
2) do I have the guts to wear it out in public?
I have to rush this back to the library before my fines get any bigger 🙈 but damn! I loved it! Ranger Darren Matthews is one of the most emotionally layered and conflicted characters I've ever read. It is so nerve wracking to watch him try and do the right thing. Also exploring racial tension is something Locke excels at and this book feels especially poignant right now. Can't wait for more Highway 59 books!
Happy Weekend, book friends! We are in full cozy mode at my house tonight as a fall rainstorm rolls in! This week was pretty uneventful. A lot of writing, and running, and reading. I'm trying to finish this one up.... It's overdue at the library and I'm sorry, not sorry because I really want to finish it. Texas Ranger Darren Matthews is such a complicated man and this story is 💯!!!
What's new with all of you this week?
Okay. So I had to change my weekend reading plans bc one of the women in my book club wants to borrow this month's book from me which means I need to read it now so she has time to finish it by next week which means the library book I need to return in 2 days is going to have to wait which means I'm going to pay a fine bc I'm not going to wait on hold again for that book & auuuugghhh!! Better get back to reading... #bookwormlife #bookwormproblems
Happy weekend, Littens! Boy have I had a Saturday! I ran 7 miles this morning then went to the pumpkin patch with my niece and nephew and am just now finally relaxing in my favorite spot on the couch with a book that's been on my most anticipated list since I read Bluebird, Bluebird two years ago! But first....Time to make the rounds and see what you all have been up to. 😘
I stumbled upon this 40th anniversary edition at the bookstore the other day and I squealed so loud everyone turned to stare. Bunnicula was one of my favorites growing up and this is the cutest repackaging I've ever seen! Hide all your vegetables!
Can I be honest? I'm really struggling to stay interested in this one. I'm having trouble understanding the rules of the world and how the missing shadows work, and I keep hoping for more explanation but it's not coming, and thus I'm having trouble suspending my disbelief. I like Naz and Max's storyline though. I'm also buddy reading this and feel like I can't quit on it. It's harder to DNF a book when you're reading with friends. 😌
Happy weekend, reader friends! My week was pretty uneventful. I wrote a lot. I ran a lot. I watched too much TV. So, yeah, a pretty good week. 😂
I know I'm a few days late but this is my October TBR stack! I already finished the tagged book & it is fabulous! A fun genre bender--part gritty private detective novel, part wizardry prep school scandal! I'm really looking forward to digging into the rest of this stack soon. See anything you like?
Y'all, last week I got to see Margaret Atwood talk with Omar El Akkad about her books, her life, her writing, and birds, and it never ceases to amaze me how clever, cunning, and wickedly funny she is. I know she's human so she can't be perfect, but if you ask me she's pretty damn close! 🤗😊😄
Despite my best efforts, I didn't finish this in time for book club last night. 😭 A friend called me at the last minute needing to talk and friends come before books. I had 50 pages left to read when I got to book club but luckily we have a rule that you don't have to finish to participate and the discussion was still lively and I didn't get too many spoilers. So I'm going to finish it now. Must know how it ends! 😅
Happy weekend, sweet Littens! I quit work early today and am ignoring all my chores in an effort to finish this book before my IRL book club meets tonight! I've got 5 hours and 150 pages to go. Plus I need to make brownies and go for a run. Better get busy. 😅💪🙌
Please tell me I'm not the only book club procrastinator around here?!
I didn't expect this book. I picked it up b/c of the cover. 😍 I don't remember reading the description. I had a vague recollection it was about a girl, a bobcat, nature. It's that + so much more. A girl reeling from trauma, trying to pick up the pieces, encounters a bobcat & a hiker w/his own secrets & her whole life changes. It's a story about healing, connection, love, 2nd chances. And the prose, oh! Delicate, trembling w/life, vibrating color.
I'm kicking off my weekend a little early! How was everyone's week? I've been a bit of a homebody, though we did book a vacation to Hawaii next month! 🌴 I also wrote a couple thousand words for a new book project but today find myself very distracted, my brain flighty so I'm clocking out early. Hoping that a long weekend snuggling with books will help me refocus. What are you all up to?
Homemade tomato soup and grilled cheese on this very rainy September day.
Current read. World building is King with this book. Dystopian fiction is one of my favorite genres and this one is interesting but it's not my favorite. I'm struggling to connect with the characters and there is very little happening. I mean there is a lot happening but so much is world building and very little is forward motion, plot, or conflict. It's certainly provocative though. Who's read this one?
I'm listening to this on audio and it is not at all creepy. *Insert sarcasm here* Missing children, clay effigies, caskets, witchy witches, and a lady constable butting heads with her chauvinist colleagues. It's the perfect Fall crime read!
Hello Littens! Happy weekend! How was everyone's week? I went on a hike, outlined a new book, & stopped by my local indie to grab this hot little number! I'm going to see Atwood speak at the end of the month and I. Cannot. Wait!
What's new with you? Anything interesting happen?
We went for a walk in the rain. Now it's time for snuggling... And reading.
This one is unfolding a little bit slower than I thought it would. I can't decide if I like it or not. The various narrators are interesting but it feels less cohesive in some ways because of this. I'm interested enough to keep reading though. Who's read this one?
I signed up to run a 10k in December. Tomorrow I start a new training plan. I raced a triathlon last month and the run was my weakest discipline so I'm using the next 12 weeks to focus on form and strength. I'd love to be able to run under 10 min/mile for the whole race. Stretch goal is to finish the race in under 60 min! 🤞🤞🤞
Throwback to last weekend when it was still hot enough to read by the river. This weekend feels so much like fall (I know technically we have a couple more weeks) and while I love love love fall, I'm not sure I'm quite ready to let go.
Happy weekend Littens! What exciting things happened this week? What interesting books did you find?
I finished revising a manuscript & turned it into my agent! Woo! This is my 4th revision & a chance to polish polish polish before finding a new publisher. Fingers crossed my agent likes the new version! All that work has worn me out a bit though. So you can bet I'm going to be spending my weekend snuggled up w/this doggo & a stack of books. 📚🐕
I've been neglecting my dear Litsy again. After some consideration, I've decided to make a concerted effort to post but only the weekends. I've been doing a lot of stuff over on my Instagram during the weekdays so between that and writing books, I often forget about Litsy. The horror! Anyway. I'll be here on the weekends checking in with all you lovely book people. ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 👋👋👋👋
I'm working my way through this police procedural series set in Los Angeles. Detective Lou Norton is witty, clever, brash, and smart. She's great at her job. But not so much at her personal life. I love the complicated layers of this character and the plots so far have been exciting and unexpected. Recommended for anyone who likes mysteries but especially recommended if you love cop shows like Law and Order! #diversereads
Summers are good for tackling chunksters, right?
We went on a hike this week. I brought a book about hiking with me. Because I am that person. 😂
An idyllic mountain town steeped in secrets.
A terrifying predator prowling the woods. A gritty, bristling female detective who has little patience with idiots or violence. A case that gets creepier & more complicated by the day.
Translated from Italian, a fantastic read for anyone who loves their crime novels with a touch of horror!
It's raining today for the first time in a long time! And after a long day yesterday putting finishing touches on a new manuscript to send to my agent, I'm feeling no guilt about snuggling up with a blanket and finishing this book. It's so creepy and good, y'all! 👍
I haven't been spending as much time on Litsy recently and I'm not sure why. It's tricky trying to balance life. Writing is a priority. Family is. Reading is too. And spending time outdoors. So often that means social media is the last thing I do and then it's only a quick pop in and pop out. I'd like to post more. And interact. I miss this. I miss you. How do you make time for Litsy and other social media sites?
Look at this lovely display I came across at a bookstore in Corvallis! It says: "Reading never goes out of fashion." Who'd wear this dress? ?
"In my mind's eye the rest of my life poured out ahead of me: black tar on an endless road, dark and alone. It would be a long series of empty moments that took me down an infinite highway to nowhere in particular. Happiness would always be around the next corner-- but never here, never now, never on this road."
Really. We are having the most marvelous spring. If you're looking for an unconventional Private Investigator then I've got just the slueth for you. Meet Claire DeWitt who is smart and strange but also kind of a pain in the ass. A great combination if you ask me.
Oh dear. Our fearless detective is gathering fingerprints from a missing persons' house... From doorknobs, televisions and the refrigerator. Only thing is....a few pages ago there was no refrigerator in the house. It's quite clear when they first go inside that the fridge is gone. So what, then, did our dear detective collect fingerprints from? 🤔🙈 (I'm still enjoying the book though. Minor mistake. These things happen. 🤷)
I just finished Sing Unburied Sing and it wrecked my heart. I didn't know books could be so sad and beautiful at the same time. 💔💔💔 I can't read another sad book so soon after this one so I'm diving into something on the lighter side.
Confession: I never read Nancy Drew as a kid. I read a different girl detective series (see comments 👇). Time to see what I missed out on! 🔍