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whereistexasjen

whereistexasjen

Joined June 2017

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Y'ALL. I am starting my journey around pregnancy and motherhood (not pregnant yet-- we are in this weird medical in-between space I would have never imagined before I got here) and I have been desperate for books that speak to the complicated nuances of pregnancy (and non-pregnancy and post-pregnancy and everything in between). I am DEVOURING this book. Angela is the friend I need right now. Also, how did I just find out a placenta is an organ????

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Yesterday I went to the book launch for Many Love by Sophie Lucido Johnson. She made me cry. Sophie is beautiful, this book is beautiful. It will expand your heart, even if, like me, you fall pretty heavily on the monogamous side of the spectrum.

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Texas: The Great Theft | Carmen Boullosa
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really excited about these works of translation we picked up at malvern books as part of #atxbookstorecrawl today

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got my tourism on in nyc 🗽

Tamra The Door will leave a memorable impression! 2y
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My Struggle: | Karl Ove Knausgaard, Don Bartlett
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I finished book one and immediately ran to the bookstore for book two. I cannot stop talking or thinking about this odd phenomenon, both the books and the author. I read a review that says, "it's like opening up someone else's diary and finding your own thoughts," "more real than reality".

Booksnchill Just got Winter in today and will start it soon! 2y
whereistexasjen @Booksnchill ooh it looks so good! 2y
Booksnchill I am 100% down with your Knausgaard love- I have georgeous editions of My Struggle I got from Book Depository! 2y
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whereistexasjen @Booksnchill I am converting everyone around me to Knausgaard fans. Cannot shut up about him. And I didn't expect to like the book! 2y
cariashley Wow this is quite the endorsement! I‘m moving this up on my wishlist! 2y
mrozzz Well said!!! 2y
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Red Clocks: A Novel | Leni Zumas
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lazy morning on this cold and sunny sunday with my favorite girl reading about repo justice. i don't like how much this book has been tied to the handmaids tale. it is a clear argument for abortion rights as tht but less dystopian. i could put this in the hands of someone and say, "read this and you will see why we need roe v wade". #dogsoflitsy #bookofthemonth #feministreads

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Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde | Robert Louis Stevenson
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There is a whole book in this tiny thing! #tinyreads

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Autumn | Ali Smith
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My first true pick of 2018 (was finishing up my last 2017 reads) is a Holy Smokes Wow kind of read. Like woah this woman can WRITE.

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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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Happy 2018 litsy! It's been a minute.
Rang in the new year at @bookpeople with a store wide 20% discount and a visa giftcard burning a hole in my wallet. If the first day of a new year looks anything like the year ahead I am in for a great one.

Tamra 👏🏾👏🏾 2y
Cinfhen Niiiice 2y
Bookzombie Great pic! 2y
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when the day and the chapter match

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This read is 🔥🔥🔥

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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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Reading on Lake Travis this morning and everything is beautiful

Eyelit Nice!!! 2y
Bookzombie What a beautiful spot to read! 2y
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The Blinds | Adam Sternbergh
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The Blinds is one of the worst books I read all year. Perhaps one of the worst books I've read ever. My book club hated it too (see photo). There is nothing remotely redeemable about this book. Except that it is fun to tear apart with my friends.

ReadingEnvy I always regret when I skip book club because I didn't like the book, and find out later that it was a rant party, 2y
whereistexasjen @ReadingEnvy I honestly like book club most when it is a rant party. 😝 2y
Eyelit Book Club rant parties are kinda the best! 2y
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getchu a man who reads pink books about unruly women
#catsoflitsy #dogsoflitsy #feminist

mrozzz Ahhhhhhh this pic is awesome- the animals and the book all of it ☺️ 2y
whereistexasjen @mrozzz I walked into the living room from taking a shower and saw this! Everything that makes me happy in one little photo. 😍 2y
Mariposa_Bookworm Where do you find a man that reads? Asking for a friend. . .🤓 2y
Bookzombie What a great and sweet pic! 2y
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My husband is currently complimenting me on my "socializing" and "getting out of the house" and "meeting new people," all things that probably many people who spend their time on a social media app dedicated to books don't do a whole ton of. Y'all are pretty cool.

#austinlitsy #atxlitsy #texanswhobook #keepaustinreading

@Eyelit @Bookzombie @k.reads @Fortifiedbybooks @Snakes6atx @Soubhiville

Soubhiville You're pretty cool too! 😎 3y
Snakes6atx Thanks for socializing with us! It was so fun to talk Books with everyone! 3y
Bookzombie I got some of the same compliments from my husband! You're pretty cool too! 3y
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Sex Object: A Memoir | Jessica Valenti
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The Austin Litsy meetup was great! So nice to meet all of you (and go home with new books). The second book was No Knives in the Kitchens of This City.

Thanks again @Soubhiville! Glad to meet all of you @Eyelit @Bookzombie @k.reads @Fortifiedbybooks @Snakes6atx 🐙

Snakes6atx Great to meet you today! Hope we will all get together again soon 🙂 3y
Soubhiville It was so good to meet everyone! 3y
Bookzombie It was great to meet you and everyone. Your kettle corn was delicious! 3y
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11/22/63: A Novel | Stephen King
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My Harvey read is this thick boi and my first fiction King (I read On Writing and HATED IT). We're staying hunkered in my apartment all weekend. It is prone to flooding so we are monitoring our towel levees around the door.

Thinking about everyone on the coast. Y'all stay safe.

Soubhiville I hope you'll venture out for the meetup tomorrow! 3y
Soubhiville And I hope your apartment stays dry! 😬. We've just had a bit of a break in the rain here in N Austin, and the pup was thankful for a less wet but still very windy walk! 3y
whereistexasjen @Soubhiville Definitely, I'll be there!! We did the same, gotta get the pups out while we can 3y
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This week has held a week of reading extremes. Monday I was in McMinnville OR for the eclipse. My eclipse read was The Joy Luck Club. Today I'm back in Austin where Harvey is starting to show up in the form of heavy rain. (See next post).

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The Art of Memoir | Mary Karr
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My sister is catsitting while we are out of town. This is how my cat expresses that he is not pleased by my absence. #catsoflitsy

Soubhiville Oh dear. I hope he didn't damage any of them! 3y
cariashley 😂😂 3y
mrozzz Oh no!!! 😓 3y
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The last two weeks have been BANANAS. I got a new job, I worked four different jobs in the transition, but now we are in Portland for the eclipse!! My in-laws and I decided my beloved Powell's might be madness with all the eclipse traffic so we decided to visit another local indie, Annie Bloom's.

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Man Called Ove | Fredrik Backman
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These are the next four reads on my TBR. Help me pick. Which should I read next?

Jess7 This one. Definitely. 3y
DeleteAcct Loved A Man Called Ove! 3y
mrozzz I want to know how Lucy Barton is! 😁 3y
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whereistexasjen @mrozzz I already started Ove but I'll put Lucy 2nd and get back to you! 3y
mrozzz 👌🏻🙂 3y
whereistexasjen Update: I am 55 pgs into Ove and I'm not loving it. 3y
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My review of Hourglass got a little personal. How could it not? Hourglass is a memoir about marriage. My husband and I were married in October. It was one of those Hit Me At The Right Time Books and was also a smack dab in my wheelhouse book. Hourglass is a melancholy and meditative little memoir full of the heavy weight of the past. You can read my review here: http://bit.ly/2v0sSxd

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It has taken me a while to finish writing about Hunger both because I have been stressed and busy but also because it meant so much to me. This a book that deserves your time, and vise versa.

If you want to read my musings on Hunger you can find it here: https://www.jenerinoneal.com/reading/2017/7/5/hunger-a-memoir-of-my-body

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Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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I'm game, #letstalkaboutbooksbaby

1. On my couch, in my apartment, in ATX
2. Pachinko
3. Whatever strikes my fancy on my TBR shelf
4. Anything by Roald Dahl 💕
5. Series of Unfortunate Events (the Netflix version)
6. New His Dark Materials book (!!!)

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Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
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I was #347 in line for this at my library and of course it came in on a week when I could have gone for something light. There is a curve in getting used to the style, but now that I have I can't put it down. Congrats on making the Man Booker long list!

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Anne Helen Petersen so thoughtfully and thoroughly breaks down the fraught and fascinating aspects of female celebrity. I cannot gush about her or this book enough. #stayunruly To read more: https://www.jenerinoneal.com/reading/2017/6/23/too-fat-too-slutty-too-loud-the-r...

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When you're having a rough week with a medical procedure thrown in the mix all you need is some good ole HP on audio. I, for the record, am #teamstephenfry. This is Jim Dale but honestly they are both the best, it is hard to complain.

Eyelit 💜💜💜 3y
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I was complaining about New Year's yesterday for this exact reason. Time is a social construct, y'all. Also New Year's is always just hella depressing.

mrozzz 👌🏻😃 3y
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Sometimes you can (should even?) judge a book by its cover. This was certainly an example. I loved this fun adventure read. My full review where I talk more about cover art is live here: (https://www.jenerinoneal.com/reading/2017/7/5/enchanted-islands) for anyone who is interested!

Cinfhen I definitely choose this book for its cover and I ended up loving the story. Not at all what I had imagined 3y
whereistexasjen @Cinfhen Same! I was really intrigued by Ainslie and Frances's relationship/marriage. It wasn't what I was anticipating getting into this story but was a fascinating read all the same. 3y
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Found at my parents house. This edition was published by Random House in 1947. On the inside cover my great-grandma wrote her name and the date 1950.

whereistexasjen The entire book has the illustrations along the edge of the paper that reflects some theme in the writing. 3y
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The Idiot | Elif Batuman
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I've been debating whether or not to call a DNF on this one. Then I find a page where the main character lists all the things the book has been discussing and says she couldn't describe it to anyone because that person would "jump out of a window from boredom." Good rule of thumb, don't call your own book boring maybe?

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Couldn't pick just one #bookofthemonth this month. 🙃

Sydsavvy 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻📦me either 3y
whereistexasjen @Sydsavvy glad to know I'm not alone!! 3y
Sydsavvy Here on Litsy you are very much not alone! #bookstacks 3y
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whereistexasjen @Sydsavvy I've been on litsy for ~a month and every time I check it I think, oh! My people! 3y
Sydsavvy I know! It's truly wonderful! 📚📚📚📚✨🌟⭐️☀️ 3y
mellisarock This was my exact order too! 👯 3y
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Goldfinch | Donna Tartt
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My library's recycled reads bookstore is next to my neighborhood coffee shop, all walking distance from my apartment. #accidentalbookhaul all day every day when the books cost less than half of what my smoothie costs. #atx

Sydsavvy 😱❤️❤️❤️both of those!! 🎉 3y
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Myopic Books in Chicago is three and a half levels of creaky wood floors, an excellent selection of used books, and punk music. It also sports a sign that says, "no pictures" that I saw after I took this picture. ?

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People of the Book | Geraldine Brooks
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There was not just one but TWO bookstore cats at Hyde Books in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It was one of those bookstores that was stacked and winding and hectic and cozy and definitely not up to fire code. 😻 #catsoflitsy

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I've been at my husband's family reunion for the holiday weekend and picked up this book from my TBR shelf on a whim. I am LOVING it. And that cover 😍

398.2 Wow that's beautiful 3y
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As a person grappling with her own body with pain and disability I am identifying with this:
"There are some things I want to do with my body but cannot... sometimes, it seems like they are genuinely oblivious to how different bodies move and take up space as they look back at me and suggest we do impossible things like go to an amusement park or walk a mile up hill to a stadium or go hiking to an overlook with a great view.
My body is a cage."

ReadingEnvy Preach. 3y
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I picked this up on my commute home. Note the signing line ticket!

Megabooks 👍🏻👍🏻🎊🎊🎊🎊 3y
whereistexasjen @Booksandcooks 🙌 I'm drawing a bath and getting started asap 3y
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The Idiot | Elif Batuman
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Two library holds in at once. Where do I begin??

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Happy #HarryPotterDay!! ⚡🎉 I am so proud to be a member of the HP generation.

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Untitled | Unknown
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This is bad because it is a threat to our first amendment rights. This is also bad because I visit bookstores when I travel and usually dedicate half my luggage space to books. The people in the security line would HATE ME.

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Picked these up after hearing D. Watkins speak at Austin's African American Book Festival. He talked about the power of storytelling and how books can transform lives by encouraging critical thinking skills and expanding readers view points. 📚

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From chapter 3 "too gross" about Abbi and Ilana of Broad City: "Unruliness isn't just about calling attention to arbitrary expectations of how a woman should behave. It's also a willingness to expect better for all other women- and better of oneself." ?

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I am so excited for this week's release. I've followed Anne Helen Peterson's work for years (via Celebrity Gossip Academic Style) and I am a fan. I'll also be going to her book signing at @bookpeople in July!

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Untitled | Unknown
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1. Austin, Texas, apartment, chair
2. The Reading Women podcast
3. I mean, people are talking about The Handmaid's Tale for a reason. Personally I like the GoT show more than the books. These are both TV shows.
4. I have had many pet turtles. The first I got when I was 1. His name was Bubbles. We kept him in a baby pool in our backyard for years. Then we moved to Austin and he got eaten by a raccoon.
@saguarosally #welcomelitten

saguarosally And what is your current opinion of raccoons? 3y
whereistexasjen @saguarosally not a fan, though I do admit their babies are super cute and their creepy ability to "see" with their hands is pretty cool 3y
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This was in the kid's section at the library (why??). I used a recipe for Irish Soda Bread. It was.. okay. But HP is known for the desserts, right?

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My first audible subscription pick!

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Gilead | Marilynne Robinson
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My husband got me this scratch off poster for my birthday. 100 classic reads that you mark as read by scratching off the gold foil. He also got me a copy of Gilead which is included on this poster and is something I have yet to read!

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A Million Junes | Emily Henry
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Reading my BOTM pick on a boat for my birthday.

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