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Caterina

Caterina

Joined August 2016

She/her. Theology+classical studies+leftist theory+disability rights nerd https://app.thestorygraph.com/profile/caterina
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Our team #BuddyRead is sucking me in a lot more than I expected! This isn't my usual kind of book, but it's hard to put down. For obvious reasons, a good fit for #Night #ScarathlonDailyPrompts! #Scarathlon #TeamMonsterMash #BookSpinBingo #Pointsathon @StayCurious @TheAromaofBooks @DieAReader @GHABI4ROSES

DieAReader 🎉🎉🎉 24h
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 9h
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Soulmates | Mike Resnick, Lezli Robyn
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Pleasantly surprised by how topical these 2 stories were for #TeamMonsterMash #Scarathlon! This collection is a range of speculative fiction, and these 2 are cozy Halloweeny vibes - a human runs a nighttime barber shop where vampires, zombies, werewolves, and more all hang out! Fun reading for a day where I'm feeling unwell. And I might finish the collection today! #Pointsathon #BookSpinBingo @StayCurious @DieAReader @GHABI4ROSES @TheAromaofBooks

DieAReader 🎉🎉🎉 4d
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4d
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Soulmates | Mike Resnick, Lezli Robyn
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Today is a chronic illness flare-up day, but I'm thankful for being able to read some and get some nutrients in me. This story was quite the twist on Lewis Carroll's The Hunting of the Snark - suspenseful, gory, sad, full of twists and turns. Is this safari group hunting the Snark or is the Snark hunting them? Resnick plays with the Carroll poem in a way that reminds me of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None. #Scarathlon #TeamMonsterMash

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The Hunting of the Snark | Lewis Carroll
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I enjoyed listening to this poem on YouTube while following along on Poetry Foundation. Although I only read it because the next short story in a collection I'm reading is a retelling, I found the original delightfully funny. Now I'm looking forward to the retelling!

The Snark is apt for #creature #ScarathlonDailyPrompts

#Scarathlon #TeamMonsterMash #BookSpinBingo #DoubleSpin #Pointsathon @StayCurious @TheAromaofBooks @DieAReader @GHABI4ROSES

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 5d
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So excited to join in on the fun! 😊🍂 #Scarathlon #Scarathlon2022 #TeamMonsterMash @StayCurious

monalyisha Fun layout! 7d
Allydanielle88 I like this layout. It's cute but efficient. 7d
StayCurious this is great! 4d
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My #Scarathlon #WatchList, sponsored by my husband, who is excited that this reading challenge is motivating me to watch these with him 📺 I've never seen any of these, so I'm excited to dive in! 🍂 #Scarathlon2022 #TeamMonsterMash @StayCurious

StayCurious these should be fun! 4d
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Double duty as my #Scarathlon TBR and my #BookSpinBingo list! I enjoyed adding more books and stories on the team theme 🍂 #TeamMonsterMash @TheAromaofBooks @StayCurious

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 6d
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I'm not big on Halloween, but I love cozy fall vibes, so I leaned into that with my bucket list 🍂

#OctoberBucketList #HalloweenBucketList #BucketList #Scarathlon #Scarathlon2022 #TeamMonsterMash @StayCurious

StayCurious I love this! 4d
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Wolf Hall | Hilary Mantel
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Hilary Mantel died - I loved this series by her, and never realized that she also lived with chronic illness and pain. I need to read more of her work. 💛
Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/23/books/hilary-mantel-dead.html

Leftcoastzen 😢 2w
CarolynM 😢 2w
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Dear Justyce | Nic Stone
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A strong sequel following a character from the first book who had much less support, and yet this book too is hopeful, full of lovable characters, and even more than the first imagines a better world. If there's ever a surprise book #3, I'm reading it too! #AuthorAMonth @Soubhiville #Audiobook

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Dear Martin | Nic Stone
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If you think you'd enjoy a YA novel that tackles racism and police brutality with endearing characters and persevering hope, this one's for you. If you've enjoyed Jason Reynolds and Angie Thomas, this one's for you. I enjoyed listening to this and its sequel! 👍 #AuthorAMonth @Soubhiville #Audiobook

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Coffee shop reading date in the AC ? We had to escape our sweltering apartment in this heatwave ? Chuckling at the line "The air between us was pregnant in the way that I was not" ? But enjoying this book ? #ARC #AdvanceReadingCopy @CounterfeitNickel

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My #BookSpinBingo list for September is almost entirely books I've already started (yes, I'm reading almost 20 books at once 😅) and has new books in the slots that I finished last month! I also included a few by Nic Stone for #AuthorAMonth @Soubhiville . Looking forward to reading a lot in this less busy month 😊 @TheAromaofBooks #BookSpin #DoubleSpin

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 😂😂 I wouldn‘t be able to keep everything straight!! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Good luck!!! 1mo
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Rising Strong | Bren Brown
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#Audiowalk full of bees and flowers 😍 It's been an intense season of life, and now it's time for some serious self-care. Listening to this book while going for walks is one part of my self-care plan!

Freespirit Lovely photos💚 2mo
KarenL I enjoyed this book while I was walking also! Beautiful pictures! 😊 2mo
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This collection transitions from shallow, sad poetry to trite Christian poetry. It reminds me of creative writing classes in middle school, down to the unnecessary commas and clumsy rhyming. I cannot recommend this book. #ARC #Netgalley #AdvanceReadingCopy

#AugustARC #Readathon @Clwojick One down! ✅

Clwojick Woohoo! 🎉 2mo
CounterfeitNickel This one was a rough one 😭 1mo
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@Clwojick Thanks for making a fun prompt list for the #AugustARC #Readathon! Good inspiration to read (and review!) some of my poor abandoned advance reader copies of books. 😅 I'm in, and excited to tackle these after my August 11th wedding! 😊📚

Clwojick Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! 🤍 And thanks for joining in this month! 2mo
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@TheAromaofBooks I'm back in for August #BookSpinBingo ! Leaving the free spaces for #AugustARC, and everything else is a book I've started but not yet finished this year 😅 I won't get much reading in until after my August 11th wedding, but then @CounterfeitNickel and I will be busy bees reading away! 🥰📚

BarbaraJean Ohhh, there are some wonderful books on this list! And congratulations on your upcoming wedding—I hope it‘s a simply lovely day for you! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! And yay for weddings!!! I hope your day is lovely and your marriage full of happy days ❤ 2mo
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Persuasion | Jane Austen
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Not feeling well, but at least I have my pretty Jane Austen book 🥰

julesG Feel better. 2mo
sprainedbrain That‘s gorgeous. 😍 Hope you feel better soon. 2mo
Kristin_Reads So pretty!! 2mo
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Novel and other poems | George Seferis
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"In my breast the wound opens again
when the stars go down and become kin with my body
when silence falls beneath the footprints of mankind.

These stones that sink into the years, how far will they drag me with them?
The sea, the sea, who can ever drain it dry?
I see the hands that every day at dawn make signs to the vulture and the hawk
myself a woman chained upon the rock that suffering has made my own"...

Caterina ..."I see the trees that breathe the dark serenity of the dead
and then the smiles-fixed, half-formed-of the statues."
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The Cat Who Saved Books | S?suke Natsukawa
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(I finally jumped on the #Bookly train!) This #audiobook was fun for us book-lovers, and the cover is 😍, but I would probably never reread it, nor was I wowed by it. As I'm getting back to reading for fun, and also going through a challenging time in my life, it was a comfortable audiobook to sink into while on airplanes or driving to my grandfather's funeral. A pick if you're in the mood for a cozy book-loving aesthetic/vibe 💕

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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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This delayed flight airport read from @CounterfeitNickel has turned into a surprise cancelled flight 2 nights in Phoenix read 😂 This gorgeous view is courtesy of American Airlines ✈️

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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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When you're stuck in the Phoenix airport but your fiancé buys you a book 😍 #bookhaul @CounterfeitNickel

LiteraryinLawrence Bookish partners are the best! Safe travels! 3mo
Caterina @LiteraryinLawrence Yes! 🥰 Thank you! Fingers crossed our flight home isn't cancelled again 😂 3mo
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A moment of peace in the forest 🥰 reading an Epictetus edition from the Athens airport, with the Greek parallel to the English translation.

EvieBee This looks so cozy! 3mo
Caterina @EvieBee It really is! Favorite spot in my parents' house 🥰 3mo
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Four Eyed Frog Bookstore | Gualala, CA (Bookstore)
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Happy Independent Bookstore Day! @CounterfeitNickel and I got the cutest tote bag, a book for him (The Dreamt Land), a book for me (Noor), and a book of poetry signed by the author, who we got to chat with at the bookstore! I can't wait to read Noor. 😍 And I think this is the first time I've gotten to participate in #IndependentBookstoreDay ! 😊

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This Christmas gift from my fiance's family is perfect bedtime reading! Good vibes, easy to put down when it's time to sleep, and I'm enjoying learning more about Jane Goodall. 😊 #bedsidetable

Catsandbooks This was a good one! 5mo
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A moment to breathe and read this lovely book with coffee from my favorite coffee shop, where they know my name and my order, and with the cutest compression socks that help so much. So thankful that I'm able to make this book work for a Church Leadership assignment, because it is a gem! ❤️ #booksandsocks

Suet624 Gorgeous socks. 5mo
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Listened to this #AuthorAMonth book on my #AudioWalk today! Lots of flowers in Berkeley right now. 🌷Very much not enamored with the book so far (28% in) but at least it's a break for my brain! 🎧

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Pegasus Books | Oakland, California (Bookstore)
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Two years and two months ago I posted a picture on Litsy of us holding hands in Pegasus Books on our third date, amazed that I had found a fellow reader immediately after downloading Tinder; now, I'm engaged to a lover of books who always takes me on bookstore + coffee shop dates and reads with me. 🥰🥰🥰🥰

sarahbellum Congratulations! 🎉 6mo
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Spring break = reading for fun instead of for grad school (might be my new favorite book, I'm only 20 pages in but wow) and drinking a homemade mocha (with homemade whipped cream and aeropress espresso) provided by my partner 😍🥰

readordierachel Sounds lovely! 6mo
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Today's BART #audiobook for #AuthorAMonth 🎧

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For my fellow lovers of #audiobooks - next time someone suggests audiobooks don't count as reading, remember that Octavia E. Butler herself was a lover of audiobooks 🥰 #octaviabutler

Caterina @Emilymdxn As a fellow audiobooker and fan of Octavia Butler, I thought you'd like this! 😊 8mo
Emilymdxn This is fantastic!! 8mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Stacking…. I love Octavia Butler 8mo
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Some of the seminary books that are taking up all my time right now - what an exciting stack! 😍

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One of my favorite things is bringing my seminary readings over to my partner's study while he works from home 🥰 + I'm enjoying how easy to read this one is, most of my readings are very dense!

Suet624 How lovely that you‘re reading Parker Palmer. 8mo
Caterina @Suet624 Yes! 😊 I was excited to read some more of his writing since I've been chewing on Let Your Life Speak for several months, ever since I got the copy that belonged to a beloved professor who died last summer. (She gave her books to the seminary community ❤️) 8mo
Suet624 💕💕💕 8mo
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Letter To My Daughter | Maya Angelou
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sarahbellum I knew immediately before reading your caption that this was a BART car 🙂. I lived in the Bay Area for about 8 years before moving to LA in 2020 8mo
Caterina @sarahbellum Haha I think I'd recognize BART anywhere now too! I've only been here since 2019, but I'm hoping to stay in the area for a while. 😊 8mo
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A fun little #SerialReader lark! My first Poirot and second Agatha Christie - I'm excited to see her more developed skills in later novels! Fun twists and turns from the POV of a naive Watson-like Hastings who's hanging out with a quirky Holmes-like Poirot. Not a particularly sad murder, so there's a fun focus on clues and all the little intrigues of the household! ⭐⭐⭐/5 #Poirot @SerialReader

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This book is really good, but I have to take it in really slowly - a hard balance to strike when I'm assigned 3-4 chapters a day for my intensive course. 😅 Listening to the audiobook and then rereading in the print book has been helpful for engaging deeply - although, audiobookers be warned, there are a lot of meaty footnotes left out! #DoubleSpin

Cathythoughts Beautiful title 9mo
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Berkeley Noir | Jerry Thompson, Owen Hill
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A very mixed bag, and I would only consider it worth a read if you have a connection to Berkeley! As someone who's been in Berkeley for a few years, it was a fun way to encounter familiar places (like Moe's Books and Indian Rock!) and think more about what makes Berkeley, Berkeley. Also, it was easy reading at the end of long days of studying! 👍

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Working hard at taking care of myself while making it through this intensive course! (And loving this course reading so much 😍) (Featuring two of my favorite MochiThings notebooks and the only highlighter I'll use in books!)

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I decided to start my year off with #SerialReader and chose this book because I remember enjoying the only Agatha Christie I've read: And Then There Were None. Also, this genre seems like a good vibe for a book I read in daily snippets on my phone! 👍 @SerialReader

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I've been spending more time with prayer+devotional journaling lately, and this little book has been lovely so far. ❤️

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I gathered my lists of books read this year into 1 list today (52 books total) and then chose my top 10 (listed here in the order I read them)! Although I didn't read as many books this year as in the past, there were so many good ones that it was really hard to pick only 10 - and technically I cheated by including 2 series 😅 Anyway, these were all amazing and I'd recommend them! 😊 (And if you've read them, I'd love to hear your thoughts!)

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I'm ready to jump back into #BookSpinBingo in January 2022! 🎉 Since I don't have much time to read but want/need the motivation of a bingo board, each of my books gets 1-4 squares depending on how hard I think it will be to finish it. Whatever my #BookSpin and #DoubleSpin are, I will try to finish those books in their entirety. (If both numbers are the same book, I'll think of a plan B) I'm excited for the new year of reading! 😊 @TheAromaOfBooks

Caterina Oh, and I forgot to write this out, but I'll mark off boxes as I finish that percent of the book - so for a book that gets 4 squares, I'll mark off a square when I finish 1/4 of the book! 9mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! I love the way you have this set up - you have some challenging books here!!! 9mo
Caterina @TheAromaofBooks Yes! A couple are for a January term class, and one is for book club - so I'm looking forward to vibrant discussions on some of the challenging ones! 😊 9mo
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Berkeley Noir | Jerry Thompson, Owen Hill
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I've been trying to do a bit of reading before bed each night, after I've put away electronics for the day, and short stories have been working well for that! I usually read about one and then go to sleep. 😂 This collection has been fun because I live in Berkeley right now! 😊

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POV: you figured out something big about yourself this fall 😅 With so much of my reading attention oriented toward graduate school or my new diagnosis, I dropped off the face of Litsy, but I'm hoping to ease back into it and maybe join a couple reading challenges for next year! 😊

Crazeedi So glad to see you back, I did same earlier this year.i hope you find support for your diagnosis. Life throws us curve balls, but I guess it's how we learn and grow. Hugs❤ 10mo
Caterina @Crazeedi Thank you, Diane! I'm thankful for the opportunity to learn more about how my brain works and continue to grow into stronger strategies and skills for my life. 😊 9mo
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Finished in time for a great book club meeting! Really readable and written with a lot of heart and historical research. If you're interested in how the intersection of sexism and racism has impacted Black women in the US historically, and especially the ways white women and feminists have excluded Black women, this is an accessible start!

#DoubleSpin #BookSpinBingo #Scarathlon2021 #TeamSlaughter #BirthdayBash @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 12mo
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Happy Birthday, @TheAromaofBooks ! I hope you're able to squeeze a bit of reading in. I'll mostly be reading these 3 today. The left 2 are for seminary and the right is for book club (which is meeting today! I'm almost finished! 😅) #BirthdayBash

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Good luck!! 12mo
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#Scarathlon2022 #TeamSlaughter #Week2 cumulative point total is 483! I've been doing well getting in a bit of fun reading every day. Although I didn't finish any books this week, I'm now over halfway through a few books! Making progress on my #BookSpinBingo too. 😊 @Clwojick

Clwojick Lovely #bulletjournal 💙 12mo
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Pieces of Her | Karin Slaughter
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I've been back to Andy's part for five minutes, and I just want to go back to Laura's 1986 part, it was so much more interesting than Andy's fugitive road trip. 😭 I'm feeling very much on Laura's and the real Dr. Maplecroft's side, down with the Queller solution!! Does Andy's part get more interesting? And do I get more Laura/Jane POV? 😂 #Scarathlon2021 #TeamSlaughter #TeamRead #BuddyRead

bthegood I had same feelings as you...wanted more Laura, less Andy.😊 12mo
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Week 1 of #Scarathlon2021 #TeamSlaughter - 226 points, I think! I realized some of my reading counts for #BookSpinBingo but not for #BFC21, so I had to separate out my point tallying. I've done really well making time for little bits of reading for fun! And I'm halfway through the tagged and loving it. I think it'll count as a theme read? Because of Dune trying to solve the mystery of the syndrome. And it's my #BookSpin! @Clwojick

Clwojick #BFC21 counts as a reading event too, so any hours read towards that can count for points too. 12mo
Caterina @Clwojick Yes! Thank you. 😊 I meant that I put some seminary readings on my #BookSpinBingo, but my #BFC21 goal is related to reading for fun, which homework technically isn't. So those seminary books only count for one of the readathons, not both! 12mo
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