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Christine

Christine

Joined March 2016

sociologist/mother of boys/book fancier
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I loved each one of these poems and found this book to be really uplifting. It says so much about what it's like to be a woman and how we survive and thrive by making poetry out of the judgment of others.

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I really loved this! I knew just a little about Ali‘s work and personal story, so it was cool to learn about the depth and complexity of both - many serious ups and downs in his fortyish years! His analysis of and hope for America are wonderful, his writing is excellent, and he‘s really funny. I laughed out loud quite often. Also enjoyed his casual and conversational audiobook narration. Thanks to #NetGalley for early access to this one!

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A chilling read! The school part was kind of standard dystopian fare but well done, and it made me ponder the awfulness of teaching parenting skills (or anything!) from a place of judgment instead of from a place of support. For me, the true horror came from the narrative outside the school, where mothering and womanhood were subjected to a super creepy Panopticon of surveillance in service of one definition of perfection. Feels too possible!

EKonrad Just finished this one and loved it! 4d
sprainedbrain This sounds cool! 4d
Christine @EKonrad Yay! It‘s a memorable one. I loved Frida. 4d
Christine @sprainedbrain Yes! I really liked the writing, too. 4d
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The Marrow Thieves | Cherie Dimaline
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The glowing #Reggimendation for this was the push I needed to finally pick it up! I'm with @Reggie - great book. The dystopian setting + indigenous perspective was super powerful, as was how the author integrated the theft of dreams and forced relocation to “schools“ [shudder]. The standard YA dystopian brutality-alongside-teen-identity-and-relationship-stuff - which I like! - was there. But with extra depth and stellar writing. On to Book 2 soon!

readordierachel Love a good Reggimendation! Must get to this one soon 👍🏼 1w
Reggie Lol, ❤️, I‘m so glad you liked this. I loved the character who was gay but that wasn‘t his identifying characteristic. He was a teacher, a leader, a caretaker, and someone who was in mourning. I just respected Demaline so much for writing someone like that. 1w
Christine @readordierachel They are golden! Hope you enjoy this when you get to it! 7d
Christine @Reggie YES! 100% agree. (And see spoiler comment below... :) 7d
Christine @Reggie I shouted (loudly!) at that Isaac reveal at the end - loved it! 7d
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These Precious Days | Ann Patchett
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This was wonderful and reaffirms how much I love reading Ann Patchett. One of my favorite things about this book was how it included little details about all of her other books - really makes me want to go back and read the several still on my TBR. (Marketing genius, perhaps, but I appreciated it! 😆) Other highlights were anything/everything about her family, publishing, bookselling, her connections with other writers, and her writing quirks. ❤️

BookBabe 🙌🏻 2w
Christine @BookBabe 😊❤️ 2w
HeatherBookNerd Listening to this one now. It‘s delightful. 2w
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Christine @HeatherBookNerd Delightful is just the right word! 2w
Suet624 Sounds great!! 2w
Christine @Suet624 It really is! 2w
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Wayward | Dana Spiotta
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This was the last book I read in 2021, and I liked it quite a bit. Excellent writing and a really interesting main character with relatable strengths and issues and good intentions and missteps. Loved the mother-daughter relationships and the ways in which aspects of American women‘s history/waves of feminism were explored and brought to life through them.

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May you expect so little of yourself that you can be super proud of the smallest of accomplishments.

May you expect so little of the people in your life that you actually notice and cherish every small lovely thing about them.

May you expect so little of the supply chain and the service industry that you notice more of what you do get and less of what you don't and then just tip really well anyhow. ⬇️

Christine May you expect to get so little out of 2022 that you can celebrate every single thing it offers you, however small.

Because you deserve joy and not disappointment

So, I wish you a Happy as possible New Year.

Love, Nadia.

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This has been making the rounds online and was too good and too thought-provoking to not share. ❤️
https://thecorners.substack.com/p/a-voice-memo-blessing-for-a-new-year
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Blueberry ❤️ 2w
JamieArc So good! I need to post this somewhere to remember throughout the year. 2w
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Kangaj1 I saw this on Instagram and loved it so much! 2w
readordierachel ❤❤ 2w
Christine @Blueberry @readordierachel May we all experience the joy of minimal expectations! ❤️❤️❤️ 2w
Christine @JamieArc - Yes! I had to print it! 😁 2w
Christine @Kangaj1 The best!! 2w
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I wanted to wait until I was quite sure that these were my favorites of 2021. (Still a few hours left until 2022 where I am, but still. :)

Wishing each of you a joy-filled New Year!

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Thanks for the tag, @Nute !

readordierachel Some great reads! Happy New Year 🎉 2w
Reggie Happy New Year, Christine! 2w
Christine @readordierachel I feel so lucky to have encountered so many good books this past year! Best wishes for your 2022! ❤ (edited) 2w
Christine @Reggie Happy New Year! Wishing you all good things in 2022! ❤️ (edited) 2w
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This might be the perfect book for this day of the year and this moment in time. It was, at least, for me. So much wisdom within, and so much hope in the face of struggle and pain. It was also sweetly personal, noting some of Lewis's favorite things like strawberry and vanilla milkshakes, old books, and being with his cats. I loved every minute of it and highly recommend the audio.

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Binti | Nnedi Okorafor
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FINALLY got to this one, after being sold on it via endorsements from my library's personalized recommendation service, so many book podcasters, and countless folks here! And I've recently heard several educators praise its relevance for those of us working with college students, so that was a bonus push. It, of course, was great! I look forward to continuing the series soon.

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The Red Car | Marcy Dermansky
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This was great! Been wanting to read Marcy Dermansky for a while. The main character was weird and problematic and appealed to me a lot. 😆 One thing that stuck out to me throughout was how often Dermanksy didn‘t use contractions when I felt like most people would have. Wonder if there‘s deeper meaning to that within this book or if that‘s just part of her writing style? Guess I‘ll find out when I read more from her (which I do intend to do)!

Megabooks I loved this too! 3w
BarbaraBB This one‘s even better 3w
Christine @Megabooks Yay! It was hard to put down. 3w
Christine @BarbaraBB Ooh, good to know! Now I‘m even more eager to get to it. 3w
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My credibility as a reader and a Californian was questionable because I‘d never read Joan Didion. Was so sorry to hear of her passing but appreciated learning more about her via its coverage. This collection was Libby-available, so I went with it. Glad I did, because the long foreword taught me a lot about Didion and her writing, and I enjoyed each piece. I‘ll read more of her work and am especially eager for more of the CA-focused stuff.

DivineDiana I have two of her books on my TBR stacks, that I now plan to read in 2022. 🙂 3w
Christine @DivineDiana Aww, great. I hope you love them, when you get to them! 3w
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Bibliophile: Diverse Spines | Jane Mount, Jamise Harper
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What a beautiful way to start the day! I am so thrilled to receive this much-hoped-for book and yummy chocolates and other sweet things - thank you so much, @guinsgirlreads !!!🎄❤️ #JolabokaflodSwap

guinsgirlreads I‘m in love with that book and I‘ve never even opened it lol.. glad you like!! 4w
Christine @guinsgirlreads I wish you had read it before you sent!! 😁 Maybe Santa will bring you your own copy! 4w
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She‘s just so good. Beyond the inaugural poem, I‘m biased to adore her because of her background studying sociology, which I see everywhere in her writing. I LOVED her pandemic-related poems in this collection and how she names and analyzes some elements of that in new and brilliant ways. I also love that my assumptions of what “Call Us What We Carry” might be referencing were totally wrong.

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Can scarcely stand to post a teaching-related book bc I‘m SO happy to be on break right now. 😆 But this was good. Some pieces resonated more than others; many good tips and insights throughout, and I appreciated the sense of community among contributors. I think I‘d prefer the print, but at least the info got into my brain!

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My #JolabokaflodSwap package has arrived! Extra special to see it comes from a previous swap match. 🎄📚❤️

guinsgirlreads Yay! That was quick! 1mo
Christine @guinsgirlreads Well done, USPS! 🙂 1mo
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The Love Hypothesis | Ali Hazelwood
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This was smart, funny, a tad over-spicy in parts for me (am I a romance wimp?? I think I might be. 😆), and an overall very good read for a busy and sometimes heavy time.

marleed Haha - I‘m a steamy romance wimp, as well, and laugh thinking about the why of it. I‘ve even talked to my daughter and DIL about it. They were hs agish when 50 shades came out as a sort of mainstream book. I think they‘ve had conversations with friends (and dare I say lovers) that I just never had. So somehow reading it even on my own is not really in my comfort zone. 1mo
Christine @marleed I love your analysis of this! Makes sense to me. In my case, I‘m curious as to why I don‘t mind steamy in movies/TV but sometimes do in books. I think it‘s a combo of anatomically-focused descriptions (why?? 🤣) and the fact that, when I‘m reading, the characters come to life in my head and so it feels voyeuristic. 🤷‍♀️ 1mo
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I forgot to take a photo of my #jolabokaflodswap package as I sent it off. It would have looked like this but with a label and stickers and less empty. 😁📚📦🏝🔜🏔

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I‘ve read very little of John Green‘s fiction, but I‘ve come to appreciate his educational YouTube videos a lot. This was fun and deep and delightfully nerdy. His COVID-related essays were among my favorites. A really nice end-of-year read.

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Super fun book! I love Mallory and the Reading Glasses podcast and have also been known to enjoy a libation, so I was really looking forward to this one. Full of cool facts, and I appreciated that lots of sociological/intersectional feminist analysis was included.

Augustdana One of my fav podcasts too! Haven‘t picked this one up just yet, thanks for the reminder. 1mo
Christine @Augustdana You‘re welcome! I of course had to do the audio to hear Mallory‘s voice, but I think I would enjoy reading this with 👀 too. 1mo
Nute I really enjoy Reading Glasses podcast as well. Mallory and Brea vibe together so well. 1mo
Christine @Nute They really do! ❤️ 1mo
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I loved this a lot. Really interesting art style, and such a powerful memoir and analysis of race, identity, family, politics and how they all intertwine, joyfully and painfully.

vivastory This really kicked off my love for graphic memoirs this yr 1mo
Christine @vivastory They‘re so good! I need to read more of them (and should browse through your feed for ideas!). 1mo
vivastory My favorites of the year (I've posted reviews for all of them) are 1mo
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Christine @vivastory Thank you for taking the time to share about these! I love Kristen Radtke. And I‘ve had the others from the library and returned unread (due to time, not disinterest) - must get them back! 1mo
vivastory I hope you enjoy! I can't wait to read Radtke's latest. I also recently checked out the following. I haven't read it, but I got a lot of positive comments when I posted about it 1mo
Christine @vivastory Ooh, that sounds great! Stacking. 1mo
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I really enjoyed this! Felt like the perfect audiobook for one of the most food-focused times in American culture. It had a wonderfully feminist tone (and was written by a man! Yay, we should all be feminists!). I appreciated the diversity of women represented, including those with disabilities. And I loved Tovah Ott's vibrant, sometimes passionate narration.

Hooked_on_books I love it when men are feminists! We won‘t make any progress without more men being feminists! 2mo
Christine @Hooked_on_books Yes!! 💪❤️ 2mo
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Yesterday‘s library holds haul with bonus pleasing fall color scheme. ❤️🧡💛 Hoping I can get to some of these over my already-going-by-too-quickly Thanksgiving break (the cookbooks and graphic novel, at least??🤞).

HeatherBookNerd Good Talk is terrific 2mo
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The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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This was just fantastic. Unforgettable main character, super bookish setting with lots of book name-dropping, and skillful navigation through 2020 topics. Erdrich has become a huge favorite of mine - read her in my Minnesota college years but didn‘t pick her back up until The Round House in 2012, and since then I jump on each new book of hers. (Bonus points for a title with multiple meanings that are frequently and overtly noted throughout! ❤️)

Bookgirl I love her too - added! (edited) 2mo
Christine @Bookgirl Hope you love this one, too! ❤️ 2mo
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Ms Ice Sandwich | Mieko Kawakami
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This was a really sweet novella. Glad I read it. The main character was great, and his story will stick with me. (Wondering if Kawakami‘s work ever gets adapted? I could see this being excellent on-screen.) Onto the TBR Breasts and Eggs goes!

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What if institutionalized ways of subjugating women in Christianity aren‘t actually Christ-like (or even biblical) at all…? 🤔 What if it's about patriarchy and power? Duh, but this book does an excellent job of explaining the historical context of it all. More hermeneutics in this than I have a taste for, but others might appreciate that more. My teenaged self would have been 🤯 and also consoled and empowered by this.

sebrittainclark Going to have to check this out. I suspect my teenage self would have also really appreciated this. 2mo
Christine @sebrittainclark I really liked her sort of insider/outsider perspective. I‘ll be interested to hear your thoughts if you read it! 2mo
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Took me a minute to get into the groove of this on audio, but I ended up really enjoying the experience! It's a weird and lovable book. I frequently cackled at the silly genius of certain lines and their delivery by an excellent full cast. I'll also now often want to use “dusty stick“ as a reaction to things in life, but I'm not on Slack and nobody (like pre-reading-this-book me) will get it...sigh.

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O Beautiful | Jung Yun
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Glad to have finally read a Jung Yun book, as I've let Shelter sit on my shelf unread for years! I thought this was great - loved the setting and main character, and there were several stopped-me-in-my-tracks sentences. Pretty heavy in terms of the many intersecting inequalities it lays bare, but I loved it for that. This really makes me want to read some nonfiction about the North Dakota oil boom (I‘d love recommendations, if you have them!).

peaknit I also let Shelter sit and loved it. Thanks for sharing this, I need to check it out. 2mo
Lesliereads I read Shelter - which I found very unhappy and quite well-written. 2mo
Christine @peaknit I must get to Shelter soon! 2mo
Christine @Lesliereads She seems to have a knack for both - the unhappiness and the good writing! 2mo
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Good stuff. Love how he weaves wisecracks into his writing, even when the topic is deep or serious. Bonus that he wrote fondly about two of my former homeplaces: Santa Cruz and Wisconsin (and about a random encounter he had with a guy from my particular home region of WI, a guy that now lives in my current CA city! This basically means that Nick [and Megan🤞] and I are friends now, right?). I‘ve read all of his books and will read all future ones.

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Thank you so much for the incredibly thoughtful, fun, and generous #HHS box, @Nessavamusic !!! The books are perfection: the one that I wished for, a favorite author TBR title, and another that‘s new to me but sounds fascinating! And so many fun treats - the BEST book sleeve 🧙‍♀️💜; cutest socks, stickers, card, and coasters (how did you know I love coasters but didn‘t have Halloween ones??); the queen of all 🎃🍫; and ⬇️

Christine a brilliant bookmark that makes me think Vanessa is a next-level stalker, given a comment I made on a recent post! 😁☠️ Thanks again, Vanessa, and to @wanderinglynn for such a spirit-brightening swap! 🧡🖤🧡🖤🧡🖤 #hauntedhollowswap (edited) 3mo
DinoMom The tagged book sounds interesting, stacked! Great package! 3mo
Nessavamusic @Christine You are so welcome! Enjoy & Happy Halloween! 🎃☠️👻 3mo
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wanderinglynn Great box! 🎃🧡 3mo
Christine @DinoMom I‘ve heard so many good things about it! Can‘t wait to dive in. 3mo
Christine @Nessavamusic Thanks again!! ❤️ 3mo
BethM That book sleeve is amazing! 3mo
BethM The tagged book sounds great too! 3mo
Christine @BethM Right re: the sleeve?? And yes, I‘m really looking forward to starting the tagged. 3mo
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This was a powerful read. Stewart's writing is creative and emotional, and in this he very effectively conveys what it's like to try to survive and thrive in a white supremacist society. I loved the way he wrote about his journey both into and away from white evangelicalism and the vision he has for a more loving and empowering Christianity (which is deeply inspired by lots of Black writers across genres).

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Fight Night | Miriam Toews
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This was sweet and funny and includes many wise words about living and dying. I loved the memorable characters, especially Grandma. (This was not the cover of my library audio version, but I strongly prefer this cover! STRONGLY. 😬) I really like Toews‘ writing and am so happy to still have backlist of hers to read.

TheKidUpstairs If you haven't read it yet, this one was brilliant 3mo
Christine @TheKidUpstairs I love Women Talking so much!! 3mo
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A week late in posting this since it‘s from last Sunday‘s print edition, but my book nerdery made it to the pages of the Chicago Tribune! I follow the author of the tagged on Twitter (mostly for higher ed content) and responded to his offer to send the last five books I read for a recommendation. Didn't realize he had a Tribune column! 😂 So this was a fun bonus. Plus the book he recommended was already on my (mental) TBR, so I think he nailed it.

vivastory This is very cool! 3mo
MallenNC How fun! 3mo
EvieBee Cool! Your last 5 were an eclectic assortment as well. 3mo
Christine @vivastory @MallenNC It did bring me joy. 😄 3mo
Christine @EvieBee They were! I think that‘s true for so many of us here on Litsy, right? I‘m going to keep reading John Warner‘s column bc there is something uniquely cool about seeing just the last five books listed like that as a snapshot of someone‘s reading. 3mo
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Inspired by some recent TV experiences that I really liked (Lovecraft Country, Squid Game, Midnight Mass), I finally tried some Grady Hendrix. This was so good! Great writing, characters, and setting, and I of course was way into the social commentary. (Also my beloved Bahni's narration was perfection.) I‘ll read more Hendrix for sure and am surprised by yet enjoying my apparent lean into horror content lately.

Reggie It‘s that Litsy horror effect coinciding with the state of the world today. 😜🖤 3mo
Christine @Reggie I think that's it! With a dash of escapism from the everyday. 😆 3mo
Christine @Reggie And your podcast thoughts have me even more intrigued by the genre! 3mo
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This is a powerful and quick read that illustrates how narratives of white supremacy have been/are embedded in white evangelicalism and highlights many of the figures and moments in American evangelical history that brought us to this political moment. She pulls zero punches speaking directly to white evangelicals in her conclusion, entitled “Whom Will You Serve?” 🔥 (I generally love Dr. Butler - she‘s excellent in webinars & media appearances.)

Christine P.S. Hoopla users: this is on there in e- and audiobook. 💙 3mo
Christine P.P.S. Not sure how I posted this as a blurb instead of a review, but it‘s very much a pick! 3mo
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I loved this very much. I signed up to read it for my college book committee‘s nomination process. The art style didn‘t grab me at first but grew on me quickly, and I deeply appreciate the way she told her story of growing up Filipino/Egyptian American in SoCal. It‘s funny and sweet and a truly great analysis of the American Dream, identity, and more.

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If Gabrielle Union writes it, I will read it. I love how she‘s a lifelong learner in many areas and that she‘s so willing to share about her struggles and growth. And I really like how she connects her own experiences to the big societal picture in this one. She's of course always amazing on audio.

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This audiobook is exactly as charming as you think it is. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Matrix | Lauren Groff
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Brilliant. I hold Groff in high esteem, but her books can be hit or miss for me. This is easily my new favorite of hers (and one of my most-enjoyed books this year)! Loved everything about the main and supporting characters, setting, language, humor, commentary on religion - just all of it. And Adjoa Andoh‘s audiobook performance is EVERYTHING. My library loan expired before I could finish, so for two weeks I would check ⬇️

Christine the Hot.Right.Now section of Libby at least 3 times a day, hoping I could get it back! I had the ebook and liked reading it that way, too, especially bc then I could look up some of the awesomely archaic words Groff threw in. But I couldn‘t stop thinking about the audiobook and was so happy to get it back yesterday. ❤️ 3mo
LatrelWhite I‘m waiting on my library loan in about 3 weeks. Thanks for the review look forward to reading it (listening)🙂 3mo
Augustdana 🤣🤣 looking at the comments here I am in the same boat!! Not so patiently waiting for my hold to come in at the library. 3mo
Christine @LatrelWhite May your wait go by quickly!! 😁 Hope you love it, too. 3mo
Christine @Augustdana LOL! The struggle is real. Hope your fellow patrons fly through it! 🤞 3mo
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My #HHS box is off on its cross-country journey! ✈️📬📦📚👻🎃 #hauntedhollowswap

wanderinglynn Yay! 🙌🏻🧡🎃 3mo
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Lucky me to have already received my #HauntedHollowSwap box! Thanks, @Nessavamusic ! #HHS #HHS21 @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Yay! 🙌🏻🧡🎃 3mo
aperfectmjk So... I'm that weirdo that's checking out your cool "Read" art on the wall in the background. ? 3mo
Christine @aperfectmjk Haha yay! I‘m the weirdo who held my box at a strange angle to get the art in the shot! 😂 (I got that a while back at my library‘s gift shop. I love woodcuts and that artist has lots of cool ones: www.peternevins.com ) (edited) 3mo
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Beautifully written and narrated memoir. Burke is remarkable. In telling her uniquely compelling story of how she became an activist, she also lays out truths that could apply to anyone hoping to fight for social justice and change (listen to your inner voice, draw upon your own lived experience, be vulnerable). And I love the cover so much! Can't stop looking at it. Planning to pick up her book with Brené Brown soon.

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Matrix | Lauren Groff
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All too relatable, sometimes. 😂😭 (Really enjoying this so far!)

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Great! Another excellent @Reggie recommendation (…Reggimmendation? 😁). The audiobook was good, and cute: bleeped curse words, the author smiling with his voice/chuckling, etc. But, as @wanderinglynn noted, this one begs to be highlighted, so print might have worked even better for me. Among my lessons learned:
- OMG I‘m a logic bully!
- Vaccine whisperers are a thing and why haven‘t we deployed thousands of these?!
- There‘s joy in being wrong.

Ruthiella Please make #Reggimendation a thing! 😂 4mo
wanderinglynn Yes, I second @Ruthiella to make #Reggimendation a thing! 🙌🏻 4mo
Reggie ❤️I actually picked this up because @Chelsea.Poole posted about it and then @wanderinglynn backed everything she said up. The magic ✨ of Litsy. And yes, I‘ve been trying to change my whys to how‘s. Also, I‘ve been asking a lot of people at work the matrix scenario about staying plugged into the simulation or staying out and being a billionaire in Monaco. Almost everyone said stay in. This one lady said stay in because of her daughter and this 👇🏼 4mo
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Reggie other person next to us said but your daughter‘s not real. The lady then said she‘s real to me. I thought that was touching. And then most of the young guys said billionaires. (Of course) Glad you liked it, Christine. 4mo
Chelsea.Poole @Reggie so happy to spread the word about this one. I‘ve been giving this to my IRL reader friends too. Maybe little by little we‘ll change the world with this one! I know a few people who could really benefit from “thinking again”!! 😆 also yes, so much magic here 📚 ♥️ 4mo
Chelsea.Poole Also, here for the #Reggimendation 👏 4mo
Christine @Ruthiella @wanderinglynn Haha yes! Reggie's reviews/recs ARE always hashtag-worthy! 4mo
Christine @Reggie Aww yes, absolutely the magic of Litsy! I enjoyed going back and reading their reviews that I had previously missed. I love that you've been engaging with people at work around that Matrix scenario and yes, what a lovely response that woman gave! ❤ LOL to the billionaires. 4mo
Christine @Chelsea.Poole Loved your review of this (just as I always love all of your posts)! Totally agree that we'd see a lot of positive change if more of us took on many of these practices/qualities. 4mo
Chelsea.Poole @Christine thank you! 🥺🥰 and ditto! Love checking out all you‘ve got going here 👏📚 4mo
Christine @Chelsea.Poole ❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
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Sometimes Michael Pollan annoys me, but I can‘t quit his books and always enjoy them. I like his recent explorations of mind-altering substances at least as much as his food writing. Lines like these keep me coming back for more: “I came to see how integral caffeine is to the daily work of knitting ourselves back together after the fraying of consciousness during sleep. That reconsolidation of self - the daily sharpening of the mental pencil.“

SamAnne LOL. I feel the same way about him. 4mo
Christine @SamAnne 😂, glad I‘m not alone! 4mo
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Mrs. March: A Novel | Virginia Feito
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This was pretty great! Super unsettling, loved the writing/setting/attention to weird details. (I share with Mrs. March an obsession with olive bread, loved how much it was referenced! There‘s also a bit about The Lawrence Welk Show near the end that spoke to my soul bc I watched so many reruns of that as a kid with my older parents; the way it was used in this book slayed me.) Great on audio, too - just the slump-buster I needed this week!

Chelsea.Poole I‘ve been seeing this one around a lot. Stacked! 4mo
Tamra I will be in line for her next novel! 4mo
Michael_Gee Oo this sounds great 4mo
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Christine @Chelsea.Poole I hope you love it! ❤️ 4mo
Christine @Tamra Same! Also - when I got to the part about a deer crunching up a rabbit, my first thought was “Tamra posted about this!!” 😂 4mo
Christine @Michael_Gee I liked it so much. Hope you do (if you try it), too! 4mo
Tamra @Christine still such a weird thought! 4mo
Cathythoughts Great review.. I‘ve started this one .. now to find time to read 🤞🏻❤️ 4mo
Christine @Tamra Yes! 😳 4mo
Christine @Cathythoughts Here‘s hoping you find that time! And that you continue to enjoy this one when you do. :) 4mo
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Been having a slumpy week, despite physical and virtual piles of great library books. I did at least make it through the first half of this EXCELLENT series. (Part of why I checked it out was so I could listen to the companion podcast featuring one of the show‘s writers and Ashley C. Ford - it‘s great, too!) Wondering now if I might like the book despite my horror wimpiness…

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This one really is THAT good. Brutal but also funny and endearing and unearbudremovable (has someone coined a better word for an unputdownable audiobook? 😆). Bonus of a motorcycle gang component that I didn't expect (guess I still miss Sons of Anarchy!). Loved the audiobook performance, even though it did make the plentiful yucky graphic violence parts even more vivid! 😬 Characters and story will definitely stay with me. 💔❤️

AvidReader25 “Unearbudremovable” I love it so much! 4mo
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The Guide: A novel | Peter Heller
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I liked The River just fine and liked this a bit more. The fishing and scene-setting and sense of impending doom were probably my favorite parts. Oh, and the cover. Surprised to discover that I‘m apparently digging COVID-adjacent fiction now - any suggestions for more?

Tamra Love the cover! I‘m curious. 5mo
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I haven't read nearly enough bell hooks since grad school. This was a practical read for me that ended up also feeling transformative. ❤️
This quote exemplifies why:
“There are times when personal experience keeps us from reaching the mountain top and so we let it go because the weight of it is too heavy. And sometimes the mountain top is difficult to reach with all our resources, factual and confessional, ⬇️

Christine so we are just there, collectively grasping, feeling the limitations of knowledge, longing together, yearning for a way to reach that highest point. Even this yearning is a way to know.” ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ 5mo
lynneamch So good to know this is still being read and appreciated. 5mo
Megabooks Definitely stacking! 5mo
Christine @lynneamch It‘s so good. I loved the audio but will need a print copy for highlighting and revisiting. 5mo
Christine @Megabooks I got all excited when I realized the audiobook was on Hoopla and then really pounced when I saw the narrator. 😍 5mo
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