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Kitta

Kitta

Joined May 2016

Scientist and avid reader, currently based in NYC with my cat, Nala.
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Discount on a book I really want to read? Thanks kindle!

I have complex PTSD, essentially, I have not one trauma but many and it‘s taken a lot of therapy to unravel everything and make life bearable. It‘s mainly diagnosed in abused children.

I have been making my way through books about it (there‘s surprisingly few). I was excited when this came out last year and wanted to pick it up immediately but held back because of mount TBR. $3 is a steal!

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They‘re here! Please excuse my super busy coffee table 😅 #botm

jeannasser If you think your coffee table is bad you don‘t wanna look at mine 😭 2mo
Kitta @jeannasser you can only see a little bit here but there‘s 4 stacks of books taking up the other side!! 😂 2mo
batsy I'm really curious about The Shards! 2mo
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BookLineNSinker @batsy The Shards is fantastic so far! Based on what I've read, I'd definitely recommend it to a fellow thriller enthusiast! 2mo
Kitta @BookLineNSinker great to hear! 2mo
batsy @BookLineNSinker That's great! I've only read (and enjoyed—I'm in the minority I think 😅) American Psycho by him. I'm looking forward to this one. 2mo
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Following the #wonderouswednesday prompt from @Eggs ! Thanks for tagging me.

This is a photo of my grandfather reading! He died when I was young so we don‘t have many photos of him. My mother sent me this picture this week and I thought you‘d all enjoy.

Beautiful to me is the little things in life, the cosy reading spot, the clouds forming shapes in the sky, soft rain. I‘m inspired by people who do small kindnesses for others.

jlhammar Wonderful photo! 2mo
Eggs Lovely photo and post❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
Kitta @jlhammar @Eggs thank you!! 2mo
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Hell Bent | Leigh Bardugo
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The shard isn‘t on litsy yet but I‘m excited to read urn #botm

swishandflick Ooh! Was The Shards an add-on? I overlooked that completely! 2mo
Kitta @swishandflick they just added it as an option! I delayed ordering because I heard a rumour it would be added. 2mo
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Graph Out Loud | Graphjam Com
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StoryGraph stats from last year! I made a real effort with queer books for #lgbtbookbingo!

It looks like I forgot to add a couple books, I take much better care in updating goodreads. I can‘t figure out what‘s missing though. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Just wanted to take a moment and update you all about my beloved #littenkitten Nala who passed away just before Christmas.

She was honestly the best cat and I‘ve been struggling without her little footsteps and her greeting me at the door everyday. She lost a battle with cancer and it was time.

Safe passage over the rainbow bridge baby.

#catsoflitsy 😿

Soubhiville I‘m sorry. This is a great photo. 3mo
Bklover I am so sorry! What a beautiful kitty!! 3mo
hannah-leeloo I'm so sorry for your loss. I lost me eldest cat on the 1st. Its never easy to lose a fur baby 🫂 I hope they're over the rainbow now making friends. 3mo
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RaeLovesToRead So sorry to hear this. Rest in peace, beautiful Nala 💙 3mo
Chelsea.Poole I‘m so sorry 💔 3mo
jlhammar So sorry. My heart goes out to you. 3mo
Ruthiella Sorry to hear that. 💔 3mo
sarahbellum Nala 💔 I‘m so sorry for your loss 3mo
batsy So sorry for your loss 💔 What a sweet kitty 💕 3mo
Kitta @hannah-leeloo I‘m so sorry you lost your cat too! It‘s heartbreaking. I hope they are making friends too. 2mo
hannah-leeloo Thank you sweet 🫂❤️ 2mo
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Neuromancer | William Gibson
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Mehso-so

Finished this over the break but forgot to update here!

I was very confused for most of this book and had a hard time with it. All my friends rate it 5 ⭐️ but for me it‘s more a 3.

I‘ve had covid over the last week but finally feeling better! Fingers crossed I can go to work tomorrow.

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Coming Clean | Kimberly Rae Miller
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Coming clean is about Kim‘s life growing up in a home filled to the brim. Her father is a hoarder.

4/5⭐️

It was moving and a topic I‘m very interested in, I have some hoarding tendencies and purge everything once or twice a year. After 9/11 I collected 100s of newspapers and magazines about it until my mom found them and threw them all out. It was devastating since it was my way of coping with the tragedy.

Final day of covid infection I hope.

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Neuromancer | William Gibson
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Been a while since I‘ve posted. Haven‘t been in the mood to read because of some personal stuff happening.

My friend at work leant me this and I‘m finally giving it a go! I love scifi so I hope I enjoy.

Ruthiella Hope things are looking up now. ❤️ 5mo
Kitta @Ruthiella they are! Thanks. 5mo
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Adorable and relatable as always. I love Allie Brosh‘s work.

I almost cried at the part about her sister though, while in the airport waiting for my flight.

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Stuck in the airport for 5 hours after my flight was delayed. So I bought some books! Excited for these two. 😄

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Untitled | Unknown
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I saw @slategreyskies posted their #Storygraph stats so I thought I‘d do the same!

I guess I really like queer books 😂

slategreyskies I‘m so addicted to stats! 🤣 6mo
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Happy-Go-Lucky | David Sedaris
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Reading is not going well. Someone stole my book! 🐈

#catsoflitsy #littenkitten

Ruthiella 😹😹😹 6mo
FlowerFairy 🤣🤣🤣 6mo
elkeOriginal Bad kitty 😆🥰 6mo
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Cafe con Libros | Brooklyn, NY (Bookstore)
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Black book swap at Cafe con Libros! Bring a black or POC author book to trade!

I ended up picking up all about love by bell hooks.

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Went to a book talk with a friend for her favourite pornstar Maitland Ward. She‘s written a book called Rated X! Pretty interesting hearing her story and how affirmed she feels working for a woman owned porn company.

Really different to my normal reading and very interesting! I‘ll let you all know if it‘s worth reading.

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Notes on Grief | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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At another book talk at the 92Y!

charl08 Ooh lucky. But a tough book. 6mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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The Scotiabank Giller Prize nominees are out! (It‘s a Canadian prize for the best novel, graphic novel or short story published in English in Canada)

I‘ve never heard of any of these before! Have any of you?

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I loved these graphic novels as a teenager and the show is so good! I loved that lucifer is a woman and their selection of death (my favourite character) was great.

So yes this is a series (and graphic novel!!) recommendation but it‘s so good I can‘t resist. Has anyone else watched it?

5feet.of.fury I just finished it recently! Loved it! I haven‘t read it though. I liked the casting choices and have been enjoying Neil owning bigots on twitter about it 😂 7mo
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Vulture Peak | John Burdett
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I think I‘m the first on litsy to review this book and unfortunately I wasn‘t sold on it.

This is book 5 in John Burdett‘s series about a Thai detective in Bangkok and this time he‘s investigating illegal organ transplants. It‘s a fast read and I don‘t think I would have bothered if I hadn‘t read the other 4. I starting reading them while I was living in Thailand.

Photo of my parents backyard because it‘s beautiful and I read this on kindle.

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The Zahir | Paulo Coelho
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I went through a phase of reading tons of Paulo Coelho because I didn‘t know what else to take out from the library and I wanted to recapture the magic of The Alchemist. The Zahir did that for me.

The rest of the books were so-so because they felt like repetitions of the same theme but I loved this one. It‘s about a man on a journey to find his wife who disappears without a note or a trace.

#alphabetgame #letterz @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

LeeRHarry I haven‘t liked any books of his that I‘ve read since The Alchemist- which I adored - but I‘ll put this one on my TBR 😊 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing!! 7mo
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Yerba Buena | Nina LaCour
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A fun foodie book for you all that is an easy read! It‘s a sapphic love story that I really connected with. It‘s not a romance novel, more fiction. It had me hungry for more 😆

I gave it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ but I don‘t have a 5 star book to recommend for #lettery! #alphabetgame #lgbt @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing!! 7mo
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Midnight Library | Matt Haig
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I can see what this book is trying to be, but it just missed the mark for me. Anything about suicide is going to be a complex subject to write about and I didn‘t like the way this played out in the end. This hasn‘t been my experience with depression and suicide. It seems to suggest that a text or message from someone can change someone‘s mind. Idk.

The premise was interesting and I liked the discussions of philosophy but overall disappointed.

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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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Perhaps a controversial opinion but I didn‘t love this even though by all means I should have.

Lyrical writing - ❤️
Circus - I was in the circus as an aerialist 🎪
Adventure - ❤️
Magic - 🪄 🙌🏻

But still something felt lacking to me. I guessed the twists and turns early on and couldn‘t wait for it to be over. I borrowed it from a friend so I have to give it back soon.

Maybe if I meditate on it I‘ll change my review but for now ⭐️⭐️⭐️.

readingjedi I thought I was going to love this one too as in theory it ticked all my boxes. But I was left feeling like I'd missed something...it was just nowhere near as good as I had thought it was going to be! 7mo
Kitta @readingjedi I know, everyone raves about how good it is! I feel like I‘m missing something. 7mo
sarahbellum This one wasn‘t for me either. Way too much description for way too little plot. And the endless “but we don‘t know what the rules are!” refrain had me losing it 7mo
Kitta @sarahbellum yes! So annoying. 7mo
Ruthiella You are not alone! I really disliked this. Like @sarahbellum said, too much description but no actual story. I wanted more. 7mo
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I don‘t normally read poetry but Ocean Vuong makes it easy to enjoy. Thought provoking and just as good as seeing him in person a few weeks/months ago (what even is time anyway?).

His poems range from during the war in Vietnam to stories about his father. I‘m so glad I have his newest work (Time is a Mother) at home ready to read when I get back.

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5feet.of.fury 🤣🤣 7mo
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Some poetry/nonfiction for #lgbtqiabingo #lgbtbingo
@Kenyazero

Kenyazero Nice! 7mo
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I love the quotes at the top of the page that give context to the poems, but this I wasn‘t expecting!

#poetry

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Wave | Sonali Deraniyagala
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This book moved me so much and I cried for her. Sonali writes on her grief after her parents, husband, and two sons pass away in the tsunami that wrecked Sri Lankan shores. It‘s powerful and beautifully written. Definitely recommended.

#alphabetgame #letterW @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alfoster Oh my! Can‘t bring myself to read this as we lost my husband‘s brother in that tsunami when he was building a house on the beach. Because he was a surfer he ignored the warnings to leave.🥲 7mo
Kitta @Alfoster oh my gosh how devastating. I‘m so sorry. It‘s a tough read for sure. Another book I liked for W was 7mo
Kitta @Alfoster but it‘s also about grief and death. Similarly moving as I work in oncology. 7mo
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Alfoster Wow, well good for you; that‘s gotta be tough but also heartening! I applaud you!👊 7mo
Kitta @Alfoster I‘m just a scientist, so I don‘t feel I deserve anything, it‘s the doctors who do the tough work with patients! I just pipette things all day haha 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing 🙌🏻📚 7mo
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Just starting this book of poetry. Not my usual cup of tea but I love Ocean Vuong.

Hi in the corner from my parent‘s golden Winnie!

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Our Wives Under the Sea | Julia Armfield
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Oof this book. More of a feeling in words than a story, it‘s about a woman who‘s wife goes into a submarine for a deep sea mission and the submarine fails and she stays trapped underwater. Switching between the wives points of view Miri - discussing the aftermath of her wife‘s return and Leah - describing the time underwater.

I loved this #camplitsy pick but I don‘t know if others will! Sunny day today so I‘m off to kayak now!

BarbaraBB Great review. Happy to have you participating in the discussion 🤍 7mo
Kitta @BarbaraBB Thanks! I‘m excited for the discussion. I wonder if everyone else liked it as much as I did? 7mo
BarbaraBB I think a lot of people did - in the end. But I‘m curious about the discussion! 7mo
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Very intense and with a trigger warning for eating disorders, but I thought this book was amazing.

#alphabetgame #letterV @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

batsy I thought it was, too! Definitely one of my top V reads. 7mo
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Our Wives Under the Sea | Julia Armfield
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Just started this! A bit late for the #camplitsy discussion but I‘ll catch up today!

So far it reminds me too much of my divorce from my wife 😬 but we‘ll see how it goes.

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Serious trigger warning with this book: eating disorders.

This is the story of Portia De Rossi‘s battle with anorexia and how it almost destroyed her life. Very moving and relatable as someone who also struggled with disordered eating.

An interesting read but definitely triggering so read with caution.

#alohabetgame #letterU @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

tpixie Here‘s another very good thought provoking book about eating disorders ( with triggers) 7mo
Kitta @tpixie sounds good! I‘ll have to check it out. Rated very highly by littens I see at 92%! 7mo
tpixie @Kitta it is moving. 7mo
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No list is complete without Pablo Neruda. Accessible even to those who don‘t read poetry, his work is beautiful.

“I want to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees” 🌸

#alphabetgame #letterT @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Graywacke I think I have this book. But I haven‘t read it. 7mo
Kitta @Graywacke you should read it! It‘s easy to dip into. 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing 📚 7mo
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Slaughterhouse-Five | Kurt Vonnegut
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This book has stuck with me for years. A definite must read!

#alphabetgame #letterS @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing 📚 7mo
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McNally Jackson - Seaport | New York, New York (Bookstore)
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At McNally Jackson in LaGuardia! Flying to Canada to visit my family. A week by the lake reading sounds perfect right about now.

BarbaraBB Enjoy! 7mo
Ruthiella Bon voyage! 🛫 7mo
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Red at the Bone | Jacqueline Woodson
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Red at the Bone was a great read for anyone who enjoys literary fiction!

#alphabetgame #letterR @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing 📚 7mo
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The Quiet American | Graham Greene
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I haven‘t read many Q books but I loved this one!

#alphabetgame #letterQ @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing 📚 7mo
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My all time favourite book, I‘m obsessed with the language and beauty of the writing. I even have an Oscar Wilde tattoo!

Runner up is The Power by Naomi Alderman. Both ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ in my book.

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks #alphabetgame #letterP

truthinfiction I left both of these after beginning. Although, I intend to pick back up Dorian Gray sometime soon. 7mo
Kitta @truthinfiction everyone is different, there‘s some books people love that I can‘t stand 🤷🏻‍♀️. Although I hope you enjoy Dorian Gray if you pick it up again! 7mo
truthinfiction @Kitta Thanks, I think I will. I did enjoy the book but I wasn't able to follow the philosophical discussions between Dorian and the other pretty boy. So, I left it off to come back to it when I would be better able to comprehend. 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing 📚 7mo
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I love Neil Gaiman and this was no exception! It‘s a beautiful dreamlike story about a man remembering his childhood.

#alphabetgame #letterO @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing! 📚 7mo
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G - Ghana must go by Taiye Selasi
H - H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
I - The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
J - Jailbird by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
K - The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
L - Lady in Gold by Anne-Marie O‘Conner
M - Mr. Loverman by Bernadine Evaristo
N - The Nightingale and the Rose by Oscar Wilde

#alphabetgame catch-up!

I have a tattoo of the last one. Maybe I‘ll make a post about it.

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Excellent 📚🙌🏻 7mo
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The Cat and the City | Nick Bradley
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An interesting series of short stories interconnected by a cat wandering Tokyo. It felt very Japanese despite being by an English writer, although I felt some of the explanations were unnecessary. The presence of the cat felt a little forced sometimes too.

Some of the stories are really sad, the way any story of a big city‘s population would be, but some are hopeful. It was a good mix and I enjoyed the collection a lot!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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A Fine Balance | Rohinton Mistry
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Beautiful but long novel, I promise it‘s worth it.

Fun fact, his wife was an English teacher at my school!

Ruthiella I loved this book too. So sad but so good. 8mo
Cathythoughts I loved this book too 💔 8mo
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There‘s a bunch of books I could have picked for this that I loved (The English Patient, the Elegance of the Hedgehog, the Emperor Waltz, etc) but I wanted to highlight this short story collection I got during the Brooklyn Book Festival a few years ago.

Dark, quirky and interesting! This short story collection was great. I‘d recommend if you‘re looking for something a little different.

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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly | Jean-Dominique Bauby
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I absolutely loved the language in this book and the feelings evoked by it. It was on my TBR for years and I‘m so glad I got around to reading it. Highly recommended.

#alphabetgame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Nutmegnc This book- and the movie made from it- were so moving and hopeful. It‘s a painting with words. 8mo
Kitta @Nutmegnc I haven‘t seen the movie yet! But I agree 100% 8mo
Nutmegnc @Kitta the movie is worth it!! Directed by artist Julian Scnabel! So incredibly well done!! I‘ve seen it many many times!! 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing! 8mo
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#alphabetgame catch up! Here‘s my top for the first few letters.

A - All That‘s Solid Melts into Air by Darragh McKeon
B - A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
C - Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing!! 8mo
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Finally picked my #BOTM! I can‘t wait to read this since it‘s something a bit different from my normal literary fiction choices!

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The Cat and the City | Nick Bradley
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Just started this to take a break from the Night Circus, which I was finding a little slow for my mood at the moment.

I bought this from the kindle daily deals a while back mainly for the cover (so pretty 😍), the fact that it‘s set in Tokyo, and because I love “snap shots of life” stories.

Also I loved the idea of a cat connecting them all. 🐈

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Cafe con Libros | Brooklyn, NY (Bookstore)
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Hanging at my favourite local independent bookstore and picking up my copy of Our Wives Under the Sea for the august #CampLitsy read! The bookstore didn‘t originally stock it but they liked it when I ordered it so now they do!

I ended up skipping This Time Tomorrow, partly due to lack of reading time, partly because I wasn‘t as interested in it and I have something else on the go. Let me know if I should rethink that and read it fellow campers!

BarbaraBB I love that your bookstore listened to you and yes, I think you should read This Time Tomorrow. It‘s my favorite read of #CampLitsy so far! 8mo
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I know this is nothing like the 100,000 or even 10,000 points others have but it feels like an accomplishment!

Who will be like 7,000??

Ruthiella Congratulations! 👏👏👏 8mo
Texreader Fantastic!! Way to go! 🎉🎊 8mo
DisneyFan Congrats! How long did it take, if you don‘t mind my asking? I‘ve only been on a month, I think, and crossed 1000 today. But I only add books I‘ve read since joining. (edited) 8mo
Kitta @DisneyFan I joined years ago but didn‘t use my account regularly until this year so it‘s hard to say! 8mo
Megabooks 🎉🎉🎉 8mo
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