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KyrstinElizabeth

KyrstinElizabeth

Joined July 2016

I'm a serial reader and a part-time writer. Full-time lover.
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Sorcery of Thorns | Margaret Rogerson

Was that what it meant to lose someone? The pain never went away. It just got...covered up.

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Sorcery of Thorns | Margaret Rogerson

This was Elizabeth‘s purpose. Not to become a warden in the hopes of proving herself to people who would never understand. She wasn‘t a wielder of chains; she was a breaker of them. She was the library‘s will made flesh.

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Sorcery of Thorns | Margaret Rogerson

For these were not ordinary books the library kept. They were knowledge, given life. Wisdom, given voice. They sang when starlight streamed through the library‘s windows. They felt pain and suffered heartbreak. Sometimes they were sinister, grotesque— but so was the world outside. And that made the world no less worth fighting for, because wherever there was darkness, there was also so much light.

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Sorcery of Thorns | Margaret Rogerson

“Worry not, Miss Scrivener,” he said in his whispering voice. “I can see your soul as clearly as a flame within a glass.”

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Sorcery of Thorns | Margaret Rogerson

She now understood that the world wasn‘t kind to young women, especially when they behaved in ways men didn‘t like, and spoke truths that men weren‘t ready to hear.

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Tattooist of Auschwitz | Heather Morris
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My book haul for the day!

tpixie ♥️♥️♥️ 4mo
tpixie I just finished the tattooist and loved it but that children‘s book brought fun memories to mind 4mo
KyrstinElizabeth Aw yeah, I‘m excited about that stack! 4mo
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Field Notes on Love | Jennifer E. Smith

This is what she loves best about them, the way they carry each other, silently and automatically, when the other needs it.

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Lovely War | Julie Berry

Experience breeds unity; a band of soldiers who have fought the same enemy, the same war, together, for their entire lives, understand unity. As did their parents and grandparents before them.

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Lovely War | Julie Berry

She stopped him with a kiss on the cheek. “Grief is not a contest,” she said.

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Lovely War | Julie Berry
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This book is written so beautifully. Even the tough parts.

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Lovely War | Julie Berry

He began to cry. I am so often moved by souls whose first concern is not for their own lost years, but for the grief their passing will cause to those they love. It‘s more common than you might think. The most ordinary mortal bodies are housed by spectacular souls.

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Lovely War | Julie Berry

Hazel went from stranger and pianist to reason why the war mattered at all, symbol of all that was pure and beautiful and worth dying for in a broken world.

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Lovely War | Julie Berry

Modesty was never her forte, but then, a humble god is hard to find.

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Fear of Missing Out | Kate McGovern

...what is a human life if you‘re not allowed any agency in how you leave it?

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Fear of Missing Out | Kate McGovern

Mom laughs, that garbled, it‘s-totally-not-funny-but-we‘re-going-to-laugh-anyway-because-what-the-hell-else-are-we-supposed-to-do-kind-of-laugh.

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Scholarly reading and sweet tea on a pretty June afternoon in Kentucky. ☀️

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We Set the Dark on Fire | Tehlor Kay Mejia

Their lips met like swords sometimes do, clashing and impatient and bent on destruction, and Dani thought her heart might burst if she didn‘t stop, but it would surely burst if she did. So she didn‘t. Carmen didn‘t. They barely noticed when the sky cracked open, extinguishing the fire at their feet, though it couldn‘t touch the one between them.

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Dig | A. S. King

Dad keeps crying. I hug him and he sobs into my chest. It‘s as if we‘d just switched places. Except it‘s not. I think this is what families are supposed to do.

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Dig | A. S. King

He‘s not sure what he‘s crying about, but he‘s pretty sure he‘s crying about everything.

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Dig | A. S. King

Believe me, when that fire hose of diarrhea starts, you will realize that up until that moment, your life was fine.

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Song for a Whale | Lynne Kelly

Sometimes she had too much of a drizzly November in her soul and had to get to the sea.

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This Is How It Always Is | Laurie Frankel

You have to help him see that if he‘s disappearing from the world, that‘s too high a price to pay for fitting in.

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This Is How It Always Is | Laurie Frankel

How did you teach your small human that it‘s what‘s inside that counts when the truth was everyone was pretty preoccupied with what you put on over the outside too?

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This Is How It Always Is | Laurie Frankel

That‘s what all stories want. They want to get out, get told, get heard. Otherwise, what‘s the point of stories? They want to help little boys go to sleep. They want to help stubborn mamas fall in love with dads. They want to teach people things and make them laugh and cry.

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Small Great Things | Jodi Picoult

There are just some feelings, I‘ve learned, for which we never invented the right words.

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Small Great Things | Jodi Picoult

She wore an expression I‘ve only seen in paintings in museums, of a love and a grief so fierce that they forged together to create some new, raw emotion.

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Small Great Things | Jodi Picoult

How many exceptions do there have to be before you start to realize that maybe the truths you‘ve been told aren‘t actually true?

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All your life you try to imagine what bad news sounds like, but when you actually hear bad news, it simply makes no sense; it‘s like being told the definition of a black hole by a physicist, directions by a local, the evidence of God by a priest.

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I love the smell of old bookstores— paper, knowledge, and probably mildew. I hate the cliche that you shouldn‘t judge a book by its cover, because covers say so much about what‘s inside.

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Christmas books!

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“You have many thousands of freckles.” ‘Papa used to say they were like stars in heaven. Like apples in a tree.‘ “They are little brown dots, child. Thousands of little brown dots.” ‘That sounds ugly.‘ “On you, they are beautiful.”

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There is the humility of being a father to someone so powerful, as if he were only a narrow conduit for another, greater thing.

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The Power | Naomi Alderman

This is the trouble with history. You can‘t see what‘s not there. You can look at an empty space and see that something‘s missing, but there‘s no way to know what it was.

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The Power | Naomi Alderman

There are no shortcuts. Not to understanding and not to knowledge.

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The Power | Naomi Alderman

Allie comes to pieces quite gently. All the violence in her has been spent out a hundred times. When this thing happens, she is calm, floating above the storm, watching the raging sea below.

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The Power | Naomi Alderman

The shape of power is always the same; it is the shape of a tree.

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Prayers for the Stolen | Jennifer Clement

I wanted to be given instructions. I wanted to obey him. I wanted to kneel.

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The Emperor of Ocean Park | Stephen L. Carter
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My haul from today‘s #halfpricebooks mega sale.

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After the joint, we would roll around, or play and talk and giggle and kiss. We smoked, we kissed, we looked into each other‘s eyes and sighed. We lay on her satin sheets, her body white and soft as a goose feather. In the dim red glow of her room, we would whisper and laugh, we would start playing with each other and fall asleep warm and wet and entwined. The drumming of the rain became our own private dancer.

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She did not talk about her past. When she brooded, I did not enter.

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Far from the Tree | Robin Benway

...Grace liked him just because he liked her, and that wasn‘t a strong enough tree to hang on to when the storm came.

RaimeyGallant Nice! 1y
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Far from the Tree | Robin Benway

She loved her parents, though, with a desperation that sometimes scared her.

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11/22/63: A Novel | Stephen King

Want to know the best thing about teaching? Seeing that moment when a kid discovers his or her gift. There‘s no feeling on earth like it.

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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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Say their names!

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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas

Once you‘ve seen how broken someone is it‘s like seeing them naked — you can‘t look at them the same anymore.

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...at the back of my head, there was always a nagging doubt I was teaching under false pretenses.

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In the high school classroom you are a drill sergeant, a rabbi, a shoulder to cry on, a disciplinarian, a singer, a low-level scholar, a clerk, a referee, a clown, a counselor, a dress-code enforcer, a conductor, an apologist, a philosopher, a collaborator, a tap dancer, a politician, a therapist, a fool, a traffic cop, a priest, a mother-father-brother-sister-uncle-aunt, a bookkeeper, a critic, a psychologist, the last straw.

rather_be_reading welcome to litsy!! 📚🎉📚 @LitsyWelcomeWagon 1y
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Bee Season: A Novel | Myla Goldberg
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TBR PILE!

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“I think the greatest battles that we will ever have are within, and what is the thing that can get there? Music. Music is the only thing you let that deep in your soul.”