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LauraJ

LauraJ

Joined March 2016

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Sputnik Sweetheart | Haruki Murakami
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Slow day at work. Continuing my Murakami kick with my foster kitty, who is hoping to meet someone who will adopt her.
#catsoflitsy

OutsmartYourShelf She looks like a sweetheart. 2w
Kimzey 😻 2w
RaeLovesToRead 🥰🥰🥰🥰 so cute!!! 2w
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Pretty sure this is in my future.

Ruthiella I hope not! 😨 3w
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Do kangaroos have nervous breakdowns?

Bookwomble I think all feeling beings are susceptible to trauma, so I'd say it's certain that they can 🙂🙁 (happy emoji for interaction with your post; sad emoji for nervous kangaroo 🦘) 3w
LauraJ @Bookwomble I definitely see trauma responses in the stray/abandoned cats and dogs I care for, but the trauma is from a human source. Maybe animals get postpartum depression. 3w
Bookwomble @LauraJ Aww, it's fantastic that you care for abandoned and abused cats 💖 It must be upsetting at times, but so rewarding. 3w
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Mehso-so

This is a book of short slice-of-life stories and I was hoping for a little more depth. Cute, but not enough to make me continue reading the series.

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The Black Dahlia | James Ellroy
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Pickpick

I really liked the characters in this reimagined grisly version of the Black Dahlia case. I need to read more Elroy.

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The Witch Elm | Tana French
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Pickpick

Privileged white guy doesn‘t realize he‘s a privileged white guy until people point it out to him. There‘s a murder to be solved. Privileged white guy remains a privileged white guy. Lots of over explaining throughout. Nonetheless, it‘s a weak pick.

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The Witch Elm | Tana French
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Almost 175 pages before this book gets going! Hopefully it keeps going…

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The Likeness: A Novel | Tana French
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Pickpick

It‘s a bit wordy at times and the premise is a bit hard to buy, but I liked it enough to read The Witch Elm next.

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The Likeness: A Novel | Tana French
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About to start this one…as soon as I can get this sassy girl to move. Haven‘t read French before, but I pulled out five other books and wasn‘t in the mood for any of them.

Libby1 😻 1mo
Leftcoastzen So adorable! 1mo
ju.ca.no Cutieeee😍 1mo
squirrelbrain 😻 1mo
Scochrane26 ❤️ 😻 1mo
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Ordeal by Innocence | Agatha Christie
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I see why Agatha Christie has been a popular author for so long. There are no major subplots, no extraneous characters, just a murder mystery that it‘s impossible not to try to solve as you read along. Very fun…as far as murder goes!

Ruthiella Glad you liked it! 1mo
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Ordeal by Innocence | Agatha Christie
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I‘m about to embark upon my first Agatha Christie novel. I‘m embarrassed to say I‘m over 50 and have never read anything by her 😮

Leftcoastzen Yay ! & Hello gorgeous to your Tortie!😸 1mo
Ruthiella I hope you like it! Then you‘ll have a large back catalogue to choose from next! 1mo
LauraJ @Leftcoastzen She‘s a foster cat. I‘ll miss her when she finds a home 😿 1mo
Leftcoastzen She‘s so cute! 1mo
ChristieStratos Tbh I haven‘t either. 1mo
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Eden Mine: A Novel | S. M. Hulse
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Mehso-so

There‘s a lot of landscape painting and mule riding and then in the last 30 pages it gets interesting.

sherrisilvera Oh man. I was looking forward to this since I loved Black River. 1mo
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Chair | Richard Garcia
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I‘ve found my dream reading chair. I imagine it would be like reading while being hugged by a teddy bear.

marleed I love this! 1mo
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Eden Mine: A Novel | S. M. Hulse
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Working my way through #MountTBR and donating another five books before I allow myself to buy anything new.

catiewithac Such strength and moral fortitude!!!! 1mo
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Mehso-so

Well, it started off strong and then fizzled out. It‘s a maybe/maybe not vampire story with lots of 80‘s punk references. Was expecting more from Tremblay, who was too self-indulgent with this one.

Creadnorthey Cool art! 1mo
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Pallbearers Club | Paul Tremblay
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The paragraphs are needlessly pages long in this book, making it hard on my old eyes. I‘m guessing this may be part of what other readers objected to. It does get points for The Princess Bride quote at the bottom of the left page!

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This is the first book aside from textbooks I‘ve bought in a year. Seems Littens are not fans, but I‘m going to give it a shot anyway…with my trusty foster kitten for company.

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Pickpick

This one is a page-turner starring a young teen with the biggest chip on her shoulder ever.

CoverToCoverGirl I really liked it too! Quite disturbing in parts. 1mo
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Empire of Wild | Cherie Dimaline
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This is a werewolf thriller with a Métis cast of characters. It‘s also a bit of a love story. I enjoyed the folklore aspects and main characters, who are tough women who have what it takes to get the job done.

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Happy National Black Cat Appreciation Day to my best reading buddy, Cecil.

ju.ca.no 💙💙💙 2mo
Leftcoastzen Yay! 2mo
RaeLovesToRead Hi Cecil! 😊😊💕 2mo
HeathHof Aw, so handsome😻 1mo
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Empire of Wild | Cherie Dimaline
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He‘s only three days old, but I can tell he‘s already plotting the best way to sit on my book.
#fosterkitten

ravenlee Looks like a future bookmark stealer to me. 2mo
BookNAround Look at that sweet new baby! 2mo
squirrelbrain 😻 2mo
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LauraJ @BookNAround He‘s all white except for the dot on his head, so I‘m calling him Spot. 2mo
marleed Oh my goodness! 2mo
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Empire of Wild | Cherie Dimaline
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Starting this with no idea of what it‘s about aside from the mention of the rogarou, which seems to be a werewolf-type creature.

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Made a good dent in this one before Cecil pulled my bookmark out.
#catsarejerks

Bookwomble Godammit, Cecil! 😾😄 2mo
Sleepswithbooks I really liked this one 🙃 2mo
BookNAround Oh Cecil, you naughty boy!😂 2mo
rubyslippersreads But a bookmark makes such a good cat toy! 😹 1mo
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Cecil and I are reading something other than textbooks again. I credit this book for getting me back in the groove.
#majorreadingslump

Maria514626 This sounds great! 2mo
LauraJ @Maria514626 The perfect book to break my yearlong reading slump! 2mo
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Solar: A Novel | Ian McEwan
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Mehso-so

This one never clicked for me. The main character reminded me of someone out of a Philip Roth novel.
#AAMIME

ValerieAndBooks Haven‘t seen you post for a while...hope all‘s well with you and your cats 💖 2y
Trashcanman Where are you!!! Come back! 2y
Trashcanman Where you be?? 2y
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Trashcanman Getting worried 2y
robinb Hope you are well, Laura! 💕 2y
Trashcanman Where the fuck are you?? Worried 2y
Trashcanman God damn it Laura! 2y
Trashcanman I feel left out! Where's this bitchin party you're at? 2y
Trashcanman 👁👁 2y
vivastory I hope you are doing well & are absent for good reasons! 2y
Trashcanman So today sucked but at least the air was better in L.A 2y
Trashcanman I don't pray, but I truly hope you are ok. Worried about you. Just wish I knew you were ok 2y
Trashcanman 👁👁💥 2y
Trashcanman Well...its 100 miles to Chicago, it's dark, and we're wearing sunglasses. 2y
Trashcanman God I hope you are ok, and didn't get covid. Or locked your self out of your home and been patiently waiting ever since. 2y
Trashcanman God damn you Bernice 2y
Trashcanman WTH is going on with you?? Where you be!!! 2y
TheBookHippie @Trashcanman I was wondering the same thing.
Hope all is okay.
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Trashcanman @TheBookHippie I'm legit concerned. 2y
TheBookHippie @Trashcanman I am too I've been watching this post with HOPE. But I have to be honest I am very worried. Does anyone know how to find out if she's okay?? 2y
Trashcanman @TheBookHippie I don't know to be honest. 2y
Trashcanman I wish I knew you were ok and just wanted time to yourself 2y
Trashcanman Just pop in at least to say you're alive. 1y
Trashcanman 😔 1y
Trashcanman Miss you 1y
Trashcanman Still miss you
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Trashcanman Damn you Laura Jones!! 12mo
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Amsterdam | Ian MacEwan
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Pickpick

Is this supposed to be a dark comedy? I found it amusing and enjoyable.
#AAMIME

Libby1 So did I! 2y
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My Stay At Home project is learning about cryptocurrency. Fun audiobook so far.

Trashcanman Where you at??? 2y
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Rogue Protocol | Martha Wells
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Mehso-so

I still love Murderbot, but this isn‘t the strongest book in the series. The setup takes too long and there‘s a lot of repetition before the story gets moving. Once the action kicks in, it‘s fun. The plot is thin and I didn‘t care about the characters. Hopefully this is just an arc to get to book #4.

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Nutshell | Ian McEwan
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A unique thriller told from the perspective of a fetus.
#AuthorAMonth

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Twilight Sleep | Edith Wharton
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Mehso-so

It took me all month to finish this. It was too frivolous to enjoy during a pandemic.
#AAMEW - book 5

Soubhiville Nice photo 😻 2y
LauraJ @Soubhiville Thank you. Cecil is a reluctant model. 2y
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The Age of Innocence | Edith Wharton
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Pickpick

Another upper class New York novel, with characters falling in love with someone who society deems unacceptable.
#AAMEW

batsy I adore those floral Dover covers! 2y
LauraJ @batsy Me too...also love that they‘re so affordable! 2y
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The House of Mirth | Edith Wharton
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A 29 year old orphaned woman is taken in by relatives, and suffers from pride and upperclass social mores...and a gambling addiction! As usual, Wharton‘s main character falls in love with the wrong man. After reading five of her books in a row, they start to blur together. Still, there‘s something comforting about them.
#AAMEW

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Summer - A Novel | Edith Wharton
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A young orphaned woman, who was raised by relatives suffers because of pride and small town societal mores. Standard Wharton themes, but an enjoyable read.
#AuthorAMonth

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Rogue Protocol | Martha Wells
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How amazing is Tor? They publish so many good books and they give away so many good books. So over this work week and ready for Murderbot!

Ruthiella I ❤️ Murderbot! I‘m looking forward to the full length novel that is supposed to be coming out this May. 😀 (edited) 2y
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Ethan Frome | Edith Wharton
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Short but powerful novel. Wharton‘s specialty seems to be the downfall of orphaned young women. There‘s an emphasis on cold and colors that made me hope I misinterpreted what they foreshadowed. Glad I reread this when I had a chance to appreciate it.
#AuthorAMonth

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This book revolves around Sidney Gottlieb, but the real subject is the CIA‘s search for mind control techniques. They never succeeded and the experiments conducted are amazing and frequently inhumane. This was a book club read. Everyone liked it, though most of us were having a hard time focus a month into CA‘s Stay At Home ordinance. And we all agreed that the audiobook version is not good. Check out Wormwood on Netflix for a bit of the story.

Billypar I only know a little about this story so I'd be interested to learn more. I think it needs a better title though - definitely not what I was imagining when I first saw it. 2y
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Lap Cat | Joy A. Hittner
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For those having issues working from home...
#catsoflitsy

Soubhiville That‘s awesome! 2y
CoverToCoverGirl 😂😂😍 2y
Eggs I laughed out loud 😂😂😂 Love this! 2y
JenReadsAlot Omg that's awesome! 2y
jb72 😂 adorable! 2y
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Today‘s #catmeme for @Soubhiville and @jb72
Kinda want to try this!

Soubhiville Oh my gosh that‘s a funny idea. 😂 2y
Leftcoastzen 😂👏 2y
jb72 LOL bad puppy! 2y
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LauraJ @Soubhiville Looks like I‘ve just spent my stimulus check! 2y
Tonton 😂😂😂 2y
CoverToCoverGirl OMG.. I have 4 kitties.. a visually clear image.. thanks I really needed that belly laugh! 🤭👀😂😂😂 2y
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jb72 LOL awesome 🐈😹 2y
Sleepswithbooks 😂 😂 2y
Soubhiville Wow that‘s an angry looking kitty! 2y
LauraJ @Soubhiville I may have to crochet Cecil some bunny ears! 2y
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Borrowed this from @penguinusa on Instagram. 🖤

wanderinglynn So pretty! 😍 2y
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Monk and Cecil are as unhappy with this book‘s narrator as I am. I used to do a lot of voiceover work It‘s a different skill than narration. This guy is an announcer and it feels like he‘s shouting the book at me. Help! I‘d buy a hard copy, but it won‘t reach me in time for my book club. #catsoflitsy

Megabooks Scribd is free right now. Maybe download and check for the ebook?? 2y
Megabooks Nope, I just checked my account and it‘s not there. Boo!! 2y
LauraJ @Megabooks Thanks for checking. I‘ve been on my library‘s waitlist for six weeks and I‘m still waiting. 2y
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Leftcoastzen Omg , they are pretty close together! 2y
wanderinglynn Your kitties are so pretty! 🖤🐱 2y
Reagan Wow, your cat looks a lot like my cat. Very beautiful! 2y
Meaw_catlady Such beautiful kitties!!! 🖤😻 2y
Soubhiville I occasionally bail on an audiobook because I can‘t handle the narrator. Who is it? There‘s only one narrator I won‘t ever listen to: Scott Brick. (Which is funny as I know I‘ve seen other Littens say they love him. His reading just grates on my nerves!) 2y
LeahBergen They are so sweet! 💕💕 2y
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Bewitched | Edith Wharton
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My first #AuthorAMonth for April is a short, atmospheric story about a man committing adultry with a ghost. Or maybe it‘s a vampire? Good intro to Wharton. 3.5/5

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Funny Cats | J. C. Suares, Jane Martin
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I could do this all day! @jb72
#fillaprilwithfunny

Soubhiville 🤣😂🤣 that‘s great! 2y
ravenlee 😂😂😂😂 2y
jb72 😂🤣🤣 I love it! 😻 2y
AkashaVampie Thanks sweetie for posting for #FillAprilWithFunny 2y
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Funny Cats | J. C. Suares, Jane Martin
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Can‘t wait to see what everyone posts!

Cathythoughts Love this 🤣🤣🤣 2y
Soubhiville Poor kitty 😂 2y
jb72 😂 that‘s awesome! 2y
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Pink Moon | Stef Ann Holm
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Unproductive
Indecisiveness
Motivation. I‘m still working full time at an office, but I do very little with my nights.
@Meaw_catlady @sprainedbrain #moonreflections

Meaw_catlady Don‘t put yourself down for not getting much done after work! Times are super tough and the fact that you are making it to work everyday is amazing you are so strong! It‘s okay to just rest and practice self care when you get home! Sending support and love your way! 🌕💛💕 2y
sprainedbrain Motivation is hard for me right now, too! Blessings. ❤️ 2y
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Killing Commendatore | Haruki Murakami
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The man just doesn‘t get it. Yet, like Mieko Kawakami, I still enjoy his books.

https://lithub.com/a-feminist-critique-of-murakami-novels-with-murakami-himself/

Cathythoughts Oh I will enjoy having a listen to this later on 👍🏻 2y
NeedsMoreBooks Just read this and had the same reaction 🙄 2y
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Twilight Sleep | Edith Wharton
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Foster kitty likes Lola, but not my other cat.
Starting on some Wharton for #AuthorAMonth.
#catsoflitsy

Leftcoastzen 😻🐶❤️ 2y
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The Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
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Dance Dance Dance | Haruki Murakami
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I was happy to see the return of several characters from A Wild Sheep Chase. A good and often creepy finish to the Rat series.
And even though we‘re at the end of this #AuthorAMonth, I‘ll be finishing the rest of these soon!

erzascarletbookgasm Great collection 👍 3y
Soubhiville Logged-19📚 3y
LauraJ @erzascarletbookgasm I‘m in love with the UK covers. 3y
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I love Murakami‘s short stories. It‘s hard to choose a favorite from this collection, but “Poor Aunt” is the one that sticks with me the most.
#AuthorAMonth

Soubhiville Logged-18📚 3y
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