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Sfox414

Joined May 2016

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The Black Country by Alex Grecian
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Drinking Pimm's and reading a mystery set at Oxford in the '80s when I came across this savage footnote burn on Cindy Lauper

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Holed up inside on this snowy day with Lillian Boxfish, the Mary Tyler Moore show, and some Welsh rarebit (with bacon 🥓).

I really enjoyed the writing in Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk, and Lillian Boxfish herself was a great character and such fun to read about, but at times it felt just a little bit preachy. Mostly I like how well it pairs with the MTM marathon I've been on for the past couple of weeks.

LauraBeth I've been on a MTM marathon kick too 😀 3y
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#favoritevillain for #riotgrams day 4: The Queen of Hearts! ♣️♦️♠️♥️

Bookishlie That was my second choice!! 3y
EllieDottie This is a great one!! 3y
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The Devil Wears Prada | Lauren Weisberger
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A little late on #funfridayphoto but these are two of my favorite book to movie adaptations.

I think the movie version of The Devil Wears Prada is one of those cases where the movie is much better than the book, and High Fidelity is too much fun to leave out.

That's all. 👠😈

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Fated | S.G. Browne
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#onewordtitle for today's #riotgram

This is the book that's been in my physical TBR pile for the longest time. I've been about 70% done with it since about 2011, so it might be better classified as a DNF, but I've kept it through two cross-country moves and I keep telling myself I'll finish it one day.

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My #mostreread book has gotta be this copy of Pride and Prejudice. I don't reread much anymore and I have a proper grownup copy of it now, but when I was younger I almost wore this one out. #FeistyFeb

Shaila What is it about classics like these that make you love them even more when their covers are all worn and beat up!? 😍😍😍 3y
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#riotgrams #WhereIRead

I do a lot of my best reading in my blue chair in the living room.

Joybishoptx Nice chair! 3y
Pruzy 🍸Very Nice! 3y
CouronneDhiver Lovely living room. 👍🏽 3y
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#shadows for #FeistyFeb day 2

This collection of stories by Helen Oyeyemi is pretty great--probably my favorite of her's.

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#FeistyFeb day 1 - #tbr

Right now I have 13 books checked out from the library...and these 8 are all due back by February 7. Guess I'd better get to reading (and renewing)!

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Stranger in a Strange Land | Robert A. Heinlein
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My normal shelves are kind of a shambles (they're narrow and they're falling apart), so here's my overflow shelf in the linen cupboard. #riotgrams #shelfie

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January #stats

I've read plenty that I've liked so far in 2017, but nothing that I've really really liked. But I've got a massive pile of library books to get through in February, so hopefully that'll change soon!

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Had a harder time than usual choosing my #botm this month. I would've gone with The Animators, but my library hold on it just came in yesterday! I'm starting to regret not adding Pachinko to my box--Perfect Little World looks so lonely all on its own.

Reviewsbylola I admire your resolve! I have such a hard time only choosing one. 3y
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📖🍸🍕🎶👍🏼🙂

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Not Working | Lisa Owens
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I found Claire to be a very relatable protagonist, but the book bogged down a bit in the middle and I wasn't satisfied with the ending. It's very Bridget Jones Diary, but not as focused on romance and not quite as funny.

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The Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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#tbt to when I reread The Handmaid's Tale over Thanksgiving in CO

I read this in the 12th grade for school, but (like a lot of others here) figured it was time for a reread. Teenage me did not appreciate how good it was. It's so well-crafted--Margaret Atwood drops you into Gilead and Offred's head and then slowly, slowly fills you in on how it all came about. It's so compelling and (unfortunately) so relevant.

Gezemice I am up for a re-read, too. My book club almost picked it. Can you imagine it losing the vote to any other book? I was flubbergasted. 3y
Sfox414 @Gezemice oh no! Hopefully y'all can get to it another month--it would be such a good book club pick. What book wound up winning? 3y
Gezemice It is a good book but hello, Handmaid's Tale... I don't think we will go back to it. Every time one person brings selections and we vote - they rarely pick previous rejected books. I would bring it but my next turn is in 2018... 3y
Sfox414 @Gezemice oh that does sound pretty good, but yeah, it's hard to beat Handmaid's Tale. Maybe when it loops back around to you next year you can just suggest HT and a bunch of books that sound awful--make it so they HAVE to choose it! 😜 3y
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Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Idaho is a beautifully written book--seriously, it's gorgeous and full of interesting, complicated characters. But it's sooo HEAVY. There's barely a speck of levity, which isn't my favorite thing, even though it makes sense for the subject matter. I'm very glad I read it, but ultimately I admired the writing more than I enjoyed the story.

ruthemmielang I want to read it for the cover alone! 3y
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Hag-Seed | Margaret Atwood
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Finally finished Hag-Seed (had to return to the library half-read a while ago and the hold list is so long I thought it'd be ages before I got to check it out again. But then I found it on the quick picks shelf last week)! I've never read the Tempest but the story came across just fine, and reading about how the production itself came together was great fun. 🌬🌊🏝

MrBook Great review! 😊👍🏻 3y
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Heroine Complex | Sarah Kuhn
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Stayed up past my bedtime last night because I had to finish this one--super cute, plus it was light and fast-paced enough to zip through in one sitting.

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Lazy Sunday in bed with a matching book! The stories in Some Possible Solutions were eerie and good--twins and doppelgängers, questions about individuality and relationships, plus tsunamis and tornados and aliens!

Megabooks It's such a great collection! 3y
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The Portable Veblen: A Novel | Elizabeth Mckenzie
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Home sick today so I'm posted up in bed with The Portable Veblen, which I'm really liking so far 🤒🤧😷🐿

Jas16 Feel better 3y
mcctrish I thoroughly loved this book! Just an original read 3y
Eyelit Hope you feel better soon! 3y
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Cinfhen Hope you're feeling better 💕 3y
Sfox414 @mcctrish it really is--it was just what I needed: just cute enough and funny, but it still gave me things to think about. And Veblen is such a good character! 3y
CherylDeFranceschi Feel better soon! 3y
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God in Ruins | Kate Atkinson
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Just under the wire for #funfridayphoto -- my 2017 tbr stack. Normally I don't let physical TBRs get away from me this much (usually if I buy a book, I read it) but between all the library books I had checked out and my fall reading slump, my BOTMs piled up. And then my book club had a book swap. Priority #1 for 2017 is getting this under control!

emilyhaldi Make sure you get to The Secret History!! The best 🙌🏼 3y
Sfox414 @emilyhaldi I'm looking forward to that one--I've heard nothing but good things! 3y
Reviewsbylola So many great books! 3y
Reese_Pearly.Pages The Secret History & Three Martini Lunch ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️🙌🏾🙌🏾 3y
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The Gone-Away World | Nick Harkaway
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Hot damn do I love this book. Started rereading it in June a little at a time between books and figured I might as well finish it up before the year ends. It's still my favorite.
You have to describe it in the voice of Stefon from SNL because this book has EVERYTHING: mimes, war, gong-fu, con artistry, ninjas, corporate espionage, anarchists, pirates, and honestly it's so funny and the writing is just amazing, I can't recommend it highly enough.

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Finally finished this one today after putting it down for about a month to read other things. It's so easy to get swept up in the world of the Metropol, but it can be a little slow at points so it was also easy to take an extended break. Overall it was a delight.

Lacythebookworm I'm reading this for my book club next month. Looking forward to it! 😊 3y
Reviewsbylola This was definitely an investment but I definitely pays off! 3y
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Mister Monkey: A Novel | Francine Prose
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Today's plane read for my flight back up to Boston ✈️📚

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Happy holidays Littens! 🎄My dad got me The Vegetarian for Christmas, and I also got a gift card to my fave bookstore up in Boston!

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Macarons | Annie Rigg
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Didn't get much reading done tonight because I was busy running errands and baking up some chocolate hazelnut macarons for my office Christmas party tomorrow!

Bibliogeekery Impressive!! 3y
Lacythebookworm 🙌😊 3y
mcctrish Totally impressive 3y
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Godmotherx5 Gosh, those look perfect. Lucky coworkers. 3y
Litlady Yum! 🍪😋😍 3y
cathy6098 Those seem perfect 👌🏽 3y
Lizpixie Yummy! I love macarons. Some of the best I've ever had came from the Lindt cafe in Martin Place in Sydneys cbd, Aussies will know which one I mean, but THE best I've ever had came from Adriano Zumbo's bakery in Balmain/Rozelle in inner west Sydney. Sooo good, his salted caramel were amazing but it was his raspberry white chocolate that were the best.🤤 3y
EloisaJames I have never succeeded with those--bravo!! 3y
moranadatter Wow! Those look perfect. 3y
Sfox414 @Lizpixie wow those sound amazing! Raspberry white chocolate, yum! 3y
Sfox414 @EloisaJames I went on a major macaron kick a couple of years ago and never managed to get them right--only just got them down the last couple of times I've made them. I think my main issue was that I wasn't beating the egg whites enough, but using regular liquid food coloring killed me a couple of times too. I also switched from using homemade almond meal to using the kind you can get at Trader Joe's, which I think helped. 3y
EloisaJames @Sfox414 thanks for the tips! I had no idea regular food coloring wouldn't work. And I'll try the Trader Joe's brand. Thx! 3y
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The Marriage Plot: A Novel | Jeffrey Eugenides
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Book club brunch and book swap! Just what I needed--more for my TBR pile 🙃

Yournewfriendsams Gah so many good books in that pile 3y
Sfox414 @Yournewfriendsams I know--it was so hard not to just take all of them! 3y
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Hag-Seed | Margaret Atwood
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Slow day today, which means I can finally get started on this one! Slight problem though...twenty pages in and all I want to do is set this aside for a bit while I go watch Slings and Arrows again 🙈

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I've been away from Litsy for a bit and I haven't been keeping up with #booktober, but I had to jump in for #bestsidekicks. Both of my favorite books put the sidekicks in the spotlight: The (unnamed) narrator of The Gone Away World is Gonzo Lubitsch's sidekick, and Lamb is the story of Biff, who's sidekick to Jesus!

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Alright #BOTM! It was hard to choose this month--everything sounds good, so I think I sort of just wound up going with the prettiest covers.

megt These are my choices this month, too! 3y
Reviewsbylola I love these covers too! 3y
Sfox414 @megt haha we're BOTM twins! 👯 3y
Sfox414 @Reviewsbylola I really like how colorful they both are (especially The Mothers) 3y
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Fluke | Christopher Moore
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#funfridayphoto I've got a whale, a gator, some foxes, and some kind of weasel thing on my shelves! 🐳🐊

Gayan I laughed out loud at "some kind of weasel thing". ??? 3y
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The Fall of the House of Cabal | Jonathan L. Howard
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Hooray for bookmail! 📚📬 This is gonna be a great fall read. 🔮🎃😈💀

ReadingOver50 Sounds like a good book! 3y
Sfox414 @ReadingOver50 I hope it will be! The whole Johannes Cabal series is a blast, so this one should be pretty fun. 😀 3y
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The Escape Artist | Diane Chamberlain
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Soft pick on this one, I think. It was decent; not very demanding, but it kept me interested. I'm not entirely sure it needed as much plot as it had, but overall everything worked.

MrBook Sounds interesting. Added 😊👍🏻! 3y
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The booksmith was also doing dollar used book grab bags yesterday. I haven't opened it yet--I think I'll save it as an emergency backup option for when I'm in a really dire book slump.

LaurenReads I couldn't handle the suspense!! 3y
Sfox414 @LaurenReads haha I have had to hide it. If I was sitting around looking at it all the time I'd be in trouble, but I think I'll be able to resist now that it's stashed in the back of my closet! 😅 3y
Notafraidofwords I would not be able to contain myself. 3y
acorter Amazing! I probably couldn't handle the suspense either, haha. 3y
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Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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Yesterday's library/used book haul--my hold for Homegoing finally came in!

Liberty All amazing. The ending of Zeroville is my favorite ending ever! 3y
Sfox414 @Liberty oh my gosh I can't wait to read it!! 3y
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The Assistants | Camille Perri
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This one was super light and a ton of fun--perfect Friday night read. I think it could potentially make a great movie, too (someone's got to have the rights to it already, right?). 💸💸💸

BekahB This one sounds like a lot of fun! I've been trying to decide whether I want to read a physical copy or listen to the audiobook. 3y
Sfox414 @BekahB oh I bet the audiobook is really good if they've got a decent narrator! It's definitely worth a read either way; it's fast, so you can fly right through it. 3y
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Eileen: A Novel | Ottessa Moshfegh
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I've been in a reading slump all this month and I've decided I'm busting out of it once and for all this weekend.
First up was Eileen. I've read some mixed reviews, but I really liked it. Don't go in expecting plot--nothing really happens until right at the very end. It's really a deep dive on one character, and Eileen is worth it.

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So my patronus is a...friggin' mole?? I don't know how I feel about this. Although I do have terrible eyesight, so I suppose that's fitting, at least. 😒

Sara_Planz My son got a salmon. He is less than thrilled 3y
BookishFeminist 😂😂 3y
Sfox414 @Sara_Planz omg that's too good--I didn't even know fish were on the table! I wouldn't be too thrilled either 😂 3y
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Heathers | John Bowie
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Another movie night for me--tonight it's Heathers! 💅🏻💣☠👯

SusanInTiburon Lovely theater! 3y
BekahB Ohhh, fun! 😄 3y
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Heathers | John Bowie

Another movie night for me--tonight it's Heathers! 💅🏻💣☠👯

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Vertigo | Pierre Boileau, Thomas Narcejac
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Not getting much reading done tonight since I'm at the movies instead--I'm finally gonna see Vertigo! 📽🌀

SusanInTiburon Ooo good one! 3y
brendanmleonard A stone cold classic. 3y
Sfox414 @SusanInTiburon @brendanmleonard It was so wild--I really liked it! 3y
Alfoster Ohhh, so good! 3y
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Hot Milk | Deborah Levy
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Been in a bit of a book slump lately but this one's due back at the library tomorrow so hooray for deadlines! Now that I've read it, I'm glad I won't be making the next person on the hold list wait for it any longer because it's really good. Very dense and symbolic and you really feel like you're in Sophie's head.

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Hot Little Hands | Abigail Ulman
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Book 4 of the #biblioweekend! Surprise surprise, I liked another collection of short stories 🙃 But seriously, this was really good and I'm already in the bag for whatever Abigail Ulman does next.

These were all about young women growing up at various points in their teens and twenties. My favorites were the three stories that followed Claire, as well as the story about horse camp.

Megabooks I loved the horse camp story. It's really stuck in my head. 3y
Megabooks Also, I felt really bad about Claire getting deported and bed bugs, but I didn't connect with any of her others. 3y
Sfox414 @Ebooksandcooks omg the deportation one was horrifying (although not as much as the gymnast one). I liked Claire a lot--there was this line in her second story about how she mostly stayed at her boyfriend's place because her room was too messy, and that's where her character really clicked for me. 3y
Megabooks Yes, the gymnast one was horrifying!! 😞😞 3y
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Book 3 of #biblioweekend was a palate cleanser after The Underground Railroad last night. I hadn't read a Stephanie Plum in forever, but I knew exactly what I was going to get. Things seem to be getting a little stale--Lula and Grandma Mazur were nowhere near as funny as I remember them being in the early books.

Also, #somethingforsept #readandeat I figured a plain peanut butter sandwich was the perfect lunch to eat while reading Stephanie Plum.

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Well, that's two for the #biblioweekend--the plan was to read the first hundred pages or so and then go to bed, but once I started I couldn't stop. It was absolutely riveting.

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Gentleman | Forrest Leo
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First book of #biblioweekend done!

I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this one--I think I'm doing that thing where I'm judging it on what I wanted it to be (Strange & Norrell meets J Cabal) rather than what it was (mostly farce, with just a little hint of the supernatural). But it was still pretty fun, if a bit too cute.

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I know I've gone to the Northanger Abbey well before, but I couldn't find my copy of The Poisonwood Bible up here and @LFox couldn't find it at our parents' house either, so I'm going with my second favorite school book for #funfridayphoto (or is it #funphotofriday--I can never remember).

I was assigned NA twice in college--first for a class called 'Chick-lit: Junk or Genre' and then for a Jane Austen class. I loved it both times.

Eyelit Isn't Henry Tilney just the most well-adjusted and charming male protagonist? 3y
Sfox414 Oh definitely! Henry Tilney is just the best 😍 3y
Sfox414 @eyelit 👆🏼sorry forgot to tag you! 3y
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I know I've gone to the Northanger Abbey well before, but I couldn't find my copy of The Poisonwood Bible up here and @LFox couldn't find it at our parents' house either, so I'm going with my second favorite school book for #funfridayphoto (or is it #funphotofriday--I can never remember).

I was assigned NA twice in college--first for a class called 'Chick-lit: Junk or Genre' and then for a Jane Austen class. I loved it both times.

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Station Eleven: A novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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Gentleman | Forrest Leo
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I think I'm gonna like this book...