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SheilaChew

SheilaChew

Joined May 2016

Teacher ~ Library patron ~ Ravenclaw 📚 Love to read, knit, bake, and play games. Living the dream in Southern California.
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Mr. Darcy's Diary by Amanda Grange
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You Suck by Christopher Moore
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Misery Loves Cabernet by Kim Gruenenfelder
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Calypso by David Sedaris
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Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
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Mr. Darcy's Diary | Amanda Grange
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Bedside stack with yarn. Reading and knitting are two of my favorite hobbies.

cathipink I love Rios! 🙂🙂 1d
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Summer Wives | Beatriz Williams
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Stayed up past midnight to finish - loved the book!

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The Summer Wives: A Novel | Beatriz Williams
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Next up - anyone read this? Thoughts?

Redwritinghood A little like a soap opera. I was so-so on it. 3d
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I did it! Finished my reading goal for 2019! Snapped a pic of the lovely bookshelves at a nearby coffee shop earlier this week.
Another excellent work by Atwood . She doesn‘t disappoint!

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Enjoying my patio and some hot tea before it starts raining here in Southern California. #staycation

Megabooks I‘m glad you guys are getting some rain! 2w
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The Dutch House | Ann Patchett
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Ann Patchett does it again. A beautiful book with interesting, deep, and real characters that stay with you. Maeve and Danny are siblings that grow up in a beautiful mansion, only to be thrown out by their stepmother shortly after the death of their father. This is also the story of their mother, who is mostly absent through the book, but her choices leave marks on everyone she loves.
Highly recommend this one!

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Britt-Marie Was Here | Fredrik Backman
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These four books have been on my nightstand for too long. I‘m going to try to finish them before the end of the year. Reading Britt-Marie today - I set it down so long ago that I don‘t even remember where I left off!

Tamra I really enjoyed Penelopiad. 2w
SheilaChew @Tamra I‘ll read that next! Thanks for the recommendation! 2w
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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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I had this book on my list for several months. I‘m not sure why I waited so long to read it - SO GOOD! The characters read like real people and I kept looking up the inspiration and photos from the 70s. Really loved the story and the documentary format of the characters being interviewed. Highly recommend!

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The Dutch House | Ann Patchett
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Current reads . I expect to devour The Dutch House tomorrow. I hear it is fabulous.

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Ghosted: A Novel | Rosie Walsh
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Loved this book! Sarah spends a week with an amazing man, and then he disappears..... Sounds predictable, but then the story has a few big twists, which I LOVED.

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Ghosted: A Novel | Rosie Walsh
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A free hour in the afternoon to read! This book started out like I expected, then took a sharp turn that I never saw coming. I LOVE IT WHEN A BOOK DOES THAT!!!

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Great ending to my day - read the entire novella before bedtime. Fun and entertaining - just what I needed.

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Cooking my way through A Homemade Life - today was the butternut squash and pear soup with vanilla bean infused cream. A feel like a full-on rock star - this is so so so good! Made with my own homemade veggie stock and I added a little pumpkin I had left from making muffins. Excuse me while I eat a vat of soup! 😋

KathyWheeler That sounds so delicious! 3mo
AileenRR What a fun book to cook through! I enjoyed this book so much 💖 3mo
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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Our local library has been closed for remodeling and just reopened this weekend. I went with my bookclub friends to check out the new space and OF COURSE checked out a few books. A BRAND NEW NEVER BEEN CHECKED OUT COPY!!! I‘m so happy just holding it!

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I made the Chana Masala today - first time and it turned out great! Molly‘s directions are specific and easy to follow. Love this book!

Tamra So yummy! 3mo
Megabooks Yum! 3mo
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Current bedside stack. Halfway through The Slow Regard. If you like The Name if the Wind, you‘ll enjoy this story about Auri.

SheilaChew Finished in one day! Delightful! I loved reading about making soap. 3mo
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My dog wants me to put down my book and pay attention to him.... but it‘s so good! It took me awhile to figure it out, but now I am really interested in the story.

xicanti He looks deeply unimpressed that you want to read when you COULD be showering him with attention. 3mo
SheilaChew @xicanti He does! Lots of people tell us he has a “people face” - he is very expressive! 3mo
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The Fifth Season | N. K. Jemisin
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This book is a very slow start. Too many characters to keep track of, and a whole world to figure out. Add to that a dead child, a missing child, and the end of the world.
I‘m not even 100 pages in and I‘m not sure I‘ll make it.
At least I have today off to read! Happy Labor Day 🇺🇸

SheilaChew I just looked at the books that I‘ve been reading this year and every single one was written by a woman. I didn‘t intend this - it‘s a nice surprise, actually! 3mo
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It Ends With Us | Colleen Hoover
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Wow. Read this in one day. I haven‘t done that in a long while. I laughed at the flirty new romance at the beginning of the book, then got sucked in by Lily‘s story. So good.

And now it‘s past midnight and I have to work tomorrow. Great. I‘ll need the venti latte for sure!

brit91 This is one of my favorite books!!😍📚 4mo
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Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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Audio-puzzling 💕

TheSpineView Pretty! 💜 4mo
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Alias Grace: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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A quiet morning.

I am enjoying this book! It reminds me of Handmaid‘s Tale, with long descriptions of domestic life. It‘s also very introspective, with dual narrative from Grace Marks and her psychologist, Dr. Jordan. Fascinating since it is based on real events!

britt_brooke Great mug! 4mo
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Alias Grace: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Planning my week. How many of these can I read in the next week? #summer #teachersoflitsy

ShyBookOwl I absolutely love Alias Grace! 4mo
rather_be_reading pretty tray! 4mo
ephemeralwaltz Lovely photo! Alias Grace was one of my favorite reads last summer. 4mo
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The Fifth Season | N. K. Jemisin
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I 💜 the library

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The Wedding Date | Jasmine Guillory
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I started two books this week! The Atwood is a little creepy (of course) so I needed a Before Bed book to read. Enter The Wedding Date. It‘s delightful! Exactly what I needed.

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Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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I was listening to this audio book and walking at the arboretum near my house when I passed 15,000 last week! 🤓🤓🤓

Megabooks 🥳🥳🎧🎉🎉 4mo
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The Italian Party: A Novel | Christina Lynch
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Delightful! An American couple - newlyweds - arrive in Italy bringing too many appliances and a whole trunkload of secrets! Fast paced, funny, and surprising - I loved it! The only negative for me was too many characters that I kept forgetting who was who.

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The Italian Party: A Novel | Christina Lynch
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Starting the week by finishing this book. I have two and a half weeks of summer left and I‘m going to enjoy every quiet moment!

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The Italian Party: A Novel | Christina Lynch
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brit91 Looks like a great day!!😍📚 4mo
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Italian Party | Christina Lynch
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Today‘s agenda:
1) drink coffee
2) finish knitting a hat
3) read a book
#summer
#teachersoflitsy
#knittingphotobomb

julesG Great agenda! 4mo
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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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This is a great book for anyone who loves books and libraries! Part library history, part Los Angeles history, and part mystery - who set fire to the Central Library in 1986?

Up next - The Italian Party. I‘m hoping it‘s light and fun!

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I spent the weekend devouring this book. It‘s fascinating! Anyone tried intermittent fasting?

sprainedbrain I recently read another of Dr. Fung‘s books, and I think I‘m going to try it. 4mo
Eggs I started 10 days ago with a high fat, high protein, low/no carbs regime. It works, I‘ve lost over 10 lbs (edited) 4mo
Eggs I don‘t eat outside of my 8 hour window 4mo
SheilaChew @Eggs Congratulations! That‘s great! 4mo
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Harry Potter | JK Rowling
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Gotta love Parks & Rec!

CindyMyLifeIsLit Ben should be the royal archduke sultan emperor of all inhabitable lands on Earth! 😂 5mo
SarahSaysRead I looooove P&R 😆 5mo
bewareofwords 😂😂😂 5mo
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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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“... he believed he‘d learned more at the library than he would have at a university.”
Ray Bradbury read at the Los Angeles Public Library almost every day for thirteen years.

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The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel | Diane Setterfield
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I can‘t go to the library without visiting the Friends Used Bookstore! Found these favorites - I‘m planning to give them away (except for the Jennifer Crusie one - that‘s for me 😉).

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Alias Grace: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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I have achieved one of my summer goals - to get a membership at the Orange Public Library. This is my fourth library card and it makes me so happy! I wasted no time and checked out these two books, even though I have no shortage of reading material.

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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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Reading about the Los Angeles library fire with my mint plant and holiday coffee mug.

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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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Starting a new book ❤️

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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I put my #audible on hold for 90 days, but not before I spent all my credits! Which one to listen to first? Such a great problem to have!

TheEllieMo On the basis that a) it‘s a beautiful story and b) Juliet Stevenson is so wonderful, she could make a telephone directory sound fascinating, my choice would be Once Upon A River (I may be biased, though, as I live less than 30 miles from the source of the river in question) 5mo
Laughterhp I‘ve heard Daisy Jones is great on audio (I haven‘t read or listened to it though). I really liked Circe, I just don‘t know how it is on audio!! 5mo
sprainedbrain I haven‘t read the first one, but I absolutely loved all of the others! You can‘t go wrong. 😁 5mo
SamaraBear I read Circe by audiobook and thought it was great! The others sound good, too. 5mo
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The Rossetti Letter | Christi Phillips
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I‘m in the middle of re-reading this one and it‘s such a great book. It‘s like traveling to Venice, a little history lesson, and vacation romance all at once. Delightful.

LorieL Gorgeous reading environment! ♥️ 5mo
SheilaChew @LorieL Thank you! My back patio is my favorite place to read! 5mo
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The Rossetti Letter | Christi Phillips
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Re-reading The Rossetti Letter for my bookclub and knitting this hat with my favorite yarn, Malabrigo Rios.

julesG Malabrigo 😍😍😍😍 5mo
k.reads Rios is my favorite too! 💙 5mo
kspenmoll Beautiful hat! 5mo
auntie_jenn i love malabrigo yarns. beautiful colors and so nice to work with 🧶 5mo
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Knitting and watching Harry Potter with my son. #knitting

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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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The story of Leni, a young girl who moves with her parents to Alaska to live off the land. I hated this book because Leni‘s dad suffered from PTSD and was violent and abusive, and Leni‘s mom was a victim. However, I loved the twists in the story, the cast of characters, and the setting of Alaska. This picture is from my recent trip to Alaska. It is beautiful there, perfect for daydreaming about escaping your life.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 💗💗 5mo
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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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My goals for this week:
Finish The Great Alone
Finish Early Riser
Re-read The Rossetti Letter
Start The Library Book
No problem, right? It‘s summer. #teachersoflitsy

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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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A bright, cool morning.
Sitting outside with my coffee and my dogs.
Starting a new book.
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MicheleinPhilly Cool??? I am incredibly jealous! 5mo
SheilaChew @MicheleinPhilly I live in Southern California and the weather is very wonderful! It‘s cool in the mornings and evenings and hot during the day. I‘m so spoiled! And thankful! 5mo
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One of Us Is Lying | Karen M. Mcmanus
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This book ticked all the boxes for me - interesting characters, secrets, mystery, and a little teenage romance. I did figure out part of it in the middle, but not the whole thing until the very end. Nicely done! (Finished reading this afternoon while my dog took a nap. I‘m happy to be back at home!)

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One Of Us Is Lying | Karen McManus
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I was in Seattle this weekend! I flew home today (to Southern California) and started this book on the plane. Hooked already! I‘ll read while I do all the vacation laundry tomorrow 🤓

Cathythoughts This one sounds good ( #99ponkindle @TrishB .... where will it all end 😬, this is my 4th kindle book in 24 hours 5mo
TrishB @Cathythoughts this is a good one👍🏻 I‘ve actually read this! You‘re breaking records 😁😁 5mo
MicheleinPhilly @Cathythoughts Don‘t feel too badly - I‘ve bought 13 since Sunday. 😬 5mo
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Cathythoughts @MicheleinPhilly oh stop ! What are we all like 😂 we are having a laugh anyway AND reading some good books 👍🏻 & my partner in bookcrime @TrishB is no help at all ... 5mo
Cathythoughts Thankyou for posting this one - it‘s on sale here too. And sounds really good 👍🏻 5mo
SheilaChew 🤓😁💕 happy to facilitate over-buying books! I love summer for reading! 5mo
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The Library | Sarah Stewart
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The library on our cruise ship is beautiful. I just love looking at it! Celebrity cruise to Alaska this week with my family - loaded up six books on my kindle! Might be enough...

Ncostell Beautiful! 6mo
HOTPock3tt 😃 6mo
GatheringBooks looks great indeed! 6mo
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Ddzmini 😍😍😍 love the whole look of this picture 📚🙌🏽📖😋 6mo
KirstieE I went on this ship!! I spent a lot of time in this library hahaha 6mo
SheilaChew @KirstieE Wow! We did the Alaska trip on this ship. It was amazing! Where did you go? 5mo
KirstieE I went to New Caledonia and Noumea ☺️ 5mo
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Getting ready for a trip to Seattle and Alaska! Very excited. Downloaded six books for a ten day trip. Should be enough! 😳🤓

wanderinglynn Seattle is my new city & I‘m loving it out here! So much to do—hope you have a blast on your trip! 6mo
rather_be_reading great choices 👏 6mo
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Nine Perfect Strangers | Liane Moriarty
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Inspired by all you audio walkers, I got off my couch and went for a walk! Thanks for your posts!

BookwormAHN Great job 👏🏻 6mo
TheSpineView 👍👍👍👍 Nothing like a little inspiration! 6mo
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The Language of Flowers | Vanessa Diffenbaugh
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Victoria (the main character) is bounced around from foster home to group home until she turns 18. What‘s next? And why is she so seriously damaged? And how does she know so much about flowers?
I enjoyed this book, but in the middle I thought it might break me, but then the story turned and I liked the ending.

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