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Valeka

Valeka

Joined April 2017

Writing. Reading. Rinse. Repeat. On Instagram as valcru. www.goodreads.com/Valeka
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Blood Sugar Canto by Ire'ne Lara Silva
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Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
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Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
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The Animators: A Novel by Kayla Rae Whitaker
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An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
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Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao
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Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
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Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
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Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin
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Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
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Her Body and Other Parties: Stories by Carmen Maria Machado
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The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
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What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton
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Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
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Guess Who? by Margaret Miller
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Rebeca by Daphne Du Maurier
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Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
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Into The Water by Paula Hawkins
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I am so behind on my reading! ARGHH!! How do you guys get back into the reading groove after surviving life‘s curveballs? I have so many books to get through and am not sure how to prioritize them.

wanderinglynn After a life happening, I try to read a book that is light-reading or even fluffy. Something that will allow me to easily escape reality without having to think too much. I hope things are going better for you. 💚 3d
Lifeisasnap I hate when that happens. I always choose the book that‘s cover calls to me first to read when i can‘t decide which to start with. I hope your journey back to reading is enjoyable. Sounds like you deserve some down time. 3d
Valeka @wanderinglynn and @Lifeisasnap Thank you for the suggestions! Something fluffy with a catchy cover sounds perfect right about now! ❤️📚 3d
Lifeisasnap Enjoy 3d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m having the same problem!!! 3d
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Blood Sugar Canto | Ire'ne Lara Silva
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Reading a poetry collection from my friend Ire‘ne on this cold Texas evening.

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A Healthy Homicide | Staci McLaughlin
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I‘m not sure why I‘m so into the Blossom Valley Mystery series but I am! Maybe it‘s because they‘re light and easy to read. The epitome of cozy!

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Hope everyone is having a great Halloween!

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My first fire of the season! It‘s only 43 degrees in Austin but it‘s all about the ambiance, right?

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Dim Sum of All Fears | Vivien Chien
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My Matilda is getting x-rays and tests done at the emergency vet so I decided to grab a quick dinner and read to take my mind off of things.

JoScho Hope everything is ok 🖤 1mo
Avanders 👆🏽🖤 1mo
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All This Could Be Yours | Jami Attenberg
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Got to see Jami Attenburg and Susan Choi at the #TexasBookFestival today!

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All This Could Be Yours | Jami Attenberg
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Just got my copy today and looking forward to meeting Jami at The Texas Book Festival this weekend!

mrozzz 😍😍😍😍 2mo
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Fletcher's Books and Antiques | Salado, TX (Bookstore)
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Ahhhh, the scent of old books is perfume for my soul.

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Fletcher's Books and Antiques | Salado, TX (Bookstore)
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Got to visit book and antique heaven today! I could‘ve easily spent the whole day here

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Isn‘t it supposed to be fall? This the view from my hotel room this weekend and it‘s lovely and lush but I wish we had REAL seasons here in Texas!

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I wear my nerd hat with pride, too!

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❤️📚📖

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Green Living Can Be Deadly | Staci McLaughlin
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I‘m definitely going through a cozy mystery phase!!

Clwojick oooh! Do you have any favorites to recommend to me? I'm looking for some for #Scarathlon. 2mo
jenniferw88 @Clwojick you could try the #cozyinthesun hashtag! 🤣😂🤣 2mo
Valeka @Clwojick Cozy mysteries are a new thing for me so I haven‘t read many. I‘m currently reading the Noodle Shop Mystery Series by Vivien Chen and the Blossom Valley Mystery Series by Staci McLaughlin. They‘re fun little books but hardly scary! 😃 2mo
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Van Gogh and the Sunflowers | Laurence Anholt
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Having a rough day and these flowers appeared on my doorstep. I needed the cheer up!

hermyknee ♥️♥️♥️ that‘s so sweet! 2mo
Tamra Beautiful! 2mo
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The Old Man and the Sea | Ernest Miller Hemingway
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A gift to myself - a 1st Edition later printing of one of the first “grown up” books I read as a kid. Adding it to my Hemingway shelf.

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This sounds like something I‘d say! “The sun comes out and all that junk.” 🤣🤣🤣

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Untitled | Unknown
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I splurged and bought myself a couple of little gifts! Love my BookBeau mini and mini traveler! Gotta protect my books and Kindle!

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All Natural Murder | Staci McLaughlin
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Reading the second in the Blossom Valley Mystery series. I‘ve never really read many cozy mysteries but I‘m kinda enjoying them. They‘re funny, quirky, and light. Just what my brain needs right now!

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A Moveable Feast | Ernest Hemingway
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This is one of my absolute favorite books so I‘m hopeful the series will be just as magical.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/hemingways-a-moveable-feast-works-as...

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I needed something fun and cozy to read and heard @Liberty mention the Noodle Shop Mystery series by Vivien Chien on the All The Books podcast. I immediately ordered them all!

kspenmoll They look like fun! 3mo
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I needed some new bookmarks and found these at the Half Price Books near my home! So fun!

GypsyKat LOVE!!! 😍😍😍 3mo
brit91 Love them great find!😍😍😍😍 3mo
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A nice, quiet Saturday morning to myself. And apparently I bought this book a couple of years ago and forgot about it! It‘s amazing what one finds when they move!

LauraBeth Those figs! 😍 3mo
PerksOfBeingABookworm I loved this book! 3mo
BilboBookends Those figs look BOMB 👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
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The Birds | Alfred Hitchcock
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I‘m supposed to be relaxing but I‘m surrounded by winged nightmares!! #ornithophobic

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All the Birds in the Sky | Charlie Jane Anders
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Trying something a little different while on vacation! Has anyone read this book?

kgriffith It‘s been on my list for ages, I own it, just haven‘t gotten there! 4mo
Valeka @kgriffith We should read it together! Litsy read-a-long!! 📖📚 4mo
kgriffith @Valeka I wish I could commit, but I have my book club read and an ARC I need to prioritize! I hope you love it though 😊 4mo
ladyneverwhere I read it a couple months ago and loved it. But it's definitely a little odd and doesn't fit into any exact genre which I know some people have been put off by. I hope you like it! 4mo
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Beloved | Toni Morrison
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RIP Toni Morrison. She was such an influence for my own writing. We lost a great one.

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Where the Line Bleeds | Jesmyn Ward
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I love her writing sooooo much and thought I‘d read her first novel.

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Sabrina and Corina: Stories | Kali Fajardo-Anstine
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When one of my favorite authors blurbs a book, I know I have to read it!!

EKonrad Loved this one! 5mo
Valeka @EKonrad Super! I‘m starting on it tomorrow 😊 5mo
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My Wicked Wicked Ways | Sandra Cisneros
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Had a relaxing day reading some poetry by one of my favorite authors.

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A Moveable Feast | Ernest Hemingway
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FINALLY enjoying one of my favorite books in my new home. It‘s good to be settled in at last!!

Victoriahoperose I love this book so much ❤️❤️❤️ 6mo
Valeka @Victoriahoperose So do I! I have passages committed to memory. ❤️ 6mo
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FINALLY beginning to see a light at the end of the tunnel with this move of mine. I can‘t wait to be settled in so I can reconnect with my Litsy pals and my books!

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Moving Sucks | Chris O'Brien
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I haven‘t had time to read for almost three weeks now. It feels so unnatural! I can‘t wait to have this move done so I can get back to a normal reading and writing routine.

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The Fire Next Time | James Baldwin
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Took a break from packing to go shopping and ended up in a bookstore. One more thing to pack but books are worth it!

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Revival: A Novel | Stephen King
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Packing up my library for my upcoming move and came across this book. It‘s not often that we get to meet our heroes but I got to meet one of mine. He‘s one of the reasons I became a writer.

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My bestie bought me this book for my un-birthday (I don‘t celebrate the anniversary of my birth). I‘ve heard great things about it!!

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I have major ornithophobia but it was hard to not admire this sculpture made of tires!!

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Pride and Prejudice | Jane Austen
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I‘m embarrassed to admit that I have never read any Jane Austen. I am going to give it a try!

Libby1 I hope you‘ll enjoy it! 8mo
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Make Way for Ducklings | Robert McCloskey
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Had an outdoor lunch today and came across some ducks. I felt very brave taking these pictures!! (I‘m terrified of all kinds of avian creatures!)

DuckOfDoom @jenniferw88 I am checking almost every day if the local ducks had ducklings yet - but I think I will need to wait a couple more weeks 8mo
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My sweet cousin sent me this lovely book! Can‘t wait to dive in!

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Matilda | Roald Dahl
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My Matilda had her 14th birthday on April 1st! She‘s my little April Fool ❤️

JoScho 🖤🖤🖤 8mo
Tamra 💙 8mo
BookwormAHN So cute 💖 8mo
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An Unkindness of Ghosts | Rivers Solomon
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A system I need to adopt!

olivia.ferz That's a good system to follow!! 8mo
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An Unkindness of Ghosts | Rivers Solomon
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BoBo is helping me feel better while I do some reading. Such a sweet boy!

tpixie Get well soon!! 9mo
Valeka Thank you @tpixie 🤗💚 9mo
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Bless Me, Ultima | Rudolfo Anaya
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Home sick today but I‘ve got a good book, a cozy blankie, and sweet puppies (not pictured because they were busy keeping me safe by barking at the ferocious squirrel on our patio) so I‘m on my way to better health.

wanderinglynn Hope you feel better soon! 💚 9mo
Valeka Thank you, @wanderinglynn! Went to the doctor yesterday so I‘m on the mend. 🤗 9mo
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A dear friend made this adorable laser-engraved, cork paper bookmark for me! She has set up her Etsy store and has some fun items. I‘ve asked her to come up with a reusable cover for hardcover books! Fingers crossed for that!
https://www.etsy.com/shop/GoodsbyBandT

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An Unkindness of Ghosts | Rivers Solomon
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Finally getting around to reading this book! I‘ve heard many good things about it.

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Matilda / Matilda | Roald Dahl
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My Matilda has figured out a new way to use her bed (yes, it‘s upside down).

BookNAround Love it! 9mo
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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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So, this is happening right now!! I‘m beyond excited!

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Hella Jelly!! 💖 9mo
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Going Organic Can Kill You | Staci McLaughlin
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Time for a little cozy mystery!

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Went to the Dollar Store for a few gift bags and walked out with three well-rated books! Yay me!

Reviewsbylola Win-win! 10mo
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House of Broken Angels | Luis Alberto Urrea
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A great audiobook for my little road trip to San Antonio.