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Waynegjr

Waynegjr

Joined May 2016

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Manager at RoscoeBooks, Chicago
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Ducks, Newburyport | Lucy Ellmann
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Moby Dick: bl velryba | Melville Herman
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Anti beach reads

ValerieAndBooks That is a great idea for a display! 4mo
Leftcoastzen I want to read The Luminaries.I have read all of those pictured Knausgaards , kinda wish I could read them again ! Long live the anti beach read 4mo
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Where Angels Fear to Tread | Edward Morgan Forster
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This is fantastic

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Truth

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Fifth Business | Robertson Davies
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I feel like people don‘t have this stereotype of Canadians any more.

Megabooks Certainly not how I think of them... 5mo
LeahBergen Nope. 😆😆 5mo
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Fifth Business | Robertson Davies
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Reading at the park. Loving this book. Can‘t wait to talk about it at Classics Book Club

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Trick Mirror | Jia Tolentino
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8little_paws This reminds me much of 5mo
Waynegjr @8little_paws She even quotes that book at the end of that essay. 5mo
8little_paws Wayne it's a great book highly recommend. 5mo
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I love me some Alan Jacobs. Reading this spiritual follow up to his awesome Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction.

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The Gruffalo | Julia Donaldson
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@Amyegia and Maximo at nightly storytime.

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The Casket of Time | Andri Snr Magnason, Andrew Cauthery
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My goodness this was good. I wonderful fairytale about the fear of not being able to control the passing of time. Existential children‘s lit at its best.

merelybookish Sold at existential children's lit! 6mo
rather_be_reading interesting cover! 6mo
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Who Needs Donuts? | Mark Alan Stamaty
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“From the first moment they saw each other, they fell in love”

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The Casket of Time | Andri Snr Magnason, Andrew Cauthery
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This book is spectacular

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Portable Dorothy Parker | Dorothy Parker
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A round up of my book themed coffee mugs.

#8 I‘ll end this round up with one of my favorite fictional bookstores. I really really wanted to have my copy of The Portable Dorothy Parker in the shot, but for the life of my I can‘t find it.

#mugsoflitsy

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Journeys in Wonderland | Lewis Carroll
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A round up of my book themed coffee mugs.

#7 @outofprint ‘s Alice mug. I usually reserve this one for tea, but it‘s too damn early to even consider not pouring myself another cup of coffee.

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A round up of my book themed coffee mugs.

#6 I love my Parks ands Rec book mug.

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Lauram Great mug! 10mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit I am now on a quest to acquire this mug!! 😁 9mo
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A round up of my book themed coffee mugs.

#5 Magers and Quinn Booksellers. The bookstore scene in Minneapolis is an embarrassment of riches, but Magers and Quinn is the only one I have a mug for. So they win.

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LeahBergen Oh, I like this one! 👍🏻 10mo
vivastory True story: I decided to live in uptown after visiting Magers & Quinn when I was apartment hunting in '09. 10mo
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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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A round up of my book themed coffee mugs.

#4 Classics of the 1800‘s mug by Ideal Bookshelves. I‘ve read 10 of 15.

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Ddzmini Love the mugs 😋 10mo
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A Treatise on Shelling Beans | Wieslaw Mysliwski
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A round up of my book themed coffee mugs.

#3 the strand. ‘Nuff said.

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Gissy Beautiful! 👌😍❤️❤️❤️ 10mo
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The Inspector | Nikolai Gogol
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A round up of my book themed coffee mugs.

#2 Just a mug from Sem Co-op, when of the best damn bookstores in the world.

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FeastingOnFiction I love Seminary Co-op. I don‘t get to the area often but when I do a stop in there is a MUST! 10mo
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Black Star Renegades | Michael Moreci
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A round up of my book themed coffee mugs.

#1 it seems appropriate to start a with my Litsy mug. I love this mug.

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Fruit of the Drunken Tree: A Novel | Ingrid Rojas Contreras
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FRUIT!! 🍒 🍊🥭 🍎 🍇 🍑

Thanks to @Christy for the idea.

monalyisha Love this! 9mo
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Enjoying some pre-breakfast reading with my son, @Amyegia , and my new favorite picture book

readordierachel 💕💕 11mo
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THEY CANT KILL US UNTIL THEY K | Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib
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This man is so. Damn. Talented. It‘d be depressing if it weren‘t so exhilarating.

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This dude is a catch.

Suet624 😂😂😂 11mo
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Mrs. Caliban: A Novel | Rachel Ingalls
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Well this dedication is... different than most I read.

Lola Right?! So interesting...🤔 11mo
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Really loving this book and coffee shop and hangin with @Amyegia while the mother in law watches the 2 year old.

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The Left Hand of Darkness | Ursula K. Le Guin
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Reading LeGuin high in the sky above New Mexico.

CouronneDhiver Pretty view! 12mo
LauraBeth That‘s gorgeous 12mo
WhatDeeReads What a beautiful edition! 12mo
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Fight No More: Stories | Lydia Millet
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Top 10 books of 2018

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I‘m finally here. And only 20 days after my self imposed deadline!

This is book guys. Millet is a genius. What this book does is so difficult, and she makes it look effortless, makes her hard work almost invisible. If you believe fiction is about empathy, that the purpose is to fully inhabit lives that you otherwise wouldn‘t get to inhabit, then this is the book for you.

Crazeedi Your comment on the book is really good. Thank you! 12mo
Tamra Intriguing premise! 12mo
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Half-Witch: a novel | John Schoffstall
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Top 10 books of 2018

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Numbers one and two are really a toss up on this list. I adored every moment of this book. A perfect fairy tale fantasy story for fans of The Neverending Story and The Princess and the Goblin, this is a totally unique, deep, and sweet story. Highly highly recommended. Seriously, what every you‘re doing right now, drop it and go find this book.

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Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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Top 10 books of 2018

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I loved loved loved this novel. Not just an exciting adventure story. Not just a fresh and interesting take on the escaped slave story. But also a heartbreaking look at how relationships evolve, and how those who have an effect on you early on continue to shape your life as an adult.

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Top 10 books of 2018

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I don‘t read much history but Lepore is a storyteller. Fascinating look at American history and how we‘ve ended up where we are. Thought-provoking, absorbing, and not dry for a minute.

cmiller0 She's so great 12mo
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Bowlaway: A Novel | Elizabeth McCracken
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Well, crap man. I knew I was gonna love this, but I haven‘t hoped it would be this much love. Quirky, beautiful, sad, brilliant.

TiredLibrarian I haven't read anything of hers besides this one. Maybe time to change that? 12mo
AmyG I am so happy to hear this. Can‘t wait to read it. 12mo
Waynegjr @TiredLibrarian you should. She is a brilliant short story writer. Here‘s Your Hat What‘s Your Hurry is being rereleased with this novel. It‘s damn good. 12mo
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French Exit: A Novel | Patrick DeWitt
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Too 10 books of 2018

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This book made me laugh so hard all the way through, and by the end sold me on the humanity of its characters. Another hit from one of my favorite writers.

HardcoverHearts Agreed!! 13mo
djh I know of her, only as an actress, never as a scientist. I am intrigued! This is one I will search for! Thx! 13mo
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Oh crap, it‘s 2019 and I‘m still doing this. Whoops. Oh well

My favorites of 2018

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One of two GREAT books based on Greek Mythology out this year. There is plenty of room for both. This book started as a book about how terrible war is for bystanders, particularly women, and ended as a meditation on how grief and the horrors of war affect all. And damnit can this lady write a sentence.

Mitch Oh! I just received this as a gift today from @AmyG Happy coincidence! 13mo
AmyG @Mitch 🎉 13mo
sprainedbrain This was my first book finished in 2019, and I LOVED it. ❤️ 13mo
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I am having so much fun with this book.

wanderinglynn That does sound interesting! I‘m going to have to check it out. 👍🏻 13mo
Bradleygirl I'll have to get this bc it sounds like a nice fix after devouring Kory Stamper's 13mo
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Top 10 of 2018

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I‘m gonna miss Denis Johnson so. damn. much.

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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Top 10 books of 2018:

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Like everyone else who read Circe this year, I loved it. I‘m not sure I‘ve read a book that delt with incomprehensible characters(gods and monsters and such) in such an understandable way. You never doubted any of the characters humanity, even though they were literally gods. Which is the most Greek thing about this whole novel.

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This is totally MIRL this morning. On the upside, I‘m totally pumped to have the amazing illustrator Jacob Grant in the store this morning.

coffeenebula This cranky-ass chipmunk is my new spirit animal 🐿☕️ 13mo
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The Book of Hidden Things | Francesco Dimitri
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Top 10 books of 2018:

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I loved this book because I could not put it down, I read it at a time when I really needed to be swept up in something and these 3 friends‘ search for those missing childhood friend was exactly what I needed.

bookcollecter I just received this in my #SSS swap from @Wonderwoman89 13mo
Wonderwoman89 Sounds like a good story. 13mo
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Year end round up part 3: my top 10 of 2018

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Almond takes a look at some of the political narratives we‘ve been telling ourselves and breaks down how they‘re “Bad Stories”, and how they‘ve made 2016‘s election result seem to come out of the blue. Underneath this, though, is the story of one writer trying to come to terms with the world suddenly being very different than he thought it was. Fascinating, personal, and raw.

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2018 honorable mentions part 2.

How to Invent Everything by Ryan North
The Only Story by Julian Barnes
The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi
Eternal Life by Dora Horn

emtobiasz Ooh, I‘ve been looking at the Ryan North book as a Christmas present for my fiancé. Glad to see you liked it! 14mo
Waynegjr @emtobiasz oh it‘s wonderful, especially for the Mental Floss type. Very funny and very well researched 14mo
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Tyrant: Shakespeare On Power | Stephen Greenblatt
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2018 year end round up part 2: Honorable Mentions Part 1

Tyrant by Stephan Greenblatt
Calypso by David Sedaris
The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz
The Feral Detective by Jonathon Letham

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The Word for World is Forest | Ursula K. Le Guin
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Favorite Books I read in 2018 not from 2018 part 2.

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
Passing by Nella Larsen
The Word for World is Forest by Ursula K LeGuin

Sweettartlaura Ooh, I read Passing this year, too, and LOVED it 😍🥰❤️ 14mo
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True Grit: A Novel | Charles Portis
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And thus begins my 2018 round up:
Part one of my favorite books of the year not released this year. In no particular order:

True Grit by Charles Portis
O Pioneers! By Willa Cather
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Flappers and Philosophers by F Scott Fitzgerald
The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith

More to come I the next few days. More backlist, my runners up for the year and then my top 10.

zsuzsanna_reads O Pioneers is great, I might even prefer it to My Antonia. Good list. 😁 14mo
Tanisha_A Things Fall Apart was an exceptional read for me. Just so great! 14mo
LeahBergen True Grit and The Talented Mr Ripley are two of my faves. 😍 14mo
Waynegjr @Tanisha_A I had read it years ago and didn‘t really like it, college and skimming had to do with that I think, but I was really moved by it this time. I really enjoyed its lack of easy answers and the critical eye it shined in all sides. 14mo
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Oh, no

DGRachel That‘s a rather...unfortunate illustration. 🤣🤣 14mo
Soubhiville That‘s a little scary. 14mo
ju.ca.no Oh my😂 14mo
Naj Yikes 😂 14mo
Tanisha_A Eek! 🙄 14mo
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Cake!

AlaMich I keep meaning to come check you out!! Sorry I missed the party but congrats on four years!! 1y
Ddzmini Happy birthday 🎂🎊🎁🎉🎈 1y
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The Book of Imaginary Beings | Jorge Luis Borges, Andrew Hurley, Margarita Guerrero
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We do not know what the dragon means, just as we do not know the meaning of the universe, but there is something in the image of the dragon that is congenial to man‘s imagination... It is, one might say, a necessary monster

-Jorge Luis Borges

Cathythoughts 👍🏻❤️❤️❤️❤️ 1y
vivastory I love this book 1y
Amyegia I love this quote 14mo
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👍

BarbaraJean “...no-one will yell at you, and we‘ll all be a lot happier.” 😂👍🏼 (edited) 1y
DGRachel #truth 🤣🤣 1y
saresmoore Too true. 1y
Readergrrl I love this. 1y
Rubymontalvo Referencing Flannery O‘Connor, how perfect. 🧐 1y
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