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cariashley

cariashley

Joined May 2016

Reader, traveler, eater, New Yorker 📚🛫🍷🍝🗽🐱
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Autumn | Ali Smith
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Starting a new book and am loving these opening lines. I‘m so excited to finally read Ali Smith 🤗

Graywacke Love her opening line, and the whole book. 2d
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The Engagements: A Novel | J. Courtney Sullivan
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Mehso-so

I didn‘t hate this, but I certainly didn‘t love it and found it a bit of a slog to get through. The writing and the characters just didn‘t grab me. It could have been edited down, in my very humble opinion.

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Calypso | David Sedaris
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I‘ve generally liked Sedaris‘s books but this one was far and away the best. It was the perfect blend of funny and dark and I absolutely loved it. Audio is a must.

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This was a really interesting look into the sordid world of truffle hunting and selling. I knew it was cutthroat but didn‘t realize quite how unregulated it is, or how vicious the competition is (those poor dogs 😢). The day I finished it, I coincidentally had a rather epic dinner that ended with the pictured steak with fresh Italian white truffles shaved tableside. And it was all free - my friend won the night out in a raffle! 🍄

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Nothing to See Here | Kevin Wilson
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I used the app for the first time to pick my #BOTM - success! I‘m a little disappointed there was no confetti. I‘ve seen good buzz about this book so am excited.

vivastory 🎉🎉🎊🎊📚📚 I love the confetti graphic 😂 3w
KatieDid927 Samesies all around. 3w
keepingupwiththepenguins I just read about this on Modern Mrs Darcy - it sounds so good!!! 2w
Sace Question.... Is the BOTM app only available in iOS? 1w
cariashley @RestlessFickleBookHoarder I‘m not sure, actually, good question! 1w
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New audiobook for my #audiorun this morning! So far, very interesting. And a beautiful day in the Hamptons. 😎🏃‍♀️

JennyM Beautiful 😍 3w
Centique Wow, what a great view! 2w
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The Chain | Adrian McKinty
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Yeah, this wasn‘t for me. I found it to be simplistic, poorly executed and weirdly boring. January LaVoy does a truly commendable job narrating though, for the most part.

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The Chain | Adrian McKinty
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Caught a beautiful sunrise on my #audiorun this morning. I just started it but this book is pretty intense! 😱

erzascarletbookgasm Beautiful and great pic! 4w
cariashley @erzascarletbookgasm thank you! ☺️ 4w
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Trick Mirror | Jia Tolentino
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Really excellent collection of thought-provoking essays, and the audiobook was well read by the author. I‘ve been a big fan of hers on twitter for a while and safe to say I‘ll read whatever she writes!

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The City of Brass | S. A. Chakraborty
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Fully enjoying the day, the wine and this book. #vineyardreads

Tamra That‘s the life! 4w
Cathythoughts That is definitely the life 👍🏻 @Tamra (edited) 4w
cariashley @Cathythoughts @Tamra zero complaints here ☺️ 4w
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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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I absolutely loved this, maybe even more than Uprooted. Novik‘s world building was just incredible and the whole atmosphere was mesmerizing. The strong, multi-layered heroines were the best part of the book for me, though. #botm

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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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This was a well-crafted thriller although not too much of a cut above the usual fare, in my opinion. I finished it today just in time for my work book club tomorrow, and I feel like it‘ll be a hit for our group. I didn‘t see the twist coming at the end so that‘s something! And the audiobook narration is really excellent.

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Love, love, love. No one writes about food like Ruth Reichl and this was a joy to listen to. I need to get around to her other books!

SamanthaMarie I've read all of her other books and they are all grade A. I really love her writing. I own this one but haven't gotten to it yet. I need to read it! 1mo
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I always say I don‘t watch much TV, but am realizing that‘s not really true. I was surprised to find I‘d watched more than half of the shows Nussbaum writes about in this collection. I‘ve been following her on twitter for a while but somehow never read her articles and this was truly enjoyable listening - her critical writing is just so expansive and on point. It made me excited about all that‘s out there to watch.

mdemanatee I listened to this one and realized I still don‘t know a lot of popular shows but man do I love cultural criticism about pop culture 1mo
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A quick glass of wine before heading to a family party. This book is good so far, though depressing. #vineyardreads

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I haven‘t posted in a while as I was busy at work and then spent a long Labor Day weekend in Amsterdam (which was wonderful). While on a food tour in the Jordaan area we passed this little free library! 🥰📚

LeahBergen Wonderful! 1mo
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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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Just a ridiculously gorgeous night for some rooftop reading on the top of my building. I love New York City. And this book 💙

AmyG Beautiful. I miss Manhattan. 2mo
CoffeeNBooks Wow! Great view! 2mo
LeeRHarry What a view! 😮 2mo
cherylmorton Great view, great book! 2mo
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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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As @Liberty would say, HOLY CATS, this book is good. #vineyardreads

LeeRHarry Hope the wine is good too 🍷 2mo
SW-T 😊😊😊 2mo
cariashley @LeeRHarry always 🥰🍷🍇 2mo
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Notes from a Young Black Chef: A Memoir | Joshua David Stein, Kwame Onwuachi
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I‘m a sucker for chef memoirs so I predictably enjoyed this quick listen. It stands out for tackling race and class issues in the restaurant industry, and more perspectives like this one are sorely needed.

jesseastin Would you recommend it as an audio book over a print copy? 1mo
cariashley @jesseastin yes! He does a great job narrating it himself, I definitely recommend audio. 4w
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He Said / She Said | Erin Kelly
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I almost bailed on this audiobook a few times but stuck it out, and the end was fairly twisty so I guess I‘m glad I did. The first half bored me and I found Laura‘s emotional hand wringing particularly overdrawn and predictable. Overall, way too long and very meh.

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I guffawed. Best response to a man asking a woman to smile that I‘ve ever seen. 🔥🔥

Crazeedi This was a very different and good book 2mo
cariashley @Crazeedi I‘m liking it so far! 2mo
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Such a long book is hard to rate. The writing is excellent and immerses the reader wholly into Marina‘s experience of the Russian Revolution. Some horrific things happen to her, and the early jaunty, youthful tone of the book belies the dangers ahead. Not sure how quickly I‘ll be picking up the equally long sequel but this was a worthwhile read overall. And another book down from my @strandbookstore fiction subscription backlog!

AlaMich I love that cover! 2mo
cariashley @AlaMich isn‘t it gorgeous? It‘s a really beautiful book. 2mo
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This a stop everything, must read right now kind of book. It‘s terrifying, yes, but the alternative is sticking your head in the sand.

MrBook 😮 2mo
RamsFan1963 I agree. It's devastating but must read material. 2mo
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Trying to finish this behemoth of a book in my happy place 🍷🍇 #vineyardreads

Tanisha_A Oh wow! What a place to read at! 😍 2mo
SamanthaMarie I agree with @Tanisha_A 😍 2mo
BarbaraBB Gorgeous 🍷 2mo
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Such a fun, quick read for the end of my mini vacation in Oregon! I loved Kate as a heroine, and Anthony came through in the end. I‘m excited to read the rest of this series before the Netflix show comes out next year. The cast looks awesome so far, and Shonda is fabulous, so I have high hopes! #romantsy

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Florida | Lauren Groff
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My purchases from Powell‘s. I had so much restraint! I never check bags so only had a small suitcase, and my TBR is pretty ridiculous as it is, so I didn‘t have much of a choice. I am really excited about the mug though ☺️

Suet624 Great mug! 2mo
Tamra Adorable! 2mo
Viji I have this mug too! 1mo
cariashley @Viji I love it!!! 1mo
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Powell's Books at PDX | Portland, OR (Bookstore)
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A rare candid photo of me in my natural habitat, game face on.

I LOVED Powell‘s! Definitely one of the biggest and best bookstores I‘ve ever been in. 🤓🙌

Samplergal Love Powell‘s. I can‘t wait to travel the NW and schedule a few activities there. 3mo
BarbaraBB Great picture of you! And those books 😍 3mo
cariashley @Samplergal it‘s really great. I‘m already thinking about my next trip! 😊 2mo
cariashley @BarbaraBB thanks! My husband was entertained by my laser focus. No time for pictures! We have to get to all the floors and sections! ☺️ 2mo
BarbaraBB I understand completely! 2mo
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Well, that was disappointing, especially after I‘d heard such great things about this book. I found the storyline to be underdeveloped and the characters too lightly drawn. A shame as this retelling had tons of potential. I‘ll be skipping book two. 🤷🏼‍♀️

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Books and Coffee | Longview, TX (Bookstore)
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Loving this small but very cute book display at this cute little coffee shop in Newberg, Oregon, The Coffee Cottage. I needed a hearty scone to prepare for a full day of wine tasting! 🍷😎

monalyisha Sounds like such a good day!!! 3mo
Reviewsbylola So cute. Enjoy your wine! 3mo
JenReadsAlot Sounds like a good day to me! 3mo
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Portlandia: A Guide for Visitors | Carrie Brownstein, Fred Armisen
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I‘m heading to Oregon tomorrow! We‘re spending most of our time in Willamette doing wine tasting 🍷 but we will have two nights and a day in the city of Portland. It‘s my first time there and I‘ll obviously be visiting Powell‘s 🤗 Any other recommendations, bookish or otherwise?

Soubhiville @Hooked_on_books May have some ideas? 3mo
Cinfhen Have fun!!!! 3mo
Hooked_on_books Powell‘s, definitely (make sure you get a map at the info desk). If you‘re in Portland on the weekend, I recommend the Saturday market (which is poorly named and on Sundays, too) under the Burnside bridge. It‘s mainly crafts and food and a great place to wander. (edited) 3mo
cariashley @Hooked_on_books ooh thank you so much! Will try to do the market on Saturday! 3mo
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This series continues to be incredibly entertaining. I didn‘t love it as much as the second one, but the level of creativity here is still astounding. I‘ll definitely be listening to the rest - the audiobook narration is excellent. (Also, Pickwick 💕)

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Sullivan is making it really challenging to keep reading this book. #catsoflitsy #KAL

Karisa That expression! Maybe thinking, "This is an intervention." 3mo
Texreader ❤️😻 3mo
cariashley @Karisa yup. An intervention so I can feed/pet him! 3mo
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Sunday morning with coffee and this absolute chunkster. It‘s good so far, just soooo long.

cariashley I just noticed my own foot at the bottom, oops!! 😜🦶 (edited) 3mo
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I LOVE making people try romance novels. They always look at me like I‘m nuts when I say how great they are, but they‘re converted once they try them! These are the texts I just got from my work mentee (this definitely isn‘t in the mentor guidelines but she‘s cool 😆)

Bianca I love this! 3mo
AlaMich That‘s so cool! I love it whenever people like ANY book I‘ve recommended. 3mo
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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I‘m calling it! Didn‘t make it to 24 hours, but this is about 30 minutes better than I‘ve ever done before! I finished 4 books (one was almost done), started a 5th and got halfway through two audiobooks. All in all I‘m very proud, and I didn‘t drive my husband absolutely nuts. He even finished a book himself and he barely reads! This has been truly restorative and much needed. Well done everyone! #24in48 👏👏

Readerann Stellar results! 3mo
Lizpixie Nice job!🎉🎉 3mo
Megabooks 🎉🎉🥳🥳👍🏻 3mo
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Eyelit Well done!👏 3mo
Librarybelle Excellent! 3mo
Jas16 🙌🏽 3mo
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In an Absent Dream | Seanan McGuire
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Fourth, and definitely last, book of #24in48 done. These novellas continue to be unlike any other fantasy books I‘ve ever read. They‘re just so well-written and atmospheric. Loved it and sad that the next one isn‘t out until January.

chaoticgoodhufflepuff This one is my favorite so far! ❤️ 3mo
Cathythoughts Great title 👍🏻 3mo
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The Lightning Thief | Rick Riordan
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Book three done! I‘d been meaning to read this for ages. It was decent but I just generally don‘t enjoy middle grade books that much these days, sadly. Maybe I‘ll continue the series, not sure. Thanks to Sullivan for helping with the photo 😸 #catsoflitsy #24in48

Readerann 😻 3mo
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Book two of #24in48 done! This was a great diversion but a little heavier than I was expecting. I appreciate the realism though. I‘d definitely read the other ones in this series. #romantsy

Am at 10 hours, 46 minutes and getting sleepy, but will try and start something new before I pass out!

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Started my next #24in48 read at the winery, but inside since it‘s so hot 🥵 Looking forward to some lighter reads this weekend (although this one is more intense than I was expecting so far) #romantsy #vineyardreads

24in48 So good! 3mo
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Finished my first book of #24in48! I had under 100 pages left so was easy to get this one done. Atkinson continues to be maybe my favorite writer ever and I absolutely loved this fourth installment of the Jackson Brodie books. Can‘t wait to read Big Sky, and I need to figure out how to watch the tv adaptation. 5 hours, 7 minutes done and going strong!

cathipink The adaptations are so great, and fairly short (lots is glossed over/excluded, understandably). It's only the first three books but I hold out hope the others will be adapted. Maybe your library has them? 2mo
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Switching to this audiobook for the car ride out to the beach so my husband can unwittingly participate in the readathon too. I read Wallace-Wells‘s article on climate change in NY magazine but this full length version is pure terror. And this chapter is just a bit too on the nose for this weekend‘s heat wave in NY. #24in48

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Starting the readathon with an #audiorun on the treadmill since it‘s already too hot outside. Am liking this audiobook so far! I‘d never heard of the podcast before. Am at 1 hour, 14 min so a long way to go! Happy readathon-ing everyone and stay cool! #24in48

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Morning #audiorun view today is of the Williamsburg Bridge! Already pretty warm out but not too bad yet. I‘m getting my miles down to ~9 min each and am really happy with that. This book isn‘t an easy one but it‘s really good - horrifying, though.

sudi What a great view! 😍 3mo
Crazeedi Great time! And great view!❤ 3mo
cariashley @Crazeedi thanks! 💪 3mo
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I‘ve always been mixed on Gaiman, and while this started off strong it really dragged in the middle for me. The endless intros to other writers who were obscure to me could have been interesting but it was too much. I could have done with about half the length. I‘m just not into the particular brand of sci fi and comics that Gaiman loves, though I appreciate his passion.

monalyisha Bummer! I‘m wondering which Gaiman books you‘ve read? I‘ve surprised myself by not digging a few of his titles, but some of his others are literally some of my absolute favorite books. 3mo
cariashley @monalyisha I just checked and actually have given just as many 4 star as 3 star ratings to his books! He‘s never been 5 stars for me though. I really liked American Gods and The Graveyard Book, liked The Ocean..., and thought Stardust, Trigger Warning and Neverwhere were ok. Which are your faves? 3mo
monalyisha @cariashley That sounds like a totally fair shot! I count both “American Gods” & “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” among my favorite books. I didn‘t really dig “Neverwhere” & that‘s always a fan fave. 🤷‍♀️ 3mo
cariashley @monalyisha we‘re pretty similar then! You should read Graveyard Book, it‘s great on audio! 3mo
Zelma I liked this one but more as a book to dip in and out of. I didn‘t read the whole thing either. (edited) 3mo
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Bunny | Mona Awad
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This book is straight up bonkers. It started out entertaining, then became wildly disorienting until I decided to just go with the flow/craziness. Totally worth reading, and that last line 😯
I suggested this for my work book club and the early chatter is that it‘s blowing people‘s minds - I think most of my colleagues are used to reading softer stuff 😂 Can‘t wait for our discussion! 🐰

cathipink I need to dive all the way in to this one. My local bookstore recommended this after I mentioned The Year of Rest and Relaxation and Made for Love as two of my faves. 2mo
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Bunny | Mona Awad
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It was supposed to rain all day and it‘s not, so am taking advantage before heading back home and back to work tomorrow! I‘m also enjoying this book, which is getting more bonkers with every page. It‘s for my work book club and suffice to say it‘ll be an interesting discussion! 🐰🐰🐰🐰

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View from my #audiorun today! Really hot and sweaty but I still did 3 miles at around 9:12 per mile, which is really good for me. 🏃‍♀️ I‘ve had this audiobook forever but was never inclined to start it until now, and I‘m not sure why. It‘s an absolute delight!

Hoopiefoot That‘s such a pretty view for a run! 4mo
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Gods of Jade and Shadow | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Am in desperate need of some quicker reads on my TBR. Hopefully these are good picks for that! #botm

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Excellent audiobook. This was the next logical read for me as I continue to devour every book written about women‘s anger that I can find. Highly recommend.

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Took a quick breather to take this pic from the bridge on my #audiorun today, just before it got cloudy and drizzly for the rest of the day. This memoir is good but I‘m really not in the mood for family/parenting subject matter at the moment, so kind of wish I‘d picked it up at a different time.

erzascarletbookgasm This place is so beautiful..calm..💙 4mo
Cathythoughts Such a beautiful place ... 4mo
cariashley @erzascarletbookgasm @Cathythoughts it‘s really lovely. And still not as crowded as it will get later in the summer ☺️ 4mo
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