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kalinichta

kalinichta

Joined October 2016

Possibly the slowest, moodiest reader you've ever met.
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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close | Jonathan Safran Foer
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I've never had a book pull on my heartstrings as frequently as this one. A meditation on love and death and war and all the horrible and wonderful things we humans do to each other. And while it got very heavy at times, requiring me to put it down for a bit to recover, it was a true pleasure to read.

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Paperback Writer | Richard Taylor
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All your favorite songs reimagined as vintage book covers, from Lit Hub.

https://lithub.com/all-your-favorite-songs-reimagined-as-vintage-book-covers-you...

Eyelit This is fantastic! Thanks for sharing 😂 5mo
FlowerFairy Life on Mars and Red Right Hand! 😍😂😍 5mo
kalinichta @Eyelit My pleasure. 😀 5mo
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kalinichta @FlowerFairy I think Sheena and Rid of Me are my favorites 5mo
batsy Thank you for this, some of those are too good 😁 Paranoid Android is good one! 5mo
kalinichta @batsy Happy to be of service. 😊 5mo
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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close | Jonathan Safran Foer
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This book is just about killing me right now.

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The Answers: A Novel | Catherine Lacey
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Mehso-so

Hmm... It is an interesting concept, trying to engineer an ideal relationship, but the Girlfriend Experiment collapses in on itself, not least of all because the egocentric dude who has come up with the idea makes a shambles of it. The MC, Mary, is an interesting study, and it was a readable story (except for the parts where egodude Kurt was the primary focus). But I found the resolution very unsatisfying, seeming to just drift off into vapor.

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The Answers: A Novel | Catherine Lacey
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About 45% of the way through The Answers. Kurt is insufferable. Please send help.

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Can a year of sleep change your life? Let's find out!

Even though the MC was kind of a terrible person, I couldn't wait to see what happened next in her pursuit of a life reset through sleep. (And I have to admit I was envious of her ability to take a year off to sleep. Oh, beautiful sleep...) And that psychiatrist!

#BetterLivingThroughChemistry

Leftcoastzen It‘s such a strange and wonderful book! 5mo
britt_brooke I love Moshfegh! 5mo
kalinichta @britt_brooke I'll definitely read more from her. 5mo
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Rebecca Solnit, man. Every time I read her, I feel like my mind opens a bit more, and I can see things a little more clearly. In this collection of essays, she focuses her sharp, grounded powers of analysis mainly on the subject of silence - who is silenced (spoiler: it's basically everyone except cishet white men), how, and what happens when the silence is shattered.

Photo: Haymarket Books Twitter

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I finished this book a day or so ago, and I miss it. I especially miss spending time with Hero. This is a slow, quotidian book, which may not be attractive to some readers, but I feel is perfect for the story of a woman who is just learning to be human again after her world ends, and a snapshot of a Filipino-American community in 1990s Northern California. I loved it.

batsy Yes to everything in your review! Loved it for those reasons. 7mo
kalinichta @batsy I've been spending the past couple of days trying to find something to read that would hit that same spot. 7mo
AndjoSant Attended her talk at the Sydney Writers Festival & bought her novel on the spot, 7mo
AndjoSant Can‘t wait to sink my teeth into it, great to see Filipinx authors coming to the fore 7mo
kalinichta @AndjoSant Very cool. Hope you enjoy it! 7mo
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I sometimes volunteer at the Kids' Book Bank. One of the perks is that I sometimes get to rescue books that would otherwise be discarded and add them to my personal library. Today, I saved Encyclopedia Brown from "book heaven".

#volunteering #HeavenIsActuallyAShredder

tammysue 🙌🏻😊 7mo
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The Pisces: A Novel | Melissa Broder
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I've seen a few reviews of this book describing the mc as unlikable, but, in all honesty, I saw a lot of myself in this book. It is a pretty accurate portrait of someone who becomes consumed by love (or "love") in an attempt to fill an unfillable hole inside (and illustrates the reason I now choose to remain single). I've never seen this aspect of myself portrayed so honestly, to the point of almost being unnerving. That being said...?

kalinichta I found the merman stuff itself a bore and could have done with less of the unsexy detailed descriptions of sex (I don't mind sex in a book at all, but after a while it started to feel like the stuff I've put in NaNoWriMo projects just to too my word count) and the mc's reveries about their mystical perfect union (gag). And it absolutely sucks that she's never held accountable for her care of her sisters dog. 8mo
Reggie Nice review!! 8mo
kalinichta @Reggie Thank you so much! 8mo
batsy Yes, great review! I was on the fence but your review, as always, has given me a different impression and now it sounds like something I'd give a shot 🙂 8mo
kalinichta @batsy Oh wow, thank you! I take that as a huge compliment coming from you. 💙 8mo
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If you're looking for a book about books, this is not the book you're looking for. But you should read it anyway because it is a delight. Bythell, owner of the largest secondhand bookshop in Scotland gives a daily account of a year in his life as a bookseller, including hilarious, mystifying, and heartwarming interactions with customers and colleagues. An eminently readable dispelling of the romantic myth of owning a bookshop.

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The Pisces: A Novel | Melissa Broder
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Sunny morning with a book, coffee, and a cat getting in on the sunbeam action. This is the life of leisure I was meant for.

#JokingNotJoking #CatsOfLitsy

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More Tales of the City | Armistead Maupin
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Another visit with our friends from Barbary Lane means more soap opera-like twists and turns, and I think it's even more fun than the first one. Though our corn-pone Midwestern gal (who is a little too corn-pone and Midwestern to be from Cleveland, even in the '70s) Mary Ann gets a little annoying in this one, I feel even more in love with most of the returning characters. Also, can I please move back to northern California now?

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The Book Thief | Markus Zusak
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Mixed feelings about this. I have issues with it from the portrayal of the gentile German citizens in general to the odd word and image choices (sometimes causing me to put the book down and ask, "What does that even MEAN?"). But I came to care for a number of the characters in the book, which will always pull me through to the end. I'd like to read the story Liesel wrote.

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It's Me! | Eric Drachman, Isabelle Decenciere
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I feel very attacked right now.

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Kitchen Confidential | Anthony Bourdain
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Finally reading Kitchen Confidential, and while it's as entertaining as expected, man, could it use a copy editor. I'm less than 20% in, and I have already seen enough missing words, wrong words, and lack of proper punctuation to make me despair. I'm really surprised to see this kind of work in such a hugely popular, bestselling book.

Does anyone else find their reading experience marred by poor copy editing? Or am I the only nerd?

candority Oh, that drives me nuts! 9mo
Soubhiville Usually I‘m annoyed by it, but I don‘t remember noticing any while reading this... I have the kindle version so maybe it‘s been edited or updated? Actually I‘m probably not the best judge this time as I read it during my surgery recovery last summer, probably not completely coherently... 🤪 9mo
Susannah I see errors in books all the time, and it drives me crazy. I wish I could find data related to the number of copy editors in the book industry over the past 20 years to see if it has declined. Whether a book is fiction or nonfiction, poor copy editing takes me right out of a book. 🤦‍♀️ 9mo
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JazzFeathers @Susannah l do see mistakes (usually typos) more than l used to. I do think this is a service publishers are shrinking on. 9mo
kalinichta @candority Especially when you have to re-read a sentence three times to figure out what that heck it means. 9mo
kalinichta @Soubhiville 😃 I'm reading a Kindle version, too. I've taken to highlighting instances now, and I found three within an hour's reading. I may get my hands on a paper copy to compare because it's really astounding to me. 9mo
kalinichta @Susannah I know with the growing popularity of the internet, I'd seen numerous online articles that clearly hadn't been copy edited, but to see it increasing in books is distressing. 9mo
SamAnne Agreed. And I‘m doing the audio. 7mo
quanners The audiobook is a great solution to that annoyance and it‘s read by Bourdain. 6mo
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As you can tell, I couldn't relate to this book at all. 🙄

I remember spending time poring over maps and encyclopedias in my youth, and this book beautifully tapped into that casual geographer mindset. Informative and entertaining, never getting too technical, this book had me fondly remembering those evenings stretched out on the living room floor, scanning maps just to see what was out there, while also turning an eye to where maps are going.

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Lazy Sunday reclining in bed with Ken Jennings' "Maphead". It's already full of the kind of informational asides and trivia you'd expect from a former "Jeopardy" champ - just my cup of tea. Stella is into it, too.

#catsoflitsy #cartography #mapnerd

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Mehso-so

I really don't know how I feel about this book. It's a memoir partially of Gold becoming an adult, but moreso of Gold coming through his kind of fucked up relationship with his mother, who has probably more than one undiagnosed mental condition. Sometimes it's compelling, but mostly it's like one, big self-therapy session. Still, I think people who have difficult relationships with their parents might find solace here.

kalinichta Also thought you guys would appreciate these recs from Gold's bookseller days. 10mo
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Brilliant.

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Woohoo! Finally have this memoir from the author of "Carter Beats the Devil" thanks to a Christmas gift card. The endpapers are covered with intriguing references to the content, like "lolly is a slut" and "story yeast". Excited to get started!

Soubhiville Cool cover! 11mo
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Annihilation | Jeff VanderMeer
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Mehso-so

Every time I read science fiction, I think, "I should just not try with science fiction." This short book took me forever to read, and any interest I had in finding out what was going on fizzled out halfway through. Meh.

Image from treehugger.com.

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The High Window | Raymond Chandler
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For me, reading Raymond Chandler is not about plot or whodunit, but about beautiful turns of phrase and description, dry and sometimes unexpectedly absurd humor, and the subtle and complex peeks into the character of Philip Marlowe. In the High Window, Marlowe is referred to as a "shop-worn Galahad" and shows an almost anachronistic adherence to the practice of consent, especially as concerns a damaged young woman. Marlowe is a fascinating puzzle.

kalinichta The photo, btw, is the back cover of this '70s paperback edition. The front cover is just fugly. 12mo
gradcat Ah, Philip Marlowe—he‘s one of the swooniest fictional detectives...😍🥰👍 12mo
kalinichta @gradcat He's just so damned intriguing! 12mo
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The High Window | Raymond Chandler
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Sometimes you're reminded that Chandler wrote poetry when he was a young man.

"[...] old men with faces like lost battles."

That line keeps killing me every time I look at it.

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The High Window | Raymond Chandler
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Freaky reading coincidence: I've been reading "A Gentleman in Moscow" on my Kindle during the day, and a paper copy of "The High Window" at night (to reduce screens before bed). As most of you know the first book is about a man put under house arrest at the Hotel Metropol in Moscow. The second book takes place in 1940s Los Angeles... and refers to a Hotel Metropole.

I did a double-take when I came across that last night. ?

BarbaraTheBibliophage Bookish synchronicity is the best! 12mo
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A Ladder to the Sky | John Boyne
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Sad to say, this was not the book for me. It was not the unputdownable page-turner that The Heart's Invisible Furies was. And I found the main character whose only personality trait was ambition almost completely uninteresting. But I did like the Gore Vidal and Edith chapters. And I did actually finish it, so there's that.

RaimeyGallant Good to know. 12mo
Bakingbookworm I agree. I was so saddened not to love it as much as Heart‘s Invisible Furies. I thought it was predictable with Maurice being too cliched as the ‘bad guy‘. 12mo
KatieDid927 I completely agree. 12mo
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kalinichta @Bakingbookworm @KatieDid927 I'm so glad I'm not done on this one. This is one of those instances where so many people love a book I don't love that it makes me wonder if I missed something somehow. 12mo
kalinichta Done = alone 12mo
KatieDid927 @kalinichta Yeah I‘m honestly not sure what people are loving, other than Boyne‘s brilliant prose. There‘s no depth and the story was incredibly predictable. I‘ll forget about this book completely in a few months. 12mo
kalinichta @KatieDid927 Yep, exactly. 12mo
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All of Me | Janet Eckford
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I haven't taken a selfie in a while, but here's me with my beloved (and very ratty) "trilobite me" shirt from my bookseller days.

#friyayintro @howjessreads

sprainedbrain Love! 13mo
CarolynM Loved it! (edited) 13mo
batsy ❤️❤️ 13mo
kalinichta @sprainedbrain @CarolynM @batsy Thanks for the sweet comments, guys. 😊 13mo
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Tales of the City | Armistead Maupin
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It's been about 17 years since I first read this San Francisco classic, and I'd forgotten some of the more surprising (and one cringe-worthy) twists and reveals. And it was a bit more soap-y than I remembered (owing, no doubt, to its origins as a newspaper serial). But I didn't forget the wonderful characters who end up feeling like friends. I would love a Mrs. Madrigal in my life.

LauraBeth I read these back-to-back 25 years ago and keep thinking that I‘d love to re-read the series! Plus, I‘d get to continue reading with the newish books that came out after I finished the series. 13mo
kalinichta @LauraBeth Yes! I'm thinking I need to continue because I've realized I never did finish the series the first go round. 13mo
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Tales of the City | Armistead Maupin
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Not dead! Just book hopping a lot recently. I am finishing up "Excellent Woman" by Barbara Pym, but then I found the documentary "The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin" on Netflix. So of course I had to revisit "Tales of the City". ?

batsy I've never read Maupin! I'm thinking... I should? :) (And always good to see your posts 💕) 13mo
kalinichta @batsy Aww, thank you, lovely. 💕 Back atcha. I've read a few from his Tales of the City series and have always enjoyed then immensely. They might be tame by today's standards, but they were groundbreaking when he started them in the late '70s. They are fun, quick reads. And they're set in wonderful San Francisco. 13mo
batsy I've got a weakness for a San Francisco setting, so I should definitely give it a try 🙂 13mo
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kalinichta @batsy 👍🙂 13mo
melissajayne There is a limited series on Netflix coming out on June 7. 8mo
kalinichta @melissajayne Yep, looking forward to it! 8mo
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The Essex Serpent | Sarah Perry
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Same, Cora Seaborne. Same.

I am all about stories of women who decide they're going to live life how they wanna. Though some choices and characterizations were a little strange (Luke Garrett... I mean, what?), and I wish there had been more meat to the science and religion conversations, I enjoyed this story of a woman learning to live life on her own terms.

(I actually finished this book a couple of weeks ago. Oops.)

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It took some 16 years away from my bookstore job - and one physically- and mentally-exhausting apartment move - but I've finally dispensed with the need to alphabetize my books.

Mind you, I'm sure I'll get bored with the Roy G. Biv treatment and go back to order at some point... but for now, I just find this visually pleasing.

saresmoore Isn‘t it refreshing?! I am loving my eclectic, colorful shelving situation. I find surprises all the time! 1y
kalinichta @saresmoore Yes! It's much more conducive to rediscovering books I forgot I had. 1y
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The Essex Serpent | Sarah Perry
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The joy of reading with cats. 😸

Excited to finally be reading The Essex Serpent on this first day of fall. Even if my reading companion leaves me with a stiff neck.

LauraBeth 😹 1y
batsy Too cute 💕 1y
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Saga | Brian K. Vaughan
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readordierachel Oooh, awesome! 1y
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Rescue Me | Michelle L Teichman
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Advice I hope no one reading this ever has to use: How to rescue a wet book. http://www.openculture.com/2017/09/how-to-rescue-a-wet-damaged-book-a-short-hand...

RaimeyGallant Wowzers! 1y
JazzFeathers Thanks for sharing. That's always good to know. But so did you try it? Does it really work? 1y
kalinichta @JazzFeathers Fortunately, I don't have the need for it right now. 1y
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Goodbye, Paris: A Novel | Anstey Harris
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Unpopular Opinion Theater presents: Goodbye, Paris

By the time I was finished with this book, I was more than ready to say goodbye to Paris. I found almost everything about it tedious - from the writing (internally, I was screaming, "SHOW, DON'T TELL" through the entire book), to the MC's situation, to her naivety and lack of self-awareness. I held on hoping for a big payoff in the end, but it just fizzled out for me.

But, hey, pretty cover.

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The Golem and the Jinni | Helene Wecker
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This was a lovely fairytale for grown-ups, sprinkling a little magic and wonder into the sometimes gritty world of late 1800s New York. Watching the two otherworldly title characters learn to pass as human is fascinating, and, in the case of the golem, sometimes delightful (see photo).

It was a long book, and I didn't like the jinni through much of it, but the strong affection I felt for the golem pulled me through. She's a wonderful character.

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Goodbye, Paris: A Novel | Anstey Harris
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When you have the shot, then you miss the shot, then you have to wait for the shot to recreate itself.

#BOTM #catsoflitsy #petsoflitsy #neverworkwithanimalsorchildren

tammysue 😻😻😻 1y
emilyhaldi So cute 🤗🤗 1y
mrozzz 😍😍😍 1y
EH2018 Adorable!!! 1y
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This is between a pick and so-so for me. While this is a fun, enjoyable travelogue, it's a fun, enjoyable travelogue about a place where people are oppressed and starving. Not that Simmons isn't cognizant of the conditions of, as she calls it, NoKo, but it's unmistakably a light read.

Additionally, I think Simmons' observations should be taken with a grain of salt as there doesn't seem to be a lot of research or verification. 👇

kalinichta But this was a fun, quick, and interesting read, and I would definitely be interested in reading more of Simmons' travel writing. This book also spurred me to crack open A River in Darkness for an inside view of North Korea. 1y
callielafleur Also check out Orphan Master's Son, which takes place in North Korea. The author has done lots of research. 1y
kalinichta @callielafleur Will check it out. Thank you! 1y
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Apparently, it doesn't matter if a book is in paper format or electronic, any self-respecting cat is duty-bound to sit on it.

#catsoflitsy

Slajaunie Agreed! 1y
Libby1 😻 1y
batsy Too cute 😍 1y
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Mehso-so

I wanted to love this book, but I didn't quite. I did love the characters (based off real people profiled in the doc "Paris is Burning"), especially the fierce Angel. But I don't feel the shifting perspectives or the detachment caused by finding out about major events after the fact via time jumps helped the story. But it's still definitely worth a read.

Be warned: it's especially brutal toward the end.

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Moonglow | Michael Chabon
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This book was a joy to read, and I think never knowing what might be true and what might be fabrication makes it even more fun. The members of Chabon's family glow with vibrancy. It is a wild ride of a life well-lived.

rubyslippersreads Now a picture of Dracula paddling a canoe is stuck in my head! 😂 1y
kalinichta @rubyslippersreads Right? I picture him with the oar in one hand, and him doing the hypnotism fingers with the other hand. 1y
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TheKidUpstairs 😂😂 2y
Suet624 Read a book off it, maybe. 😂😂 2y
batsy 🤣 2y
kalinichta @Suet624 I feel seen. 2y
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Moonglow | Michael Chabon
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Some Chabon paired with Arrogant Bastard Ale. This book is so much fun.

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The Compleat Moonshadow | J. M. DeMatteis, Jon J. Muth
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Sorting comics for storage is at least 60% resisting the urge to just sit here and re-read them.

RealLifeReading Ooh what a lovely sight 2y
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Fine Things | Danielle Steel
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Fine Things by Danielle Steel. My mother, once a member of the Danielle Steel fan club, would be pleased. But I find this cruelly ironic. Maybe even downright sarcastic.

@Libby1

kalinichta @Reviewsbylola Heh, that could go so many directions. 2y
Libby1 😳 2y
batsy Mine is Danielle Steele's The Gift and I don't know if this is the meme's way of subtweeting me to be more grateful about my life 😂 2y
kalinichta @batsy Ha! I like that we're both distrustful of our answers. Damn you, Danielle Steele! 2y
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Unpacking books in the new apartment, and came across this one that I don't recall having and have no idea when, where, how, or why I obtained it. Please tell me I'm not the only one this happens to.

#bookloverproblems

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Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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This was a story full of broken people. Broken people who sometimes do inexplicable things. This story could have been maudlin or needlessly titillating, but, in Ruskovich's hands, it is a sometimes jarring, deep dive into the heads of these broken people. Their unfiltered thoughts. 👇🏼

kalinichta And even though these people were sometimes frightening, sometimes frustrating (I wanted to tell Ann to snap out of it a few times), they are treated respectfully, given their due as human beings. A compelling read, even if my two big questions were never answered. 2y
BarbaraBB Great review. And yes, those unanswered questions.... 2y
kalinichta @BarbaraBB Thank you! But unanswered questions can be good because they keep you thinking. 2y
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Sandman | Neil Gaiman
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1. Only
2. I always knew I had it good as the only.
3. 2 - okay, I was raised an only child, found out at age 11 that I had an older brother (from Mom, teen pregnancy) and at 30 that I had an older sister (from Dad while overseas in the army).
4. The Endless from Neil Gaiman's Sandman comics
5. It took a bit, but I found an only.

Suet624 Wow! Surprise siblings. 2y
kalinichta @Suet624 Right? Seems like a sordid history for a couple who will have their 50th wedding anniversary next year (both surprise siblings came along before they met). 2y
Suet624 50 years! That‘s amazing. 2y
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kalinichta @Suet624 Even more amazing when you've been around their bickering. 😄 2y
Suet624 That just made me laugh out loud. 2y
kalinichta @Suet624 Heehee, good! Glad to bring a laugh. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m an only also! 🙌🏻 2y
kalinichta @BarbaraTheBibliophage Yes! We are more scarce around these parts than I would have thought. 2y
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The Color Purple | Alice Walker
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Found a stash of Literary Cavalcade, "Scholastic's monthly magazine of contemporary literature and student writing", that I must have had since high school. This image of Alice Walker is still how I picture her.

readordierachel Great find! 2y
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Between packing and looking for a new apartment, and then just being dead tired, I haven't really read yet this weekend. But I have been catching up on some episodes of the LeVar Burton Reads podcast. (Loved "Unassigned Territory" by Stephanie Powell Watts.) As an old Reading Rainbow fan, I get a little choked up when he signs off with "I'll see you next time. But you don't have to take my word for it." ??

Tamra Great story by Watts. I have that collection TBR. 😁 2y
GondorGirl This picture makes my nerdy little heart happy! 2y
kalinichta @Tamra I'm thinking I need to add it to my TBRs, too. 2y
kalinichta @GondorGirl What could be better than Geordie LaForge reading to NDT? It's like the apogee of a particular subset of nerddom. 2y
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