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laurencjay

laurencjay

Joined September 2016

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New mug, who dis? ☕️

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New to me bookstores on a trip to #nyc:
🌟Books are Magic: So grammable, beautiful children‘s section
📚Bookbook: So compact and cute, great overstock deals
🐱Three Lives and Co (pictured): Amazing collection of indie publishers and books in translation

Haul coming later 👻

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🏙Big City Vibes
🎵Rock -got a particular love for 80s
📚Lit fic
🍍Pineapple -I‘ll never understand the outrage here
❤️ Mr Darcy - Imagining Colin Firth obvi

@readherwriteher

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This Is How It Always Is | Laurie Frankel
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Listened to this one. A beautifully moving and deeply sad story at times. I don‘t want to say too much about this book because I think it‘s best to experience yourself but you can really feel the love inside this story as it is written partially from the authors personal experience. Didn‘t love the part when 2 of the main characters went to Thailand, but otherwise, this was a beautiful story

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Sweetbitter: A novel | Stephanie Danler
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Went in a different direction than I thought but I I enjoyed it all the same. An honest portrayal of the restaurant industry and youth. I like the way this book was written small snapshots, the pacing aligned with the story. A good, fairly quick read.

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Did some used book shopping this weekend. Where do I start?

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My book signed by Jonny (and aliebn Jomny) ❤️❤️👽

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This weekend, I had the pleasure of meeting Jonny Sun at Politics and Prose in DC. I love Jonny‘s twitter presence and authenticity and he is as wonderful, gracious and kind as he is online. This book is a gem and makes me feel all the warm feels.

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Obviously still waiting for my Hogwarts Letter 🦉https://www.buzzfeed.com/ishabassi/i-just-wanna-be-at-home-reading?utm_term=.odb9DP75VR#.lwMknNyZQK

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This is my first EVER romance and I have to say I‘m all in. I absolute devoured this book, it was just so much fun! As a very deliberate reader (I just always want to get all the details) it was so nice to read through a book so quickly and still feel so fully engrossed. If you are wondering whether you should try romance, TRY ROMANCE and don‘t look back. ps: thanks to @Mommamanzi for gifting me this book ❤️

Mommamanzi I‘m so glad you liked it!!! I was nervous as I had never read it before! ❤️ 2y
laurencjay It was AWESOME 🙌🏻🙌🏻 2y
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Fake news is everywhere these days

swishandflick She's also got a great "nevertheless she persisted" moment in there somewhere! Definitely intentional, love her ❤️ (edited) 2y
laurencjay I saw that too and wondered. It‘s so tongue in cheek. I love it. This is my first real romance I‘ve ever read and I‘m seriously obsessed. @swishandflick 2y
Expandingbookshelf I burst out laughing when I got to this line in the audiobook 2y
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Pride and Prejudice | Jennifer Adams
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@GypsyKat thank you SO much for hosting this amazing giveaway, an exciting high point of my day. However cliche it may be (and I definitely hate cliches) I adore Lizzy Bennet. I identify with her very deeply, particularly her rebellious spirit. She will always be among my favorite heroines. #JaneAustenGiveaway

GypsyKat 💗💗💗 2y
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Loved this book. Learned so much about the impact humans are having on the environment. A must read for science-y and non-science-y folks alike!

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Listened to this on audio and really loved it. An awesome and very practical book about building confidence and using physical presence to build self-confidence. Will be reading this again and taking some notes !

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This feels nostalgic now

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Treating myself to a relaxing lunch out of the office

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Cupid's Essence | J Thompson
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Thank you SO much @Mommamanzi for this incredible box. I loved all the goodies: chocolates, a delicious smelling candle, ornament, lovely bookmarks and cute tissues as well as my 2 ultimate weaknesses: cute mugs and journals. I am so excited for all the books especially Bourbon King‘s which is my next read for sure. This is exactly what I needed to kickstart my first romance readings. ❤️❤️❤️ Happy ❤️day! #Cupidgoespostal

swishandflick Bourbon Kings and The Duchess Deal are both great!! ❤️ 2y
[DELETED] 3803335244 So pretty 💗 2y
Avanders Wow!! 💋💖🌸 2y
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It made it!! After some fears that it might have been lost, my #cupidgoespostal box was found accidentally misfiled in my package room. Thanks @Mommamanzi ! Can‘t wait to open this tomorrow ❤️❤️

Mommamanzi Yay! I was getting so worried!! 2y
Avanders 💘💘💜💘💘 2y
laurencjay @Mommamanzi ❤️❤️ 2y
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I hope my #cupidgoespostal #valentinesbookexchange partner got their gift today! It was sent out to arrive this afternoon!!

Avanders 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽💘💘 2y
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And finally some holiday gifts which included this super cute Santa mug (left) that has quickly become besties with my other Santa mug 🎅🏻. Thank you so much @Christyco125 again for the lovely and thoughtful gifts and to @BookBabe @MrBook @Avanders for hosting #secretsantagoespostal!! Can‘t wait til the next swap 📖📖📖📖📖

MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
Avanders 😘😘 2y
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Winter's Tale | Mark Helprin
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How cute is this card + these Harry Potter pins. ⚡️#secretsantagoespostal

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Snow Child | Eowyn Ivey
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Here is the book haul! I loved the 20s /modernist theme going on here. The top 2 books are ones I have long wanted to read and the bottom ones I haven‘t hear of but are definitely in my wheelhouse #secretsantagoespostal Good picks for me @Christyco125 ❤️❤️📖

Christyco125 Yay! I was going for the winter theme. I loved Rules of Civility and I saw that it was on your TBR. 2y
laurencjay Love it! Great choices all around @Christyco125 I‘ll have to start with Rules of Civility 2y
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Finally back from the holidays and got to open my #secretsantagoespostal from @Christyco125 !! ❤️❤️ First, just appreciating the lovely wrapping. Love getting to extend Christmas into January (note: I still have my Christmas tree up)

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A Dirty Job: A Novel | Christopher Moore
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Fireplaces and a pile of books to bring home for $2.50!! My local library is a gem✨✨

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Christmasland | Joe Hill
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Headed home early so I couldn‘t open my box 📦 yet BUT I was sent a photo of its arrival from my friend. Can‘t wait to open this up on 1.1.2018!!! #secretsantagoespostal

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Someone‘s #SecretSantaGoesPostal is on its way! Eeeeeeeeee 🎄🎄🎄

Dolly Hmmm, my sleuthing skills tell me there's a 0004 on this label. My parcels and mail have that noted on them as my mail delivery is via rural route 4. Coincidence? Maybe. 2y
laurencjay Hmmmmm we‘ll just have to see @dolly ;) 2y
Dolly Gasp! 😲Did you just cover (edit) that clue????😂😂😂it's fun no matter what! 2y
MrBook 😂😂👏🏻👏🏻 You two. @laurencjay @Dolly 2y
laurencjay Hahah I have to keep up an air of mystery @dolly @mrbook 😂 (edited) 2y
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The Good Girl | Mary Kubica
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Had me guessing straight til the end. This book was deliciously twisty. Didn‘t see the ending coming which made this very fun to read. How could anyone possibly go to sleep after finishing a book like this!? What‘s a girl to do? #readmore #alwaysreadmore

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The Good Girl | Mary Kubica
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Feeling festive tonight 🎄#secretsantagoespostal

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The Good Girl | Mary Kubica
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💙Blue. Also love red and melon (orange)
Love 🐶, Gilmore Girls , HP ⚡️, GoT 🐺, my planner 📖and biking 🚴
📚Favorite book is hard but I love The Color of Water, The Giver and The Reader
📖Historical fiction, fiction, memoir, sci fi and fantasy - a little bit of everything
❌Dislikes deckled edges + medical histories
🌃London is my favorite place to visit and I‘m an Anglophile!

#SSGPThisorThat #secretsantagoespostal thanks @teebe !!

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Megan 👏 Abbott 👏 is 👏 my 👑. I absolutely adore her and I haven‘t read her newest yet! This #allhallowsreadbookexchange was so much fun. Thank you @swishandflick for the perfect, creepy reads. And thanks to @MaleficentBookDragon for hosting this spooky exchange! This weekend can‘t come soon enough!

swishandflick Yay! So glad I found stuff you hadn't read yet 🙌🏽 Enjoy! 😄 2y
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Blood Wedding | Pierre Lematre
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A new book to me! Always exciting to get a new read. It sounds INCREDIBLY creepy and I‘m here for it @swishandflick #allhallowsreadbookexchange

swishandflick This is my favorite of the stack I sent you! Hope you enjoy it, super creepy 😄 2y
laurencjay Thanks!! I was so excited about this one. Ultimate creep factor 😱😱 @swishandflick 2y
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The Good Girl | Mary Kubica
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First book I opened, new on my TBR! This is definitely going to be the first one I dive into. #allhallowsreadbookexchange.

Jess7 I liked it a lot! 2y
Chasing_Pages That's my favorite by her! Hope you like it! 2y
laurencjay Excellent!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 2y
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Halloween Treats | Carolyn Haywood
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My treats! Featuring 2 of my favs: HP and pins!! @swishandflick #allhallowsreadbookexchange

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Eek! Halloween! | Sandra Boynton
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Excited to share my #allhallowsreadbookexchange from the lovely @swishandflick ! First, let‘s just appreciate this lovely packaging. ❤️❤️#allhallowsread

swishandflick I got a little obsessed with the matte paper 😂 2y
laurencjay This paper is AMAZING! I‘d have so much fun wrapping with that 2y
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I‘m on a loooooong library hold list for this but desperate to read it before the spooky season is up! #GIVEAWAYSIX @Liberty

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Sleeping Giants | Sylvain Neuvel
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#GIVEAWAYTHEPOWER this series is amaze balls. Why did I not check to see if the third book was already out in the series. My heart can‘t wait much longer! @Liberty

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Most recent nonfiction I read was The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer. I adored this book. Incredibly well written, Palmer is a fascinating person from her first career as a street performer, her band the Dresden Dolls, to her marriage to Neil Gaiman. She is unapologetically herself and that is part of the reason this book meant so much to me. #GIVEAWAYREALTALK @Liberty

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Affinity | Sarah Waters
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Someone should be expecting some goodies on Monday :) 🍁🍂 #allhallowsreadbookexchange

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Origin | Dan Brown
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Got something very exciting in the mail! As instructed, I won‘t open until Halloween but I had to take a quick peek ;) #allhallowsreadbookexchange

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Geek Love | Katherine Dunn
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11:30 AM. Slow going today as I had to wash this guy for sitting in his own poo. Nap time for me haha #puppysittingreadathon

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Geek Love | Katherine Dunn
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6:20AM - I'm puppy sitting this weekend so I decided to take it easy and do what I'm calling #puppysittingreadathon Not pictured: The amount of times I've already thrown his turtle this morning for him to fetch

JoeStalksBeck Puppy butt 😆 2y
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Geek Love | Katherine Dunn
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🍎Apple
📖Cozy reads
🍁Hayride
🍫☕️Cocoa
🎃Pumpkin patch
🔥Bonfires
🏈 Football (but I Browns fan, so I guess crappy football? Lol) #falltimefavorites @Tiffy_Reads

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Loved this story so much from Noah's book about his childhood pets and his dog that ran away. Constant laughs and if you listen to the audio, (which he reads) the voice he uses for his younger self in this section is wonderful.

Notafraidofwords I loved the lesson this taught him. 2y
laurencjay @Notafraidofwords such a good story !! 2y
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Best book I've read this year. Hilariously funny and thoughtful. For as serious as this book gets, Trevor Noah's humor doesn't quit. Also features quite possibly the funniest 💩story I've ever heard.

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When Dimple Met Rishi | Sandhya Menon
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Participated in my first book exchange through @bookriot insiders and @Sweettwistedapples absolutely killed it! 3 awesome books and some awesome goodies including a Gilmore Girls pencil pouch and and Jon Snow print 🙌🏻🙌🏻 Thanks @Sweettwistedapples for making my week. Now getting excited my 2nd #allhallowsreadbookexchange

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Bad Feminist | Roxane Gay
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Meeting Roxane Gay at #nationalbookfest still has me glowing days later. She is as wonderfully hardcore and awesome and one would imagine. My author fangirling was in high gear 😆 Q: What is the author you dream of meeting in person?

Jess7 Mary Kubica 2y
laurencjay @Jess7 👏👏 2y
readinginthedark Sarah Dessen! This sounds awful, but most of my favorite authors are dead... 2y
tpixie Congrats!! This year I couldn‘t get in!! But read in line and got into Jeffrey Deaver and Louise Penny. I really wanted to see Celeste Ng, but from the long lines, I decided to stay put in Genre Fiction! (edited) 1y
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When Dimple Met Rishi | Sandhya Menon
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Another year, another #nationalbookfest. This year my mama and I enjoyed the fest together and split our signing time hers in the morning, mine in the afternoon. I had the pleasure of meeting Sandhya Menon at the book festival. She was absolutely lovely, full of warmth and light. This was the book I was most excited for this summer and I'm so glad I had the chance to meet her ❤️

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Another audiobook down. This one was pretty solid, there were particular chapters I really enjoyed, and especially related to Issa's love of 90's hip hop and the early days of the internet.

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Question to the community! Does anyone have any suggestions on how to fit reading into a busy schedule? I've been doing well with adding in audiobooks to my daily walk but as work has been in a busy season, struggling to find time to read physical books which makes me sad. What are some things you do to fit reading into your life? #asklitsy

Notafraidofwords I don't think about quantity. I used to stress out about how much I read. Now, just reading 10 pages a night makes me feel better. Oh, and I always try to read on my lunch break. 2y
Sace I always try to read with my morning coffee and at least 10 minutes before bed. 2y
PandaPanda I agree with reading before bed. I find I sleep a lot better too if I disconnect and read a bit as well. 2y
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laurencjay That's a good point @PandaPanda and @RestlessFickleBookSlut. Powering down my computer earlier is a good idea 2y
laurencjay @Notafraidofwords I definitely stress out about how much I read. Social media networks like these can be a blessing and a curse in that way. I just get too much book FOMO 2y
Sace @laurencjay honestly I don't get in the computer a lot. Litsy is my only social media and I only update Goodreads and Library Thing once a week. It's really helped me balance work and reading time. Now my phone is another story... 2y
laurencjay That's a good call @RestlessFickleBookSlut even just taking Goodreads off my phone could be a big help haha 2y
Sace @laurencjay I don't do goodreads on my phone. But oh boy Litsy! 2y
mdhughes72 I have a 25-minute commute, which translates to almost an hour of audio time on 2x. 2y
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"To her surprise, Prunella found she was still attached to Mrs. Daubeney. She would never trust her again --no! But one could nonetheless be very fond of someone in whom they had no confidence whatsoever."

8leagueboot This is too real. 2y
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