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monalyisha

Joined January 2017

Head in the clouds, book in my hand, coffee in an I.V. ☁️📖☕️ (R.I. 🌊)
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I was never a Faith fan…but I‘ll be damned if this retort didn‘t make me want to cheer with state pride. 😉

#Scarathlon2022 #TeamMonsterMash

monalyisha +1 participation point (total: 218). 7h
CallMeIshmael Faith is my spirit animal 6h
monalyisha @CallMeIshmael Goes with your handle. Both have real “knocking people‘s hats off” (and then giving them a swift elbow to the face, breaking their nose and jaw, stomping on their foot, stabbing them, & concurrently wearing really hot leather pants) energy. 🐳🔪🙏🏻 (edited) 6h
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Big Betty & Veronica vibes here, am I right?

#Scarathlon2022 #TeamMonsterMash

monalyisha +1 participation point (total: 217). 8h
Lindy I see what you mean. 7h
Clwojick 🤣 6h
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Up next for #Scarathlon2022! I‘m a Buffy *fiend* but I never got into the comics. I‘m sure to have a lot of feelings.

This is an omnibus, so I‘ll be counting each volume as if it‘s a short story (in terms of points). #TeamMonsterMash

monalyisha +1 participation point = 216 total points. 20h
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A Walk in Wolf Wood | Mary Stewart
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A true fairytale about loyalty and how the thirst for power corrupts.

I remember, distinctly, learning the word “amulet” as kid, encountering it for the first time in Bruce Coville‘s “The Unicorn Chronicles.” I know if I‘d stumbled upon this book as a child, I‘d be just as thrilled to encounter it here.

A Walk in Wolf Wood is no Thornyhold (another magical tale by Stewart — for adults) but I imagine 80‘s kids were totally charmed by it. 🐺🌚

monalyisha This time around, I kept track of points for the #ScarathlonWordSearch. While it definitely helped to up my score & it worked for this particular book, I might not use the tactic again; it was a little distracting/took me out of the story. I imagine it‘d be easier if reading on a Kindle, etc. Tally: 84 before word search points; plus *91 (!!!)* more word search points equals 175 points in total! 😱 (edited) 21h
monalyisha Almost forgot Readathon points! This took me about 2 hours, so: 20 points for the #pointsathon & 20 more for the #spookoween2022. Total points = 215. @TheSpineView @DieAReader @GHABI4ROSES (edited) 21h
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Watched Hocus Pocus 2 with my husband, our bunny, & my mother-in-law this afternoon.

I thought the energy was a bit off & tamped down at first but it picked up speed by the end. It felt wrong that my favorite character wasn‘t a powerful woman...but oh well. Mayor Traske for President 2024!

The overall message is about sisterhood & the redistribution of power, which feels right. AND, may we all endeavor to remember: books are magic.

monalyisha +5 points, & +1 participation (running total: 68). (edited) 23h
5feet.of.fury I liked it too. A totally different movie from the first one, but the scene in Walgreens alone was worth it 😂 20h
monalyisha @5feet.of.fury The face mask! 20h
5feet.of.fury @monalyisha yes! Lmaooo 20h
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A Walk in Wolf Wood | Mary Stewart
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Getting started on my first #TeamMonsterMash #Scarathlon2022 read on this dreary, rainy day.

My husband & I are getting pedicures and are headed to a wedding later today. It starts at a farm and ends at a brewery, where they‘ve hired a metal band to play! 💀🖤💀

I hope the coffee I‘m currently imbibing does its job and wakes me up soon! 🥱

monalyisha +1 participation post (running total: 57) 2d
Clwojick Ummm. Your day sounds AMAZING! 2d
StayCurious Wow that‘s awesome! 2d
monalyisha Oh! And I‘m just noticing that the word “BLACK” is on this page, too, which means that it fortuitously counts for the #ScarathlonDailyPrompts! +5 more points (62). 1d
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Ghostwritten | David Mitchell
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It‘s late. I‘m still awake…but just barely!

So, I‘m kicking off my first official #Scarathlon2022 post of October with a podcast episode of GhostHoney‘s Dream Machine. Gentle chaos is just what I need to lull me into a sweetly spooky sleep.

With this post *and* my early bird entries, I‘ve got +56 points to start. 👻

Let‘s go, #TeamMonsterMash! Happy October! 🎃

Clwojick Way to go! 3d
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Early Morning Riser | Katherine Heiny
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If Frieda were taking requests for songs on her mandolin, meant to describe this book, I‘d ask her to play Thao Nguyen‘s “Chivalry.” Thao sings, “I am tired / I am through/ When I love, I will love so hard / Harder than I could love with you.” Early Morning Riser is about a woman who wants to love someone “so hard,” and her family, friends, and especially the lover, who often fall short of the mark — but (and this is important) not always. 👇🏻

monalyisha 1/2: It‘s also about a young man on the autism spectrum, and the village (small town) that cares for and alongside him. This novel is about the big feelings felt while living through the small pleasures and hardships of a mundane life. 3d
monalyisha 2/2: Sometimes, I really enjoyed it. Sometimes, Jane wanted “to get drunk enough to ask [her friend] if it was true if she hadn‘t ever had sex with anyone, not even a drunk migrant worker.” What I‘m saying is, despite its charms, this book felt very white, cisnormative, and heteronormative…and not very socially conscious or aware. (edited) 3d
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I got my nose pierced today. It hurt. 😅

Chelsea.Poole And grew a fancy ‘stache too! Both look 👌 4d
monalyisha @Chelsea.Poole That one‘s been a real work in progress. 😉 4d
slategreyskies I‘ve been wanting to get my nose pierced, but it seems like it would be way more painful than ear piercings because it would be going through cartilage. 4d
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monalyisha @slategreyskies I‘d definitely rather get a tattoo. But it feels a lot better now (a couple of hours later). 4d
LiteraryinLawrence It looks great! 4d
wisherwishinguponastar That is the best use of those Litsy stickers ever! 4d
marleed Oh nice! 4d
monalyisha Thanks @LiteraryinLawrence & @marleed 🖤! And thanks for noticing, @wisherwishinguponastar 🙃! 3d
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I‘m a mood reader, so I‘ve compiled WAY more options for my #Scarathlon2022 TBR than I‘ll ever need…but here‘s my ~official~ list!

The first two are titles I‘ll definitely get to. One is a book club choice for my short stories book club with friends I‘ve had since high school. The second is the book club selection for my online book club with friends from college. We took a few years off after graduation but have been reading together since 2012!

monalyisha I have to remember to count *each* short story towards my points (is that right, @StayCurious? And do I also count points for the book as a whole?). And there will be *plenty* of picture books in there as I gear up for an entire month of spooky Storytimes at the Library. 👻 1w
StayCurious Each short story counts as a full book but you wouldn‘t count the book as a whole on top of that. Still, shorts are a great way to gain points! And picture books counts as full books too 7d
monalyisha @StayCurious Got it. Thank you! 7d
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The Change: A Novel | Kirsten Miller
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My husband LOVES stories about vigilante justice. Recently, when we were watching the newest season of Stranger Things & El struck a bully across the face with her roller skate, he legitimately cackled. I‘ve *never* felt comfortable sharing in that kind of delight. This story is the exception. God, did it feel good to witness shitty, powerful men who are used to getting everything handed to them, get *exactly* what they deserve. 👇🏻

monalyisha 1/3: Do I still think the morality is complex, and, perhaps, questionable? I do. But in this compulsively-readable, fictional tale of peri- and postmenopausal women coming into their powers and using them to bring male abusers and serial killers down, I barely flinched. (edited) 1w
monalyisha 2/3: At first, I was worried that one of the three main characters is a black woman, written by a white woman. But I think it‘s done (mostly if not totally) sensitively and that it serves both the story and a deepening sense of social conscience and consciousness. I trust Miller did her research and had readers checking her. There‘s one instance of food-shaming that I thought struck an odd chord. That noted, I‘m now free to crow my praise. (edited) 1w
monalyisha 3/3: This book was a BLAST to read! I didn‘t want to put it down! The cast of characters is sharp & lively. Miller‘s sense of wicked humor is a joy. And her overall message, that real magic lies in finding connection: connection to yourself, to friends & a community, and to nature, comes across clearly — as well as her darker but realistic message that sometimes, you have to burn it all down to rebuild something cleansed & purified from the ashes. 1w
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monalyisha As far as the mystery, I *did* see all of it coming (and I‘m not psychic — just paying attention). Leonard was too good — and rich! — to be true, and I knew Claude had to be involved, as well (especially after she basically bought the Levisons off). I think her involvement was a necessary detail, showing that women can shoulder blame and responsibility for violence against women, too (especially when race and class are contributing factors). 1w
monalyisha Note: Trigger warnings GALORE. 1w
monalyisha This would be a great choice for a #Scarathlon2022 read! 1w
Hooked_on_books Yes! I loved this one! It‘s SO satisfying. 1w
Clare-Dragonfly Well, I already had this stacked, so… now it‘s on hold! 1w
5feet.of.fury Yessss! I‘m glad you enjoyed it too! 1w
Traceymclean sounds interesting, I've popped it on the 'to read' pile 1w
BookBosomed1 Yes, this book is unapologetically feminist. I was delighted by it. 1w
monalyisha @BookBosomed1 Yes! I don‘t think it‘s a perfect book. For example, transgender people are left out of the conversation entirely. For such a feminist book, Miller‘s definition of womanhood can be very narrow (see: the conversation when Harriet asserts that she was missing one thing that was absolutely necessary to be successful in her career [a penis]). Still, I was totally engrossed and I think she did *a lot* of things *very* well! 1w
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My #Scarathlon2022 Fall #BucketList includes music, beer, food, combat boots, flannel sheets, and lots & lots of candles. 🕯🍂🍺

Clwojick Umm, Apple Pie Ice Cream sounds divine! 🧟 1w
monalyisha @Clwojick It‘s so good. Chunks of real apple and pieces of buttery crust abound. 1w
monalyisha I took a page from @FantasyChick‘s book and replaced my scarecrow-making goals with more realistic bubble bath goals. 🤷‍♀️🛁 #KnowThyself 7d
StayCurious Great list! 7d
FantasyChick Glad I could inspire! My ambition wanted a great, complicated list but my laziness calls for achievable 🤣 6d
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Thistlefoot | GennaRose Nethercott
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Am beginning to collect books for #Scarathlon2022. There‘s no way I‘ll get to all of these (or even half of them!), so next begins the long process of whittling my choices down. Tiers (and a few more books 🙈) coming soon!

#TeamMonsterMash

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The Change: A Novel | Kirsten Miller
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“The roof deck…is for men only. I‘ve never been invited and I‘ve never seen another female guest go up there.”

“You‘re saying women aren‘t allowed?” Jo asked.

“Of course we‘re *allowed,*” Harriet replied. “Women are allowed everywhere these days. Golf courses, nudie bars, the Racquet and Tennis Club. It would be scandalous if we weren‘t *allowed.* So instead, we‘re just not *invited.*”

SeaToSkyes I loved this book! 2w
5feet.of.fury 💕 Harriet 2w
Clare-Dragonfly Or, we‘re invited, but they are unpleasant places for women to be (while the men do their important work there, smug in the knowledge that women won‘t join). 2w
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CBee This book is 🔥🔥🔥 One of my favorites this year so far! Random ? for you - when do you usually announce #newyearwhodis? I really want to do it and I always miss the announcement 🤦‍♀️ 2w
monalyisha @CBee I usually start thinking about it mid-late November, so definitely try to check in with me/watch my posts around then! (Really enjoying the book so far. It‘s compulsively readable). 2w
CBee @monalyisha I‘ll make a note on my calendar! I‘m excited 😊 Agreed - you start this book and it‘s hard to tear away from it. Loved it! 2w
monalyisha @Clare-Dragonfly 💯 2w
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You can learn more about Mercy Brown and the New England Vampire Panic from Ask a Mortician‘s Caitlin Doughty:

https://youtu.be/teFCP69trOI

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Thursday is the Autumn Equinox. To mark it, some friends & I are visiting the grave of Mercy Lena Brown in Exeter, RI. Known as “America‘s First Vampire,” Mercy was a 19-year-old woman who died of consumption in 1892, was thought to “rise again”, & likely inspired Bram Stoker‘s Lucy (a portmanteau of Mercy Lena). Later, we‘ll be watching a vampire flick. These are films we won‘t be viewing that are on my To Watch list for October! #Scarathlon2022

vivastory I plan on watching only Lovers etc soon. Byzantium is truly wonderful 2w
monalyisha @vivastory That‘s good to hear! 💯 2w
Clwojick Great list! 2w
StayCurious Sounds like quite the night! 2w
TheLudicReader Near Dark and Fright Night are both fab. 2w
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I went on a bit of a book buying spree this morning. Angels, witches, and…apples? Guess which one cost me $40? 😱

Don‘t tell my husband, okay? 🙈

monalyisha Some of these are applicable for the #Scarathlon2022 event. @StayCurious I think I could stretch the #TeamMonsterMash theme to include the book that‘s tagged in my post…but probably not this one. It‘s distinctly autumnal — and it‘s got the word “ghost” in the title! But it‘s not exactly spooky. 👻🍎🍂 (edited) 2w
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Going in, I was somehow unaware that this is primarily a romance. And boy, is it! Recently, I‘ve read a bunch of romance where the actual sex scenes were pretty lackluster. Not true here! Anyway, I really enjoyed this. The characters were very flawed but ultimately, lovable, damaged, and TRYING. An ebullient cover blurb calls it an “intimate character study.” I don‘t know if I‘d go *that* far — but I‘d definitely recommend it to fans of the genre!

monalyisha This was a #BlameItOnLitsy read. I think, specifically, a blame it on @sprainedbrain read! Ironically, I think I thought it was going to be more “literary” than it was (which I feel kind of bad about, given Chani‘s specific hang-ups 🙈). I don‘t know where I got that impression! Not from the cover, and not from your rec, either, Jenni! 😅Fortunately, I‘m 100% down for thoughtful, steamy romances. 2w
sprainedbrain @monalyisha haha! I‘m glad you enjoyed it, even if it wasn‘t what you were expecting. 😂 2w
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It feels like audiobooks are taking me forever to get through lately. I don‘t know if it‘s the choices I‘m making or just me? I picked this one up on Katherine May‘s recommendation (author of Wintering). It was fine. Krasnostein investigates “belief.” She follows six believers, who each believe in something different (Buddhism, Creationism, aliens, etc). I was totally captivated by the death doula narrative…and far less by every other piece. 👇🏻

monalyisha 1/1: The conclusion that she comes to (that something in YOU always has to die in order to pursue belief) is neither hopeful nor as depressing as it sounds. 2w
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I joined the #Scarathlon hosted by @Clwojick & @StayCurious this year! #TeamMonsterMash

Though much remains uncertain (what I‘ll be reading, what I‘ll be watching, how much time I‘ll truly have to dedicate), what is absolutely clear is that I‘ll be watching the featured movie. I just found out about its existence and it looks delightfully TERRIBLE.

You can sign up here through 9/28!
https://forms.gle/UdTQPJKzvsvHM8iW7

Johanna414 I‘m on the same team! Trying to come up with a list of books from my own collection today, but I‘ll probably end up reading a bunch from work. That movie looks hilarious! 2w
monalyisha @Johanna414 We can brainstorm together, if you want! I made myself a looong list while lounging in bed this morning. 😅 I‘m wondering how truly monstrous the books have got to be in order to count. I‘ve got a lot of witchy rom-coms on my TBR, and stuff like the tagged. 2w
Johanna414 I‘ve been wondering the same thing - I‘ve got Practical Magic on my shelf that I‘ve been meaning to read forever, but not sure if it‘s too light? I‘ll post my list and tag you once I‘ve got it finished! 2w
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monalyisha Sounds great, @Johanna414! And ditto. 😉 I *adore* Practical Magic (both the book & the movie). One of the later books in the series is on my TBR, too. 2w
Johanna414 I‘ve never read it! 2w
monalyisha @Johanna414 It‘s a rare instance in which I love the book and the movie equally. And the movie isn‘t even markedly faithful to the book! However, I did watch before I read. I grew up watching PM every Friday the 13th with my bff & her mom (who considered herself a little witchy). That might have something to do with it. But I love Alice Hoffman‘s writing. 2w
CinderJo #scarathalon sounds fun! 2w
Clwojick This looks hilarious! 😂 2w
StayCurious This looks fun! 2w
StayCurious @Johanna414 and @monalyisha I‘m not too picky about what you read. If you think it should count then it counts! Practical magic would definitely count - anything where there‘s magic, witches, vampires, zombies, ghouls, etc it counts! Even light rom coms with supernatural creatures count. Have fun with your selections! 2w
Johanna414 @StayCurious lol we're librarians... apparently that means overthinking our reading choices?! 2w
steph.infxn I watched this last night - thanks for the recommendation! So bad it was good. 2w
monalyisha @steph.infxn Oh, you‘re welcome. Was it actually fun? I hope so (for my sake, too)! 2w
steph.infxn @monalyisha yes, very fun! And very silly. I really like most of the cast, so that helped! 2w
monalyisha @steph.infxn Excellent! Now I have *informed* excitement. Even better. 😉 2w
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America (the Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction | Jon Stewart, Ben Karlin, David Javerbaum
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I know this is LITsy not VOTEsy…but I deleted the rest of my social media for the month, so I‘m sharing this here. 😅

Proud of myself for waking up super early to vote in our local election this morning! ✌🏻

MatchlessMarie For me it‘s both because I always vote at my library 🤪 3w
vivastory 👏👏 3w
monalyisha @MatchlessMarie That‘s great! Before we moved, we voted at the Botanical Garden & it was *delightful.* Now, it‘s just at a standard Middle School. 3w
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AmyG Yay! 🙌🏻 3w
Jas16 🎉🙌🏽 3w
rachelsbrittain Love it! 3w
marleed Yea! 3w
CarolynM Well done! 3w
Amiable Yay for voting —and deleting social media! I‘m thinking about doing that as well. 3w
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This 2nd book felt “less than” the first, somehow, but it was still a quiet joy. The investigation here is less “What do people need?” & more “What do *I* need?” And, “how can I be comfortable with the answer?” It‘s about knowing, intellectually, what advice to give & feeling the truth of it when you impart it to others but not allowing that same truth to speak when you turn your advice inwards. It‘s about self-discovery, & family — found & other.

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Sin Eater: A Novel | Megan Campisi
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This was a book club choice. I liked it more than I expected to for a book I didn‘t choose — but I still have complaints. I thought May‘s character seemed uneven: sometimes simple-minded (not just uneducated but oddly juvenile) & sometimes clever, keen, & resourceful. I also didn‘t get totally invested in the mystery/politics of the Queen‘s court. But it read quickly & the concept of “sin-eating” (expanded from an historical truth) is fascinating!

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Sin Eater: A Novel | Megan Campisi
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📣 PSA: It‘s still Summer!

Clare-Dragonfly No! I refuse! 🎃🍁 3w
wanderinglynn I‘m with @Clare-Dragonfly. Pumpkin spice is everywhere and that means 🍁🍂🎃 😆😆😆 3w
monalyisha @wanderinglynn Pumpkin spice? What pumpkin spice? I see only lemonade. 🍋😜 3w
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monalyisha @Clare-Dragonfly I love Fall. But for me, it starts September 22nd & not a day sooner! 3w
wanderinglynn Not only have I had multiple PSLs already this fall, I just bought a whole bunch of pumpkin spice goodies at Trader Joe‘s. I‘m just excited to actually experience a fall again. 😉 3w
monalyisha @wanderinglynn I‘ll probably have a pumpkin beer way before the 22nd, to be fair. 😉 But that doesn‘t mean it‘s Fall! Hanging on to the tail of the sun over here in the Ocean State. September‘s been really beautiful so far. 3w
mcctrish It‘s summer for me until the 22nd. I have been debating about buying some Mums for my front planters, the geraniums are looking horrid 🤣 and I did make a double batch of acorn squash soup so baby steps. I‘m still drinking cold brew too 3w
monalyisha @mcctrish Yes! We‘re in this together! 3w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick As long as I can still wear sandals, sundresses, & tank tops, it's still summer. 😎👙 3w
Branwen 🎃❤️🧡💛🍁🍂 😋 3w
mcctrish @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3w
bookishdawg Sigh! ❤️☀️😊 3w
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Flying Solo: A Novel | Linda Holmes
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In the acknowledgements, Holmes talks about getting over “second book blues” but there was no need to be nervous! I know folks ADORED Evvie Drake Starts Over, & I certainly enjoyed it…but it didn‘t capture my whole heart in the same way this sophomore effort did. And I‘m not just saying that because the love interest was a hunky librarian, either! 👇🏻

monalyisha 1/1: Holmes‘ obvious appreciation for nature, New England, the ocean, solitude, and her ease at creating witty banter — both romantic and platonic — have made her one of my (very few!) automatic-buy authors. This is one of my favorite reads of the year so far. 💕 (edited) 4w
MittenGirlPeach I have this in my stack! Looking forward to reading it. 4w
monalyisha @MittenGirlPeach I hope you love it, too! 4w
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Every Heart a Doorway | Seanan McGuire
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I haven‘t been following the #ManicMonday tag but @Librariana tagged me & I‘m using it as an excuse to promote my husband‘s band. #shameless 😅🙈

Book: Every Heart a Doorway
Author: Ephron, Nora
Movie: Empire Records
Band: Eric & the Nothing
Song: “Every Day is a Winding Road”

Listen here: https://open.spotify.com/album/3tI4VklURnv35EYML9XUtL?si=OG3siU6eQJKLwbZT0Cmm8g

#LetterE @CBee

Chrissyreadit Love! 4w
Chrissyreadit I like his music! 4w
CBee Empire Records is seriously one of my favorite movies too ♥️ 4w
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monalyisha Thanks, @Chrissyreadit! It‘s one of two bands he‘s in. In this one, he plays drums. It‘s definitely the one with the most mass appeal. 😉 His other is called Math the Band & it‘s way more frenetic & niche. 4w
monalyisha @CBee It was so formative! I thought Lucas was *so* swoony…though, I think my husband‘s more of an AJ/Mark combo, tbh. I recently listened to the soundtrack while on a solo road trip & it was such a fun throwback! 4w
CBee @monalyisha Lucas was quite swoony 😍 And I loved the soundtrack too, of course 😊 4w
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Flying Solo: A Novel | Linda Holmes
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An art account I follow just posted this drawing. I saw it in between reading pages of Holmes‘ newest, which features a mysterious wooden duck.

What timing! 🦆

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You Better Be Lightning | Andrea Gibson
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I subscribe to Andrea Gibson‘s newsletter “Things That Don‘t Suck” & you should, too! First, note that their recent letters focus pretty intrinsically on their cancer diagnosis.

From the most recent missive:
“By the end of our lives, if we‘ve not said “WOW” thirty million times––we don‘t get into heaven.”

Also, I bought their book & lost it before reading it. If you could send “finding” vibes out so that it magically appears, I‘d appreciate it!

wanderinglynn This photo is gorgeous! 1mo
monalyisha @wanderinglynn Right?! It‘s from the header of the newsletter! 1mo
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wanderinglynn Thanks! And🤞🏻you find the book. 1mo
Librariana Sending massive "Find it!" vibes out in your direction! ????????? 1mo
monalyisha And, “what kind of poet would I be if I could only make hard things beautiful on paper?” 1mo
Librariana So I clicked on the link and read the post out loud to myself. As I got to the end I realized that there was a video of them and I clicked play. And I gotta tell you, I'm blown away. There's something so powerful about a poet reading their own words out loud, listening to the intention in their cadence. I can't say I had ever heard of Andrea before, but I sure am glad that you shared them and their work with us today. 1mo
monalyisha Thanks, @Librariana! I found them via Instagram, actually! They make videos a lot. They‘re wonderful. 1mo
Librariana What stuck with me most was the sentiment about them knowing their mother was praying for them. "She doesn't tell me she's praying. My hearing has improved." 1mo
Librariana Which of their books can you not find? Curious is all 😊 1mo
Librariana Real "d'oh!" moment over here. Apologies! ?? 1mo
monalyisha @Librariana 😅 It‘s okay. Here‘s one more, totally *pure* video. It made me smile: https://youtu.be/ERrxDFwMb3Q 1mo
Librariana Precious, I tell ya!! Did you know that... 😆 I knew the bit about acorns, but to hear them talk about snowflakes falling on water sounding like fireworks 🎆 🤯 1mo
Librariana Ok so! Newsletter: ✅️ subscribed; Instagram: ✅️ followed; Book: ✅️ Single copy at my library currently checked out, placed on hold. Thank you, Alyisha! 💜 1mo
monalyisha @Librariana Love to hear it! Any time. 😊 1mo
MoonWitch94 They just got engaged recently to their girlfriend! The photos were so sweet. I love their work & hope Andrea is able to beat their cancer again. 1mo
monalyisha @MoonWitch94 Oh, you better believe I listened to that whole Jewel cover. 😅 Hers was the first CD I ever owned! 1mo
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This book, about a fictional underground podcast that advocates for “a simple yet radical idea: an independent Vermont…separate from the United States, operating under a free local economy”, is McKibben‘s first novel. I read The End of Nature by him a long time ago (in high school, I think!), about the environmental crisis (the 10th anniversary edition was published in *1997*). And, I went to college in VT. So, I was primed to like this book.👇🏻

monalyisha 1/3: But the quote on the back from Bernie really closed the deal for me. I laughed out loud. Of course, I *know* how it is that people don‘t like him, but anytime I read or see something he‘s said, I always think, “How could anyone not like him?!” God, he‘s endearing. (edited) 1mo
monalyisha 2/3: ANYWAY, the text inside this novel didn‘t disappoint me OR Bernie; it‘s full of beer, trees, and music; civil disobedience, close-knit neighbors, and earnest relationships. It‘s also *very* funny (if a little on-the-nose sometimes; McKibben is 61…he gets a pass for being a little “cheesy” — in more ways than one 🧀). (edited) 1mo
monalyisha 3/3: Strongly recommended to anyone (okay, okay…any liberal 🙈 — edit: liberal who can deal with a little hunting (even if it‘s begrudgingly) — because that‘s part of Vermont, too) who‘s looking for a fast read. 1mo
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monalyisha Note: There‘s a little bit of fat-shaming (when a former Olympic athlete has to stay in-hiding and is denied her regular exercise schedule) but it‘s not superlatively awful. (edited) 1mo
IndoorDame I went to college in VT and on a road-trip to Big Bend my bff and I met a group of rough Texans camping near us who - charmingly but seriously - brought up and advocated for this VT secession plan. (We refrained from suggesting that TX be the one to go) 1mo
monalyisha @IndoorDame What a bizarre interaction! 1mo
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When Women Were Dragons | Kelly Barnhill
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Some other books put forth by my book club (not by me). I‘m most excited by the tagged. I read her Newbery Medal-winning middle grade novel & loved it; it made me cry on a plane. 🙈

Caroline2 I really enjoyed Plot. 👍 1mo
Kitta Transcendent kingdom was really interesting, especially as a scientist. 1mo
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I‘m happy to see the arrival of September…but Summer‘s not over yet, baby! 🌞🌻

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Lolly Willowes | Sylvia Townsend Warner
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My book club is starting the lengthy process of putting together our 2023 reading list. It requires Google forms & multiple rounds of voting. 😅 I know you‘ll all appreciate the high degree of nerdiness.

Here are my submissions for the year to come! What do you think? Would *you* be in a book club with me? Have you read any? Would they make for good discussions? Are there any on your TBR? Any you‘d stay away from?

BarbaraBB I‘d be definitely in a book club with you. I love the eclectic choices. True Biz and Lolly Willows I liked and are worth some discussion. I didn‘t like Shuggie Bain but that‘s just me. (edited) 1mo
BarbaraBB Oh and I enjoyed The Sentence! 1mo
Linsy I love Sharon Blackie!!! I found If Women Rose Rooted was very impactful. 1mo
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Dilara The only book I've read in this list is Lolly Willows, which I loved! I can recommend it to readers who are not looking for a fast-paced, action-packed novel (nothing much happens - it's all very observational)! It would definitely make for good discussions. 1mo
ozma.of.oz I loved The Conductors! And The Sentence has been on my TBR for months. ❤️ 1mo
TrishB I‘ve only read True Biz and enjoyed! 1mo
Susanita I would totally be in your book club! 1mo
Prairiegirl_reading I was thinking of adding the sentence for my book club too. I haven‘t read any of these yet but they all look interesting to me! 😄 1mo
JenReadsAlot True Biz is good! 1mo
squirrelbrain I loved the ones I‘ve read (Shuggie, The Sentence and TrueBiz). Can I join your book club?! 😁 1mo
Viji The Sentence was excellent! 1mo
LeeRHarry There are some good ones there 😊 your bookgroup sounds very much like mine - let the voting begin! 😁 1mo
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Tell me all about (& tag!) the fun, quirky lighthearted books you‘ve loved lately. 💓

Pictured: speaking of fun, here‘s a beer flight I recently enjoyed.

Kimberlone What a cute tray!! 1mo
Ruthiella Not lately read but for fun, lighthearted books, you can‘t go wrong with Wodehouse (edited) 1mo
5feet.of.fury Omg so cute 🐰 1mo
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5feet.of.fury I scrolled back and looked through my recent reads but it‘s all smut and murder 😂 uhhhh I am currently reading/enjoying one that might fit the bill 1mo
5feet.of.fury And if you haven‘t read The Change can I recommend 1mo
monalyisha Omg @5feet.of.fury I think The Change might be exactly what I need. Thank you! (I listened to the Elizabeth Acevedo one & loved it. Her audiobooks are lovely. 💕) 1mo
Prairiegirl_reading I loved a psalm for the wild built and a prayer for the crown shy. I couldn‘t help smiling all the way through. The other fun ones I read recently were birds of California and the bodyguard. Amy & roger‘s epic detour was a fun YA road trip romance if you like YA. 1mo
rachelsbrittain I loved how fun and quirky and speculative this one is! Told entirely through work messages after a guy accidentally uploads his consciousness to Slack 1mo
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Celebrating our 7th wedding anniversary this weekend! 🎉 We‘ve been eating so much food. More to come (with a bookshop stop along the way)!

Soubhiville Aw, congratulations! Where did your husband‘s shirt come from? My hubs would love it! 1mo
AmyG Congratulations! We just celebrated ours on the 26th. ❤️ 1mo
sprainedbrain Happy anniversary! ❤️ 1mo
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Mollyanna Happy Anniversary! Enjoy your celebration. ❤️ 1mo
xicanti Happy anniversary! 1mo
Amiable Happy anniversary! And best wishes for many more. 🥂🍻 1mo
DaveGreen7777 Awww! 😀 Wishing you both a very Happy Anniversary! 🥂 1mo
Ruthiella Happy Anniversary! 🥳🥳🥳 1mo
squirrelbrain Congratulations! 🎉 1mo
ravenlee Happy anniversary! 1mo
bookishdawg Congratulations! ❤️ 1mo
Bookzombie Happy Anniversary!! 🥂 1mo
batsy Happy anniversary! 🥂💞 1mo
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Gissy Happy anniversary! 👩‍❤️‍💋‍👨🎉 1mo
MaureenMc Happy anniversary! 1mo
JessClark78 Happy Anniversary! 1mo
CaitZ Happy Anniversary!🎉🥂🎉 1mo
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The Roughest Draft | Austin Siegemund-Broka, Emily Wibberley
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A romance-writing duo splits due to undisclosed circumstances, & must come back together to finish the last book of their contract despite their proclaimed hatred for one another.

I wolfed this one down…but I think my romance kick might be at an end (just as Fall descends; how timely). Some of the conflict felt fabricated & the villain of the piece was comically terrible/one-dimensional but there was plenty to like. 👇🏻

monalyisha 1/1: Though it becomes part of the problem later, I loved how Nathan & Kat communicated most honestly via their edits, how they could (literally) finish one another‘s sentences, how writing sex scenes together primed them for success, and how they refused to diminish Melissa (Nathan‘s ex-wife) as a person. Their friend Harriet, with her direct personality, was a welcome addition to the cast (and one I could‘ve had a bit more of, to be honest)! 1mo
monalyisha 📸: by Cloud Lake Literary 1mo
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The Rose Code | Kate Quinn
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For some reason, I‘ve been telling myself lately that historical fiction isn‘t my thing — and I was dreading reading this book. Turns out, I was wrong! It‘s a story about female codebreakers during WWII. Concurrently, it‘s a story about fighting against societal expectations, and about life-defining relationships (both romantic and platonic). Remember, though: “there‘s a war on.” Don‘t read without your tissues! 😭

kspenmoll This was a great book! 1mo
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The Rose Code | Kate Quinn
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I went on vacation with my book club (friends from college); here are a few of us, all reading the same thing at the beach. 😅 It made me laugh.

MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Looks like a lovely time! 🥰 1mo
BittersweetBooks Aww I love this! Wish I had a book club as close as this one. 1mo
monalyisha Thanks @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm & @BittersweetBooks! We graduated in 2008 & have been doing this book club thing since 2012. That‘s a whole decade of book club! 🥹 1mo
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The Dead Romantics | Ashley Poston
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If, like me (and many of my generation), you grew up obsessively watching My Girl on repeat, The Dead Romantics should hit you *just right.*

Though the death-business puns got a bit repetitive (like beating a dead horse), there was so much else to love in this novel that I hardly cared. Sweet, softly (quietly) sexy, sad, hopeful, and surprising, this book did my spooky little heart good. 🖤👻💗

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Harlem Shuffle: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Harlem Shuffle felt like a Great American Novel; or, like a play with a marked emphasis on set. Unfortunately (for me), it also felt very masculine. I found myself wishing there‘d been another perspective offered: Elizabeth‘s, Marie‘s, or Miss Laura‘s. The writing is top-notch, as is the commentary about classism, racism, consumerism, & capitalism. Still, I lost interest in the specific, behind-the-scenes details of jobs & heists. A reserved pick.

Karisimo Yes! Thanks for putting into words how I felt about this book! Have you read Deacon King Kong? Similar setting but I enjoyed it much more than this one. 2mo
monalyisha @Karisimo I haven‘t! I know it got good reviews, though. This was my first Colson Whitehead, too. I know people love his books & I‘m willing to give him another try in the future. My husband took photos of him at an event he did at our local Athenaeum & he said he was naturally funny. So, I‘m hoping that might shine through alongside tougher subject matter in other books. I didn‘t dislike this one! But it‘s not what I wanted to be reading. 2mo
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Short review: This book convinced me that I probably have buttworms and I still didn‘t hate it. That sounds like a ringing endorsement to my ears!

Long review: I vow to only read Jenny Lawson in audiobook format from now on. Her writing style is so conversational that it works much better for me than it does in print. I loved most of her essays: especially those about watches, buttons, fountains, & memory fog. 👇🏻

monalyisha 1/2: I disliked a few of the crassest: about Shark Tank inventions & the art of the sensual massage. I‘m not being a prude, I swear! I liked the one about the cockchafer! 🙈 But I think when she‘s being crass, she gets a bit overcome with the delicious impropriety of it all and tends to lean on the crassness AS humor. And it‘s not…not by itself, anyway. I prefer when she uses more nuance and layered language to create her punchline. 2mo
monalyisha 2/2: Lawson is capable of great writing: circular, in a totally satisfying way; vulnerable; laugh-out-loud funny; and FULL of constructed meaning and even lyrical wisdom. The crassness sometimes gets in the way of her better qualities (and *sometimes*, though less often, enhances them). (edited) 2mo
Amiable Buttworms. 😄 Have you read her other books? I thought “Let‘s Pretend This Never Happened” was her best. 2mo
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Rhode Island Red | Charlotte Carter
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Me to Summertime: “Show-off.” 🙄

batsy If you've got it, flaunt it?! Too stunning 😍 2mo
monalyisha @batsy I truly cannot understand how anyone could possibly prefer Winter. It‘s so good! 💙🌊💙 2mo
vivastory Summers in New England really turn it up to 11 ☀️🌊 2mo
Sparklemn Absolutely gorgeous 2mo
Gissy Beautiful! 😍🙌 2mo
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The Aquanaut | Jill Heinerth
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How do you *not* go overboard when you‘re a Librarian who finds out one of your best friends is having a baby girl?

Pictured: purchased books, bookplates by Phoebe Wahl, & the two of us. In photo 1, we‘re pretending that we *always* dress like goths as we head to a Rasputina show in college. Photo 2, her wearing ruffled bloomers beneath her bridesmaid dress at my wedding.

monalyisha Note: This is her second child. Her first is a sweet little boy who happens to be the smartest toddler in the world (no bias). Her li‘l fam‘s already got bazillions of board books. Perhaps it goes without saying that we were English majors together. (edited) 2mo
Amiable My stepsister is due in September with a baby girl (her first child). Yesterday was her baby shower and everyone was asked to bring books to start their library. Everyone except me brought board books. I loaded her up with classics like “Anne of Green Gables” and “Island of the Blue Dolphin.” 😀 2mo
monalyisha @Amiable It‘s important for her to have them when she‘s ready, right? 🤩 2mo
Amiable @monalyisha My thoughts exactly! 😀 2mo
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Harlem Shuffle: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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While I love Summer, it‘s never the wrong time for Halloween kitsch. Enjoyed a boo-berry muffin this morning while struggling through my latest book club read.

shanaqui That is a really cute mug. 2mo
Tera66 That cup is adorable 👻 2mo
Viji Didn‘t love this one 2mo
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We have a long-running joke that our pet rabbit has a crush on Joshua Jackson. I found the most romantic frame while thrifting in VT & couldn‘t resist…

Clare-Dragonfly Well, Moxie, I can‘t fault your taste! 😂🐰 2mo
Chrissyreadit 🤣🤣🤣🤣 2mo
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Saknicole I agree with the bunny! JJ forever 💕💕💕 2mo
julesG 🤣🤣🤣 2mo
shanaqui Ahahahaha, makes me want to do the same -- we have a similar joke about Biscuit and the current captain of the Welsh rugby team. 😁 2mo
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Valente‘s books always have a deep undercurrent. This time, it‘s empathy & connection; the fluidity & complexity of being; and the cycle of creation & destruction. It might sound mean to say that my favorite part of this book is the acknowledgments…but if, like me, you‘ve read Osmo Unknown from cover to cover, then you understand. The book is lovely (if a bit jam-packed). The acknowledgements, though, are *gorgeous* — tender, inspiring, & timely.

monalyisha Note: The story lagged for me a bit, in the middle, when I found myself comparing it to the Fairyland books. I was a bit distracted by the similarities, tbh. But this is a different story, ultimately (despite the similarities) — and I found it perfectly delightful, vulnerable, & hopeful. (edited) 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly I absolutely adored the acknowledgements. 2mo
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Honestly, how powerful was James Joyce‘s writing that I can‘t read these two words together without thinking of his short story, “The Dead”, from Dubliners?

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“The history of every person is the history of the love they‘ve known and the hate they‘ve grown.”

monalyisha 📸: hand-fasting at our wedding 2mo
slategreyskies I love this picture! 🥰 2mo
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“What is that smell?”
“I don‘t know. It‘s like…cinnamon and birch bark and lavender…and something else. Crusty bread, maybe. Nutshells. It‘s…really nice, though, isn‘t it?”
“Just about the best thing I‘ve ever smelled, actually.”

I‘m going to need a candle inspired by this passage, please. Stat.

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“No one will ever ask you anything, ya dropped egg,” Bonk mumbled. He scrabbled in his pocket for a biscuit, found one, called it his precious baby darling, and nibbled at the edges.
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Bonk is a whole MOOD. 😅

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New Year, New You | Steve Pacer
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Confession: I no longer love the name of my #NewYearWhoDis event. It echoes a meme that was part of a particular moment in time…but it‘s started to feel a little bit dated and disingenuous to me. It might even be an example of cultural appropriation? “Dis” isn‘t slang I‘d ever feel comfortable using IRL.

ANYWAY. I‘m thinking of rebranding next year. What do you think? Yea? Nay? Ideas? My best so far is #AuldLangSpine (as a nod to NYE tradition).

monalyisha One potential downfall: #AuldLangSpine certainly doesn‘t shorten nicely. ALS is kind of already taken. 🙈 3mo
BookNAround I really like auldlangspine. You could also do a play on the book you tagged for this : #newyearnewreads or something like that. 3mo
monalyisha @BookNAround Thanks! Your idea is a good one, too. The “keep it simple” rule is smart — though not one I naturally gravitate towards. 😅 3mo
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TheKidUpstairs I do love Auld Lang Spine, maybe if you push #ALSpine as the short form? 3mo
RaeLovesToRead I've seen the hashtag before, but not managed to discover what the event is all about... What does it entail? 👀 (love the auldlangspine pun btw) 3mo
monalyisha Hi @RaeLovesToRead! It‘s an event that kicks off on NYE. Around Nov/Dec, I match people up depending on their particular taste. Then, you spend the first month of the New Year reading from a list of your match‘s favorite books from the previous year. The matching survey that I use is *very* thorough. It‘s a way to “meet” another Litten & join the community — one that doesn‘t require a monetary commitment. Some folks read from their lists all year! 3mo
Katieppuccino Auld Lang Spine is wonderful I think! 3mo
JackOBotts Love #AuldLangSpine and #ALSpine are great. 💜 3mo
monalyisha @TheKidUpstairs That could work, I think! 🙏🏻 3mo
RaeLovesToRead @monalyisha Oh wow! What a great concept! When the time comes, I may sign up 😊 3mo
monalyisha @RaeLovesToRead Thanks! Matching is quite a bit of work, so I usually cap it around 60-70 participants. But it‘s a fun kind of work! 3mo
Karisa Great event with any name! I had so much fun reading from my partner/match‘s @erinreads list (I think I did end up reading almost all the books I hadn‘t yet from her list). So many great reads! 📚Thanks again, @monalyisha 3mo
MoonWitch94 Ohhh I love the new name! 3mo
TheLudicReader I love the new name. 3mo
ozma.of.oz Oh that is clever! 3mo
Zuhkeeyah Love the new name! 3mo
squirrelbrain Oh you‘re so clever…LOVE that name! Looking forward to joining in again this year. 3mo
Megabooks Cheers to #AuldLangSpine! 🥂🥂 3mo
quietjenn I have to confess that one of the reasons I‘ve never done is because I wasn‘t keen on the name. But I like the newly proposed one! 3mo
CarolynM It‘s your party so whatever you want to call it is OK by me but I think #AuldLangSpine would be pretty hard to beat😄 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly #AuldLangSpine is fantastic! It‘s so much fun I‘d be in even if you called it #makesomeonereadyourbadtaste 😂 3mo
monalyisha @quietjenn If anyone knows how much language matters, it‘s book lovers! 😉 3mo
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