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monalyisha

monalyisha

Joined January 2017

Head in the clouds, book in my hand, coffee in an I.V. ☁️📖☕️ (R.I. 🌊)
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This comic‘s so perfect for swaps past (& future)?

(Though honestly, I‘d rather be swinging in a hammock strung betwixt two trees, basking in the warm sunshine. I‘m the last image from October to March, at least. There are no gradual stages of cozy. It‘s all or nothing, baby.)

Sharpeipup I‘m about to be level 2...Brewing tea now. 2d
julesG In between stage 3 and 4 at the moment. There is a cat next to me, too. So that makes it 3.5-4.5, right? 2d
Copwithabook I‘m definitely a 6 kind of person. I can‘t seem to settle in a chair long before my cat decides to join me 2d
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Lucky Broken Girl | Ruth Behar
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Thursday night homework sesh. ✌🏻

Bookzombie Looks relaxing! 4d
monalyisha Brought to you by WitchBaby Soap: https://www.witchbabysoap.com 4d
readordierachel 👌🏼 4d
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The Amazon's Curse | Gena Showalter
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I need something to keep my textbook open whilst I quote from it. I was imagining a clear book weight/page holder, but the only options I'm seeing on Amazon don't seem great (one is only large enough to work for paperbacks and the other isn't actually transparent). *Links to products I've found in comments.

Does anyone have a recommendation for a product they love?

Thanks!

Cortg I purchased a book weight on Etsy. This is the link to the seller. It works great! 5d
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ChasingOm I like cookbook holders because they hold the book up, which makes it easier to read and transcribe. Here‘s one I found on Amazon: Norpro Acrylic CookBook / IPad / Tablet Holder https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002ZFXOQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_0N4WDb7591N3G 5d
GlassAsDiamonds IKEA have a reindeer shaped metal book stand that could also suit if you can get to one of them - it‘s large enough for most textbooks and wouldn‘t obscure the text (but not “clear” per se) 5d
HerDarkHuntress1 So the ones you posted are something similar to what your looking for but not quite right? I‘m about to go out of town for a seminar but when I get back I can see if there‘s anything I can make that would follow what your looking for. 5d
monalyisha @HerDarkHuntress1 Yes! But you don‘t have to make me anything! That‘s too generous! What‘s your seminar for? Something fun? 5d
HerDarkHuntress1 @monalyisha well i think its going to be fun. I am going to a conference called DEMA. Its for scuba divers. Im going to get my certifications on repairing and inspecting dive equipment. I love to tinker. I dive all the time and my husband is a partner at a dive shop near us and i am going to be taking over the repairs and inspections of equipment while he deployed.
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HerDarkHuntress1 @monalyisha My favorite thing in the world is making things for people who have a need. I believe i could make what your looking for out of epoxy and a mold, i would just need to design and build the blank to make a mold. I would just need specs. It would take me a while but if its something you would use often it would totally be worth it! I have an Etsy page if you would like to message me personally? If you want its AUE Customs. I sell decals. 5d
HerDarkHuntress1 Hey got a question about the book you have listed here. What number in the series is that. If i look i will add another hundred books to my tbr list! 4d
monalyisha @HerDarkHuntress1 I only picked it because it matched the theme of my failed Amazon search; I‘ve never read anything by her. But research shows that‘s it‘s number five in a series that starts with the tagged book. 4d
monalyisha P.S. @HerDarkHuntress1 I usually use Wikipedia or a site called Fantastic Fiction to look up series order! It‘s pretty helpful. 🙌🏻 https://www.fantasticfiction.com/a/ 4d
HerDarkHuntress1 @monalyisha I have read Heart of the Dragon. Showalter is one of my fav authors but I haven‘t had one of her books in a while. I should probably just reread them. 🤓😆🤓 4d
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As Brave As You | Jason Reynolds
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“Why are the fang teeth called cuspids? Cuspid is almost Cupid. Love bites.”

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As Brave As You | Jason Reynolds
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Tbh, much as I love children‘s literature, I‘m just so sick of middle-grade right now. I want an adult novel! I crave one like I crave tiramisu. Like I crave COFFEE. I was so spoiled for the past decade — reading whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted to. This grad school stuff is for the birds...🐦

Also, how gross is the above expression? 😂

britt_brooke Ewwwww. 1w
ChaoticMissAdventures Jason Reynolds is a treasure though! I love his passion for getting kids to read ❤️ 1w
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emtobiasz This is why I‘ve loved and needed my book club the last few years. I read so much kid lit for work; being forced to read one (usually serious, somewhat “highbrow”) adult litfic book a month was necessary. I wouldn‘t have wanted much more than that, but it gave me a necessary break. 1w
monalyisha @ChaoticMissAdventures So I‘ve heard! But I‘m just not in the mood. 🙈 1w
monalyisha @emtobiasz Yes. I‘m actually thankful for my 40 minute commute these days. That‘s almost an hour & a half every day to listen to whichever book I choose! 1w
Bookzombie @ChaoticMissAdventures I love his passion too. Oh and he also hot, IMO. ☺️ 1w
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The Daylight Thief | Alan Williams
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If the sun‘s not out, I don‘t want to be either. I‘m like a reverse vampire.

jb72 LOL I‘m just having that conversation with myself and realized I need to go close the chicken coop since it‘s dark already. 1w
AprilMae Lol I just posted this cartoon yesterday! I feel this so hard 😂 1w
monalyisha @jb72 @AprilMae It‘s so relatable! 1w
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vivastory Seriously, I left from the movie theater & I had to get to the pharmacy by 6 & the clock in my car said 540 & I was so happy I made it...then I realized it was 440 😬😂 1w
monalyisha @vivastory Ha! Tricky, tricky! 1w
Bookzombie @vivastory This just reminded me that I didn‘t change the time in my car today. I too thought it was an hour later. 🤦🏼‍♀️ @monalyisha I love this cartoon! 1w
monalyisha @BookZombie I love how truly broken she is. 😅 It‘s the right amount of distress. 1w
Crazeedi I am yawning at 6 pm and thinking, it must be 9 pm at least! I hate dark, I'm like a farmer, up with the sunrise, in bed with the sunset 1w
monalyisha @crazeedi I wish I was up with the sun! I keep telling myself that it will come with age (one good thing about getting older?). Still, at 33, I‘ve got the early to bed thing down but the early to rise... 🤷‍♀️ 1w
Crazeedi @monalyisha just wait...lol😉❤ 1w
Tamra It‘s sad. 😑 1w
Pageturner2 I complained to my hubby about it being so dark so early. He told me to get use to it. Where was his compassion?😂 1w
thegrimmreader This has been me the last couple of nights 🤣🤣 6d
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As Brave As You | Jason Reynolds
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“Y‘all ain‘t from round here, obviously, so where y‘all from?”
Genie spoke up first. “Brooklyn.”
“Brooklyn,” Ernie confirmed...
There‘s something about calling out Brooklyn that makes you feel like you‘ve grown a few inches, maybe sprouted some hairs on your chin, or an extra lump in your bicep. And when you say it, your whole body goes into the word.”

I‘m not a fan of big cities & would *hate* living in one, but I LOVE reading about NY.

jb72 That‘s cool. I‘m addicted to watching walking tours on NYC. And anything about their library. 1w
Chrissyreadit I love Reading books that take place in NYC...sometimes I get homesick though, even after 20 years away. 1w
monalyisha @Chrissyreadit I think it‘s a setting that lends itself well to quirky characters. Case-in-point? 😉 1w
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Chrissyreadit Ha! 😘 1w
megnews @monalyisha I love reading books set in nyc too. Currently reading City of Girls and loving it. 1w
monalyisha @megnews That‘s one of my contenders for book club next year! So hard to choose just two! 🙈 1w
marleed I love a book with a NYC setting. Actually, I‘d love to reside in Manhattan for just 2 years. But alas, I‘ll have to settle for books! 1w
monalyisha @marleed 2 is very specific! I feel like you‘ve really thought about this! 1w
marleed @monalyisha I really have! It‘s my fantasy move. Ive decided it will take me 2 active non-working years to accomplish what I want to experience! 1w
TheBookAddict I don‘t like big cities either, even though I was born and raised in Chicago. 🤷🏽‍♀️ I prefer grassy areas with lots of trees close to a river or a lake. 😁 1w
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As Brave As You | Jason Reynolds
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We got a new couch today. It‘s green. 💚 Moxie‘s showing her approval by indulging in a snuggle-nap. Sunday-life is good.

Darklunarose Moxie is gorgeous! 1w
monalyisha @Darkluna Don‘t I (& doesn‘t she) know it! 💖 1w
rabbitprincess ♥️♥️ Awww snuggle bunny 🐰😍 1w
Clare-Dragonfly Aw! Glad your couch is bunny approved! ❤️🐰 (And you KNOW what she‘d do if she didn‘t approve…) 1w
sharread Awww your bunny looks like mine Liam Neesbun. 1w
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Mehso-so

While this middle-grade historical fiction novel is important & written in a way that will connect with some readers (especially older, reluctant readers), I struggled with it. Tingle‘s writing is simple, direct, & repetitive. His style is evocative of an oral storytelling tradition & emphasizes that the Choctaw are a people who‘ve long been ignored in the US; it seems to ask, “Are you paying attention? Are you listening YET?” 👇🏻

monalyisha 1/1: This “Trail of Tears Story” is brutal & bloody. Tingle writes of festering sores, wild animals ripping out the throats of young children; spider bites; and violence & execution at the hands of powerful, corrupt men. The violence is meaningful & justified but it doesn‘t make reading it any easier. This is an instructive tale; I can see myself recommending it to kids who are ready for tough content but not tough language or vocabulary. (edited) 1w
monalyisha Background art by: RedEarthArts (Etsy) 1w
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The Halloween Tree | Ray Bradbury
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Realizing that I saved this & never shared it!
#wondrouswednesday

1) Adam & I over the years: Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Calvin & Hobbes; Fidel Castro (beards are hard!) & Mother Nature (I should be sad); The Route of All Evil (or Highway to Hell) & The Bare/Bear Minimum. (They aren‘t all “couple‘s costumes.”)

2) I‘m passionate about:

•The way that green trees look against a blue sky.
•Breakfast foods.
•The laughter of little children. 😂😈👇🏻

monalyisha *cont‘d: I mean that (“the laughter of little children”) in the most genuine & least creepy way possible. I promise I‘m not planning to lure them to my hut & steal their youth.

3) Will do! 🙏🏻
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JanuarieTimewalker13 Hahahaha!! Love the Route 666 shirt!!! 1w
monalyisha @JanuarieTimewalker13 Thanks! It‘s a road sign I made out of poster board & some string. I was pretty proud of it. 🙃 I wish you could see the details better of my Mother Nature costume, too! I made a bird‘s nest for my head with little robin‘s eggs in it & moss shoes (which smelled *really* weird! 😂). (edited) 1w
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ljuliel Your boyfriend / husband / partner .... (I‘m not sure what they‘re called nowadays as I‘m a bit Out of the Loop ) , looks full of life, ornery, and fun to hang out with. 😊😉🥳 1w
monalyisha @ljuliel You‘ve got him pegged. 😅 He‘s definitely all of that! 1w
readordierachel Those Calvin and Hobbes costumes are adorable! 1w
Eggs Great photos!! Thanks for joining in 🎃👏🏻🤗 1w
JanuarieTimewalker13 Haha!! That‘s great!! 1w
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#TodayILearned that it‘s “champing at the bit” not “chomping at the bit.” 🤯

https://grammarist.com/usage/champing-chomping-at-the-bit/

Also, please tell me more about this #TodayILearned #TIL tag. I don‘t actually know what I‘m participating in. 😅

MelissaSue81 I believe it is part of #NFNov (nonfiction November). Sign up with @Clwojick and @rsteve388 1w
monalyisha @MelissaSue81 Ah! Thanks @MelissaSue81 What a great idea! I don‘t have time to participate but I‘ll follow the tag! 1w
readordierachel Wait. What?? 1w
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monalyisha @readordierachel THANK YOU! ChAmping! I read it in a BookPage article on Erin Morgenstern‘s new book & I had to put everything down to investigate. No one at my work seemed to care! I feel validated that you seem to be as shocked as I was! 1w
rsteve388 #TIL is a Reddit subreddit that allows folks to say what they learned that day and I thought it would be a cool thing to bring to this #NFNov 1w
Crazeedi @rsteve388 thanks for explaining, I had no idea what TIL meant! 1w
marleed @rsteve388 I just Googled TIL as today‘s post convinced me I was missing out on an acronym. I love this and have since scrolled through the hashtag to see what everyone learned! Cool. I didn‘t sign up for the challenge in time to rearrange my tbr, but this is so cool that I‘ll squeeze in NF between lib holds dropping so I can audit this challenge! 1w
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Room on the Broom | Julia Donaldson
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@JoScho I cannot describe how perfect this print is! It captures my lapsed Catholic soul & vaguely-Pagan present so aptly! I‘ve got some deep-diving to do on St. Melangell: time to fall into a “rabbit hole”, if you will. 😉🐇🙏🏻🍃

Thank you so much!
#basicwitchswap #BWS

monalyisha Oh! @JoScho, I almost forgot! I tucked a print into your crystal book! Did you find it? 1w
Meaw_catlady Ooohhh she‘s gorgeous! 🖤 1w
JoScho I am so glad you love her. I thought she was beautiful. And no let me go look again! 1w
monalyisha @Meaw_catlady She really is! You can't quite tell from the picture, but her headband also contains a third eye. She's very, very cool. 1w
sprainedbrain This is beautiful🖤 1w
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Monster Mash | David Catrow
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Sharing the beginnings of a Halloween playlist with a few minutes left on the clock! Something tells me Spooky Season doesn‘t end on the 31st for most of us...& might never end. 🌚 I‘ll continue to work on this for awhile & will get many car-rides worth of listening material out of it, I‘m sure.

Let me know what you think (& if you have suggestions)!

https://open.spotify.com/user/adumbwaz/playlist/6zQjl2Of5pkLRyF02IkzNz?si=Q4qd1l...

Meaw_catlady Omg I‘m so excited!!!! I will listen !! 2w
sprainedbrain Great playlist! I use Apple Music and still have a #WitchPlease playlist there that I *think* maybe you started last year? I added some to it, and it looks like I‘m going to be adding some songs to it again from this list. Any list containing Dead Man‘s Bones, SP, and Jack White is bound to speak to me. 🖤 2w
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Slinky Malinki | Lynley Dodd
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Here I am, dressed as @Meaw_catlady for Halloween! 😽 (Not really, but it totally works, right?) And @sprainedbrain , my brain is dressed like you (every day), you just can‘t see it. 🤕😍😂

Thank you both so much for hosting the #basicwitchswap ! I think it was a great success. Have a spooky, GRL PWR-filled night, everyone!

✨🖤🌚🔮🎃🍁🍂

sprainedbrain You‘re the best, Alyisha! Thanks so much for joining us and being generally awesome! 🖤🧙🏼‍♀️ 🔮 2w
MeganAnn You look adorable! 🖤 2w
Meaw_catlady Awww you look purrfect!!!! Thank you for participating and being the originator of the witch please swap that brought about basic witch!! You are amazing !! Have an blessed Samhain! 🖤 2w
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ljuliel Cute as a button. 🔘⬅️. Not a real button, but I couldn‘t find one. 2w
monalyisha Thanks @sprainedbrain! Back atcha! And @Meaw_catlady I‘m so glad you guys took it, ran with it (flew with it?), & made it your own! 2w
monalyisha Thanks @MeganAnn & @ljuliel! 💁‍♀️ 2w
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Spell | Ann Lauterbach
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@JoScho There were so many goodies in my #basicwitchswap box to unpack! Everything is glorious. I‘m so excited about the Anniversary Edition of Bunnicula! I don‘t own it yet, though I recently convinced a kid to read it with zero words; I just showed him the cover & it did all the work for me. The bag is perfection, the candy will be our dessert tonight, & I‘m going to read the short stories to my husband before bed (he always asks for some). 👇🏻

monalyisha 1/1: I started flipping through the self-care book & I noticed a section about candle magic, which is very cool! I purposely left out the print you were so eager to send me. I‘m going to dedicate a special feature to it in the morning. I *love it! LOVE. Though the mug did not make it (RIP mug), my hub‘s promised to glue the cauldron back together. The eucalyptus candle smells AMAZING. I‘m so thrilled! Happy Halloween! ✨🌒🔮 2w
JoScho I am so glad you love all your goodies but so very sorry the cauldron and mug didn‘t make it to you safely. I hate that. Happy Halloween to you! 🔮🖤 2w
monalyisha @JoScho That‘s okay! It happens! The mug looked super-cute; you did a great job picking it out! (edited) 2w
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sprainedbrain I received that self-care book, too! Wonderful gifts. 🖤 2w
monalyisha @JoScho Candy count: one Reese‘s bat & one Milky Way. I‘m exercising restraint. We‘ll see how long that lasts. 😅 2w
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Wrapping as black as my soul. 🖤🌚

And a quick break for Chinese Delivery!

To Be Contin-BOO-ed! 👻

#basicwitchswap #BWS
@JoScho

Meaw_catlady So pretty!! 2w
sprainedbrain 😍😍😍 2w
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What is a Witch | Pam Grossman
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And so it begins! @JoScho I‘ve barely opened anything & it already looks so magical! Moxie‘s clearly enchanted.

#basicwitchswap #BWS

Meaw_catlady Awww moxie! 2w
sprainedbrain 🐰❤️ 2w
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It‘s Midnight in New England & I‘m just repeatedly refreshing the hashtag to see if anyone‘s opened their #basicwitchswap box yet. (I decided to wait until morning for mine; I‘m not a morning person so I‘m counting on it (& coffee) to help perk me up). I should probably go to bed, now, though, huh? 😅

Happy Halloween, Blessed Samhain, & Happy Opening Day, all! 🎃🌚

Meaw_catlady Blessed Samhain! I‘m gonna open mine at midnight because I know I won‘t be able to sleep because of anticipation! 🖤 2w
monalyisha @Meaw_catlady It‘s 12:24 in my time zone. 🌙 So excited to see the contents of everyone‘s boxes! 📦 2w
monalyisha **Art by: Will Hillenbrand 2w
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Meaw_catlady Only 10:28 here. Ah ☠️ sleep well! 2w
sprainedbrain Blessed Samhain to you! I tried to stay up until midnight to open mine and failed. 😂 2w
Clare-Dragonfly I‘m trying to decide whether to open mine before my cat‘s vet appointment or not. I don‘t want my anxiety to overshadow the excitement. But if we get bad news, that will overshadow the box, too. 🤔 2w
Chrissyreadit Blessed Samhain🖤😘 2w
monalyisha Oh, @Clare-Dragonfly I so hope that you get good news! 💕🤞🏻 2w
Clare-Dragonfly Thank you! We did—no lymphoma! 2w
sprainedbrain @Clare-Dragonfly I am so glad to hear that!!! 🖤 2w
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I came up with a new pet theory tonight about why my astrological symbol(s) never fit: reading makes Pisceans, Cancerians, & Taureans out of us all. Fight me on it (it‘s very undeveloped so you might win 😅).

I‘m subtitling my imaginary article, “She is too fond of books, and it has turned her astrology to mush.”

audraelizabeth I was born under Sagittarius but 2 days before it becomes capricorn and my personality is definitely more capricorn. 2w
Birdsong28 I am a Taurus and it does say that reading is one our favourite things to do. 📚 📖 2w
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The First Rule of Punk | Celia C. Perez
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I *loved* this middle-grade novel about a biracial girl, Malú, who moves to a new city with her mother (whom she calls the “SuperMexican”). Kids will get a crash course in punk rock, Spanish 101, & zine-making. And they‘ll learn valuable lessons along the way, such as “turning an insult into something you embrace is a good way to empower yourself” & “Day of the Dead isn‘t just Mexican Halloween.” ??

monalyisha 1/1: I love that the characters break stereotypes — from Malu‘s divorced parents who are friends & successful co-parents, all the way down to a (male!) Librarian who helps Malú & her band break some rules & make some NOISE! Not only was I charmed, as a former teenaged Rancid fan & current (significantly less punky) adult, but I think kids‘ll be charmed, too. ??? (edited) 2w
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This book about female anger: its historic, current, & manipulative suppression; its insurrectionist release; & its power to change the world (largely through politics) is nuanced, carefully-researched, & passionate. Well-worth the read (or listen)!

*Likely the shortest review I‘ve ever written, but this in no way reflects the time you should spend with it.

monalyisha I listened to the audio, so I couldn‘t go back to look for quotes but there‘s an entire *chapter* that I wanted to pull out & record! It‘s a discussion of men‘s discomfort, specifically in the #MeToo age, & about their complaint that they constantly worry that their actions & intentions will be misinterpreted (personally & professionally) as sexual or threatening; she makes the point that this is how women & people of color ALWAYS feel. YES! (edited) 2w
Leftcoastzen An incredible book.So glad I read it. 2w
Hooked_on_books I LOVED this book. 2w
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“She was my rock, confidant, co-conspirator, drinking companion, and life-saver. Whatever was required. The word “friend” didn‘t begin to cover it.”

#femalefriendship
(bridesmaids shown; all friends for 15+ years)

sprainedbrain ❤️❤️❤️ 2w
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The Halloween Costume Book | Katharine Thornton
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In love with this idea & these “lazy” Halloween costumes!

https://www.google.com/amp/s/news.avclub.com/nobody-does-lazy-halloween-costumes...

LauraJ Love this! 2w
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The Pied Piper of Hamelin in Full Color | Robert Browning, Kate Greenaway
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The Pied Piper is coming. Hide yo kids...

Chrissyreadit Love it!!! 2w
LauraJ Look at all the princesses! 2w
monalyisha @LauraJ I know. They need a “Princess Power” Storytime. “The Worst Princess”, “The Princess & the Pony”, “Not All Princesses Dress in Pink”, “Olivia and the Fairy Princesses”, “Falling for Rapunzel”, etc. (“The Princess in Black” for older kids!) (edited) 2w
BarbaraBB Such a great pic!! 😍 2w
Clare-Dragonfly Love it! Edit: I said the same thing as @Chrissyreadit 😂 (edited) 2w
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Would you be in my Book Club?
#myidealbookclub

• “Once Upon a River” - Diane Setterfield
• “Feast Your Eyes” - Myla Goldberg
• “City of Girls” - Elizabeth Gilbert
• “Salvage the Bones” - Jesmyn Ward
• “The Memory Police” - Yoko Ogawa
•”I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution” - Emily Nussbaum

*second half in comments below 👇🏻

monalyisha **CONT‘D:
• “Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead” - Olga Tokarczuk
• “The Summer That Melted Everything” - Tiffany McDaniel
• “Family of Origin” - CJ Hauser
• “The Water Cure” - Sophie Mackintosh
• “Long Man” - Amy Greene
• “Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language” - Gretchen McCulloch
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vivastory The Summer that Melted is excellent 2w
monalyisha @vivastory It's been sitting on the Excel document of suggestions we keep, next to my name, for a couple years in a row now. It's so hard when you only get to pick two! 2w
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ChasingOm I would be in your book club!! 2w
Chrissyreadit I would be in your book club! 2w
Hooked_on_books I would totally be in your book club! A majority of these I‘ve either read or they‘re already TBR. My kind of gal. 2w
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My book club is nearing that time when we choose books for the coming year. There are 6 of us, so we each get to choose 2 books. It makes sense & it works for us but OH! That I could choose all of them. 😉 If you were in charge, which 12 would you pick? I‘ll share my list in a separate post. Feel free to play! Share & tag! #myidealbookclub

(I‘m hesitant to post this given the current link sensitivity but Nolite te bastardes carborundum*, right?)

monalyisha *to clarify, the “bastards” aren‘t our Litsy team. They‘re lovely. 2w
Chrissyreadit This is so difficult! 2w
monalyisha @Chrissyreadit Totally! I was going to schedule mine by month but then I told myself that going through each book to determine seasonal-appropriateness was overkill for something that wasn‘t actually real. 😅 (edited) 2w
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Cinfhen Love this!!!! I‘m slightly obsessed with scouring bookclub suggestions 💓😆 2w
Gezemice We pick every time for the next book. Suggestions rotate. 2w
LeeRHarry My bookgroup is just going through the process of picking for next year - we all put up to 5 books forward and then our fabulous organiser puts the list together and we vote on them - I picked this one as one of mine to hopefully get my group reading a bit more YA 2w
monalyisha @LeeRHarry We‘ve done that one! It makes for a good discussion. (edited) 2w
TheKidUpstairs Ooh, good idea, I'll have to think of a list. My book club's best pick over the past year (great read and fantastic discussion) was 2w
Mdargusch I like this idea. We have 6 people in our book club too, so I‘m suggesting this! @Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi @AnnieD @Meredith3 2w
emilyhaldi Love this idea!! I‘m terrible at picking books... I question myself over and over 🤪 but I‘m excited to do some research! 2w
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What is a Witch | Pam Grossman
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My #basicwitchswap package has been sent! There was room on the broom at the post office today (& room in my schedule to find the time to finish wrapping & get it there 😉). It should arrive Friday, October 25th.

Can‘t wait ‘til Opening Day! 🖤🦇🧙‍♀️🔮🌚

Meaw_catlady Amazing wrapping!! 🖤🖤 it‘s almost time!! 3w
monalyisha @Meaw_catlady Thanks! I somehow dipped the ends of my hair in my coffee while I was wrapping & then didn‘t have time to shower before work. 🙈 So I‘m glad it was worth it! 😅 3w
Meaw_catlady My hair always ends up with coffee in it somehow!! Haha and whenever I wear white I end up with coffee spills ☕️ 3w
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The First Rule of Punk | Celia C. Perez
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“Been working on a story.”
“What‘s it about?”
“A family of Mexican vampires,” he said, and hissed. “They gotta figure out how to keep a tan and avoid the sun at the same time. But it‘s, like, the 1800‘s, so there are no tanning beds...”
“Like I said before, you‘re weird,” I replied.”

100% would read. 😅🧛🏻‍♂️🧛🏻‍♀️📖
btw, we started watching “What We Do in the Shadows.” Thanks for all of your #spookymovierecs!

EKonrad I love that show!! 3w
Kimberlone Loved the movie and loved the show! Can‘t wait for season 2 3w
Sace This was a cute book. 3w
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I‘ve been listening to the tagged book & thinking. I came up with an idea that I think could be BIG if organized & promoted properly:

Treat March 1st (the first day of Women‘s History Month) as if it‘s New Year‘s — but instead of making New Year‘s Resolutions, make #feministresolutions. Hashtag it, convince the other women in your life to do it, & the men, too. Make it go viral! Feminism is for everyone. 👇🏻

monalyisha 1/1:I‘m thinking about posting it in the Library groups I‘m a part of on Facebook because I‘ll need help with promotion & compiling resource guides. For instance, lists of books to educate yourself. Community resources. A list of media for men to consume to upset the gender stereotype & get in touch with their emotions: books/movies etc to make men cry. Anyway, if you want in or you have ideas & you‘re a PLANNER/ORGANIZER/RESEARCHER, let me know! 3w
DaveGreen7777 This is an amazing idea! I‘ll definitely be making some #FeministResolutions! (edited) 3w
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monalyisha I‘m thinking of finding a person or a small team of people to be responsible for creating a guide of Actionable Items by State. I could potentially make a website & get everything up & running, but I‘d also need a handful of webmasters to check on it seasonally & make sure it‘s up-to-date. (I‘m already stretched pretty thin with going back to school.) Just thinking out loud here! VERY beginning stages. (edited) 3w
LapReader My suggestions for making men cry are Handmaid‘s Tale and Big Little Lies. My partner did anyway. He has 2 daughters so that may have helped. Both of the shows just make me angry. My dad cries at funerals and at songs not shows. My ex husband never cried perhaps that is one of the many reasons he is my ex. Ha! 3w
Christine DO IT! ❤️ 3w
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“Most women I knew did not want the “opportunity” to patrol the borders of patriarchal overreach; we felt torn about both the vague prospect & the observed reality of these men losing their jobs. We thought of their feelings & their families, fretted that the disclosure of their misdeeds might cost them future employment, or even provoke them to harm themselves. But this was something else we were being compelled to notice: 👇🏻

monalyisha 1/1: “THE WAYS IN WHICH WE WERE STILL CONDITIONED TO WORRY FOR THE MEN, but somehow not to afford the same compassion for women — their families, their feelings, their future prospects — even in a reckoning that was supposed to be about us, not them.” [emphasis my own] (edited) 3w
Hooked_on_books I. Loved. This. Book. 3w
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Meet Cute | Helena Hunting
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❤️Providence, RI
🧡33
💛I‘m a Library Technician (the last part always makes me feel like I work on a library-spaceship or something; like I wear a jumpsuit; like I‘m Kaylee Frye)
💚Married
💙she/her
💜It‘s a mish-mash of my name (Alyisha) & a reference to the Mona Lisa. It was my AIM handle back in the day. I use it for pretty much everything. 😏

#gettingtoknowyou

JoScho ❤️❤️❤️ 3w
thegirlwiththelibrarybag I‘m a library technician too! 👋🏻 3w
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Ella Minnow Pea | Mark Dunn
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Would you look at that? I have a palindromic amount of followers! That‘s neat. Thanks, pals! 🙌🏻🥳

sharread 👍🎃 3w
Jas16 🙌🏽📚🎉 3w
BookwormAHN 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3w
DaveGreen7777 Wow! (Hee hee, that was another palindrome for you! 😉) 3w
OnlyYoo Congrats!! 3w
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BONUS POINTS if horror is:
a) absent
b) mixed with comedy
c) more atmospheric than horrific
& potentially,
d) expressive of feminist rage

🖤 I‘ll go first:

•Beetlejuice
•Practical Magic
•An American Werewolf in London
•Rosemary‘s Baby
•Lizzie
•Shaun of the Dead
•Wolfcop
•Ghostbusters
•The Babysitter
•Buffy the Vampire Slayer (though I prefer the show)
•The Lost Boys
•Hocus Pocus
•Casper (because I grew up in the 90‘s)

#spookymovierecs

Kimberlone What We Do in the Shadows is a new favorite of mine! 3w
CodyWilcox • Hocus Pocus • Nightmare Before Christmas (also a Christmas fav) • Darkness Falls • What Lies Beneath. I usually can‘t do much more scary than those. I‘m a big scaredy cat and am ok with that. 3w
monalyisha @CodyWilcox I‘m embarrassed that I forgot Hocus Pocus! 😳 Editing right now. (Also, for some reason, my BFF‘s fam & I always watched The Nightmare Before Christmas on Thanksgiving, so it will forever be associated with that particular holiday in my mind.) Thanks for the suggestions! (edited) 3w
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Chrissyreadit Yes! I‘m trying to figure out some movies to watch and have been struggling! I had a few good responses but I needed more! 3w
monalyisha @Chrissyreadit Same! 🦇✨ I wouldn‘t say that I‘m a “baby,” but I don‘t like being upset/disturbed just because. I‘m more into the mood & the spirit of Halloween (otherworldliness, crumbling Victorian houses, magic, folklore, — monsters, to some extent) than I am the gore & psychological trauma aspect. 3w
Chrissyreadit @monalyisha yes! That sounds like what I‘m looking for. 🖤🖤🖤 3w
cathipink We love the live action Addams Family movies (from the 90s)🙂 I'll try to reflect and see if I can think of some more. 3w
monalyisha @cathipink Yes! All Christina Ricci all the time. 🖤 3w
Clare-Dragonfly The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Addams Family movies, Hocus Pocus, Beetlejuice, The Others 3w
monalyisha @ChrissyReadIt I‘ve gotten a million recs on Facebook: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night; You‘re Next; Life After Beth; Trick R Treat; The Orphanage (by Guillermo del Toro); What We Do in the Shadows; Cabin in the Woods; Sleepaway Camp; Swamp Thing; Bubba Ho-Tep; Night of the Comet; The People Under the Stairs; The Monster Squad; The Stuff; The Fog (1980); C.H.U.D.; Dead Heat; The Thing; Tucker & Dale vs. Evil; Housebound. 3w
monalyisha @ChrissyReadIt I‘ve seen some of them but I‘m including them in case they help you! A friend also suggested The Exorcism of Emily Rose but said it wasn‘t any of the things I asked for. 😅 He used the words “haunting” & “beautiful”, though, so I might try it, regardless. 3w
Novel_Crawler Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Sweeney Todd. Sleepy Hallow. Nightmare on Elm Street (the original not the following movies). And I really liked The Witch and The Ritual on Netflix. 3w
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The First Rule of Punk | Celia C. Perez
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“She was always paranoid that I‘d break a bone if I so much as looked at my skateboard. Or, maybe even worse, fall and show my underwear to the world.”

#currentlyreading “The First Rule of Punk” in preparation of my next grad school assignment. It was an Honor book for the Pure Belpré Award in 2018.

Librariana I'm currently VERY slowly reading (and savoring!) They Call Me Güero which was also a Pura Belpré Honor recipient. The First Rule of Punk is on my TBR 😁 Are you enrolled in a Juvenile Lit course?? 3w
monalyisha @Librariana I am! I thought about reading that one but opted for other choices. Maybe I‘ll add it to my list! 3w
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Kate DiCamillo truly pulls no punches. While the story features a ten-year-old protagonist & is written for an audience of the same age, it touches upon issues such as: loneliness, grief, single parenthood, alcoholism, racism, sexism, ageism, & imprisonment. It‘s easy to become distracted by the cuteness of the titular puppy & forget the vulnerability, hollowness, & hope at the book‘s core. Don‘t forget. It‘s everything. Well done, K.D.! 👏🏻

monalyisha (I‘ve been meaning to read this forever! I don‘t know how long it would‘ve languished on my TBR if not for my Children‘s Materials & Services class!) 3w
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What is a Witch | Pam Grossman
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Halloween gifts > Christmas gifts.

Wrapping happily by the light of the moon tonight! (Okay, okay; I actually have the giant overhead light on...but that‘s nowhere near as atmospheric). 🖤🦇

#basicwitchswap

Meaw_catlady So beautiful!! 🖤 3w
xxjenadanxx Ooh I love this. Now I want to start giving out Halloween gifts. 3w
OnlyYoo Love! I‘ve never gotten a Halloween gift before so this is mad cool 3w
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diovival 😍 3w
ShelleyBooksie Beautiful wrapping 3w
MeganAnn How lovely! 🖤 3w
TheBookKeepers So cute! 3w
sprainedbrain Oh how cute! ❤️ 3w
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Littens who are involved in Youth/Teen programming: please take this idea & run with it so that I may live vicariously through you!

Also, if any #NewEngland Littens would be down for a spooky, themed December meet-up/book swap, it‘s something I‘d definitely consider!

I‘m creating a hashtag just in case: #NightmareBeforeChristmasMeetUp

monalyisha There‘s a strong possibility that we could use my library as a meeting space. It‘s in Easton, MA. 1mo
hermyknee Oooh this would make a good swap theme 😳🤪😊 Maybe someone will be able to pick it up! That would be cool. 1mo
monalyisha @hermyknee Agreed! Making a hashtag for that option, too. 😅 #NightmareBeforeChristmasSwap Now that we‘re getting close, I‘m desperately clinging to spooky season. #neverletgo (edited) 1mo
CoffeeK8 This is a great idea! I‘m probably too far for a meetup but would be up for a swap! 1mo
TheLibrarian Totally unrelated but I‘ll be sending your book back hopefully this weekend/early next week. Sorry for the delay. 4w
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@JoScho My #basicwitchswap box arrived on Thursday! It‘s VERY heavy (I already feel spoiled 😍) & sounds a little jingly ( eek!🤞🏻). I can‘t wait ‘til Opening Day! 🖤🔮🦇

Graywacke How did you find the tagged title? Very entertaining. 1mo
monalyisha @Graywacke Right?! I started typing “postal service” & it popped up. I was like, “PERFECT.” 1mo
JoScho Yay! I am going to be so sad if something is broken! 1mo
monalyisha @JoScho I know. 😔 Same. It‘s such a bummer when you put so much effort in! I wish more care went into the delivery process. Regardless, I‘m sure whatever is inside is fabulous! 1mo
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I‘m just realizing that I never reviewed “Wild,” though I finished it almost a week ago. I LOVED it. I totally get why Lorelai Gilmore wanted to drop everything & hike the PCT (despite her nature aversion). Personally, I have friends who‘ve hiked the ACT & I know it‘s not in my future (I wish I‘d never heard them utter the phrase “period-shits in the woods” but I did — & now you can share in my misery). But Strayed‘s writing is gorgeous.👇🏻

monalyisha 1/1: She also manages to come off as a relatable & lovable person, despite her many flaws (which she doesn‘t shy away from detailing). I‘d previously read her memoir/advice book “Tiny Beautiful Things” (SO GOOD) & I felt much the same way when I was done: I don‘t always agree with her about how best to love others, but I‘m always so moved by her stories & by her words. 1mo
monalyisha (Also, I know I‘m about 7 years late reading this. 🤷‍♀️🙈 I don‘t know why I was so slow to pick it up!) 1mo
Crazeedi I have this one in my stack and still havent read it, I'm so excited to read 1mo
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Soubhiville I loved this book too. 1mo
BarbaraBB Love your review!! I think I‘d like the book too. 1mo
jb72 Great review! That story with the horse about killed me. 2w
monalyisha @jb72 TELL ME ABOUT IT! It was a mistake to listen to this on the way to work. I always showed up a total wreck. 😅 2w
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I‘ve been missing Litsy lately! I had 2 projects due for grad school today, & I officiated a wedding this weekend...so I haven‘t had much time for posting (or for reading). But officiating was fun!

I love claiming a spiritual role that has long-been been denied to women as my own. I love coming up with words & rituals that matter.

Here‘s a pic of me strutting my stuff down the aisle (my husband, who was the photographer, was testing the light).

marleed You Go Girl!! 1mo
DaveGreen7777 That‘s wonderful that you officiated the wedding! 😊 1mo
sharread You look happy. 👍 Ugh grad school, that's over for me. 👏👏 1mo
sprainedbrain This whole post is fantastic. 🙌🏻 1mo
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Frankenstein | Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
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Picked up the last item for my #basicwitchswap today at the Oddities Bazaar in CT hosted by The Frankenstein Twins. Wish I was sending it out early so I could caption this “A”head” of the game“, but alas...

Box‘ll go out this week!

Meaw_catlady This is such a creepy cool photo! Love it! 1mo
sprainedbrain Awesome photo! 🖤 1mo
JoScho Tracking says your box was delivered Thursday. Please tell me you have it and it is safe and sound. 1mo
monalyisha @JoScho Yes! I confirmed this on the other comment, too! (I added an extra “S” to your name! Oops! Typo! That‘s why you didn‘t see it.) I haven‘t been home to take a picture. Tomorrow‘s a whole day off with no plans, though! I promise I‘ll snap a pic in the morning light. It does sound as if something may have broken in transport (despite all of the FRAGILE markers)...but fingers crossed!🤞🏻I‘m sorry if you‘ve been nervous about its safe passage! (edited) 1mo
JoScho @monalyisha no worries! I am just glad you have it and fingers crossed nothing is broken 🖤 1mo
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Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal | Amy Krouse Rosenthal
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Amy Krouse Rosenthal was an even bigger (& smaller) & even more beautiful soul than I knew. Her memoir confirms this. Reading it reminded me of something Sylvia Plath wrote in her journal: “Living with him is like being told a perpetual story: his mind is the biggest, most imaginative I have ever met. I could live in its growing countries forever.” What must it have been like to live in her world, day after day, & not only for 32 (or 317) pages?🌈

JoScho Hey lady! Surprise I am your partner for the witch swap. It said it was delivered on the 10th. Did you get it? 1mo
monalyisha @JoScho Hello! And yes! (I‘ve been super busy. I officiated a wedding this weekend! But I‘ll finally have time to take a picture & post it in the next day or two! 🖤🎃) (edited) 1mo
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Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal | Amy Krouse Rosenthal
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How is it possible that these are the near-final words on the penultimate pages of this memoir? 😭

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Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal | Amy Krouse Rosenthal
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Part of me wants to frame these words & hang them.

I could do a series.

This selection; then Merricat‘s “Melody, Pegasus, Gloucester” (is that tempting fate?); & finally, Mary Oliver‘s “One, Wild, & Precious.”

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Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal | Amy Krouse Rosenthal
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“About my midlife crisis. I did not get a sports car... I did get: weepy, chronically weepy. I wouldn‘t describe the origin of my tears as “Boo-hoo, I‘m so old,‘ but more, ‘Oh my, here I am, living, and I would like to keep on living, preferably perpetually‘... I didn‘t exactly have a midlife crisis. I had a midlife cry-bliss.”

😭😭😭

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🖤👻🖤

sprainedbrain 😂 1mo
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Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal | Amy Krouse Rosenthal
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💖 All of the Above 💖

Chrissyreadit ❤️I love that!!! 1mo
4thhouseontheleft 💜💜 1mo
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Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal | Amy Krouse Rosenthal
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Working on my Major Author/Illustrator project for my Children‘s Services & Materials class, & reading the tagged. I was supposed to focus on an author I don‘t know very well. I might be cheating a little. I mean, I don‘t know *everything* there is to know about Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Can one person truly ever know another? 🤔🤓

#sorrynotsorry #authorcrush #RIPyouwonderwoman

TheBookHippie Ack. She was so amazing. 1mo
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“I was a terrible believer in things, but I was also a terrible nonbeliever in things. I was as searching as I was skeptical. I didn't know where to put my faith, or if there was such a place, or even what the word faith meant, in all of its complexity. Everything seemed to be possibly potent and possibly fake.”

#highlyrelatablecontent

Graywacke And a terrific quote. ! 1mo
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“I didn‘t feel like a big fat idiot anymore. And I didn‘t feel like a hard-ass motherfucking Amazonian queen. I felt fierce and humble and gathered up inside, like I was safe in this world too.”

monalyisha image: crater lake by instagram user: magicalmiracles (edited) 1mo
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