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Patrella

Patrella

Joined September 2016

I like big BOOKS and I cannot lie. . . 📚
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Dumplin' | Julie Murphy
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So, my bestie @bookdrunkard78 won a contest from #juliemurphy. OMG, you guys! OMG! I can't even! You don't understand! Authors are my rock stars! She signed them to Patrella! I'm on cloud nine! #authorsaremyrockstars #daymade #amazed

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In honor of Memorial Day, I'm reading The Things They Carried.

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Great sci-fi! I can totally understand why they would have been advanced stories for their time. The character artwork is a little cartoonist compared to the stories, but once I was pulled into the story it wasn't as distracting. I recommend this to anyone that loves high science fiction.

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My pretties in their new home. 😄

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My wonderful and tenacious husband @JTRobertson hung this shelf for me so my Funko Hogwarts Express could have a place of its very own! I'm glad to be able to move my books into the curio cabinet now that the Pops have somewhere else to live. 😍

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Fun time with @bookdrunkard78 at #thenovelneighbor today, painting rocks and learning about the local greenways!

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A sweet lil dragon 🐲 died in my book and I've cried myself sick because I'm a ridiculous person, but a delicate reader. 😢😣😭😢😣😭😢😣😭

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Saw Leigh Bardugo tonight with my two favorite people - @JTRobertson, @bookdrunkard78. Bardugo was so amazing and insightful and entertaining!! I was so psyched to see her! Don't let the RBF fool you! (that's just my face okay!) Also meet the totally cool @readinginthedark! Today was a win!

readinginthedark It was so fun! 😊 2y
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Long time no post! 😬 Traveling this weekend and horror of horrors I forgot my books! Hunky took me to B&N to get one, and I bought this one on the recommendation of a worker. It sounds like my jam! 🍓 Any of you littens read it? Did you like it? 🙃

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1) St. Louis, MO
2) @bookdrunkard78
3) Joe Wright's Pride & Prejudice is probably my favorite.
4) Not really. . . I had a few when I was little but I usually let them go. My niece had one she called Little Foot that I used to babysit! Does that count?

@saguarosally #welcomelitten

saguarosally I see a lot of friends convincing others to join Litsy. Hmmm! 2y
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GAH!! SO EXCITED!! My 20th Anniversary Ravenclaw Edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone came today! I lurv it!! 😍

Patrella Oh! And shout out to my bestie, @bookdrunkard78, for telling me about it! You are the bestest bestie around! 2y
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American War | Omar El Akkad
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I've caught some kind of bug and have been feeling terrible. Thankfully Scrummy is a cuddle bug and loves keeping my feet warm while I read. #catsoflitsy

Megabooks I'm sorry 3y
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Traumatized | Alexander S. Brown
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So one of my favorite characters died this morning, and I was totally ugly crying on my way to work. I had to sit and cry in the parking lot for a minute. I mean like hard ugly cry. The kind where you just feel drained the rest of the day and have the sniffles like you have a cocaine addiction. . . 😕

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Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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". . .This is the problem of history. We cannot know that which we were not there to see and hear and experience for ourselves. We must rely upon the words of others. Those who were there in the olden days, they told stories to the children so that the children would know, so that the children could tell stories to their children. And so on, and so on. But now we come upon the problem of conflicting stories. . . "

Absolute chills reading truth.

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Into The Water | Paula Hawkins
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Woot! Woot! BotM received today! Good! Cause I was cranky af most of this day. I needed #bookmail today! #bookofthemonthclub

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Second bookshelf is up! I repeat. Second bookshelf is up. Now I just have to decide which on my babies gets to come upstairs from the basement. 🤔

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Exciting Saturday night up in here! Hubby put together the first of my two new bookshelves! That's how I like to party!!

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Norse Mythology | Neil Gaiman
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(5/5) Our final stop was Main Street Books. I found the first Sarah Scribbles book, some used books, the Independent Bookstore Day exclusive of Norse Mythology, an American Gods tee, and a poster for the hubby. They were also giving away their Advanced Reader Copies, so I picked up a few of those as well. I must say I FREAKING LOVE INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY!!!!

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(4/5) On Independent Bookstore Day our fourth stop was Subterranean Books! I'd been meaning to pick up Sarah Andersen's books, and they had this one as a staff pick! My favorite thing about this book store is all the awesome staff reviews. I got some cute cards to hang in my office too. Plus another typewriter card for John.

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Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel | Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor
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(3/5) Our third stop was Left Bank Books. They always have a large selection of Independent Book Store Day merchandise! They had several records left. We heard people asking for them at both the other stores. I love the stencils!! I got the one last year too. And, the typewriter cards are for the hubby, of course.

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Welcome to Night Vale | Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor
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(3/5) The next stop on our list for Independent Bookstore Day was Left Bank Books. I picked up the "Bad Citizen" graffiti stencil and the Welcome to Night Vale vinyl record! The cards feature typewriters which were another gift for the hubby.

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(2/5) We always visit several of our favorite local bookstores on Independent Bookstore Day! This haul is from The Book House. The poster is by Jenny Lawson. It is larger than I anticipated! I love Libba Bray and her Diviners series! I own the audiobooks (January LaVoy does a fantastic narration!!), but I have The Diviners in hardback. I had to get Lair of Dreams to go with!

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March (Trilogy Slipcase Set) | Andrew Aydin, John Lewis
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(1/5) Independent Bookstore Day is @bookdrunkard78 & my holiday! This is my haul from The Novel Neighbor minus the slipcase set of the March graphic novels which they ordered for me. The lithograph is for my husband. I was most excited about the special hardcover edition of Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell just for IBD . They had some of the Out Of Print tees on sale for 50% off! And, I love the enamel pins! This one says, "Oh God. Undo" Hahaha!

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American War | Omar El Akkad
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YAAAAAAAAAY!! My BOTM came!! It's official I'm part of the club! Hell yeah! #bookofthemonthclub

Megabooks 👍🏻👍🏻 3y
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A Brief History of Time | Stephen W. Hawking
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All ready for my flight home. I'm almost finished with Hidden Figures and can't take a five hour flight without reading material! I hate to leave beautiful SLC (I fell in love with the mountains!!), but I'm ready for Nerdy Girl Weekend with @bookdrunkard78 and Independent Booksellers Day!

drokka I listened to Rocket Girls and was surprised at how many women have worked in the space program and can't believe we're (I'm) just really learning about it now. 3y
Patrella @drokka The guy at the book shop recommend it since I said that I was loving #HiddenFigures. It's sad that the public was blind to this incredible history, but I'm so glad these women's contributions are finally being brought to light! 3y
Patrella Okay, so it's only two and a half hours. . . I'm tired and I blame the time zones for my bad adding! 3y
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Littens! I'm so excited to start this book! I love women kicking ass and doing math! Heck yeah!

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Book the Fourth was formulaic, but that's the exact reason kids would love it. This one has less Count Olaf which was nice. A fun, quick read!

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I enjoyed Brave New World much better than 1984. Though I found frightening similarities in both to the current climate, I was more concerned with Brave New World because I agreed with it more. That is scary and gave me pause!! Brave New World Revisited was interesting as well but was a bit pompous for me in parts. I do recommend reading both Brave New World and Brave New World Revisited (Listen to 1984).

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A List of Cages | Robin Roe
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Yay!! Finally getting to cozy up with this book. I felt like it took forever to get through 1984. A List of Cages is @bookdrunkard78 and my pick for April! #bookclubfortwo

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1984 (School & Library) | George Orwell
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So, I had to give up the ghost. I was almost immediately nodding off whenever I tried to read 1984. I mean, I was into the story but the language made me so drowsy! Does this happen to you? What do you do to fight it? I had to switch to the audiobook. I'm glad to say that I had a successful night #audiostitching!

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Oh! Pretty Book! How glad I am that you are finally mine!! I cannot wait to read you! Soon, precious, soon!

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1984 | George Orwell
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Starting 1984 today. It's part of my #readharder challenge. Somehow I missed reading this and Brave New World, so I plan on reading them back to back.

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Strange Library | Haruki Murakami
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Chilling at the Joliet Public Library before time to board the train back home.

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Traveling for work on the train. I always love taking the train because the ambiance is just perfect for reading!

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Read Harder | Heidi Julavits, Ed Park
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At the library tonight for a book discussion of the books we're reading for the Read Harder Challenge 2017!

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Siege and Storm | Leigh Bardugo
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Wow! This book! I spent the night listening to Siege & Storm and knitting on the temperature blanket I'm making. I only have 40 minutes left, and my husband thinks I'm a insane to stop now. But, I've said it before, the only thing I love more than reading is sleeping and it's bedtime, baby.

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Woot! Woot! My order from Better World Books came today! I love ordering from BWB! I got four books for my #readharder challenge for a steal and some good feels! 😎

Libby1 I just ordered something from them yesterday! 😁 3y
Patrella @Libby1 They have such good prices and support good causes! 3y
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Took a cross-stitching class at the library tonight for our nerdy girl date night. Believe it or not, that little canvas is going to grow up to be a rocket ship someday! Also, started our BFF book for March, and though I'm only a few pages in, I think I'm really going to like it!

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Can we just talk about how awesome Nancy is for a minute? I mean, I love her. I'm pretty sure she's my comic book alt.

bookdrunkard78 They're pretty much you and me. But she is SO your alt! 3y
Patrella @bookdrunkard78 Aww! I'm glad you see it too! ❤ We have comic book alts! 3y
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A friend let me borrow a couple of humor books forever ago. It was nice to take a break from regular reading and laugh a little. 😄

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The thing about sick days is the silver lining of reading. I finished The Storied Life of A. J. Fiery today and loved it so! I really related to Maya saying a whole paragraph and feeling like she'd been talking forever! I feel you, girl. Also, I feel like I need a cat called Puddleglum in my life.

TheLibrarian Hope your feeling better! 3y
Patrella @TheLibrarian I am. Thank you! I'm blaming it on this bipolar weather. 30 one day; 70 the next. 😧 3y
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The Clockwork Three | Matthew J. Kirby
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Another night out with the BFF perusing the book stores. Bottom three were a total of $8. I ❤️❤️ the clearance section at HPB! Also, stopped by the craft store to get a mat and frame for my beautiful heffalump picture!!

bookdrunkard78 I think the frame and matting turned out real cute! 3y
Patrella @bookdrunkard78 Yeah! The picture doesn't do it justice. I'm so happy with it! Now I have to figure out where to hang it! 3y
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Every year I pick a series with approximately 12 books. I read one book from the series each month as a sort of fun little literary palate cleanser. This year I'm reading A Series of Unfortunate Events! I started The Reptile Room today, so of course I have to listen to the Slytherian Common Room ambience on YouTube while reading! Hahaha!

Libby1 I love this series. 3y
Patrella @Libby1 Yay! I read the first three several years ago. Don't remember why I stopped. I'm determined to finish them this year! 3y
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Spinning the Record | Robert Hyers
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Went around the house and gathered all the physical books I either own or have borrowed that are on my 2017 #readharder challenge. MIA: Vampires in the Lemon Grove and 1984. I'll find you this weekend!!

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Life After Life: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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OH! I want to finish this so bad! 422 before it really started kicking ass! I'm there! I can taste the glory! But my one love in life above reading is sleep, and the sleep calls to me, precious. 😪😪😪

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Siege and Storm | Leigh Bardugo
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Couldn't hold out anymore. I tried going back to music on my commute, but the audiobooks, they call to me. . .

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Life After Life: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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Kitty and Book: A Happy Night

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Fever Pitch | Nick Hornby
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Completed my list for #readharder challenge 2017. Two books I've already finished this year where able to fit the challenge! Woot woot for advantageous procrastination!

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Life After Life: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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Yaaaaasssss! Finally! This book has been on my TBR list for YEARS! So, I picked it for our bookclub this month! Oh book, you are going to be so read!

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Ahh! Had the best BBF Birthday Day Out with @bookdrunkard78! We hit four bookstores (swag seen above) and Mauhaus Cat Cafe! Plus, adorable Elephant 🐘 bookends birthday gift!