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saltwaterlit

Joined October 2016

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I had to take my box to work with me because I was rushing out the door this morning 😂 and oh my gosh, thank you so much @cwarnier for these thoughtful book selections and adorable gifts! I can‘t wait to get home and put on a pair of these cozy socks and read!! The tagged book looks especially interesting- I‘m excited to read it! 🥳#readinthenewyearswap

Chrissyreadit 😍🎉❤️🎉😍 2mo
cwarnier I might just have to bear the rain and go get my box. I totally forgot about it this afternoon when I got home. 2mo
MeganAnn 👏🏻😍🎉✨❤️🥳 2mo
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Pickpick

Read this in one day on New Year‘s Day. I was really impressed by the writing. An overall fascinating and satisfying memoir.

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Sent out my #readinthenewyear box! @cwarnier @MeganAnn @Chrissyreadit

I‘m so excited for the new year! Now just to get through this loooong Monday at work 🙃

Chrissyreadit 🙌🎉👏😍 2mo
MeganAnn 🎉✨❤️ 2mo
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Pickpick

Took a walk today, finishing up this audiobook. I‘m pretty convinced that I‘ll be off social media in 2020, although I will make an exception for Litsy (for now). This book does a great job of explaining what is wrong with the social media in the big picture (disinformation, surveillance, and behavior manipulation), not just the small picture that we‘re all aware of (it‘s a time waster that makes us sad).

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Watchmen | Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons
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Sunday morning ☕️ read

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My current audiobook loans from Libby 🥰. I just hit 50 books read for 2019, and I couldn‘t have done it without audiobooks, since I‘ve been doing so much driving. My current commute is about 50 minutes each way, but I‘ve come to think of it as valuable me time with the help of audiobooks, podcasts, and Taylor Swift CDs 🤣

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When Dimple Met Rishi | Sandhya Menon
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Mehso-so

I loved so much about this, like the characters and the chemistry between them, but the plot sort of fizzles towards the end, focusing way too much on the relationship and not enough on Dimple‘s coding project, which is supposed to be the biggest deal with her but ends up feeling like an after thought. It felt like all the author knew about app development was the word “wireframe” 😂 The ending also felt too neat & tied up in a bow for me.

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Our first snowstorm is wrapping up (it was sort of small here). It‘s going to be a long week...I‘m starting this now, hopefully I can get into it before falling asleep 😴

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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I usually don‘t do fiction in audio book form, but Daisy Jones & The Six was made for this format. I‘m loving this so much and totally binge listening today as I do chores around the house (so grateful to have the day off!) I hope you all are having a great Thanksgiving weekend ❤️

marleed This is award-worthy audiobook recording! 3mo
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When Dimple Met Rishi | Sandhya Menon
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Lazy Sunday afternoon in the reading nook. I have a total book hangover because An American Marriage was TOO good and now nothing is matching up. Oh well.

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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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I finished two books this weekend: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones and Smile by Raina Telgemeier. Both were enjoyable, but An American Marriage is definitely now a front runner for my favorite reads of the year. It is so beautifully written and I fell in love with every character.

SamAnne Just started American Marriage today and am completely swept up in the writing. 3mo
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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones

I treated myself to a slow morning spending an hour reading this book over breakfast. IT IS SO GOOD and putting it down to drive to work was a struggle. Reading slump over!

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Thanks for your suggestions, guys! I decided the only way to get over this slump is to force myself to read until I‘m doing it naturally again. So...no more social media (with the exception of Litsy) until I finish these library books. This is twofold: I want to read more, and I want to waste less time on Instagram. Wish me luck!

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When Dimple Met Rishi | Sandhya Menon
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And finally...I‘ve been dying to read this, but now that I checked it out I keep putting it off! Does anyone else do that? I can‘t stand myself 😂

LauraJ Yes, because once you start reading, it will be over all too soon! 3mo
bookandbedandtea I do that ALL THE TIME! I want to read (fill in the blank) so much but then I get it and I just keep holding on to it. 3mo
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Undead Girl Gang | Lily Anderson
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I started this one before Halloween and so far haven‘t gotten into it but I‘m only 12% in so I can‘t talk 😬

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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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Hey Litsy 👋🏻 I‘ve been in kind of a reading slump. I‘ve been working as a librarian for over a month now, and I‘ve hardly been reading 😹. I have finished a few audiobooks, but it hurts to be surrounded by books all day and never read them. So. Trying to get back into it. I‘m gonna post a few books I‘m reading/planning to read to get over the slump now. Tell me: how do you get over reading slumps?

marleed I change genres and that really seems to help me. Also changing publication years helps me. 3mo
Reagan I bail with zero guilt. When I am not in a slump I tend to give it a bit more time but when I am in a slump I am brutal! 3mo
saltwaterlit @Reagan-reads good point! A lot of times when I‘m in a slump I am in the middle of a book I don‘t like and can‘t get through! 3mo
saltwaterlit @marleed interesting! I should try that! 3mo
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Next up in audiobook land! I‘m desperate for more time to read actual books with my eyes but I‘m busy so at least I have time for audiobooks! The problem is I only really like non-fiction audiobooks. So I‘ve been reading a lot of non-fiction but I miss novels so much. This week my goal is to put down my phone before bed and try to read a novel instead. I‘ll keep you posted on that 😬

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You'll Grow Out of It | Jessi Klein
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Hi Litsy 👋🏻 Sorry for being bad at posting. Since I‘ve been here last, I got a new full time job as a YA librarian! So far it‘s been fun but really busy and challenging. I haven‘t had so much time to read, but I‘m still going strong with audiobooks during my commute - here‘s what I‘m reading now!

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Hey 👋🏻 long time no post. Yesterday I finished grad school! And today I‘m getting my oil changed. Here‘s what I‘m reading.

MelissaSue81 Yay for finishing grad school!! I hate oil changes and stuff but they do allow for some good reading time 6mo
saltwaterlit @MelissaSue81 definitely!! It‘s not fun but I like being forced to sit and read for a bit 😂 6mo
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My current audio pick is a re-read. I read this in paperback a few years ago when I first started running. It‘s interesting how my experience has changed now that I‘ve been running for a while, and now I‘m a marathoner! It is still not convincing me to ditch my sneakers, but it is planting the idea of trail running in my head 🤔

Erinreadsthebooks Such a great book! 11mo
janerzy This is on my to-read list! 10mo
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Saga #6 | Brian K. Vaughan
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Wine + couch + Saga = ❤️

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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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Loving this audiobook. My commute(s) have increased lately but luckily I have good books to listen to. 🎧❤️

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Current audio read - I still have 10 hours to go, but so far it‘s going into a lot of detail about L. Ron Hubbard, who was a total creep 😳

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Sadie | Courtney Summers
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The best part of working in a library is that it‘s super easy to pick up a new book 📚 when you left yours at home.

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Not only have I not had time for Litsy in the last few weeks, I‘ve struggled to find the time to run. Running is a hobby for me, but it‘s also so much more than that. Next week I start training for half marathon #6 🎉, and this book is helping me remember why I love running!

janerzy Maybe I should read this book, as am still in a love-hate relationship with my running right now.. 10mo
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Sorry for the lack of posting lately 😭 New jobs + school = exhaustion. Is it summer yet? Anyway - Here‘s my pick for this month‘s #botm!

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Bailedbailed

Yeah, read two more stories and decided to bail. The writing here really grated on me, with a lot of sentences that go nowhere, and seem to exist just to impress. I‘m not a prude, but sex was also used as a poetic device in ways that really made me roll my eyes and only make the characters and stories feel underdeveloped. #dnf

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I took a trip into the city today and visited Housing Works bookstore for the first time! I‘m not really into buying books lately so this is a really big haul for me 😂

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No Exit: A Novel | Taylor Adams

I also started this, and was similarly not in love with it - but a trashy thriller is a trashy thriller and I‘m here for the ride!

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I started this last night before bed - read one story and considered not finishing the collection because I was a bit put off by various aspects of it, but I‘ll read the next story to see how I feel. It‘s too early in the year for a DNF! 😂

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The Bus on Thursday | Shirley Barrett
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Utterly bizarre but the most fun I‘ve had reading a book in a while. The ending was just as WTF-worthy as I‘d hoped. 😂 #newyearwhodis

LapReader Crazy, original and funny. I thought so too. 13mo
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Library haul!

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Saturday night plans 🎉😸I‘m loving this short story collection so much. I‘m trying to finish it this weekend because it‘s due back at the library on Monday.

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Starting this today!

Blaire It is so good! Enjoy! 14mo
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Tin Man | Sarah Winman
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Pickpick

I stayed up past my bedtime finishing a book again 😴 but it was worth it - this novel was so lovely. It was heartbreakingly sad but the writing and the characters were beautiful. Thank you @LapReader for the recommendation! #newyearwhodis

LapReader It was my favourite read of 2018. I read it for #LMPBC with @thegreensofa @Tashreads @Suvata I can‘t wait to read more of her books. 14mo
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The Bus on Thursday | Shirley Barrett
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My library hold came in (I currently have way too much checked out 😶) and this looks SO good - can‘t wait to start it! #newyearwhodis

LapReader Wow! Very different to the Australian cover. 14mo
saltwaterlit @LapReader it is!! Publishing is funny that way... 14mo
BooknerdsLife @LapReader haha I was thinking the same thing too! How different are the two covers! 13mo
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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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That library hold struggle 😕

RaimeyGallant Yes!!!!! 14mo
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Golden State | Ben H. Winters
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My #botm selection came! I haven‘t sunk my teeth into a dystopian in a while so I‘m happy to get this one!

I spent much of the day assembling a couch with my boyfriend in our attic. Now I have a new comfy reading nook! 🥰🥰🥰

mreads Great pillow 😁👍 14mo
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The Kiss Quotient | Helen Hoang
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I‘m glad I started the year off with something light and fun. Though it falls victim to some cliche romance writing at times, I found the story interesting and characters unique - and quite risqué from the start, which I must admit I like in contemporary romance ?

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The Kiss Quotient | Helen Hoang
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I also started this one in the wee hours last night after a bit too much 🍷. Seems like a quick, fun read!

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Tin Man | Sarah Winman
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Happy new year! I‘m excited to have some reading time today - and here are two of my #newyearwhodis picks, recommended by @LapReader (plus The Bus on Thursday by Shirley Barrett which is on hold at the library, so hopefully I‘ll get that one in soon). I‘m starting with Tin Man. 📚

LapReader I hope you love it as much as I did. Both of those books were read by me because of the Litsy Mark Up Postal Book Club. Happy New Year! 14mo
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I finished the year out with this essay collection, which is also one of my new favorites. I loved the thoughtful blend of pop culture, social criticism and self-reflection.

Now I‘m going to spend New Year‘s wrapping some work-related things up, drinking wine, and watching the new Taylor Swift tour movie on Netflix 💁🏼‍♀️. I‘m excited to start my picks for #newyearwhodis tomorrow! Happy new year!

saresmoore This one just showed up in my reading radar and I‘m really looking forward to it! 14mo
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Florida | Lauren Groff
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This was the perfect short story collection to lose myself in these past few weeks. Lauren Groff is a master of literary fiction, and I loved the unifying theme of the state of Florida (although I‘ve never been).

saresmoore I loved this one, too. 14mo
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Dubliners | Joyce James
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My #santathing books came last week but with all the Christmas excitement I forgot to post them! I‘m so excited to read these!

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Tonight I‘m celebrating the fact that I finished a complete draft of a short story for the first time in years, and sent it off to be workshopped. I‘m so happy to be back writing just for me.

mreads Congratulations 👍 1y
LauraJ Great work! It‘s so hard to start writing again. 1y
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I‘m considering taking on some big, scary writing goals in 2019 👩🏼‍💻

Millesent How are you doing with your big scary writing goals? Barbara DeMarco Barrett is fun to read. She will be at the sixth annual ladies of intrigue event, November 10, 2019, in Costa Mesa California. Tickets still available either through mystery Inc. bookstore, or OC sisters in crime. 6mo
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Ducked out of my company holiday party to drink wine in my pajamas and read 💁🏼‍♀️ shout out to everyone, like me, who is struggling this winter. I‘m having a pretty hard time & feelings of isolation and self-loathing have been overwhelming me. One bright spot is that I‘ve been reconnecting with the world of reading, which makes me feel less alone.

LauraJ 100% with you. 1y
Notafraidofwords Agree. Winter is hard for me. 1y
BridgetteM I‘m sorry you are feeling down. 😕 Will keep you in my thoughts. 1y
saltwaterlit @BridgetteM thank you ❤️ 1y
JennyM You‘re amongst friends here. Go well x 1y
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My first #botm selection came! It‘s a little pre-Christmas gift to myself, since I basically never buy brand new books and this one has been on my radar.

BookishMarginalia We got that as our first #BOTMC too! 1y
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Next audio read....does anyone else prefer non-fiction when it comes to audio?

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Mehso-so

This was okay, but it felt oddly stitched together. There are likely better books about grieving out there, and although I‘m interested in resilience, everything in this book is basically in the book Grit and Brené Brown‘s work.

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