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Can‘t resist sharing these happy faces. We are really having a blast in The Wizarding World.

kspenmoll ❤️❤️❤️ thanks for sharing their joy!!! 1d
merelybookish So fun! 1d
BarbaraBB So cute! And they both look like you (I think!) 💕 1d
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LeahBergen Aww! Look at them! 💕💕💕 1d
Vaseemkhan Nyc baby 1d
Suet624 Awww, that‘s so fun! Thanks for sharing. 💕 23h
Leftcoastzen So cute!How did they get so big?👏😀 22h
CafeMom I think I had more fun than my son did when we went. 12h
saresmoore @CafeMom Yes! My husband and I had a blast! 10h
saresmoore @BarbaraBB They do! Though my eldest daughter bears a much more obvious resemblance with her red hair. 10h
saresmoore @LeahBergen Can we talk about the current state of Elliott‘s teeth? 😆 10h
saresmoore @Leftcoastzen One of my friends accused me of casting the “engorgio” spell on them. 🙃 10h
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Ready to take the Knight Bus!

erzascarletbookgasm Gorgeous girls💕 2d
AmyG Fun! 2d
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batsy 💕 2d
TrishB Oh how cool ❤️👍🏻 2d
thebooklifeofkk So cool !! 2d
BarbaraBB So cool! Have fun!! 2d
Bookzombie Cool! 2d
LeahBergen Oh, fun!!! 💕💕💕 2d
Nute Fun Fun Fun!!! 2d
ValerieAndBooks How fun 💖!! 1d
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My current view of Diagon Alley as I hold the bags and wait for my family on the ride! I can squeeze in reading time anywhere. My current read is a reread of Northanger Abbey and Jane is not pulling any punches.

ALSO, I‘m sitting on the steps of Gringott‘s, on the roof of which a fire breathing dragon is perched—I can feel the heat from its periodic roaring flame!

ravenlee That all sounds good! 2d
saresmoore @ravenlee It is SO GOOD! 2d
Jerdencon Enjoy! We were there in February and I want to go back! Have the butter beer! 2d
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erzascarletbookgasm Wonderful! Have a fantastic experience! 2d
batsy Fun! Both the environment and the book 😁 Enjoy yourselves 💜 2d
TrishB Sounds fab! 2d
BarbaraBB It really looks like I imagined it to be! 2d
JennyM Have a great time!! 2d
LeahBergen Northanger Abbey has become one of my favourite Austens. 2d
saresmoore @LeahBergen I am loving it! I started the ebook on a whim, but I have a whole annotated edition at home that I can‘t wait to read. 1d
saresmoore @BarbaraBB They‘ve done such a fantastic job. Every tiniest bit of the design and architecture is intentional and Rowling was heavily involved. Flourish & Blott‘s through Knockturn Alley is one of my favorite parts. 1d
Suet624 Wow! 23h
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Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
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Joy-kitty and I are set for the chilly, rainy evening.

AlaMich One of our three kitties was a fire-lover. She would come when she heard the whoosh of the gas jets. 😄 1w
saresmoore @AlaMich Too cute! Miss Joy prefers that we leave a cushion out for her. 1w
PageTurner789 How is this book? Are you enjoying it? 1w
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sprainedbrain I can‘t wait to hear what you think of this one! 1w
saresmoore @PageTurner789 I only managed to read about 10 pages before I was interrupted by children, but I‘ll keep you posted! 1w
Branwen I really really liked this book! I hope you end up liking it too! 😀💕📚 1w
saresmoore @Branwen That bodes well! I haven‘t read anything else of hers, but the premise is right up my alley. 1w
amanda__reads__horror Loooooved this book! 1w
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Wayward Son | Rainbow Rowell
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I‘m enjoying some peaceful reading time inside this morning because it is chilly out there! The book is just okay. I devour all of Rainbow Rowell‘s books because I love her characters, but they almost invariably end up being just okay for me. I‘m #TeamBaz for sure. 😆

saresmoore @Megabooks Yes! She‘s so unapologetically, awesomely Penny! 2w
ReadingEnvy I just heard about this one the other day. Do you think you need to read Fangirl before Carry on. 2w
saresmoore @ReadingEnvy Not at all. I don‘t remember much of the fanfic details from Fangirl, but I think Rowell gives them a life of their own, anyway. It‘s fun to read Carry On as its own entity with a cheeky (if obvious) nod to the chosen one & fantasy tropes. 1w
ReadingEnvy @saresmoore 🐎♥️ 1w
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If you need me, go away.

This #NYRBBookClub pick is cracking me up! I was thrown at first by the abrupt switches from third to first person narration, but I‘m invested now.

Tamra I wish!! 2w
Lindy What an inviting reading corner. 😊 2w
merelybookish Good to hear! Looking forward to this one. 2w
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youneverarrived 😂 I‘m still waiting on mine to be delivered but glad to hear you‘re liking it. 2w
saresmoore @merelybookish It‘s funny in a sad way, but very engaging. I think you‘ll like it. 2w
saresmoore @youneverarrived I decided to start this one early because my procrastination in past months has not worked out so much... 🙃 2w
rubyslippersreads What a lovely reading nook! And your book matches! 😊 2w
LeeRHarry One of my faves 😊 (edited) 2w
Kalalalatja Perfect space 👌 2w
BarbaraBB Good to hear you‘re enjoying it. I hope to start next week! 2w
LauraBeth Look at this lovely reading nook! 😍 2w
emilyhaldi 😍 2w
LeahBergen I‘m just about to crack open the cover. 👍🏻 1w
Reviewsbylola I have that chair too, in blueish Gray. Mine has seen much better days tho. 😆 I love the pop of color! 10h
saresmoore @Reviewsbylola It is definitely a pop! Really the only redeeming quality of this ORANGE (what was I thinking?!) is that it doesn‘t show stains. 😅 9h
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One more #shelfie, just for fun. These are the shelves in my front room/library, where I‘m currently sitting in a comfy chair, enjoying a rare break with a bit of Lord Peter whimsy and a cuppa.

BarbaraBB Absolutely gorgeous 😍. 2w
llwheeler Beautiful shelves and I love that quote! 2w
marleed So beautiful! 2w
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youneverarrived Beautiful! 2w
Lindy Oooh! Aaaaah! 👏 2w
Cathythoughts So lovely ✨✨✨✨✨ 2w
Amandajoy Those are gorgeous! 2w
Kalalalatja Stunning! 2w
JennyM So beautiful! Good job!!! 2w
Bookzombie Those are beautiful! 2w
MicheleinPhilly So beautiful! Nicely done! 2w
Megabooks Love it!! 2w
AlaMich That‘s lovely! 2w
tracey38 Beau6 2w
batsy Gorgeous! And Lord Peter Wimsey and a cuppa is a perfect way to enjoy your hard work! 2w
Centique Oh my goodness! They are fantastic. I‘m so envious 😍 2w
LauraBeth I have shelf envy! 😻 2w
readordierachel I could stare at this all day 😍 2w
saresmoore @readordierachel I often want to! All these pesky life responsibilities get in the way. 2w
Branwen This is the loveliest thing I have ever seen! 😍📚 2w
readordierachel Silly life. Doesn't it know we have to read? 2w
ValerieAndBooks Beautiful! Thanks for sharing your shelfies. What's the paint color on your walls? 2w
saresmoore @ValerieAndBooks This is Sherwin-Williams “Cyberspace”—it‘s a deep blue-gray. I think it‘s my favorite ever wall color because it makes a statement, but is very versatile & looks lovely in every light. 2w
Cinfhen Oh, they look stunning 😍😍😍 2w
ValerieAndBooks Is it on just one wall? Or maybe two? So glad you‘re enjoying the color. I keep looking around my home wondering if I could pull off something similar— and it‘s hard to picture because it‘s a contemporary, built in 1980 with a lot of angles! 2w
Moray_Reads looking lovely 2w
emilyhaldi So pretty!!! ❤️ 2w
saresmoore @Moray_Reads @emilyhaldi Thank you, friends! ♥️♥️♥️ 2w
saresmoore @ValerieAndBooks I have it in the whole room, but it‘s a very open room with a big window and two wide case openings. I did an accent wall in my living room, which is really nice, but all the rooms in this house are pretty much basic squares. I think you should give it a try! It‘s really fun for me to play with drama and color in certain spaces—all the rest of my walls are pure white. 2w
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Here are some of my favorite pretty books from the new shelf arrangement.

Chrissyreadit Lovely 2w
4thhouseontheleft Looks great! 2w
Soubhiville Beautiful! 2w
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marleed Such an awesome shelf and collection! 2w
Branwen This looks absolutely GORGEOUS! 😍 2w
youneverarrived Lovely 😍 2w
BarbaraBB This one is so gorgeous as well! 2w
Suet624 Gorgeous. 2w
cjpend Love the variety 💕👀 2w
batsy How lovely! Who are the translators for those Iliad and Odyssey Folio beauties? 2w
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Well, the room is still very much in transition, but I did manage to get the bookshelves squared away! Here‘s the NRYB shelf.

BarbaraBB You and @emilyhaldi are really making me jealous! 2w
saresmoore @BarbaraBB It‘s part of our master plan. 😈 2w
BarbaraBB Haha, you‘re doing well 😎 2w
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Suet624 Ooooohhhhh. 2w
Lindy Well done! 2w
emilyhaldi I love it!!!! The two different sections add some interest that now I'm wondering if I need 😆 so good! 🙌🏻 2w
readordierachel It's perfect! 2w
Cinfhen Lovely 2w
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Some major rearranging and cataloguing is in the works. I‘ll title this photo “Before” and hope for the best! 😳🤞

Cinfhen Good luck 🍀 you‘ve got your work cut out for you 3w
kspenmoll Cannot wait to see your after!!! 3w
merelybookish These kinds of projects start out so fun! 😬 Good luck! 3w
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Reviewsbylola God speed. 3w
saresmoore @Cinfhen Truly! I‘m pulling from the shelves in my front room, as well and adjusting as I go. New sofas and a wall mount for the TV are on the way, so it will be well worth the effort. 3w
saresmoore @kspenmoll I think it will be quite the transition! 3w
saresmoore @merelybookish I‘m already losing steam. Off to run some errands and hopefully I‘ll have renewed vigor when I return! 3w
saresmoore @Reviewsbylola Just hoping my kids will continue not killing each other for at least another hour or so... 3w
Lindy 🍀🍀🍀 3w
valeriegeary This looks just fine the way it is to me. 😂🤗 3w
saresmoore @valeriegeary 😅 You can come over any time! 3w
LibrarianRyan Your living room is so large. I‘m jelly. 3w
saresmoore @LibrarianRyan It‘s a spacious home, for sure, but it has taken us two years to get around to furnishing it. 🙃 3w
LibrarianRyan @saresmoore I get that. We still have unfinished walls. 3w
LauraBeth Looking forward to seeing what you do with it! 3w
readordierachel Good luck! 3w
saresmoore @LauraBeth Me, too! 🤪 3w
TalecArashi Ooh, wonder if I can pull that off once I get my books out of their boxes...! Have fun! 3w
emilyhaldi Aha! Is this the color-coding you speak of??? You must share the "after" photo!! 2w
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❤️ Coastal North Carolina, USA
🧡 33
💛 This year, I‘m reading from my home library; my work is mostly domestic, volunteer, and child-centered with a dash of aspirational writing
💚 Married for 12.5 years
💙 she/her
💜 My best friend‘s nickname for me, Sar (rhymes with Tsar), my middle initial (E), and a combo of my maiden name initial (S) with my married name (Moore) which evolved into our family nickname of “S‘Moores”


LeahBergen I had always assumed that “Sares” was a diminutive nickname for Sara. 😄 1mo
saresmoore @LeahBergen My best friend‘s name is Samantha and I was always so envious of all her potential nicknames. She obligingly came up with Sar when we were about 8 and she‘s called me only that ever since! 1mo
LauraBeth @LeahBergen same! I‘m like “rhymes with Tsar??!” I don‘t know you! 😂 1mo
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LL1964 Love coastal North Carolina, my favorite vacation destination. 1mo
LeahBergen @LauraBeth Exactly! 😆😆 It‘s so funny to think that, in my mind, I‘ve only thought of you guys by your Litsy handles for like 3 years. When I went to @shawnmooney ‘s wedding last year, I had to make a conscious effort not to call him shawnmooney all the time. 😂😂 1mo
Suet624 @LeahBergen i totally get that, leahbergen. 😂😂 3w
kspenmoll I also envisioned a Sara! 3w
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Gratuitous, non-bookish post: my family gathered at the Pumpkin Palooza event at the Arboretum. Well, there are a couple of Little Free Libraries in the gardens. Just look at how grown up my babies are! 🥺

The 💩🎃 is my husband‘s creation.

vivastory What a great picture! Looks like a lot of fun! 1mo
Branwen So lovely! 💕 1mo
marleed Oh wonderful! 1mo
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britt_brooke I can‘t get over how grown - and beautiful - your girls are!! 💚💚 1mo
Suet624 Thank you so much for tagging me. What a glorious picture. Such beauties you all are. So nice to see you all again. 1mo
Bookzombie Such a great pic! 1mo
JennyM This is such a beautiful picture of you all. The girls are getting so big. And you look beautiful as always. Thanks for sharing. Sending lots of love xxx 1mo
readordierachel Oh my goodness, what a wonderful photo 🎃🧡 1mo
batsy They are so big! Time flies 😭❤️❤️ Beautiful picture 🎃🎃 1mo
Kalalalatja Lovely photo! 🎃 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Great photo and how beautiful are your girls! ❤️ 1mo
LeahBergen Ohhhh, this is such a beautiful, BEAUTIFUL family photo. And how did those gorgeous girls grow up so much and so fast?? 😭😭😭 I just can‘t! ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
Cathythoughts Such a beautiful photo 👍🏻♥️✨ 1mo
Reggie Omg, this photo is so lovely and your girls are so tall already!!! 1mo
LauraBeth What a beautiful family! Seems like it was just yesterday when your girls were riding their trikes and playing fairies and now look at how grown up and gorgeous they are! Also - I like the poop pumpkin! I'm using the Litsy web version right now and can't figure out how to put all of the red hearts that I'd like to here (red heart, red heart, red heart, red heart, poop emoji pumpkin)! 1mo
Flaneurette ❤love this pic! Thanks for sharing your beautiful fam! ❤ 1mo
Cinfhen THANK YOU for tagging me❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️photo is beautiful and I‘m kvelling ( bursting with pride)over Lucy & Ellie 🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️when did they grow up?!?!! You all look picture perfect 🎃🧡 1mo
BarbaraBB Such a gorgeous picture, thanks for posting! 1mo
Moray_Reads Gorgeous picture, as ever Sara. Looks like the girls may be catching you up in height soon! 😉 1mo
ValerieAndBooks Great family picture 💖! 1mo
Centique What a cute family you have! And such a fun festive photo. It‘s Spring for me and we don‘t have any pumpkin patch Halloween themed things so I‘m quite jealous of how cute and autumny it all looks! 😍😉 1mo
UwannaPublishme Awww! What a beautiful family photo. Your husband sounds like mine. A real prankster! 😁 1mo
Bianca Lovely! Your husband‘s pumpkin looks like something my husband would carve. 😂 1mo
andrew61 Lovely photo sara, thanks for sharing ☺ 1mo
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This month is all about the spooky reads and #audiocrochet! I finished Gideon the Ninth, which was AMAZING and did a reread of Rowell‘s Carry On, which was even more cheesy and delightful the second time around. Now I‘m listening to the tagged book and enjoying this cooler weather. I ♥️ autumn.

saresmoore Crochet projects: fierce purple dragon (gift for Elliott); geometric Hufflepuff colored blanket (gift for Lucy); boho scarf (for me); completed wildrose backpack (originally for me, but which Elliott claimed and Lucy requested a duplicate of 😂) 2mo
Sace I love the backpack! Is the hufflepuff blanket your own design? It looks neat! 2mo
saresmoore @RestlessFickleBookHoarder Alas, no, I am not a designer. I‘m using this pattern: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/cubine-blanket (edited) 2mo
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Sace WOW! That's a really cool pattern! 2mo
LeahBergen Pretty! I‘ve been knitting up a storm lately. 😄 2mo
saresmoore @LeahBergen I‘m finding it so satisfying! 2mo
britt_brooke 😍 2mo
RealLifeReading Love all those colors you‘re working with! 1mo
Suet624 Wow. That bag! You are so talented. 1mo
saresmoore @Suet624 Aw shucks! Thank you, Sue! 1mo
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Sleepless Nights | Elizabeth Hardwick
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So far, the conversations of my fellow attendants in the waiting room of the outpatient surgicenter have been much more interesting and revelatory than this book. So many good reviews from trustworthy readers! How did you guys get past the vaguely cryptic, narcissistic tone? #NYRBBookClub

batsy Interesting! Not quite sure how to answer that because I didn't feel like I had to struggle to get over the tone; on the contrary, I enjoyed it 😁 2mo
saresmoore @batsy I‘m not sure why it‘s bugging me so much! Maybe because it reminds me of going back and reading my own journals—not that anyone would publish those—it just feels myopic and snobbish, not unlike my own musings. 😆 2mo
LeahBergen I didn‘t get past the tone. I bailed and I NEVER bail. 😬 2mo
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MicheleinPhilly I can‘t comment on the book because my slacker behind didn‘t read it 😬 but I hope everything is OK healthwise. ❤️ 2mo
BarbaraBB I hard a hard time ignoring that tone indeed. 2mo
Billypar I think I was a little tone-deaf as a reader 😳 It was tough for me to describe, so I'd agree with 'cryptic'. I feel like the narrator was the character I learned the least about, and I don't know if that was intentional, or if I just didn't give it a close enough read. 2mo
batsy @saresmoore 😆 Yes to the flashes of snobbery; it definitely showed itself in parts. I guess myopia and self-absorption are going to be present in any first-person narrative, but books like this tend to be so subjective because of the tone ... It's either one gets on the with the voice or one doesn't. So I totally understand not being able to push past the tone if it's not speaking to you, so to speak 🙂 2mo
Suet624 The beginning was tough and then I started to appreciate her grumpiness. 2mo
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Gideon the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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I am loving this!

GrilledCheeseSamurai I finished last night. Beware. The ending is a bitch. I loved it! 😍 2mo
saresmoore @GrilledCheeseSamurai Gah! I‘m already so invested! 2mo
sunnidae Okay, that description is a thing of beauty. I have inaugurated my To Read stack. 😂 2mo
Suet624 That description!!! Fantastic! 2mo
Lindy I bet Gideon can triumph over that sack of lemons. 😆 2mo
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Gideon the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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Now if everyone could just stop needing things from me for, like, twenty minutes...

JacqMac Good luck with that. 2mo
saresmoore @JacqMac For real. 🙄 2mo
LeahBergen Go lock yourself in the bathroom. 😆 2mo
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Owlizabeth Gah! My library hasn‘t received/processed their copies yet and I‘m seriously considering just going and buying it. 2mo
saresmoore @Owlizabeth I was lucky to be first in line for this! I hope your library gets it soon! 🤞 2mo
saresmoore @LeahBergen That‘s an excellent idea! 😂 2mo
bookishbitch I'm on the list for this at my library. I love the dark edge pages! 2mo
JennyM I‘ll distract them while you run and hide 😆 Hope you get some peace and quiet to read x (edited) 2mo
batsy I'm so tempted to get this on Kindle! I've yet to see a negative review or even a disappointed "this was overhyped" and that seems rare these days ? 2mo
saresmoore @batsy I‘ve only managed to squeeze in reading about sixty pages so far, but I‘ve LOLed several times. My favorite blurb on the back is, “The author is clearly insane.” 2mo
saresmoore @JennyM Thank you! ♥️ 2mo
batsy Ha, that's a great endorsement 😆 #mykindofauthor 2mo
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The Master and Margarita | Mikhail Bulgakov
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#7days7covers Day 4 #covercrush

I couldn‘t choose—I love them both!

Eyelit Both are amazing! 2mo
ValerieAndBooks So funny— I have two different covers of this title as well, and neither are as nice as yours 😊 2mo
Aimeesue Those are both gorgeous. ❤️ 2mo
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readordierachel That *is* a tough choice 2mo
Hooked_on_books Both are excellent 2mo
LeahBergen Ooo, that IS a poser. 🤔 2mo
Nute Both are beauties! 2mo
batsy So good. 2mo
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Wuthering Heights | Emily Bront
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saresmoore This is one of my very favorites, Suba. ♥️ 2mo
LauraBeth This is the most gorgeous cover of this book I‘ve ever seen! 😍 2mo
saresmoore @LauraBeth Isn‘t it, though? @batsy totally surprised me with this! 2mo
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Tamra What a great cover! 2mo
MicheleinPhilly WOW! 😍 2mo
Megabooks Nice! 2mo
wordslinger42 Love the cover 💜 2mo
Nute Stunning! 2mo
Soubhiville Beautiful! 2mo
readordierachel Whoa 😍 2mo
Leftcoastzen Lovely cover! 2mo
Blaire Beautiful! 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Wow! I‘ve never seen this cover! 2mo
LeahBergen Ohhhh. I need to do a reread. 💕 2mo
batsy ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
hollybookish This cover is beautiful! Where did you get it? 2mo
saresmoore @hollybookish It was a gift! But I think it may have come via Book Depository. 2mo
hollybookish @saresmoore ooh ok. I‘ll keep an eye out for it! Thank you! 2mo
Branwen Omg it's so beautiful! 😍 2mo
emilyhaldi Good one 💜 2mo
Suet624 Wow. That‘s so beautiful! 2mo
andrew61 That is a really nice cover ☺ 2mo
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Rebecca | Daphne Du Maurier
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I keep running out of time to do this, but here is Day 2 of #7days7covers #covercrush

RachelAmphlett That‘s gorgeous 😍 2mo
TrishB Lovely 💕 2mo
LeahBergen 😍😍😍 2mo
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Kalalalatja So pretty! 2mo
batsy I'm so lucky to have this beautiful edition thanks to you, friend ❤️❤️ 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm What an elegant edition! 😍 2mo
youneverarrived Gorgeous 😍 2mo
sudi Stunning ❤ 2mo
LauraBeth Love it! 😍😍 2mo
BiblioLitten Most of the book covers for this book are gorgeous! 2mo
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Cranford | Elizabeth Gaskell
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Moray, I cannot thank you enough for this beautiful, unexpected gift! It brought joy to my heart and arrived just in time for my first #7days7covers post.

Thank you, friend. 💚💚💚

saresmoore #CoverCrush I tag you, @vivastory if you‘d like to play along! 2mo
LeahBergen I‘ve been meaning to get to this one for sooooo long! 🙄 2mo
saresmoore Well, @LeahBergen let me know when you pick it up and I‘ll tag along! 2mo
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LeahBergen Yesss! 👍🏻 2mo
wordslinger42 I love Elizabeth Gaskell! This has been on my list for a while now! 2mo
Tamra So pretty! 2mo
vivastory Beautiful edition! Thanks for the tag!! 2mo
batsy Aaah 😍 Thank you for joining in! (and it's such a fun read, I think you and @LeahBergen will enjoy it) 2mo
Branwen That is gorgeous! 😍 2mo
BarbaraBB Gorgeous cover! Great read too 💕 2mo
LeahBergen @batsy I‘m quite sure I will! 👏🏻 2mo
Moray_Reads I'm so glad it arrived safely. It's one of my favourites, and that cover is just lovely 😍 2mo
gradcat Haricots verts!! So pretty ♥️♥️ (edited) 2mo
Liz_M yay! Anoher Coralie Bickford-Smith cover! 2mo
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I‘m getting some reading in while my kiddos (husband included) play at the indoor trampoline park. I‘m about a third of the way in with this epic fantasy and it‘s really starting to get good!

LeahBergen Oh, fun! 2mo
LauraBeth Sara! Get out there and jump! 2mo
saresmoore @LauraBeth But my brain and my boobs! Ouch! 😂 2mo
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LauraBeth 😂😂 2mo
Tamra @saresmoore so true! Plus there‘s always the bladder.......😂 2mo
Cathythoughts I‘m wondering about this book... look forward to your thoughts 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
Branwen YASSSSS! I am thrilled you are reading this and even more thrilled that you're enjoying it so far! 😀💕📚 2mo
saresmoore @Branwen It‘s so good! I love how she‘s not pulling any punches with killing off characters. Somehow it still catches me off guard every time! 😅 2mo
Branwen @saresmoore Yes! I totally agree! 2mo
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Summer: A Novel | Edith Wharton
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I love her descriptions and the effortless way she propels a story. Every sentence adds beauty and purpose to the narrative.

MicheleinPhilly Glad to “see” you. Hope you‘re all hanging in there! 2mo
saresmoore @MicheleinPhilly Things are surprisingly okay here! No major damage and we still have power! 2mo
MicheleinPhilly 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 2mo
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LauraBeth That‘s beautiful ❤️ 2mo
LeahBergen Glad you‘re safe! I liked this book (and now I feel like reading another Wharton). 2mo
saresmoore @LeahBergen I really like it, too. She‘s a master at tone and pacing. 2mo
Suet624 Glad to hear you‘re safe. 2mo
ReadingEnvy When I googled blue-bottles it shows me blue bottles, literally, and a scary venemous jellyfish with that name. Any idea what she means? A bug? A bird? 2mo
saresmoore @ReadingEnvy I‘ve seen them referenced in other books and I THINK they‘re those big fat sluggish flies. 2mo
Centique @ReadingEnvy I think @saresmoore is right and they‘re a kind of fly. I‘ve heard them called blue-bottle flies by older people round here. ALSO we get the blue bottle jellyfish wash up here on the rare occasion - Not Nice At All 😮 2mo
saresmoore @Centique Ooh, jellyfish give me the heebie jeebies! 😱 2mo
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We‘ve brought in our patio furniture, put batteries in all the flashlights, and battened down the hatches. Elliott is ready for a hurricane readathon!

gradcat Where are you? I‘m really hoping for you guys to be okay....♥️ 3mo
saresmoore @gradcat We are in Wilmington, NC. I‘m not overly concerned about wind damage, but major flooding is a real possibility. Hurricane Florence shut down the whole city for a few weeks last year and people are still recovering. The utter devastation in the Bahamas is what really breaks my heart, though. 3mo
JennyM Thinking of you - stay safe x 3mo
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saresmoore @JennyM Thank you! ♥️ 3mo
TrishB Hope all goes ok ♥️ 3mo
AmyG Hope you are all ok. 3mo
MicheleinPhilly Stay safe, friend! ❤️ 3mo
ForeverReader Stay safe! 3mo
KarenUK Stay safe my lovely. Hope you have a lucky escape like we did in south FL.... thinking of you 💕💨💨💨 3mo
Cinfhen Stay safe 🙏🏻 3mo
JacqMac Good luck! Hopefully, it isn‘t too bad. 3mo
marleed Be safe! ...And well read! 3mo
kspenmoll Hope you are all ok- be safe. 3mo
LauraBeth Stay safe ❤️ Remember to ration the wine! 3mo
Branwen Be safe! Sending love and positive thoughts your way, friend 💕 3mo
Jas16 Stay safe 3mo
GingerAntics Good luck out there!!! Keep us posted as you can. 3mo
Crazeedi Stay safe! 🙏 3mo
batsy Hope you'll all be OK ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
Kalalalatja Hoping for the best! 🤞 3mo
CarolynM Stay safe 3mo
LeahBergen 😬😬 Sending my love!! 😘😘 3mo
Cathythoughts Take care ♥️ 3mo
gradcat @saresmoore The Bahamas—Just utter devastation. I really hope it is devolving & that it‘s grading down for your area. Stay safe and—well, this is just rotten timing—but can I just say that I really love that light fixture? So cool! Okay, in all seriousness, I‘m thinking of you guys ♥️ 3mo
ReadingEnvy I was just reading about Wilmington and scooted over to check in on you. I hope you don't get cut off from other streets like last time!! 3mo
ValerieAndBooks Be safe 💖! 3mo
saresmoore @ReadingEnvy We‘ve only seen the beginning and we‘re already flooded in! We have lots of supplies, though. We‘ll see what‘s in store overnight! 3mo
ReadingEnvy @saresmoore take good care ♥️ 3mo
KarenUK Hope you are doing ok.... thinking of you all, stay safe 💕💨💨 3mo
saresmoore @KarenUK Thank you! So far, we are a-okay. Hoping things stay relatively tame through the night. 3mo
Moray_Reads Glad to hear you were all unscathed this time! 2mo
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Fall | Neal Stephenson
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It looks like my husband and my youngest daughter are in competition for who‘s reading the fattest book. I estimate that neither will finish before the new year. 🙃

LauraBeth They have four months! They can do it! 3mo
vivastory What is the verdict on the Stephenson? I almost picked it up while book shopping this weekend.. 3mo
saresmoore @vivastory I haven‘t read it yet, but from what Bryan describes, I think you‘d like it. 3mo
LeahBergen I think your daughter‘s looks better. 😉 3mo
saresmoore @LeahBergen I agree! This is the fifth in a series and they‘re all fab. There‘s lots of drama and great characters, plus a really intriguing premise. Elliott loves them! 3mo
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Quail Ridge Books | Raleigh, NC (Bookstore)
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We couldn‘t visit a new city without stopping by a bookstore! This one is fabulous—so many good middle grade & children‘s books, as well as plenty of new indies & a great translated selection. The girls each picked out a new book and my husband spoiled me with two. 😊

MicheleinPhilly Why are they so tall???? 😩 3mo
KarenUK Perfect day 👍💕 3mo
Bookzombie Great pic and I love the sign!
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Lcsmcat That‘s one of my favorite local bookstores! 3mo
Branwen So awesome! 💕📚 3mo
sisilia Lovely! 😍 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm 👏😍😘 3mo
Leftcoastzen Cool!❤️ 3mo
LeahBergen Oh, fun!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
batsy 😍😍 3mo
Kalalalatja Wonderful! 3mo
Cathythoughts Bookshop looks good & you are all looking beautiful 3mo
Centique What @Cathythoughts said!😍💕 3mo
saresmoore @MicheleinPhilly I don‘t know!!! It‘s devastating, isn‘t it? Lucy is in full emotional preteen mode and I just can‘t. We talk about hormones and breasts and feminism and crushes and stress all the time now. 😱 3mo
saresmoore @KarenUK It was lovely! We had a really nice trip and returned just in time to start hurricane prep. 🤦‍♀️ I hope you will be safe and spared the worst of it! 3mo
saresmoore @Bookzombie Isn‘t it hilarious? I snorted when I saw it. 3mo
saresmoore @Lcsmcat I was so impressed! I just wandered around in smiling awe for several minutes. 3mo
saresmoore @Branwen @sisilia @erzascarletbookgasm @Leftcoastzen @LeahBergen @batsy @Kalalalatja We had such a nice time! It was a much needed respite and great family bonding. We spent most of our time at the Museum of Natural Sciences learning about women in science & climate change, then wandered past an ugly confederate memorial statue into a lively & colorful African street festival and all of it gave me just a twinge of hope. 3mo
saresmoore @Cathythoughts @Centique Thank you, both! ♥️😘 3mo
ValerieAndBooks Wonderful picture 💖 3mo
LauraBeth What a lovely picture ❤️ Sorry to hear about Lucy‘s pre-teen hormones! 😱 3mo
saresmoore @LauraBeth Life is such an adventure! 3mo
KarenUK @saresmoore we seemed to have dodged a bullet! Thinking of you all, hoping for the same for you guys 💕💕💕💕 3mo
Suet624 Wow! I missed all the excitement and just now seeing this. So nice to see you and the kiddos. 2mo
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The Cactus | Sarah Haywood
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1. I‘m feeling very refreshed by the tagged book, thanks to @MicheleinPhilly & her kickass review! 😘
2. Mini family vacay to Raleigh 🚙
3. Peppermint (seasonal) w/ mini chocolate chips 🍨
4. Flute 🎼 and occasionally a tiny fake violin for my “so bored” children 🙄

BlameJennyJane Yes! The tiny violin... I play that too! Lol. And I LOVE peppermint ice cream too. I‘m not a fan of mint chocolate chip or any other minty ice cream but that stuff is the bomb. (edited) 3mo
MicheleinPhilly So happy you are enjoying it! 😘 3mo
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Cheri | Colette
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Reading this was somehow both indulgent & deeply satisfying. It was in turns lighthearted, unsentimental and emotionally raw. I am impressed by how far ahead of her time Colette was. I felt utterly transported into a view of the world, of Paris, that I‘d never considered. All of the characters are unlikeable and their lives seem truly superfluous, but there is real depth in Léa and Chéri that is only revealed in their relationship with each other.

LeahBergen Oh, yes. 😍😍 3mo
Centique And now I want to read Colette... great review! 3mo
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The Emissary | Y?ko Tawada
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This book is a little gem. I enjoyed everything about it from the strange dystopian premise to the undercurrent of melancholic hope, but especially the characters. The translation is excellent; Mitsutani manages to convey Tawada‘s fascinating ruminations on the nature of language and doesn‘t lose an ounce of the humor that makes the book wholly unique. It‘s just the right combination of weird, sad, and delightful. #witreadathon

batsy That final line—it feels like it's calling to me! Wonderful review 💙 3mo
saresmoore @batsy It is most definitely calling to you! 3mo
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Cheri | Colette
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“We‘ve found each other again, she thought. Like two dogs finding the slipper they‘re in the habit of chewing. How curious. That woman is my enemy and it‘s from her my comfort comes. How bound together we are, she and I.”

An excellent description of frenemies, published in 1920.


rubyslippersreads Gorgeous vintage edition! 😍 3mo
MamaGina Colette was always ahead of her time 🤓 3mo
saresmoore @rubyslippersreads Isn‘t it pretty? It‘s a 1951 edition. My daughter said, “Wow, Mom, that book is more than twice as old as you!” 3mo
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saresmoore @MamaGina So true! 3mo
Lcsmcat I love that edition! 3mo
LeahBergen 😍😍 3mo
Aimeesue Wow! Even naked, that's a pretty cover! Maybe it was a thing in the '50s? I have a copy of The Grapes of Wrath that's got a debossed picture on the cover. 3mo
saresmoore @Aimeesue I think there‘s a good chance! I‘m looking through my vintage books and seeing a lot of debossing in the ‘50‘s. I‘d love to see a photo of your Grapes of Wrath! I have a short story collection of Steinbeck from Viking Press, 1953, but it‘s not very pretty. 3mo
Aimeesue @saresmoore Tagged you in the Grapey pic. 1939 edition, though, not 1950s. 3mo
Leftcoastzen Pretty edition! 3mo
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Cheri | Colette
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And now for something completely different...

This is my second pick for the #WITReadathon, translated from the French by Janet Flanner in 1929.

Chéri, the young & handsome playboy, “son of a tart,” is quite distinct from the 108-year-old, deeply thoughtful Yoshiro in my last read.

merelybookish What a pretty edition! 3mo
saresmoore @merelybookish Isn‘t it? The dust jacket is a bit worse for the wear, but the book is in excellent shape. 3mo
Aimeesue Wow! Pretty! 3mo
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batsy Beautiful edition 😍 3mo
LeahBergen I loved, loved, loved Cheri (and The Last of Cheri). I hope you like them (I‘ll have to check the translator of my edition 🤔). 3mo
saresmoore @LeahBergen You are certainly the reason that I purchased this! It is wonderful so far—effortless and a bit indulgent, but also with hints of melancholy in its honesty. 3mo
saresmoore @Aimeesue @batsy I think I may be hunting down more of these Permanent Library Books in future, though I probably won‘t get them for the original $5 purchase price. 😆 3mo
Aimeesue @saresmoore I've been collecting older Modern Library books. Weirdly, a lot of them still have covers, a bit ragged, but still surprising. But I get to buy them for about the original price because I get them when they the Book Sorting I volunteer for. 😄 Really, i just like them because they're so nicely done- nice size, good paper and bindings, readable print. ❤️ 3mo
saresmoore @Aimeesue Yes! That‘s a really good volunteer gig! I have some of the Modern Library ones as well. Considering some of my brand new books fall apart as I‘m reading them, I think it‘s safe to say they don‘t make ‘em like they used to! 3mo
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The Emissary | Y?ko Tawada
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“Finally, she blushed. Yoshiro felt his chest tighten. He had fallen into that strange hole called love, and didn‘t have the strength to pull himself out again. He surrendered, squatting on the ground, covering his face with his hands.”

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“When the coughing stopped, Mumei would go back to drinking his juice as if nothing had happened. Looking up at Yoshiro, he would ask in surprise, ‘Great-grandpa, are you all right?‘ He didn‘t seem to know what ‘suffering‘ meant; he simply coughed when food wouldn‘t go down, or vomited it back up... (cont.) 👇

saresmoore “...Of course he felt pain, but it was pure pain, unaccompanied by any ‘Why am I the only one who has to suffer like this?‘ sort of lamentations that Yoshiro knew so well. Perhaps this acceptance was a treasure given to the youngest generation. Mumei didn‘t know how to feel sorry for himself.” #witreadathon 3mo
merelybookish Based on the quotes you've posted, this book sounds fascinating! 3mo
saresmoore @merelybookish Honestly, I‘m surprised by how much I‘m enjoying it. It‘s very quirky and non-linear with a depressing premise, but I‘m finding it readable and oddly uplifting. 3mo
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The Emissary | Y?ko Tawada
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“In his youth, Yoshiro had prided himself on always having an answer ready when someone asked him who his favorite composer or designer was, or what kind of wine he preferred. Confident in his good taste, he had poured time and money into surrounding himself with things that would show it off. Now he no longer felt any need to use taste as the bricks and mortar for a structure called ‘individuality.‘”

Hooked_on_books What a fun cover! 3mo
saresmoore @Hooked_on_books It‘s a quirky little book, so I think the cover fits! 3mo
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saresmoore @Lindy I am absolutely loving this book! I‘m so glad you recommended it. 🍞🍊 3mo
Lindy @saresmoore 🥳🥳🥳 3mo
Sapphire That quote really jumped out at me too! I am about 40 pages in... 3mo
saresmoore @Sapphire How are you liking it, so far? 3mo
Sapphire Really liking it. It startles you quite often with one profound thing or another! 2mo
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In Other Words | Jhumpa Lahiri
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I like to have a lot of options, so here are my choices for the Women in Translation Readathon, Aug. 25-31. The tagged book is one I plan to listen to on walks and during chores. I‘m really looking forward to this! Thanks for bringing it to my attention, @merelybookish ! #witreadathon

The NYRBs that are hard to see are: White Walls by Tatyana Tolstaya and Little Reunions by Eileen Chang.

merelybookish So many good choices! (And pretty covers!) I've started listening to the Lahiri and it is beautiful!! (And humbling!) 3mo
saresmoore @merelybookish I‘m looking forward to Lahiri‘s book, but I‘m also a bit intimidated by it! 3mo
AlaMich I loved In Other Words!! She was living my dream life in that book, pulling up stakes and moving to another country just because she had a burning desire to master the language. So envious... 3mo
saresmoore @AlaMich It‘s so incredibly brave! I can‘t imagine, but I appreciate that I will get to live vicariously through her writing. 3mo
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At the end of spring, my life was upended by several insane and devastating circumstances. Since then, I‘ve cultivated peace in my heart and a greater sense of joy and compassion for myself & the people around me. I‘ve also established a number of healthy habits: yoga 3x/wk; run/walk 2 miles/day; I‘m caffeine & alcohol free; meat 3x/wk or less; I‘m prioritizing my own enjoyment daily; most of all, I‘m being present and open with my kids, always.👇

saresmoore These are all rewarding, but there are bigger goals on the horizon. I‘m realizing that life is unpredictable & rich at every moment and I want to savor what‘s in front of me. So I‘m saying it here, first: starting today, for one year, I will only read the fiction that I already own. My focus is on enjoyment and enrichment, so if I read 30 pages of a book and decide it‘s not for me, I‘ll post it on Litsy for someone to claim and send it to them! 3mo
saresmoore A special thanks to so many wonderful Littens who have supported me and reached out with encouragement and love through this tough time. The love in this broken world is so much greater than the pain. ♥️♥️♥️ 3mo
4thhouseontheleft You sound so strong and resilient. 💜💜 It sounds like you‘ve had a tough year, I‘m glad things seem to be getting better. 3mo
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Cinfhen You‘re creating such a rich world for your beautiful girls🙌🏻❤️and we are all fortunate to benefit from your inner strength. Sending love always. Happy to see you reading & posting😘 3mo
saresmoore @4thhouseontheleft Thank you, friend! It‘s been totally crazy, but I KNOW you know what that‘s like. Your personal journey, dedication to your family and self-care, and personal achievements that you share in vulnerability are beautiful and so inspiring. Every post from you is a light at the end of the tunnel. ♥️ 3mo
saresmoore @Cinfhen Thank you, Love! I will take that encouragement from one of the strongest mamas I know. 🥰♥️ 3mo
4thhouseontheleft @saresmoore Such kind words! You just made my day. Thank you. 💖 You are just as inspiring. 😊 3mo
Ashley_Nicoletto Sending so much love. ❤️ The world is hard. I can‘t wait to see how your reading journey changes from here. 3mo
saresmoore @Ashley_Nicoletto Thank you! 🥰 The world really is a dark mess, but it makes the bright spots of human connection sparkle all the more. 3mo
MicheleinPhilly Sending you so much ❤️. I adore you. 3mo
AmyG You have always been such a joy to see on Litsy. I‘m sorry life was hard for you.....as it is for most of us at one point or another. And most of us come out the other side...different, hopefully wiser and a bit stronger. Wishing you and your family only good things and the stregnth to deal with the not so good. 💕 3mo
Redwritinghood So glad to hear you‘re feeling stronger and more at peace now. Hope things continue to improve. 3mo
sisilia Sending hugs 🤗 3mo
saresmoore @MicheleinPhilly Thank you, Michele. The feeling is mutual. 😘♥️ 3mo
saresmoore @AmyG Thank you so much for those kind words & wisdom, Amy. ♥️♥️♥️ 3mo
Cathythoughts ♥️♥️♥️ 3mo
saresmoore @Redwritinghood Thank you, friend! ♥️ 3mo
saresmoore @sisilia Received and right back at you! ♥️🥰 3mo
OnlyYoo Congrats on your sense of well-being! I know that it‘s not easy, especially after hard times. So yay for you! 3mo
marleed Sometimes we really do arrive better into the rest of our lives for experiencing challenges. You are a great example of creating a better you because of a considered life. 3mo
batsy I admire you greatly and you deserve only good things in life, friend. I hope you continue to gain peace of mind ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm Happy to hear things have improved. You‘re so much stronger than you think you are. Glad you‘re keeping in touch with us on Litsy, much ❤️ to you. 3mo
youneverarrived Sounds like you‘re in a more peaceful place now ♥️ sometimes the hard chapters make us grow and change in ways for the better (I know it did for me). Sending lots of love 😘 3mo
Sarah83 So glad you begin to feel better.😘 3mo
LeahBergen I‘m so, SO happy to read this. You‘re such a bad-ass mama and a real inspiration. Love ya, my friend. 😘😘 3mo
MaureenMc 💕💕💕 3mo
saresmoore @OnlyYoo Thank you! ♥️ 3mo
saresmoore @marleed Yes, so true, Marlee. Thank you. ♥️ 3mo
saresmoore @batsy Thank you, Suba. Your friendship and understanding has been a wonderful support through it all. 🥰 3mo
saresmoore @erzascarletbookgasm Thank you, Jessie, and love right back to you! ♥️😘 3mo
saresmoore @youneverarrived Oh, yes! You‘re so right. Even now, I‘m feeling grateful for it all. Thank you, friend! ♥️🥰 3mo
saresmoore @Sarah83 Thank you! Your thoughtful gift in the midst of it was such a lovely reminder of the kindness of friendship. ♥️🥰 3mo
saresmoore @LeahBergen Thank you, lovely! I can‘t tell you how much I appreciate your kindness and empathy through it all. You‘re a true gem and I am grateful for your friendship. ♥️😘 3mo
Tamra I love that you shared this! 3mo
saresmoore @Tamra ♥️ What I appreciate so much about Litsy is that it‘s a place for honesty without condemnation. I never would have thought I‘d be signing on for such rich community when I first joined just to talk about books! 3mo
LauraBeth I think ALL of us here have been blessed by your friendship and are all big fans of yours and are genuinely excited for what is ahead for you. ❤️❤️ “We do not heal the past by dwelling there; we heal the past by living fully in the present.” ~Marianne Williamson 3mo
Tamra @saresmoore that is so true!! 💜 3mo
saresmoore @LauraBeth I have to tell you, it‘s in no small part due to your encouragement and wisdom that I am in this space of healing. I can‘t thank you enough. ♥️ And I love that quote! 3mo
vivastory This post really makes my heart glad. As so many others have said on here you are a true friend & indispensable part of our community & I am excited for what lies ahead for you. 3mo
CarolynM I like your positive approach to life's challenges. All the best to you.❤️ 3mo
Reggie Sorry for the tumultuous times but am glad it is getting better for you. Sending good vibes! 3mo
Moray_Reads Honestly, Sara, you're an inspiration. All these positive changes in response to hardship is such a lesson in how to deal with unexpected challenges. I'm sorry that things have been rough but if anyone can get through it, it's you. Here's to all the good things coming your way from now on 3mo
Christine I hate that you‘ve had to go through so much stuff, but I think you‘re the best. ❤️ 3mo
Centique So much love to you for the hard times you‘ve been through and I hope your world keeps looking brighter. Your changes and commitments sound so positive - Kia kaha my friend 💕💕 3mo
Suet624 I don‘t know what to say except that I‘m so sorry it‘s been so hard for you. I love you so much and wish for more peace, love and hugs for you. Your sweet spirit reverberates through each post and we all feel it and are blessed by it. Please continue to take care of yourself. 3mo
andrew61 Best wishes sara, glad you have found a good pathway forawrds. 3mo
Lindy Dear Sara, I‘m sorry it‘s been hard for you and I am so glad to hear you can see a light ahead. Sending you strength and friendly hugs. 🤗 3mo
ValerieAndBooks Hugs, Sara. So sorry it‘s been a hard time for you lately. Keep taking care 🤟 3mo
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I thought reading this would be enlightening, because the author went through something very similar to one of the hard life events I‘ve been facing recently. But it wasn‘t. The book is jumbled and disorganized, poorly written and under-researched, but most of all, it‘s so damn privileged! This reads like one long, self-aggrandizing vent session with 1,000 healing techniques jammed in and no genuine self-awareness. I can‘t even.

Lindy 😖 3mo
Lindy @saresmoore 😏+🤗 3mo
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LeahBergen 🤮 3mo
GingerAntics Ugh 3mo
britt_brooke Sounds awful. 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm 👎😖 3mo
saresmoore @britt_brooke Every time I picked up the book, it gave me a headache and I tried to power through the chapter as quickly as possible. Hmm, wonder what emotions my body was reacting to there. 🤔🙄 3mo
Moray_Reads Ugh, sounds awful 3mo
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This book was rec‘d to me by my therapist in our first session. 😅 I didn‘t love it, but gained some good perspective. The practical tips and change sheets were ridiculous and things I‘ve already been doing for years as a self-aware person, but I think this serves as a good primer on emotional neglect. I enjoyed the “For Therapists” section the most and instantly saw why my MFT was so quick to recognize emotional neglect in me!

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This is a wonderful book. I gleaned (and will continue to revisit) so much wisdom from Pema Chödrön. Her approach is distinctly Buddhist, but no prior knowledge or adherence is required to understand and practice the principles set forth. Chödrön‘s writing is accessible, relatable, and pithy. I read this over the course of about a month and, each day, it was a balm for my weary soul. I‘m sure I will reread this many times.

Cathythoughts She is very good ! I like her too 3mo
saresmoore @Cathythoughts I love her compassionate & accessible approach. There are other teachers I‘ve come across who seem so distant and self-absorbed (ironically), but Pema is a lot like a wise, loving friend. 3mo
batsy This sounds wonderful and necessary. I've been meaning to read her for so long. I'm glad it was a balm for you 💜 3mo
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saresmoore @batsy I think you would really appreciate it. I‘ve read so much in this genre lately, but this one is far and away the most beneficial. 3mo
Bookwomble @saresmoore Thank you for the recommendation 💗 3mo
TheReadingMermaid I loved this book so much! Have you read her second book in the series yet? It is just as wonderful ❤️ 3mo
saresmoore @TheReadingMermaid I haven‘t, but certainly will! Thank you! 3mo
Suet624 I‘m so glad Pema was there for you. 3mo
ReadingEnvy This is one of my go tos in difficult times. 3mo
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Black Wings Has My Angel | Elliott Chaze
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This was another totally distinct selection for the #NYRBBookClub. I really enjoyed this one! The story unwinds on itself in a masterful way and Chaze strikes just the right balance between gory and prudish. The main character is oddly relatable, even endearing, and serves as the perfect vehicle for the bizarre and unpredictable story. The tone is both light-hearted and ominous—it doesn‘t take itself too seriously, but there is some serious depth.

mklong Great review! I‘ve only just started, but I‘m really enjoying it so far 3mo
batsy I've only just started as well and liking it so far. Going from Hurston's rich, detailed prose to Chase's spare, economical style is really interesting and fun. The noir inflections are so enjoyable. Nice review 💜 3mo
saresmoore @mklong Thank you! I‘m not used to the genre, but I really liked it. 3mo
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saresmoore @batsy Thank you! And yes to the noir inflections—perfect way of phrasing it. I can still hear Tim Sunblade in my head, just so. 3mo
merelybookish I really liked this one too! 3mo
vivastory Stellar review, as always! I just started this one today & I'm enjoying it immensely. Looking forward to the discussion. 3mo
LeahBergen I just started it this evening! 👍🏻 3mo
Suet624 I so enjoyed this one. 3mo
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I have been reading SO MUCH self-help/psychology/wellness lately and it has been essential, but I‘m glad to be bringing more fiction back into my life. I‘m loving both the #NYRBBookClub pick for the month and the tagged book, on recommendation from @LauraBeth —the two couldn‘t be more different!

LauraBeth I hope you enjoy it! ❤️ 3mo
TrishB Tagged book sounds good - still expensive here so I‘m waiting for an offer. 3mo
TobeyTheScavengerMonk The Artist‘s Way was one of my college textbooks! For my Music for Elementary Ed. class. I initially scoffed at its granola vibe, but it ended up really putting me in a good mental place and by the end of the semester I loved it. 3mo
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saresmoore @TrishB It‘s a fun read; will be nice when you need a change of pace sometime. 3mo
saresmoore @TobeyTheScavengerMonk I have low tolerance for books like this, usually, but it was calling my name. I‘m glad to hear it‘s a good one! 3mo
LeahBergen I‘ll be getting to the latest #NYRBBookClub pick myself this week! 👍🏻 3mo
ValerieAndBooks It‘s fine to go through a self-help period for a while 💖— I was there not too long ago ( shortly after my dad passed) . You all are influencing my dreams— last night I dreamed I was shopping for nyrb books and ofc promptly forgot which ones I bought when I woke up 😂 3mo
saresmoore @ValerieAndBooks I love it when Litsy influences my dreams! That sounds like a good one, but certainly a disappointment on waking. 😅 3mo
Cinfhen @MicheleinPhilly just bought the tagged book on our shopping outing the other day!!! It looks really good but I was trying very hard to avoid all hardcover books ( darn weight restrictions) 3mo
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Les Misrables | Victor Hugo
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1. Outdoor! I would always rather be outside with a book or a notebook.
2. Spindrift; Pu‘erh tea (thanks to a book)
3. Paris
4. Teal
5. Nope! 😂 Red. 🤷‍♀️

SamanthaMarie Oooo Spindrift yes!!!! How did I forget that??? We drink Spindrift daily in our house. That's a good one :) 3mo
saresmoore @SamanthaMarie Same here! La Croix and the like give me headaches, but Spindrift is just delightful! 3mo
SamanthaMarie @saresmoore Oh my gosh, me too!! I mean not the unflavored one but all of the flavored ones do. That is so weird. I've never met anyone else who has the same experience. I have other food allergies too, do you? 3mo
saresmoore @SamanthaMarie Just dairy and a mild sensitivity to nightshades (which is a bummer, because I love them all). How about you? 3mo
LeahBergen I don‘t know what Spindrift is but I‘m a big pu‘erh fan! 3mo
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A King Alone | Jean Giono
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IN MY DEFENSE, I ordered all three of September‘s options second-hand from indie bookshops. Also in my defense, @youneverarrived has really great taste and #NYRBBookClub is the best. ♥️😅🥰

ValerieAndBooks Nice haul!! But it appears as if you were being watched as you took the picture 😄 (edited) 3mo
vivastory When it comes to NYRB, no explanation is needed. Well-done! 👏 3mo
saresmoore @ValerieAndBooks Creepy, isn‘t it? Watched by my dad‘s perfectly WASPy family from the ‘70‘s... 3mo
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youneverarrived I love it 🖤 the cover for A King Alone is beautiful. 3mo
Suet624 Good for you! Enjoy. 3mo
saresmoore @Suet624 Thank you! ♥️ 3mo
emilyhaldi No defense necessary!!!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
BarbaraBB We from your #NYRBBookClub completely understand 😉😍 3mo
GatheringBooks awesome!! 3mo
ReadingEnvy Where does #NYRBbookclub live? 3mo
saresmoore @ReadingEnvy It was @vivastory ‘s brainchild & it‘s all on Litsy. From the group of initial members, we are each assigned a month to submit three selections and all the members vote. Anyone can join in the readalong and discussion for what‘s chosen each month. 3mo
ReadingEnvy That's amazing! 3mo
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Night and Day | Virginia Woolf
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I bought myself a couple of presents at the bookstore. I guess I‘m just feeling the Woolf & Dickens vibes, these days.

JennyM That is a very beautiful Woolf ❤️ 4mo
Leftcoastzen Lovely! 4mo
merelybookish Gorgeous cover! 4mo
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Moray_Reads What a beautiful edition! Have you read it before? 4mo
saresmoore @Moray_Reads I haven‘t, but I‘m really looking forward to it! I‘m assuming you‘ve read it? 4mo
Moray_Reads @saresmoore I think it was the first Woolf I read. Less modernist than her later stuff but still exquisitely written 4mo
OnlyYoo I loved Bleak House. Possible my favorite Dickens so far! 4mo
batsy That Woolf 😍 Bleak House is still tbr for me, I had grand plans to read it for #litsyclassics last year but, well, 😆 4mo
emilyhaldi One gorgeous and one chunkster - a good combo! 🙌🏻 Happy to see you back on Litsy, you‘ve been missed!! 4mo
Centique @OnlyYoo Bleak House is my favourite Dickens so far too 😊 Enjoy Sara! 4mo
saresmoore @emilyhaldi ♥️♥️♥️ 4mo
saresmoore @OnlyYoo @Centique @AnneCecilie That‘s very encouraging to hear! 4mo
saresmoore @batsy I‘m honestly impressed that you can remember what was on your list for #litsyclassics! You know I‘d be up for a buddy read, but you probably also have deduced that I‘m a notoriously flaky buddy reader... 😬🤷‍♀️ 4mo
batsy @saresmoore I'm game if you are! Perhaps later in the year? 😁 #flakybuddyreadersunite 4mo
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Big Sky | Kate Atkinson
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Dynamic and lovable characters, riveting storytelling, humor and gravity in one breath—Kate Atkinson never ceases to amaze me. This is the 5th in a series following the same unrealistic-but-wonderful MC, Jackson Brodie. The voices of the women in Jackson‘s head have reached a fever pitch in this volume & Atkinson has ramped up the feminist and political themes. Even the subject matter is more raw and brutal (& honest) than ever. I loved it.

TrishB A great read from a wonderful author 👍🏻 4mo
cariashley I can‘t wait to read this!! 4mo
Cathythoughts Loved it too ♥️ 4mo
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Lindy I‘m excited about reading this! 4mo
JennyM Great review - looking forward to reading this 4mo
saresmoore @Lindy @JennyM @cariashley She takes on the issue of human trafficking—one that is very close to my heart—so it was a genuinely tough read at times, but deftly treated and with plenty of satisfying justice & vengeance (with a dose of compassion!) for the bad guys. (edited) 4mo
Lindy @saresmoore 👍👍👍 4mo
1345 Nice 4mo
LeahBergen Eeee! I can‘t wait to get to this one! 👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
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Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle | Emily Nagoski, PhD, Amelia Nagoski, DMA
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I finally finished reading this and I‘m so glad I did. This is a highly applicable, science-based, progressive, and confident look at the effects of the patriarchy on women. When I started reading this, it was overwhelming because I was under more oppression than I could have possibly realized, but because of that the timing was perfect and now I‘ve finished the book with acceptance and hope for the future. I‘m grateful for how it turned out.

kspenmoll Even your review sounds hopeful. 4mo
TrishB Sounds like a good book, I‘m glad it helped ❤️ 4mo
Lindy 🌻🌻🌻 4mo
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Christine ❤️ 4mo
Suet624 Much love to you, Sara. 4mo
saresmoore @Suet624 Thank you, Sue. I can‘t tell you how much I appreciate your words of encouragement and that very apt card. The image instantly spoke right to the core of me. ♥️♥️♥️ 4mo
Suet624 I‘m so glad. 4mo
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The Novel Cure: An A to Z of Literary Remedies | Ella Berthoud, Susan Elderkin
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Ooh, such a sweet & lovely parcel arrived in my mailbox today! Thank you so much, dear Sarah! Your generosity warms my heart and I‘m so looking forward to reading both of the books. ♥️♥️♥️

Sarah83 So happy it arrived safely. 🤩 Hope you enjoy it. 😘 4mo
batsy How lovely! I'd love to know your thoughts on The Novel Cure. 4mo
JennyM How are you lovely Sara? Hope you are doing ok and things have started to settle. Miss seeing you on here x 4mo
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saresmoore @JennyM Oh, you are so sweet to check in! Nothing is settled, but I am leaning into the uncertainty & suffering, making hard choices, and moving forward. I‘m hopeful that I‘ll be able to get back to reading and Litsy soon! ♥️♥️♥️ 4mo
Cinfhen Just checking in♥️Hope you and the girls are doing well xx 4mo
Christine Joining the chorus of those thinking about and missing you here! Continued good wishes heading your way! ❤️ 4mo
TrishB Sending hugs ❤️ and anything else that may help! 4mo
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Electric Literature | Patrick DeWitt, Rick Moody, Aimee Bender
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I can‘t put my finger on why, exactly, but this quick read spoke to my soul this morning.

“Time drove down the street in her vintage Volkswagen Beetle, her best friend Gravity in the passenger seat. The top was down even though it was January. Their hair slapped their cheeks and got caught in the corners of their mouths and pulled against their scalps.”


MicheleinPhilly 👋🏼👋🏼👋🏼Nice to see you. 4mo
LauraBeth I don‘t know why but this strangely reminds me of Denis Johnson. 4mo
LeahBergen I think Gravity has been following me around lately. 😆 4mo
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saresmoore @LauraBeth Might be why I like it so much! I taste just a touch of some Neil Gaiman mythos flavor in there, too. 4mo
saresmoore @LeahBergen Amen, sister! She‘s a real bitch. 4mo
Suet624 @LauraBeth Jeepers! Really? I wish the one book I read of his had even an iota of this in it. 😀 4mo
Suet624 Howdy Ms. Sara! So nice to see you! 4mo
LauraBeth @Suet624 😂 I think I have a tendency to see some of my favorite writing in everything I read! 4mo
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After Claude | Iris Owens
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I‘m about halfway through this month‘s pick for #NYRBBookClub.

I‘m not saying that I want the first-person narrator, Harriet to come to a bitter end...but I‘m not NOT saying that, either. 😬

Her scathing critique of everyone and everything is hilarious in its flippancy, but it‘s also exhausting in its ubiquity. To Harriet, the only person who deserves any grace is herself, and even she doesn‘t get off scot-free.

Theaelizabet I‘m about halfway through, too, and would say that‘s a nice summation. 5mo
merelybookish 😆 5mo
vivastory She makes Cassandra look pretty chipper 5mo
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saresmoore @vivastory So true! I miss Cassandra. 5mo
MicheleinPhilly Harriet's an asshole. 5mo
saresmoore @MicheleinPhilly Yeah, that pretty much sums it up. 5mo
emilyhaldi Lol @MicheleinPhilly ...wondering if I‘m the only one that looks back on Harriet with fondness a week after finishing the book? 🤔😂 5mo
LeahBergen OMG. Isn‘t she EXHAUSTING? 😆😆 5mo
Suet624 @emilyhaldi I wouldn‘t want her as a friend, but I‘m quite fond of her as well. 5mo
mklong I‘m with @vivastory she made me miss Cassandra! 5mo
BarbaraBB @saresmoore @mklong @vivastory I was just mentioning Cassandra in another post about Harriet. It is such a coincidence that our two mc‘s are so, well, outspoken. I do miss Harriet a bit too @emilyhaldi but I miss Cassandra more. I keep wondering where she‘ll be now! Also @MicheleinPhilly 😂 5mo
LeahBergen I sent you a message on Goodreads a few days ago (nothing of importance but just so you know 😘). 5mo
BooksForEmpathy Thinking about you! Email me when you can. 5mo
Cinfhen Hi....I‘m thinking about you....hope all is well xx 5mo
Branwen Miss you, friend. 💕 Thinking of you and hope all is well. 4mo
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Ballet Shoes | Noel Streatfeild
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I can‘t thank you enough for these two beautiful books, my friend. They are lovely and comforting—exactly what I need right now—and both are new to me, too! ♥️♥️♥️

BiblioLitten They are so pretty! 😍 5mo
batsy I'm so glad they've arrived! You are so welcome and I hope it provides some joy and comfort ❤️❤️😘 5mo
Redwritinghood Those are so pretty! 5mo
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LeahBergen Ohhh! I just read (and thoroughly enjoyed) Frost in May and Ballet Shoes is one of my FAVES. 💕💕 Good job, @batsy ! 5mo
Cathythoughts These look beautiful ✨✨ 5mo
valeriegeary The covers! 😍😍😍 5mo
batsy @LeahBergen Chiming in with more Ballet Shoes love ❤️❤️ Frost in May is on my TBR 🙂 5mo
readordierachel How lovely ❤ 5mo
Centique Oh my! So very beautiful 😍 5mo
rubyslippersreads @batsy @LeahBergen @saresmoore These are both on my TBR list. 😊 5mo
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There are so many incredibly difficult life things that have happened in the past three months, I couldn‘t list them even if I wanted to. But, I‘m filled with hope. I‘ve been seeing a wonderful therapist and learning to stay open & present to whatever comes.

I can‘t express how much gratitude I have for this Litsy community and the unequivocal support and encouragement I‘ve received. Thank you, friends!

vivastory I'm sorry to hear that life is difficult right now. Hopefully things will turn around soon. In the meantime there's Murderbot. 5mo
Christine So sorry that life has been throwing you what sounds like more than your share of curveballs. You are such a wonderful presence on Litsy (and off, I‘m sure :). I‘ll be sending good energy your way. ❤️ 5mo
Slajaunie Life tends to do that from time to time. Keep moving forward. Difficult times make us stronger when we come out the other side. 💙💙💙 5mo
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Jas16 💜 5mo
Cathythoughts Take care ! All will be well ♥️ 5mo
readordierachel Sorry life has been hard. Glad to hear you're hopeful and have some useful tools and books lined up. Take care of yourself ❤ 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm Hugs to you and take care. Sending positive vibes. 💕 5mo
batsy Sending you love and strength ❤️❤️ 5mo
Kalalalatja Take care, and sending all the good vibes 💕 5mo
Daisey Sending positive thoughts your way! 💕 5mo
MicheleinPhilly ❤️❤️❤️ 5mo
LeahBergen I‘m sorry to hear this, Sara. Sending lots of love. 💕💕💕💕 5mo
andrew61 Best wishes sara, take care. 5mo
sprainedbrain ❤️❤️❤️ 5mo
JennyM Sending all the love to you. ♥️ 5mo
MaureenMc 💕💕💕 Take care! 5mo
Suet624 I‘m so sorry. Glad you‘ve found someone to help you through this. 💕 5mo
rohit-sawant I'm sorry to hear. Sending you much love and positivity 💕 5mo
rubyslippersreads Sending ❤️❤️❤️ 5mo
Notafraidofwords Sending love. Please reach out if you need an ear. I‘m available. 5mo
BiblioLitten 💕 Sending all the positive vibe that I could muster. 😊 (edited) 5mo
Branwen Always here for you, friend 💕 If you need someone to talk to or a shoulder to lean on, I'm here. 💕 5mo
UwannaPublishme Just saw this. Take good care. Sending healing hugs and love. 💕💕💕 5mo
Moray_Reads So sorry things are tough, lovely person. I hope they're getting better ❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
saresmoore @Moray_Reads Thank you, sweet friend. Things are not better yet, but I‘m hopeful that they will be in time. I‘ve had to face many hard truths and make some very tough decisions, but I am taking it one day at a time and letting my top priorities (mostly my children, obvs) take precedence. 4mo
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