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Joined November 2016

Artist • Friend • Poet • Reader • Queer • Ravenclaw
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I really enjoyed this book. I would describe the storytelling as a book with a plot on at a slow simmer. It took its time getting to the end, but I loved that about it.

Pic because #LitsyHumor

Avanders 😆😆 2w
Tamra OMG perfection! 2w
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This book bothered me. I have an issue with the way that intense poems about people being brutally tortured were tossed in with the other poems. They didn‘t go together, and the book seemed shoddily edited because they forced their way in. I found those poems incredibly disturbing, and I wouldn‘t have chosen to read this book had I known they‘d be in it.

Regarding the photo: possible April Fool‘s joke for my fave librarians?

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Another very enjoyable Mary Oliver book. I love her so much. 🌲 🌙 🌸 ✨

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A Moveable Feast | Ernest Hemingway
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I have to admit that it was worth reading this book to read the bit where EH wrote that he used to leave his son Bumby alone in a crib when he was a baby, with only the cat to babysit him. He wrote that this was how it was done in Paris at the time, and I admit that I howled with laughter. Poor Bumby. 😂

Kristy_K Gorgeous photo! Where is it? 1mo
slategreyskies @Kristy_K It‘s in southwestern Virginia. Sometimes I drive that way when I need to clear my head. I‘ll park by the side of the road there and look at the mountain for a while. It helps me feel at peace. 1mo
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I enjoyed this. I didn‘t expect that I‘d get so much out of reading someone else‘s journal, but I found this book to be quite rewarding. The photo is of the pumpkin tree I have in my living room. 🎃

BookNAround I really, really like May Sarton. 1mo
slategreyskies @BookNAround I do too. I‘ve only recently discovered her, but I keep wanting to curl up and spend time with her. I savor her words. It took me weeks to read this journal, since I didn‘t want it to end. 1mo
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Oh god, Mary—- you‘ve done it again. Your poems nourish me. I wish I could thank you for writing them.

Highly recommended! 5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️!! #poetry

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This book focuses on the process of organization as an essential part of an artist‘s creative process. There isn‘t a lot of text, but there are lots and lots of photos of the workplaces of different artists to use as jumping off points for designing your own creative space. Fun read! :)

Avanders Oooh 😍 2mo
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Off the Chart | Molly O'Dell, O'Dell
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I picked this book up at the library earlier today. It was back in the stacks in the poetry section. When I saw that Molly O‘Dell is a local poet, I decided to check out her book. I didn‘t know what to expect when I read this, but I found myself drawn into the stories she tells in each of her poems. #poetry

slategreyskies Many of the stories were of what she‘d seen of her patients‘ lives while on house calls over the years as she practiced medicine in southwestern Virginia, but there were a few poems that told of her own life. Overall, I feel like I gained a sense of her compassion for her patients, of her kindness and also of her determination to treat all of her patients with respect 2mo
slategreyskies The book notes that some names were changed, but I did question whether or not simply changing a name would be enough to allow some of her patients their anonymity, since some of the poems had such specific details in them along with the names. Don‘t read the placenta poem. That should have been left out. It was gross and offered nothing of value. Overall, 4/5. Well done. 2mo
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Walking on the Ceiling | Aysegl Savas
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I liked the way this book was structured with story lines from three different cities/times woven together. It was well written, and I enjoyed reading it, but I wouldn‘t say that it was altogether satisfying reading. I wished that I could have rewritten parts of it so that Nunu didn‘t withdraw into herself or so that she had a more enjoyable and fulfilling life. It was a good book, but it‘s not a feel-good book. For those who savor introspection.

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Evenings and Avenues | Stuart Dischell
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Evening by Stuart Dischell. It‘s one of the poems in the tagged book. I think it fits for both the #walk and the #life prompts. @TheSpineView

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I just finished the second of these poetry anthologies, but I didn‘t see the second one listed here, so I tagged this one instead. I listened to the audio version and really enjoyed it. I knew most of the poems, but there were a few new ones. All in all, an enjoyable listen! #audiobook #poetry

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This is a very strong poetry collection. However, don‘t read it if you‘re triggered by rape, violence, drugs or eating disorders. It is extremely intense, but very well written. I liked it, but I will never reread it. #poetry

TrishB Stacked for now 👍🏻 3mo
slategreyskies @TrishB if you can handle intense subject matter, this book really is very good. It triggered me quite badly, but I‘ll admit that, had the writing been less fierce and strong, I wouldn‘t have had such an intense reaction. She is a really good poet. 3mo
TrishB I like it when I feel strong enough - if I‘m having a bad day I wouldn‘t read. But I read a lot of poetry so like looking for new stuff. I stacked because it‘s expensive on amazon and I wanted to remind myself to have a look around first! 3mo
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84 Charing Cross Road | Helene Hanff
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Oh, happy day!! I think I‘ll celebrate by picking up a book or two off my wish list! How about you? Need a reason to buy a book? Now you‘ve got one! #nothanksnecessary #booklife #readersgonnaread #99problemsbutabooksnotone

RealBooks4ever 💜💜💜 3mo
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This book infuriated me! It wasn‘t the story line or the setting or the characters that bothered me. I quite liked most of those. It was the terrible editing job that had me ranting & cursing & almost not completing the book. Why any editor anywhere would push a book through with such gratuitous & graphic descriptions of violence is beyond me. They could have cut 50 pages by not describing torture/rape in minute detail. #unpopularopinion

Birdsong28 I can agree with you on that as sometimes when she describes anything it can go on for a long time. 📚📖 3mo
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The reasons why I ended up loving this book as well as the reasons why so much of it was hard for me to read are one and the same—- these characters reminded me so much of myself. This book hurt to read in places. I wanted to climb into their world and help them be kinder to themselves. Because it was so uncomfortable in places, I wasn‘t certain how I felt about it once I‘d finished it. In the end, the characters came alive for me. They felt real.

slategreyskies Because they felt like living and breathing people and because I felt like I knew them closely after reading their stories, I have no hesitation in recommending this book. I think it‘s a strong start to this series. 4mo
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I'll Give You the Sun | Jandy Nelson
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This book was luminous and inspiring, passionate and wild and so incredible. Highly recommended!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️!!

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I received this book from my husband for my birthday. Since I have a fierce #bookhangover from reading The Girl He Used to Know, I think I may flip through this instead of starting another work of fiction. #thestruggleisreal :)

The photo is from an art gallery I went to this week. I forgot to make note of the painter‘s name before I left the museum.

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The Girl He Used to Know | Tracey Garvis Graves
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I finished reading this today. TGG did an exceptional job of writing a female character on the spectrum. I recognized myself in Annika many times. I even told my husband that reading this book was like having a mirror held up to me. TGG wrote Annika‘s character with kindness and compassion and with what seemed to me to be a deep understanding of both the challenges and the quirks of life on the spectrum. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️!!!

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This book was a lot of fun! The humor in it was right in line with the sorts of things that I find funny, which meant I laughed and laughed. I listened to the audiobook and thought the narrator did a great job. The photo is of a library a couple towns over. I found this audiobook on #hoopla .

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I read this in one big gulp. It is definitely a feel-good book. Just the pick-me-up I needed this morning! :)

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Dance Me to the End of Love | Linda Sunshine, Leonard Cohen, Henri Matisse
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My husband got me this for Valentine‘s Day. I just finished reading it today. Now I need to put on some Leonard Cohen and relax! 💚💙💜!!

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OMG I thought I was going to hurt myself laughing while reading this! I‘m so glad I didn‘t finish reading it inside the library, because I was howling with laughter, and they‘d have likely asked me to leave. My favorite section was the one on Emily Dickinson, and my least favorites were the Daisy Miller ones. The Edgar Allan Poe one was hilarious as well. If you aren‘t well versed on these writings, do a quick Google search for the backstory.

slategreyskies (cont.) That way, you‘ll get most of the jokes, and the book will be much funnier. :) 6mo
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I was impressed with this book. I‘ll definitely be seeking out more of Nikki Giovanni‘s work. #poetry

OrangeMooseReads I love Nikki Giovanni 6mo
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I read Goodnight Moon to my boys many times over the years, so I laughed when I saw this techie parody of it. So much fun! :)

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I liked this book a lot. I like Billy Collins. I‘m seriously considering writing a poem or two inspired by some of the ones in this book. I think it would be cool to mail a poem to Billy Collins that I‘d written simply because his poetry inspired me. I wonder which address I‘d mail it to. There must be someone who‘d forward a poem to him, right?

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I read this today while sitting at a little table in our library‘s cafe/coffee shop. I like Billy Collins‘ poetry quite a bit. One of the things I enjoy about it is how he‘ll add comments written directly to the reader in some of his poems. I know he doesn‘t know that I‘m holding his book in my hands and reading what he‘s written, but it always feels a little bit like he does, and I like that. :) #poetry

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1. Phoebe & Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson
2. We went to the local ice cream parlor for dessert on Mother‘s Day. That was really simple and so awesome. Mother‘s Day is usually a really hard day for me, but this year was good. Just me & my husband & our two sons. So, so nice.
3. Chinese.
4. Yes. I think somewhere around 10. Maybe as many as 15, but I don‘t think more than that.
5. 💕!! #FRIYAYINTRO

BarbaraTheBibliophage Phoebe and Marigold! 👊🏻 6mo
slategreyskies @BarbaraTheBibliophage Yes! I love the two of them! :) 6mo
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I laughed so many times while reading this. This book really was a lot of fun. Mostly lighthearted Billy Collins. Fun observations and (whether intentional or not) some quite hilarious bits. #poetry

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The Year of Blue Water | Carl Phillips, Yanyi
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I read this book in one day. I saw myself in so many of the pages. I didn‘t know all of those things about who I am. I felt like this book helped me discover a piece of myself. #poetry

slategreyskies Also, just to add—- this book is tagged wrong. It‘s written by Yanyi, not Carl Phillips. CP just does the intro. 6mo
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The Seas: A Novel | Samantha Hunt
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Wow—- I‘m extremely impressed! This book was amazing! It‘s very rare that, even while reading a book, I know that I‘ll return to it again and again, but this is one such book. It was incredibly well written, and the writing style was so unique and interesting that I kept exclaiming to myself in delight. Definitely a new favorite of mine! Magical realism meets the stuff of legends and fairy tales. Highly recommended! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️!!

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Marge Piercy‘s poetry never disappoints. She writes earthy, raw, large and colorful poems. She‘s strong and fierce and funny. I very much enjoyed this book of poems. Highly recommended!

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I really enjoy these characters! So much fun!! 🦄 💕!!

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Blue Horses: Poems | Mary Oliver
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Another solid collection of poems by Mary Oliver. I really enjoy her writing so much. Highly recommended! #poetry

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I really enjoyed this book. I read most of the poems in it several times, letting the lines sink in before I moved to the next one. I really like his style. The phrase I‘ll remember most is from “Poetry Workshop Held in a Former Cigar Factory in Key West.” It is this—- “3 flawless poems in a lifetime if you‘re lucky—“ Would that I were that lucky indeed!!

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Phoebe and Her Unicorn | Dana Simpson
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I‘d been having a blue day today, but reading this book made me laugh so many times. A definite pick-me-up. The humor in this isn‘t all sunshine and daisies. It‘s snarky at times and sarcastic at others. So much fun! 💕!!

Dragon 💕🦄 7mo
RealBooks4ever Just found Unicorn Pop-tarts at the store! In Sparkle-ishious cherry flavor! With pics of a unicorn on them! My daughter and I simply gushed over them. That's all. That's my story of the day... 🦄 7mo
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Dog Songs | Mary Oliver
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I really enjoyed this book of Mary Oliver‘s poems plus one essay. The essay was originally published as part of her book titled Long Life. I have to admit that, as much as I enjoyed the poems, the essay was my favorite part. Recommended for lovers of both poetry and of dogs! #poetry #dogsoflitsy #doglovers

slategreyskies @wanderinglynn You were right about this book! It was so so good!! :) 7mo
wanderinglynn 👍🏻 so glad you enjoyed it! 😀 7mo
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Felicity: Poems | Mary Oliver
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I really enjoyed this book. It‘s a very quick read, as much of the book has type on only one side of the page, with the reverse being blank. It‘s divided into two main sections. The second section is a grouping of simple and sweet love poems. They really made me smile. 4/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️!! #poetry

monalyisha I love this one so much. 💕 7mo
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Hands down, this is the best poetry book I‘ve read in years. I‘m incredibly impressed. I only wish I had read her poetry earlier. She has so much depth and wisdom, and there‘s a quietness in these poems that both calms and inspires me. Highly recommended! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️!!! #poetry

wanderinglynn If you liked her poetry & love dogs, I recommend her 8mo
slategreyskies @wanderinglynn I actually just drove to one of our county‘s library branches that I‘d never been to before just so I could check out that book. I got that one and also Felicity. I‘m excited that you liked that one. I expect to read it this weekend! :) 8mo
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This book is a good jumping off point if you‘re new to bullet journaling. Don‘t skip the intro! The intro is where I found the most useful information regarding how to do the initial set-up.

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The Fifth Season | N. K. Jemisin
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I‘m #audiocoloring this morning. It‘s a grey day here today, and my mood is just as grey. At least losing myself in a book is helping me to not sit around moping.

Suet624 Beautiful! 8mo
tammysue Pretty! 8mo
RealBooks4ever So cool! 💜 7mo
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I‘m definitely going to have a book hangover from this one. I was completely absorbed. I‘m still finding it difficult to come back into the world around me. This one was very well done. Highly recommended! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️!!

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There is no immortality that is not built on friendship and work done with care.

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Good Morning, Litsy!!

I‘m having breakfast while listening to this #audiobook —-

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Everyday Aspergers | Samantha Craft
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I‘ve been reading this book & making lots of notes in the margins. I can see myself in a lot of these entries.

RealBooks4ever 💜💜💜 9mo
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Lady of Sherwood | Jennifer Roberson
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The ebook version of this is on sale today. I remembered a post on Litsy about Maid Marian and decided to post this in case you‘re interested in picking up a copy while it‘s on sale! :)

Sweetkokoro Oh thank you so much for letting me know, I will have to grab this one as I haven‘t read it yet! 9mo
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You're All My Favorites | Sam McBratney
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—- Margaret Atwood
—- Haruki Murakami
—- Neil Gaiman
—- Mary Oliver
—- Pablo Neruda

Suet624 What a wonderful list.... 9mo
britt_brooke Fantastic!! 💚 9mo
Julsmarshall Great list! 9mo
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I just started this book this morning. I‘ve heard it‘s good, so I‘m looking forward to getting into it. :)

britt_brooke I adored this one. Hope you enjoy! 9mo
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If you love Emily Dickinson, you NEED a copy of this book. This book is the definitive text for her poems. It is the only version available that is true to her spelling, punctuation and capitalization. If you already have a copy of her complete poems, check to see if you‘ve got the version edited by Thomas Johnson. If so, you need to pick up a copy of this version. TJ heavily edited her poems and didn‘t respect her style. Franklin does neither.

slategreyskies This volume contains 1789 poems. Also, RW Franklin is (as mentioned on the back of the book) the foremost scholar of Dickinson‘s manuscripts. Pick up a copy of this book! I promise you‘ll love it as much as I do!! ❤️!! 9mo
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84, Charing Cross Road | Helene Hanff, Frank Doel, Marks & Co
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This was easily the funniest book that I‘ve read in quite some time! I found that, over the course of reading the letters in it, I came to feel like I knew each of the people writing them. If you enjoy epistolary books, put this one at the top of your reading list. Highly recommended!!

Laura317 It‘s such a charming book! It makes me want to write even more letters, too. I wish I‘d read it before I went to London. 9mo
squirrelbrain I loved it! I devoured it in one sitting... 9mo
kgriffith Sold! 9mo
readordierachel Yes! Lovely book 9mo
ApplesandSpindles I LOVED book! And the movie was sweet too. 9mo
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Kafka on the Shore | Haruki Murakami
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This book was exceptional. I particularly enjoyed the depth of character development. Murakami didn‘t rush through the plot. He allowed each character to have a rich inner monologue that I found incredibly refreshing. I took my time reading this book, and even though it was long, I could have read a hundred more pages and still not been bored by it.

One word of caution: there is an incredibly violent scene in this book involving animal brutality.