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I‘ve been trying to figure out what kind of romance reader I am. Answer: THIS KIND. This book is perfect, even better than the first in the series. Who would have known this archaeologist, obsessed with all things historical, would find her jam in contemporary romance? Time to go read Alisha Rai‘s entire back catalog!!! I NEED MORE NOW. #romantsy

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What Happened | Hillary Rodham Clinton
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I‘ll never really be ready to listen to this, but it‘s time #imstillwithher

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I just did this as well!👍 2y
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Unfamiliar Fishes | Sarah Vowell
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Hanging in my new personal book nook while baby naps!

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Baby girl is 6.5 months old, and I finally got 2 hours to myself. She spent some time with dad while I retreated to B & N, got myself lunch, a gorgeous new journal, and the romance everyone seems to be talking about. After 10 years of being glued to my computer for dissertation work, and a serious love of my Kindle, I‘m starting to miss paper. Anyone else a lover of mass-market paperbacks?? #romantsy

Dogearedcopy Yes! I stash MM pbs in my car and in the pockets of certain coats! Also, there is something just right about reading a romance or spy thriller in mass market size! 🙂 2y
triskeleseeker @Dogearedcopy yay! So glad I‘m not the only one. I think they‘re my favorite format... 2y
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Origin | Dan Brown
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Even with our 6.5 month old, experimental vacation has been a relative success. Sad to be headed home tomorrow. #audioknitting #kauai

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Baby napping = #audioknitting = bliss

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Life slowly settling into the new normal. PhD finished (!), and 4.5 month old awesome baby girl becoming a champion sleeper (!!!, hope I'm not jinxing us). Enjoying my first postpartum, post-doctorate bubble bath, complete with wine, baby monitor, and this scrumptious book. ❤️❤️❤️ to all, I've missed you Littens!

LeahBergen Congratulations on it all! 👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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Jewels: A Secret History | Victoria Finlay

Today, people wear emeralds because they want to wear something that is beautiful but not as brash as diamonds. But two millennia ago, emeralds “said” something different. They were among the most expensive jewels of the Roman and Ptolemaic world, the equivalent of the flashiest diamonds today. But they had another role besides being the ultimate in Ptolemaic bling.

"...the ultimate in Ptolemaic bling." My avocational Egyptologist side loves it!

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Saga #43 | Brian K. Vaughan
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Never thought I'd be into a comic series...but I LOVE SAGA. Everyone (of a certain maturity level, that is) should read it. So glad to finally be caught up, thanks to many wee hours nursing sessions with baby girl (who's now 8 weeks old!) and the surprisingly effective "guided view" function in my phone's Kindle app. Loving the Lisa Frank vibe of this zebra!! Anybody else??!?

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Jewels: A Secret History | Victoria Finlay
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It's been a crazy couple of months. Baby girl is five weeks old, and dissertation defense is tomorrow. Ready to get to all these books I've been stockpiling - so ready!

LeahBergen Best of luck with the defense! 3y
triskeleseeker Thanks @LeahBergen !! 🌷 3y
triskeleseeker I passed!! And now books. And cake. 3y
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I'm still pretty new to the romance genre, but loving my explorations so far. Excited for this one to help me through the week: my first @EloisaJames and my first stepback cover!! So pretty!! #romantsy

EloisaJames I hope you love it -- welcome to my books (and the genre!) 3y
triskeleseeker @EloisaJames It was lovely - exactly what my brain needed this week - thank you!! 3y
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The Lotus Palace | Jeannie Lin
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Enjoying this one this week. Evening reading and relaxing as much as I can has been the only thing getting me through trying to prep my dissertation defense during pregnancy week 38 (tomorrow = officially 39). Gotta keep it up 'til baby arrives, 'cause defense might happen a few weeks after that if I'm "lucky." Great idea right? Guess I have to do what the advisor wants since he's the gatekeeper. Can't wait 'til grad school is OVER.

EloisaJames I'm so sympathetic--I wrote my diss in baby nap time and Luca started walking the day before it was due (me: oh! Cool! Back to work) (edited) 3y
triskeleseeker @EloisaJames I keep telling myself "at least I got a complete draft in before baby!" (my original goal) but am now very worried about giving a coherent public talk and defense while super sleep-deprived. My advisor apparently thinks I'm more of a badass than I am! I might believe him a bit more if I didn't have 2 difficult committee members throwing up unexpected roadblocks inextricably related to their own egos...oh academia. 3y
EloisaJames @triskeleseeker I had one person on my committee go crazy--gave me a low grade for no reason. Egos will rule! Just ignore that. You can only control your own work. (I had dropped him as advisor) 3y
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Essential self-care for the final week of writing my dissertation (440 pages and counting!) and pregnancy week 35. Phew.

Romance set in Tang Dynasty China? This sounds like my kind of catnip! #romantsy

EloisaJames I remember the last week of dissertation writing with foggy horror -- my son started walking and I thought, "oh, that's great" and went back to the computer. Hang in there!! 3y
triskeleseeker @EloisaJames thanks!! I can't even imagine doing this with a newbie walker...my goal since finding out I was pregnant has been to get this draft in before Baby Girl arrives so if she holds off for another few days I think I'm set. It has been a very long and somewhat demoralizing road (~10 years) and I can't believe I'm finally here. I figure it doesn't matter what happens afterward - just getting a complete draft in will count as my victory!! 3y
EloisaJames @triskeleseeker you will make it!! And what a triumph--dissertation draft and baby!! Hurrah! 3y
triskeleseeker @EloisaJames ❤thank you! I needed that encouragement today. 💐 (edited) 3y
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After a long hard week of dissertation work (~2 weeks left!!) and my dear husband on the overnight shift, I was already planning to spend the evening reading for fun for the first time in a long time. Logged on here to find its #litsypartyofone night - perfection! I'm in with my 34-week preggo belly, junk food craving (I know...), comfy pants, newly pampered toes, and silly puppy.

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The descriptions of Lestat experiencing bodily functions as a mortal once again are equal parts fascinating, hilarious, and revolting.

You guys, I am SO SO CLOSE to being done with this dissertation draft. Just another 4-5 weeks, if I am lucky and can stay focused. Baby is due in 8 weeks, here's hoping she doesn't come early. Is it weird that I'm super super excited about all the fun reading I hope to catch up on while breastfeeding at 3am?

britt_brooke I did so much reading during night feedings. It was the only way I could stay awake! Good luck with everything!! (edited) 3y
triskeleseeker @britt_brooke thanks! so glad to hear it - sometimes I wonder if I'm being unrealistic, but aside from a happy healthy baby and a smooth-as-possible transition, reading lots is one of my main hopes for the first few weeks. I guess we'll see 😅 3y
triskeleseeker @britt_brooke (or anybody else, please chime in!) - any recommendations for a good book on breastfeeding 101, preferably one that's not too judgmental? I tend to lean slightly crunchy anyway, but since I have no idea how this whole "having a newborn" thing will work for me, preachy tones turn me off. Any recommendations welcome!! Thanks!! ? 3y
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britt_brooke @triskeleseeker I have no recommendations, but I do have a little advice. 😁 Don't put too much pressure on yourself or baby. Breastfeeding is easy for some and hard for others (🙋🏼). Most important thing is that baby gets plenty to eat regardless of where it comes from. Your hospital might have a lactation consultant. They can be very helpful, but can range from open minded to extremely preachy. I've had both. 😉 3y
triskeleseeker @britt_brooke thank you! Wise words indeed. I know I want to give bf-ing my best shot, but since i know it can be difficult, I don't want to feel like a failure if It's hard for me. Hence the request for nonjudgmental books - but I'm starting to think they don't exist! Maybe this is one life scenario where my default setting of "read lots to learn what to expect" may be less helpful, and I'll just have to see what baby is like when she arrives. 3y
britt_brooke @triskeleseeker All you can do is your best. I was very hard on myself. Don't be like me! 😉 3y
triskeleseeker @britt_brooke 👍😊thanks!! 3y
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Crocodile on the Sandbank | Elizabeth Peters
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Ain't that the truth...this dissertation will NOT defeat me.

Grrlbrarian You go girl 👊👊👊 3y
triskeleseeker Thank you @Grrlbrarian , I needed that today 💐 3y
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Glory in Death | Nora Roberts, J. D. Robb

PERSONAL REMINDER: "Eve, your self-worth has always been focused on your job. Now a relationship has forced you to begin evaluating yourself as a woman...". "...Doing the job was it, all of it...It‘s still important, but it‘s not all anymore.” “I would say, Eve, that you‘ll be a better cop, and a better woman because of it. Single focus limits us...A healthy life needs more than one goal, one passion.” “Then I guess my life‘s getting healthier."

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Naked in Death | J D Robb
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I wasn't expecting to love this one; I mostly read it to remove it from my TBR and because I thought that way I'd know I wasn't interested in the rest of the series. I'm not usually into police-thrillers, but it turns out I love the characters of Eve Dallas and Roarke. Yesterday's 3 books for 2 credits Audible sale had me picking up books 2 and 3 in the series - I guess I'm hooked!

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I've been in a reading slump for weeks, reading almost nothing due to distractions new (I'm pregnant!) and old (neverending dissertation work, now extra-panicked due to baby deadline). Strangely, it's taken this Santa Fe family history/ghost story to break me out; I've devoured most of it in the last 24 hrs. I find it fascinating, perhaps partly because of my love of New Mexico (diss research is there, plus the food is So Good!). Audio is great.

LeahBergen Ooo, congrats!! 3y
triskeleseeker @LeahBergen thank you 😄 3y
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Skye O'Malley: A Novel | Bertrice Small
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From our trip to the real O'Malley's territory last fall.

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Skye O'Malley: A Novel | Bertrice Small
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My romance education continues...trying some Old Skool CrazySauce. I do love this cover...and am fascinated by the historical figure this series is (ever-so-loosely) based on.

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Ready Player One | Ernest Cline
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Awkwardddd

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Ready Player One | Ernest Cline
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Hee hee...so true

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Ready Player One | Ernest Cline

Hope I'm not oversharing: when husband's grandma passes, even if they weren't close, you drop everything and fly cross-country for fam time. Forced break in dissertation work + airport time = found reading time. Gonna need Litsy this week to keep me sane; love my inlaws but they're hard to be with💐

SusanInTiburon Healing wishes to all of you during this difficult time. 4y
CaitlinSiem Remember that it's okay to step away from time to time for a breather. Sending positive vibes your way and I'm sorry for your family's loss. 4y
LeahBergen ❤️ 4y
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triskeleseeker Thanks @Susanintiburon @CaitlinSiem @LeahBergen. ❤️. Since I can't sleep on overnight flights for the life of me, I think I'm gonna give Ready Player One a shot tonight. We'll see. 4y
SaraFair We always have "alone time" in the afternoon to take naps and do what we want. It tends to raise the patience back up for dinner. 4y
triskeleseeker "Alone time" is a foreign concept for my in-laws, but I may very well have to claim some for my own. It will likely be much needed. 4y
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Well after all that I didn't even have time to start a new novel today. I guess I'll spend a few more minutes with this beast while I wait for my husband to be ready to watch the series finale...

triskeleseeker Aaaand he's decided he's not in the mood to watch it tonight. Starting tomorrow morning, he'll be working a 24 hour shift, and so we won't watch it together til Monday night. Blargh. Maybe I'll watch it tomorrow while he's gone; for now, I'll keep reading! 🤓 4y
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Jewels: A Secret History | Victoria Finlay
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Do you ever spend several indecisive hours looking at your current stack, trying to figure out what to read next? This happens to me all the time. I'm never in the mood for what I have, don't want to start a new series, or whatever, and I end up buying something new even when I'm trying not to...😬

triskeleseeker (And yes, I realize this is absolutely a first world "problem" !) 4y
bookishkris Always. Or I have the books that I'm saving for the "right" time but I'm so afraid that it's the wrong time that I never actually read them. 4y
CaitlinSiem I absolutely adored The Song of Achilles. Even know the gist of the story, I found this retelling to be so interesting and the ending destroyed me. I just couldn't have prepared myself even though I know what was to come. Please do give it a try at some point even if it's not at the moment. 🙂 4y
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triskeleseeker @bookishkris yes, I am saving a few particular books for some travel in early autumn, but I know I won't need that many pages to get through a trip of only 5 days. Oh the trials of being a book lover 😛 4y
Caryl Alias Grace! 4y
triskeleseeker @CaitlinSiem so glad to hear your glowing review! I absolutely will get to it one of these days...it does fit my current mood but I'm watching HBO's Rome right now so I don't want to mix my ancient civilizations 😛. I promise I will get to it - thank you! 😊 4y
triskeleseeker @Caryl I will get to it, I promise! 😊. My current mood isn't quite there. I feel I need something fairly quick and light because I'll be starting to write chapter 5 of my dissertation on Monday, and my brain apparently can't handle too many things at once. Boo. I'd rather be reading. 4y
Caryl @triskeleseeker - yeah, I wouldn't call Alias Grace light. 😉 Definitely try it later, and good luck on your dissertation work! 4y
triskeleseeker @Caryl - thank you! I'm very much looking forward to finishing the diss so I don't feel I have to ration my mental and emotional energy so much. 4y
Rebekaaah I am exactly the same!! It's terrible 🙈lol 4y
triskeleseeker @Rebekaaah so glad I'm not the only one!! 4y
triskeleseeker @CaitlinSiem finally got to Song of Achilles. Just finished it - so heartbreaking and beautiful. I loved it so much. Best book I‘ve read in a long time. 2y
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Named of the Dragon | Susanna Kearsley
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Well that was fun! This was my first Kearsley novel and it won't be my last. I thought I had the ending figured out but I was glad to be surprised. Loved the Welsh setting and Arthurian overtones. 🐲

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Named of the Dragon | Susanna Kearsley
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So it's looking like the rest of the day involves a deep clean of the kitchen, a dog walk, and putting together a dish of enchiladas, all of which calls for a new audiobook. This will be my first Kearsley, and from all I've heard, she sounds right up my alley - so excited! ✨

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Absorbing a few more tidbits from Herself while I wait for the potatoes to roast...(argh, I totally thought the season 2 finale was tonight! Sad I have to wait 'till next week 😥...I know we're all readers here but I can't be the only one watching the tv adaptation...😁)

triskeleseeker (Side note: I do truly love these illustrations sprinkled throughout the book, especially the botanical ones.) 4y
bookishkris I'm watching, too, and am also bummed the finale isn't till next week. But it's an hour and a half, which will be awesome. 4y
triskeleseeker @bookishkris very true, I guess that is an acceptable trade off 😊 4y
Rebekaaah I don't want to wait another week! So unfair! 😩 4y
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The Mists of Avalon | Marion Zimmer Bradley
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It's been a real rough night. Not gonna be able to sleep anytime soon, so it's time for a dose of my ultimate comfort read.

SaraFair I read this about 20 years ago, I think. I loved all the added info to the traditional story. 4y
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I know Zero about Russian history - I should really remedy that. Trying to come to terms with reading slowly this week - it's probably going to be par for the course until this PhD is done - oh well. I'll live vicariously through y'all's posts until then 😜

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Reading slowly this week, and enjoying the snarky yet informative Stoned. This section on Good Queen Bess and her thing for pearls is particularly fun as I am reminded of what a badass she was in so many ways.

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Meet Cricket, part-Pekingese super-mutt. She also answers to "Critter". Note the snaggletooth, which is my favorite of her features. We just got back from a walk while listening to Stoned on audio. Currently enjoying the bit on shell beads, which incidentally are central to my dissertation research.

Liberty ❤️ 4y
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Glad to know my pathetic lack of willpower isn't my fault 😂

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Having a bit of a magpie moment, but since real baubles aren't in the budget right now, I thought I'd read about them instead.

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There was a moment in the last few chapters where I briefly thought it might turn out differently, but then I remembered our Judith is a bit of a sociopath. I didn't dislike the book as many did, but I suspect that's largely due to Emilia Fox, a great narrator. If you're going to do it, do audio.

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7 bags of pine needles raked from the yard and a dog walk later, I'm 11 chapters in and feeling like I'm watching a slo-mo train wreck and I can't look away. Emilia Fox is a great narrator; I probably like the book better in audio than I would in print. Are there really people like this out there?

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Charmed Bracelets | Tracey Zabar
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Well, in charms I've definitely found my collecting passion (other than books, that is). The main value of this little book is in its photos, which are lovely and inspiring. Note my rebel alliance, parasaurolophus skull, and of course, book stack charms, with which I signal my cred to fellow nerds.

SarahKay Love it! Especially the Star Wars one. 4y
triskeleseeker Thank you!! 💐 4y
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It's past time for me to get started on work for the day (oops) but I'm psyched to have my next audiobook queued up already. Looking forward to walking the dog and cooking dinner today...🎧

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The Search | Nora Roberts
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This was my first "romantic suspense." I'm still exploring romance genres, and I've only read a few by Ms. Roberts, but this was fun (well, not the creepy serial killer bits but YKWIM). Plus, I learned about how canine search and rescue units work, which in itself was worth it for this dog lover!

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The Search | Nora Roberts
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Sad this has been such a slow reading week - I feel like I need a break from adulting 😐. Time for a little romantic suspense - with dogs!! 🐕🐕🐕

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In-between novels and not sure what I'm in the mood for next, I decided to drop back into this beast for some words of wisdom and fascinating tidbits from Herself.

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Wuthering Heights | Emily Bront
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One of my most reread books. I don't know what it is about Wuthering Heights, because all of the characters are despicable people, but something about the bizarre love between Cathy and Heathcliff is just so compelling.

Rebekaaah Totally agree, they are all awful people but it's such a good book! 4y
CrazyBookLady Makes me ugly cry every time. 4y
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Lonesome Dove: A Novel | Larry McMurtry
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Read this on a whim and was unexpectedly blown away. Immediately read the others in the series, even though I'm not usually one for westerns. Beautiful, epic story.

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I only read this book after being made to watch the movie by my husband's family, who were amazed I hadn't seen it. I can't believe I waited so long. Run, do not walk (for both book and movie)!

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A little history local to where I live - gotta support the local authors. I learned lots and enjoyed these stories.

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Get this on audio, of course: read by the author. I loved Rachel Dratch even more after this book, if that's possible.

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A Game of Thrones | George R. R. Martin
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This series kept me sane while I was living in a hostel in NYC for months on end, conducting my dissertation research. Also helped keep me sane for several days when I couldn't get home from NYC due to Hurricane Sandy. The perfect escapist lit, which will always have a special place in my heart.

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Perhaps the most useful of all the dissertation-writing books I read. I can imagine this book would also be useful for creative writing...hmmmm 🖋

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Subtitle: "Harnessing the Power of Productive Obsessions." The entire premise is flawed: the author suggests you CHOOSE something to obsess over, and then be productive toward it. But how can you obsess over something you had to consciously choose? True Obsessions are usually far beyond our control.