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Joined October 2016

Read all week...Litsy on the weekends.
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After the Flood by Kassandra Montag
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After the Flood | Kassandra Montag
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#weeklyforecast: catching a flight home to the Pacific Northwest, home to partly cloudy skies and 50 degree temps. Starting the tagged book on the flight. We'll see how much I can get read in 6 hours! After that I have no idea what I'm going to read! I have to look at my shelves when I get home. 😆
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Cinfhen Great photo!!! What a wonderful trip~ thanks for sharing parts with us 😁 1d
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Still Life: Books At An Airport

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Waiting for Tom Hanks | Kerry Winfrey
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Our view for the past 4 days has been of Diamondhead! We hiked up it this morning and phew! That was a lot of steps and a lot of sweat. I've been trying to sneak in reading between adventures, but mostly have found myself falling asleep mid paragraph because I'm so tired from all the other things we've been doing. This book was a cute, sweet, if a bit predictable romance. Perfect as a beach read! #bookreport @cinfhen

TrishB Looks lovely ❤️ 2d
Freespirit Great view 2d
Texreader Gorgeous! You are living the life right now! Enjoy! 2d
Cinfhen I‘m definitely enjoying the view 🤩 2d
LauraBeth Gorgeous view! 2d
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The Hikers Guide to O?ahu | Stuart M. Ball, Jr.
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Happy weekend, Littens! I've spent an adventurous week exploring Oahu! We've done lots of water activities (snorkeling, kayaking, stand up paddle boards, boogie boarding), some hiking and lots of eating! We fly home tomorrow and while I've had a ton of fun, I'm ready to get back to my doggo and my routine. What adventures did you have this week?

Sace Rather dull adventures. That is, if going to work can be an adventure 😁 2d
Hoopiefoot I love hiking! Somehow talked by bookish & very-much-not-into-hiking husband into some hiking adventures in the mountains of Virginia here 🙂 (edited) 2d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sounds awesome!! I‘ve been sick in bed 😷 2d
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valeriegeary @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks oh boo! I hope whatever you have doesn't stick around too long! 2d
valeriegeary @Hoopiefoot yay!! Have you converted him to the cult of hiking yet? 😂 2d
valeriegeary @Sace perhaps all that depends on how many bus transfers you have make? 😄 2d
Sace @valeriegeary ha! I live 5 minutes away....but I do teach high school. 2d
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Waiting for Tom Hanks | Kerry Winfrey
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#weeklyforecast: sunny with a chance of beach reads.
I'm on vacation this week! So I'll be spending my time swimming, relaxing, eating and reading on the beach! I snagged this one from a little free library in our hotel. I needed something light after finishing The Descendants which is a good but damn sad book (but also funny and hopeful). I should finish this pretty fast. Then I need to decide what on my Kindle to read next. Maybe a thriller?

valeriegeary Hawaii themed reading 1w
avgeyer That looks so relaxing! 1w
Centique That looks like a lovely place to be! 😍 1w
LauraBeth This looks like paradise! Enjoy your vacation and reading! 1w
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The Grace Year | Kim Liggett
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This book, this book. Feral and feminist and so so good. I loved this one! At first, I wasn't at all sure what was going on but not in a bad way. I trusted the author to take me through it and boy she sure did! Horrifying moments, unexpected moments, and many beautiful, powerful ones too. A provocative book, for YA and adult readers. #bookreport

Cinfhen Ok, you convinced me 😜 1w
Maude I felt the same! It was definitely one of my favorite reads this year. 1w
TrishB Stacked 👍🏻 1w
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valeriegeary @Cinfhen hope you like it! 🤞🤞🤞 1w
valeriegeary @Maude I wasn't sure if I'd like it going in, since it's marketed as YA and I'm picky with my YAs but I think the story unfolded great, and the premise was riveting. 1w
valeriegeary @TrishB 👏👏👏 1w
TheBookKeepers Such a great book!!!!!! Glad you loved it!! 7d
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Diamond Head | Cecily Wong
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We flew to Oahu on Thursday! We're here for a week and so far we've been swimming in a waterfall, went snorkeling with turtles, bouldered on the beach, drank Mai Tais, ate poke bowls and shaved ice. So much more in store for this week but I am also trying to get some reading in whenever I can! 🌴📚🐢🐬

JennyM Have a fabulous time! Sounds wonderful 1w
Cinfhen Sounds fabulous 🏝🥥🍹🌞Enjoy 1w
erzascarletbookgasm How wonderful! Enjoy! 1w
valeriegeary @JennyM @Cinfhen @erzascarletbookgasm thank you! So far, so good! We snorkeled with turtles yesterday! 🐢 1w
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The Grace Year | Kim Liggett
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What a lovely idea @Cinfhen has to keep the bookish conversations going! This week I'll be rushing to read this one so I can return it to the library before we leave for Hawaii on Thursday! 🌴🌴🌴

So far I'm really enjoying it! It's so creepy! I'm about 100 pages in, should be able to finish.

I'm only taking my Kindle with us on our trip but it is loaded down with excellent reads, including 2 set in Hawaii! 🌋🌋🌋
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Lifeisasnap It reminded me of Lord of the Flies female style. 😬 2w
Cinfhen Safe travels and happy reads ✈️🌴🥥📚 2w
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I haven't been getting a lot of reading done today. 😍🏔️

Eyelit How amazing! 2w
readordierachel What a view! 2w
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The Grace Year | Kim Liggett
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Just started this one and I'm so hooked! Also I'm very nervous about all that could possibly unfold in the next 400 pages. 😬

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Never Have I Ever | Joshilyn Jackson
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Book club aftermath! Happy weekend Littens! This month's book club meeting was at my house and it was such a riot discussing this one! We had a range of feelings including.... "Like watching a Lifetime movie;" "entertaining;" "so bad it's good." Ultimately I think everyone had a lot of fun with this domestic thriller but they recommended the physical book over audio. ?

What's your favorite book club snack?

Cinfhen Yay for bookclub!!!! We serve light snacks too and it‘s always the fresh cut fruits and chocolate covered anything that seems to be most popular. I just discovered coconut dipped rolled dates with cocoa powder and crushed pistachios and they were a HUGE hit with the bookclub ladies 💓 2w
BookNAround It‘s not a book club here without m&m‘s, peanut and plain. 2w
valeriegeary @BookNAround 👏👏👏 2w
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valeriegeary @Cinfhen oh those dates sound delicious!!!! 2w
KarenUK Always my guacamole! 🥑...If I turn up to bookclub without it there would be a riot! 😂 @valeriegeary @Cinfhen @booknaround 2w
Cinfhen I didn‘t know you have a secret guac recipe @KarenUK you‘re gonna have to make me some next time we get together 💋 (edited) 2w
valeriegeary @KarenUK @Cinfhen @BookNAround I'm inviting you all to my next book club! 😘 2w
Nute We don‘t have snacks at my book club meetings (January- November), but I might have to introduce the idea. Our gathering in December is more like a party with food, drinks and a gift exchange. Food is always a good idea to me. How is it handled? Is it the responsibility of one member per meeting? Or does everyone bring something? 2w
valeriegeary @Nute right now we just have it where everyone brings a small snack or drink if they want. Sometimes the person hosting will offer something more. Once we had tacos, once sushi, but even without the host providing we usually have a good assortment of things to snack on 1w
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I do actually want to make these mittens though. 😍

saresmoore I think these are much more practical than the dragon scarf! 3w
valeriegeary @saresmoore yes, I think so too 😆 3w
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Two questions.
1) do I have the skills to make this dragon scarf?
2) do I have the guts to wear it out in public?

mydearwatson Do it!!! 3w
TheSpineView Go for it! 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage That. Is. Awesome. 🐉 3w
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JennyM Yes & yes! 🧶 🐉 3w
valeriegeary @mydearwatson @thespineview @jennym Thanks for believing in me and my crocheting abilities. 😂 3w
valeriegeary @BarbaraTheBibliophage I'd have to come up with a cool name for it of course 3w
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Heaven, My Home | Attica Locke
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I have to rush this back to the library before my fines get any bigger 🙈 but damn! I loved it! Ranger Darren Matthews is one of the most emotionally layered and conflicted characters I've ever read. It is so nerve wracking to watch him try and do the right thing. Also exploring racial tension is something Locke excels at and this book feels especially poignant right now. Can't wait for more Highway 59 books!

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Heaven, My Home | Attica Locke
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Happy Weekend, book friends! We are in full cozy mode at my house tonight as a fall rainstorm rolls in! This week was pretty uneventful. A lot of writing, and running, and reading. I'm trying to finish this one up.... It's overdue at the library and I'm sorry, not sorry because I really want to finish it. Texas Ranger Darren Matthews is such a complicated man and this story is 💯!!!

What's new with all of you this week?

gradcat Love that title. Hope you don‘t have any problems from the storm! ♥️ (edited) 3w
Sace I think we're getting some rain. I plan on going to the grocery store then reading until Monday 😊 Hope you are safe and snug during the storms. 3w
Suet624 I‘m so thrilled that I unexpectedly got Friday off from work. Therefore, I did most of my chores yesterday. Today I put the flower garden to bed and read. Tomorrow football and read. Fun little projects mixed in. Such luxury. 3w
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valeriegeary @Suet624 sounds like a productive and relaxing weekend! I need to put my veggie garden to bed soon too! It's supposed to be sunny again next week so I guess I better put it on my to-do list! 😄 3w
valeriegeary @Sace right now it's sunny outside.... So maybe we'll get lucky and it will only be a few showers. They are terrible at forecasting our rain. 😂 3w
valeriegeary @gradcat should be relatively boring as far as storms go.... Just rain rain rain. 😆 3w
gradcat @valeriegeary Good! You‘ll be safe then. ❤️ 3w
MamaGina It‘s raining here too. ☔️ I just lit a wood wick candle and am contemplating what to make for dinner. Was notified earlier today that my hold for this book is in, glad to hear it‘s enjoyable!🤓 3w
valeriegeary @MamaGina sound cozy! What did you end up having for dinner? 😆 3w
MamaGina Pad Thai and potstickers! 🥟 3w
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Never Have I Ever | Joshilyn Jackson
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Okay. So I had to change my weekend reading plans bc one of the women in my book club wants to borrow this month's book from me which means I need to read it now so she has time to finish it by next week which means the library book I need to return in 2 days is going to have to wait which means I'm going to pay a fine bc I'm not going to wait on hold again for that book & auuuugghhh!! Better get back to reading... #bookwormlife #bookwormproblems

Tanisha_A That is complicated 😱 1mo
Blaire Your pup has the sweetest face! 1mo
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There's just something about this season.... 🎃🎃

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Heaven, My Home | Attica Locke
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Happy weekend, Littens! Boy have I had a Saturday! I ran 7 miles this morning then went to the pumpkin patch with my niece and nephew and am just now finally relaxing in my favorite spot on the couch with a book that's been on my most anticipated list since I read Bluebird, Bluebird two years ago! But first....Time to make the rounds and see what you all have been up to. 😘

JennyM You look very cozy there with Mr Charlie Waffles! 1mo
RachelO I started it yesterday- think it‘s going to be good... 1mo
readordierachel That sounds like such a nice day! 1mo
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valeriegeary @JennyM he is so spoiled 😄 1mo
valeriegeary @RachelO I think so too!! 🤗 1mo
valeriegeary @readordierachel it really was but now I'm exhausted 😆 1mo
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Bunnicula (Anniversary) | Deborah Howe, James Howe
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I stumbled upon this 40th anniversary edition at the bookstore the other day and I squealed so loud everyone turned to stare. Bunnicula was one of my favorites growing up and this is the cutest repackaging I've ever seen! Hide all your vegetables!

LauraJ Adorable! 1mo
Tamra Love it! 1mo
Eyelit Omg - that is amazing!! 1mo
TheBookHippie Oh my word!!!!! ❤️ 1mo
Sace It's so cute! 1mo
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Book of M | Peng Shepherd
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Can I be honest? I'm really struggling to stay interested in this one. I'm having trouble understanding the rules of the world and how the missing shadows work, and I keep hoping for more explanation but it's not coming, and thus I'm having trouble suspending my disbelief. I like Naz and Max's storyline though. I'm also buddy reading this and feel like I can't quit on it. It's harder to DNF a book when you're reading with friends. 😌

Tamra That is true! But if it was my buddy, I would rather they DNF it than suffer. 1mo
LiteraryinLititz Did your friends finish it yet? If so, maybe they can tell you if it‘s going to pick up or if the beginning is an accurate representation. I agree with @Tamra that I would be fine with someone else bailing after giving it a try! Life‘s too short! 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
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Magic for Liars | Sarah Gailey
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Happy weekend, reader friends! My week was pretty uneventful. I wrote a lot. I ran a lot. I watched too much TV. So, yeah, a pretty good week. 😂

I know I'm a few days late but this is my October TBR stack! I already finished the tagged book & it is fabulous! A fun genre bender--part gritty private detective novel, part wizardry prep school scandal! I'm really looking forward to digging into the rest of this stack soon. See anything you like?

Christine Humanimal is definitely an intriguing (and new to me) title! 1mo
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Magic for Liars | Sarah Gailey
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Sunday evening plans. I'm really enjoying this one!

ShyBookOwl Love the mug! This in in my TBR 1mo
valeriegeary @ShyBookOwl So far it's a pretty fun read! The mug also says keep calm and carry on but it wraps around so I can never get it in a picture 1mo
Eyelit That mug is delightful! 1mo
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Magic for Liars | Sarah Gailey
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I'm in love with these end papers! ⭐✴️🌟💫👁️

mcipher They‘re awesome - and the book is even better. I loved it! 1mo
JennyM Ooooo... very cool end papers! 1mo
valeriegeary @mcipher I'm really loving it! It's fun and different! 1mo
valeriegeary @JennyM I may have exclaimed out loud when I saw them. 😂 1mo
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Magic for Liars | Sarah Gailey
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Starting this one tonight. A murder mystery revolving around a secret school for wizardry and magic? I could be into that. 🤞🤞🤞

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The Testaments | Margaret Atwood
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Y'all, last week I got to see Margaret Atwood talk with Omar El Akkad about her books, her life, her writing, and birds, and it never ceases to amaze me how clever, cunning, and wickedly funny she is. I know she's human so she can't be perfect, but if you ask me she's pretty damn close! 🤗😊😄

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Beartown: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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Despite my best efforts, I didn't finish this in time for book club last night. 😭 A friend called me at the last minute needing to talk and friends come before books. I had 50 pages left to read when I got to book club but luckily we have a rule that you don't have to finish to participate and the discussion was still lively and I didn't get too many spoilers. So I'm going to finish it now. Must know how it ends! 😅

LauraBeth I started listening to this on audio and it seemed like there a LOT of characters. I was having a difficult time keeping up with everyone. Wondering if it‘s easier to just read it. 🤔 1mo
valeriegeary @LauraBeth it's very much 3rd person omniscient with a lot of head, time, and space switching but the physical book does a great job using white space so I was never confused. I don't think I could listen to it on audio though... That seems challenging... so it could be worth trying again with a paper copy. 🤷 1mo
marleed I tend to be many-characters-challenged while reading. But in this story each character is integral to the story so I just settled in. Now I‘m having fun anticipating Us against You because I‘m not done with these characters! 1mo
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LauraBeth This is a very helpful explanation - thanks! I‘m going to try the print version. 1mo
valeriegeary @marleed I agree! I think the multiple perspectives worked great! You really got to know the whole town! I think I'm going to have to check out the sequel too! 1mo
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Beartown: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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Happy weekend, sweet Littens! I quit work early today and am ignoring all my chores in an effort to finish this book before my IRL book club meets tonight! I've got 5 hours and 150 pages to go. Plus I need to make brownies and go for a run. Better get busy. 😅💪🙌

Please tell me I'm not the only book club procrastinator around here?!

valeriegeary Hmmmm.... Maybe I should start keeping track for #24b4Monday.... 1mo
DrexEdit I don't know about book club procrastinator, but I for one salute you for quitting work early and ignoring chores to read! 😊 🙌🏅🏅📚📚 1mo
marleed I.loved this book! 1mo
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LauraJ There‘s always a few people in my book club who don‘t finish on time. We still love them anyway. 1mo
LibrarianRyan Not at all. I haven‘t started the book I need to mail by Monday. 1mo
valeriegeary @DrexEdit I know what my priorities are 😆🤓📚 1mo
valeriegeary @marleed me too! I'm crying a lot though..... 😭 1mo
valeriegeary @LauraJ that's the rule in our book club too... You don't have to finish to participate but you have to be okay with spoilers. Alas. I didn't quite finish in time (50 pages! So close!) but it was a good discussion still. 🤗 1mo
valeriegeary @LibrarianRyan 🙃 plenty of time 1mo
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The Bobcat: A Novel | Katherine Forbes Riley
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I didn't expect this book. I picked it up b/c of the cover. 😍 I don't remember reading the description. I had a vague recollection it was about a girl, a bobcat, nature. It's that + so much more. A girl reeling from trauma, trying to pick up the pieces, encounters a bobcat & a hiker w/his own secrets & her whole life changes. It's a story about healing, connection, love, 2nd chances. And the prose, oh! Delicate, trembling w/life, vibrating color.

britt_brooke Nice review! 2mo
JennyM How can I not stack when you are swooning over the prose! And great photo! 2mo
valeriegeary @JennyM thank you! 🤗 There's a lovely surrealness to it too but I ran out of space 2mo
valeriegeary @JennyM and I just hit send too soon.... 🤦 Anyway. It's a strange and affecting little book and I hope you enjoy it! 😆 2mo
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The Testaments | Margaret Atwood
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There is so much snuggling happening today.

Bookzombie 💕🐶 2mo
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The Craftsman | Sharon Bolton
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Saw these on an #audiowalk. Clinging to the last bits of summer for as long as I possibly can.

Tamra Lucky you! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 🌻 2mo
Nebklvr Me too 2mo
Tanisha_A Beauty! 2mo
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The Bobcat: A Novel | Katherine Forbes Riley
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I'm kicking off my weekend a little early! How was everyone's week? I've been a bit of a homebody, though we did book a vacation to Hawaii next month! 🌴 I also wrote a couple thousand words for a new book project but today find myself very distracted, my brain flighty so I'm clocking out early. Hoping that a long weekend snuggling with books will help me refocus. What are you all up to?

DivineDiana Hawaii! Now there‘s something to look forward to! 2mo
valeriegeary @DivineDiana Aren't you in Hawaii? We're going to Oahu. Any recs for me? 🤗 2mo
DivineDiana Unfortunately, not I. I am outside of Philadelphia. You might be thinking of @DebinHawaii 2mo
valeriegeary @DivineDiana 😳🤦 yes. Thank you. 😂 2mo
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American War | Omar El Akkad
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Homemade tomato soup and grilled cheese on this very rainy September day.

Eyelit sounds fab all around! if you could - send some rain my way. I'm starting to tire of the 100 degree heat. lol 2mo
TheSpineView Love tomato soup and grilled cheese! Yum! 2mo
Hollie That is such a wonderful comfort meal! ♥️ 2mo
valeriegeary @Eyelit oh, oof! I'll try blowing the clouds in your direction... 😚💨🌧️ 😁 2mo
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American War | Omar El Akkad
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Current read. World building is King with this book. Dystopian fiction is one of my favorite genres and this one is interesting but it's not my favorite. I'm struggling to connect with the characters and there is very little happening. I mean there is a lot happening but so much is world building and very little is forward motion, plot, or conflict. It's certainly provocative though. Who's read this one?

MicheleinPhilly 🙋🏻‍♀️I didn‘t like it at all. 2mo
Chelsea.Poole I dnf this one. 2mo
Megabooks I loved it. 2mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I loved it too. 2mo
valeriegeary @MicheleinPhilly @Chelsea.Poole Honestly I'm really struggling to stay interested but I'm going to an event later this month with him and Margaret Atwood in conversation so I'm going to press on..... It feels like the right thing to do at this point, 200 pages in.... 😂😰 2mo
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The Craftsman | Sharon Bolton
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I'm listening to this on audio and it is not at all creepy. *Insert sarcasm here* Missing children, clay effigies, caskets, witchy witches, and a lady constable butting heads with her chauvinist colleagues. It's the perfect Fall crime read!

LauraBeth This sounds like a perfect Halloween read! 2mo
JoScho I loved this one! 2mo
sprainedbrain Oooooh... that sounds fun! 2mo
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valeriegeary @LauraBeth yes!! It absolutely is! Read in the dark. With the doors locked. 2mo
valeriegeary @JoScho I'm loving it too! Flossy is a fantastic character! And it's so creepy! 2mo
valeriegeary @sprainedbrain 🙌 it's good! 2mo
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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Hello Littens! Happy weekend! How was everyone's week? I went on a hike, outlined a new book, & stopped by my local indie to grab this hot little number! I'm going to see Atwood speak at the end of the month and I. Cannot. Wait!

What's new with you? Anything interesting happen?

Leftcoastzen Yay! Haven‘t been up that way for years! Glad Broadway Books still there. 2mo
valeriegeary @Leftcoastzen they are still going strong! 🙌 2mo
saresmoore !!! Yay for book outlining and Margaret Atwood and all the things! 2mo
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We went for a walk in the rain. Now it's time for snuggling... And reading.

This one is unfolding a little bit slower than I thought it would. I can't decide if I like it or not. The various narrators are interesting but it feels less cohesive in some ways because of this. I'm interested enough to keep reading though. Who's read this one?

AlaMich Awww! 🐶❤️ 2mo
merelybookish I read it! I liked it okay but don't think it's as good as Kate Atkinson's Big Sky which also used multiple narrators. 2mo
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cathipink I'm on the hold list for the audio - I loved Sunburn and heard this one is as good or better (and has the same reader). I'll be curious to hear your thoughts if you continue. 2mo
valeriegeary @cathipink I loved Sunburn too! But I found this one to be not as good. I liked it but didn't love it. It has the same slow burn feel and Lippman's writing is engaging as always. But the characters didn't pop the way they did in Sunburn. Part of that might have been because of the multiple narrators. 🤷 2mo
valeriegeary @merelybookish I love Atkinson! I really need to read Big Sky soon! 2mo
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I signed up to run a 10k in December. Tomorrow I start a new training plan. I raced a triathlon last month and the run was my weakest discipline so I'm using the next 12 weeks to focus on form and strength. I'd love to be able to run under 10 min/mile for the whole race. Stretch goal is to finish the race in under 60 min! 🤞🤞🤞

LauraBeth Oohh - exciting!! I need to get back to training for a race - especially now that the weather in GA is cooling down some. 🥵 2mo
Kappadeemom Tri‘s are so badass!! 2mo
Megabooks Yay!! So excited for you!! 2mo
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BarkingMadRun Love it! 10k is a great distance! 2mo
valeriegeary @Kappadeemom 💪💪 I love them. I get so bored just running. 😁 2mo
valeriegeary @LauraBeth it rained for the first time in a long time today and I'm like, oh yeah! Now that's running weather! 😂😂 I cannot do heat. 2mo
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Throwback to last weekend when it was still hot enough to read by the river. This weekend feels so much like fall (I know technically we have a couple more weeks) and while I love love love fall, I'm not sure I'm quite ready to let go.

swishandflick Pretty! 2mo
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Murder Is Bad Manners | Robin Stevens
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Happy weekend Littens! What exciting things happened this week? What interesting books did you find?

I finished revising a manuscript & turned it into my agent! Woo! This is my 4th revision & a chance to polish polish polish before finding a new publisher. Fingers crossed my agent likes the new version! All that work has worn me out a bit though. So you can bet I'm going to be spending my weekend snuggled up w/this doggo & a stack of books. 📚🐕

gradcat I cannot think of a better partner to cuddle up with over the weekend—sooo cute! 🐶 ♥️ 2mo
LiteraryinLititz Congrats on turning in your manuscript after all that hard work! Now you deserve a break! 2mo
kspenmoll Congrats! That is wonderful! Enjoy your break & doggy love! 2mo
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valeriegeary @gradcat at some point he's going to demand a walk.... But I think I have at least an hour before that happens 😂 2mo
valeriegeary @LiteraryinLititz @kspenmoll thank you! It feels good to have it off my desk! Now to catch up on all the reading (and housework) I've neglected. 😆 2mo
LeahBergen Congrats! 👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
LauraBeth Yay! 🎉🎉🎉 Congratulations - looking forward to your next book! 2mo
gradcat I forgot to congratulate you on the manuscript—I got completely sidetracked by the doggy—anyway, congratulations!!🎊🎉🍾 👏🏻 2mo
valeriegeary @gradcat thank you! 😘 2mo
valeriegeary @LauraBeth fingers crossed for me! I have to go through the nerve wracking process of finding a new publisher.... 😬 2mo
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Beartown: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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My September stack! Hoping to get through all of these this month! Tagged book is for my in-person book club. American War is because I'm going to see Omar El Akkad in conversation with Margaret Atwood at the end of the month! Excited is an understatement!!! 😱🤗😁

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I've been neglecting my dear Litsy again. After some consideration, I've decided to make a concerted effort to post but only the weekends. I've been doing a lot of stuff over on my Instagram during the weekdays so between that and writing books, I often forget about Litsy. The horror! Anyway. I'll be here on the weekends checking in with all you lovely book people. ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 👋👋👋👋

MrBook Been missing you post! 👋🏻👋🏻👋🏻 2mo
saguarosally I do the same. It feels like Instagram is getting to be oodles of work too. 2mo
JennyM Post when you can, but always love seeing you here 😊 2mo
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lost.in.a.book It's good to take a break from social media. It means you are doing more important things... like reading a book 😀👍🏻 2mo
valeriegeary @MrBook missing all of you too! Looking forward to catching up on the weekends! 😆 2mo
valeriegeary @saguarosally I for some reason decided to start a bookstagram in addition to my personal/author biz account and I'm trying to figure out how to juggle all that and real life. 😂 2mo
valeriegeary @lost.in.a.book so so true! 👍 2mo
Megabooks Welcome back! I‘ll be looking forward to your posts! 2mo
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I'm working my way through this police procedural series set in Los Angeles. Detective Lou Norton is witty, clever, brash, and smart. She's great at her job. But not so much at her personal life. I love the complicated layers of this character and the plots so far have been exciting and unexpected. Recommended for anyone who likes mysteries but especially recommended if you love cop shows like Law and Order! #diversereads

MicheleinPhilly I have the first one of these. 2mo
valeriegeary @MicheleinPhilly I'm really enjoying them! I just finished the 2nd. Lou is turning into one of my fave detectives! 💪💪💪 2mo
MicheleinPhilly Excellent! May have to move it up! 2mo
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Bookzombie I have the first two on my shelf! I really need to take a break from checking out library books, lol.
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valeriegeary @Bookzombie I'm with you. The library is my kryptonite! 😂😂😂 2mo
kspenmoll Thanks for the recommendation! Will check for this series at the library today. 2mo
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The Golden Compass | Philip Pullman
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Working my way through this series. And I might have a crush on a certain armored bear.

LibrarianRyan I know right!! 3mo
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Girls Like Us | Cristina Alger
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Good day for a blanket in the park. I read. Charlie watches the world go by. We're both better for it.

Reecaspieces Awe! Such a sweet butt! 😂 4mo
MicheleinPhilly YES! Christina Alger and pup sploots is a 👌🏼 day in my book! 4mo
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The Most Fun We Ever Had | Claire Lombardo
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Summers are good for tackling chunksters, right?

Mitch I like the look of this ... noticed it last week and added it to my stack! Hope it‘s good! 4mo
valeriegeary @Mitch I'm about 50 pages in and love it so far! 🤞 4mo
Mitch @valeriegeary 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4mo
MicheleinPhilly I pre-ordered this one but am waiting for a good stretch when I know I can devote my full attention. 4mo
valeriegeary @MicheleinPhilly yes definitely! I just turned in a new manuscript to my agent so I'm taking some time off to catch up on my reading! 😆 4mo
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Thirst: 2600 Miles to Home | Heather Anderson
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We went on a hike this week. I brought a book about hiking with me. Because I am that person. 😂

hike.read.repeat Gorgeous! 😍 Is that the Three Sisters Wilderness? I have that book too but haven‘t started it yet. 4mo
valeriegeary @hike.read.repeat It's Hood! The east side! Up on Gnarl Ridge. The book was just okay for me. Some interesting parts but it didn't really get into any deep personal narrative like I was hoping. Just kind of a trail report. But if you love hiking..... It's interesting enough. 4mo
hike.read.repeat I knew it had to be Oregon somewhere! 😆 4mo
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mmseiple You mean there are people who *don‘t* take books on hikes with them? 4mo
Tamra Awesome! 4mo
valeriegeary @mmseiple I don't want to know those people! 😂 4mo
JennyM Wow...that‘s beautiful. Hope you‘ve had a great time. 4mo
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Land of Shadows | Rachel Howzell Hall
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Husband and I are spending a few days at the beach! Puzzles, hiking, hot tubbing, shell searching, and of course, reading!

wanderinglynn That looks like a cool puzzle! 👍🏻 4mo
cathipink Sounds dreamy! 🙂 4mo
LeahBergen Oh, fun! 😍😍 4mo
JennyM Have fun! 4mo
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Persons Unknown | Susie Steiner
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Starting this one tonight. Also this popcorn is everything. 🤤🤤🤤

LeahBergen I want some of that popcorn! 5mo
Bklover Snickerdoodle popcorn sounds heavenly! 5mo
valeriegeary @leahbergen @bklover It was so good!! I ate it all. I might not have shared. 🙄
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Pickpick

An idyllic mountain town steeped in secrets.
A terrifying predator prowling the woods. A gritty, bristling female detective who has little patience with idiots or violence. A case that gets creepier & more complicated by the day.
Translated from Italian, a fantastic read for anyone who loves their crime novels with a touch of horror!

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It's raining today for the first time in a long time! And after a long day yesterday putting finishing touches on a new manuscript to send to my agent, I'm feeling no guilt about snuggling up with a blanket and finishing this book. It's so creepy and good, y'all! 👍

JennyM Yey for submitted manuscripts! Enjoy your guilt-free reading...and the rain 🌧 5mo
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