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Anei

Anei

Joined April 2016

Reader at large, considered armed and distracted.
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Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica
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Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
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A Writer's Diary by Virginia Woolf
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Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
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Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks
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Tower of Dawn | Sarah J Maas
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The latest installment of Maas‘s Throne of Glass series. It‘s great, we learn a lot of really important information, some of which I genuinely didn‘t see coming, but this book DOES NOT RESOLVE THE CLIFFHANGER OF THE PREVIOUS BOOK. The next will not be out until 2018, but I‘m not sure when. #ineedclosure

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As I Lay Dying | William Faulkner
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Had a really great discussion about this text in class, made me realize I need to give it a few more passes.

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Mrs Dalloway | Virginia Woolf
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I definitely needed two readings of this, but it‘s pretty great. There‘s so much going on here, I can see why Woolf is a cornerstone of the 20th century British canon.

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13 Reasons Why | Jay Asher
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⭐️⭐️.5 I liked it, but I also didn't. I've heard murmurs about why many find it problematic, but I didn't take the time to really read them because I hadn't read the book or watched the series and I had no plans to, so I can't really contribute to that discussion. I found the narrator to be more than a little annoying at times, but he also had some genuinely good moments.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I actually liked this book a lot. The narrator was very difficult to like, but by the end I sympathized with her a lot.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ words cannot describe how much I loved this book. TBH, it was one of the only novels I finished on time last semester.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ this series is so enthralling, I can't wait for more!

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Joseph Andrews/Shamela | Henry Fielding, Judith Hawley
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⭐⭐⭐ Fielding's satirical response to Richard's 'Pamela' is interesting, but long-winded.

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An Ember in the Ashes | Sabaa Tahir
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⭐⭐⭐⭐ interesting world, good characters, and some plot twists that I genuinely didn't see coming

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I listened to the audio book. Mary Roach is an amazing unicorn of a human, and I loved the detail and humanity in this examination of scientific research about sex.

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⭐⭐⭐⭐ Swift, you silly little bastard. Still, an interesting take on the adventure narrative.

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Lady Sophia's Lover | Lisa Kleypas
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I now have 2 copies of it! One has a mid-printed signature, one is just rather 'used'. Crusoe is a condescending jerk, as always. But it's worth a read.

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Robinson Crusoe | Daniel Defoe

You know, for a guy who makes so many terrible decisions, he's pretty lucky. Also: tedious. Very, very tedious.

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⭐⭐⭐ Although my kindle crapped out in the middle of it, this was a good read.

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⭐⭐⭐ a good, interesting story. The nerdy pop-culture references were pretty heavy-handed most of the time, but I suppose they needed to be to tell this story. The first section can be hard to get through (there's just something about that early expository storytelling that bothered me), but the overall story is worth muddling through the iffy first part.

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Today I mourn the passing of my Kindle, Gretchen, who passed away in the middle of this book. Fortunately my iPad, Agnes, has a kindle app and enough room for a few books until I can justify buying a new one. Farewell, Gretchen. May your batteries never deplete, and may the Kindle Daily Deal always fill you with joy.

Smrloomis 🤣 3y
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The last of the Noirot sisters falls in love. A good read, easily as entertaining and enthralling as the first two.

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Desperate Duchesses | Eloisa James
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Definitely a fun read! It's not your average regency romance, so don't expect the same basic plot. I'm not all that well-versed in chess, which plays a major role in the book, so I'm sure I didn't fully appreciate its role. Absolutely glad I picked it up.

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Joseph Andrews/Shamela | Henry Fielding, Judith Hawley
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It's not super nerdy to read ahead for next semester, is it? Let's be honest, I'm sure it is, and I'm fine with it.

Leelee08 I'm doing the same thing. I'm taking a Victorian Lit class, so I just started The Mill on the Floss. 😊😬 3y
Anei Mine is an 18th c Brit lit class. I've read JA/Pamela before, but TBH I didn't do it very thoroughly. I hadn't picked a lot specialization yet and didn't think I'd be in to 18th c, but it appears I was quite wrong. 3y
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Heartless | Marissa Meyer
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I love this author's work so much, I forgive her last name for having so many annoying connotations. Even though I knew how it would end, I still hoped until the very end that it would end differently.

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Cold Comfort Farm | Stella Gibbons
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After reading the foreword, I was convinced that Stella Gibbons and I shared a soul at one point. The sass was completely on-point throughout.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ this book is amazing. It's funny, almost like dry British humor kind of funny, and just SO layered. 10/10 would definitely, aggressively recommend.

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"Under the bad points, says Robinson Crusoe, as a civilized white man, it has been difficult not having someone of color around whom I could educate and protect." (325) omg this book is amazing. The SASS of it is just bonkers.

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Omfg bonkers. And I've gotten an amazing research idea out of it.

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I identify so much with this heroine, it's disturbing. @sarahmaclean and I might somehow share a brain, which is both awesome and terrifying. This last installment is pretty amazing, and I'm doing an anxious little jig waiting for the next.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Um, bonkers. I'm reading it for my magical realism class, and I'm not absolutely sure it fits in with the legacy of Garcia Marquez, but it certainly deserves attention as a magical realist text. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I have mixed feelings about it. On one hand, there are a lot of problems with it as a story, I think. And the die-hard Austenite in me chafes at the idea of having her work 'updated'. But, I do feel like Sittenfeld made some interesting choices about adapting the core conflicts from the original to a modern setting. I consider it a fine attempt worth reading. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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An Introduction to Bibliographical and Textual Studies | William Proctor Williams, Craig S. Abbott
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I'm not gonna lie, a lot of this book is super dry, and if I weren't reading it for a class I probably would've bailed. It's interesting information though, and it's written by 2 former profs from my school. Either way it's worth reading for the academically-minded English nerd. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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One Hundred Years of Solitude | Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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This is the third time I've read this book for a class, and I have to say, I still think I don't understand at least half of it. But in that amazing 'there's just so much to do with this book' kind of way. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️👏

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Uprooted | Naomi Novik
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I. Need. The next. Book. Now. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

CaitlinSiem Is this a bad time to say there isn't one? Uprooted is a standalone. At least for now. 3y
Anei Dammit, I thought I heard it was a series. Sad panda. 3y
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The Little Prince | Antoine de Saint-Exupry
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This kid is extraordinarily annoying. And the book is depressing. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

KilgoreTrout Haha I don't know if those words match the positive review! 3y
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Ehhh. Read it for a class in magical realism, and I'm still not sure if it qualifies (the point of reading it is to discuss whether or not it does). I'd probably be more into it if I'd read it at a younger age.

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That's right, kids. Go to grad school and you too could be reading The Wizard of Oz for actual, adulting purposes.

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One Hundred Years of Solitude | Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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New semester, new home, new haul! Most of the books I will be reading over the next 16 weeks. I start teaching my first freshman comp class on Monday, and I'm starting to panic about whether I will get all of this done or not.

Megabooks You can do it!!! 4y
OffTheBeatenShelf.com I always miss being an English major this time of year! 😭😭😭 4y
Anei Thanks @Ebooksandcooks !! @OffTheBeatenShelf.com I'm not gonna lie, it's pretty great. Just coming off my gap year though, so I feel your pain. 4y
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Highly Illogical Behavior | John Corey Whaley
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The writing style (3rd person) felt clunky in the beginning, and it made me REALLY annoyed with Lisa, one of the main characters. But by the end I had started connecting with Solomon enough to make up for it, and even felt a little bit for Lisa. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Angelmaker | Nick Harkaway
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I'm even more terrified of bees than I was before. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ because bees are jerks, even if they're mechanical, and because there were a lot of really funny moments. Some parts didn't gel for me, but I was also pretty distracted reading it because I was in the middle of moving.

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The Fireman | Joe Hill
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Somewhere in there is the book I want to read. You never realize how profound your book buying addiction is until you have to pack it all away and pay a few guys to move it...

LauraBeth You can find it! 4y
Louise I have many such boxes in the basement! 😏 4y
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Sharp Objects: A Novel | Gillian Flynn

My favorite dysfunctional family, because it honestly took me by surprise a few times. #24in48 #readathon

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Angelmaker | Nick Harkaway
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First #24in48 pick, because I keep hearing about it and I'm tired of not having already loved it. I have neither a judgmental reading dog nor do I have snacks, but soon perhaps there will be breakfast!

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Re-reading the Lunar Chronicles after listening to an old Disney Story Origins podcast about Rapunzel. Cress is by far my favorite, and my dream cast would include a young John Barrowman as Thorne. Nothing says pan sexual like the future Face of Bo.

Dragon I love Captain Jack 4y
Anei I'm just going to think of him as Captain Harkswell from now on. 4y
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Sleeping Giants | Sylvain Neuvel
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It's my very first book of the month!! I'm pretty sure that Litsy should add a "squee" post for exactly this purpose. Also: should I not already be digging for enormous robot parts? I feel like that's one of those 'how normal people behave' rules that I've never heard before.

kdwinchester I loved this book! And the cover is AMAZING. 4y
Anei I'm excited!! I'm going to add it to my 24in48 reading list! 4y
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One more reason to love Charley Davidson.

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Guys, GUYS!! The trailer looks sooooo good!

MrBook 😱!!! 😁😁😁👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 4y
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Fangirl: A Novel | Rainbow Rowell
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I think I clearly don't understand the point of 'fun Friday'. It's fun in that it first crushes your soul into infinitesimal pieces, and then by the end you're just so happy to have cobbled together like a quarter of it, you're practically dancing in joy. Maybe I'll get it right next weekend.

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Most commonly used phrase: "I loved him/her for that". A good, quick read. Has a similar feel, imo, to Haruf's "Our Souls At Night". Not super clear all the time, but neither is a life, which is what I think Strout was trying to create an after-image of. Worth the time, would recommend.

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Ummm, THIS IS AWESOME. Litographs, this is a great choice.

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5⭐️ would recommend, forcefully. The writing is beautiful, and the juxtaposition of the disintegrating house and Simon trying to bind his family back together is just amazing.

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A Tale of Time City | Diana Wynne Jones

#tbt I read this book so many times as a child, but strangely enough the only thing I can remember about it is the delicious-sounding ice cream. Also, I'm just now realizing how I've read probably the most obscure thing in this author's oeuvre.

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500,000 ⭐️ It made me furious, sad, worried, hopeful, and it pretty much wrecked me. There could not be a more timely book for this moment in American culture. Stevenson is eloquent and the stories he shares are heartbreaking.