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AshleyHoss820

AshleyHoss820

Joined November 2016

I‘m tall…for a Hobbit. She/her. INTJ. Enneagram 5, with a 6 wing. Nebraska, 🇺🇸. 1,001 Books List Adventurer.
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I told my poetry professor that I will be using this well after class has ended and I meant it. There are some amazing challenges in here. Who knew I would write TWO Abcedarian poems in one week and LIKE IT!? ☺️☺️☺️ I‘m getting some of my best writing from this class, I swear. The poem pictured is the second half of one I wrote: An Abcedarian for Abcedarians. #poetry

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This was really helpful to me! I‘m taking a poetry boot camp course over the J-term and this was on our reading list. I am relatively new to writing poetry & this made me think about the process differently. There are some great prompts in here too!

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Love Medicine: A Novel | Louise Erdrich
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There is no way I will be able to put into words how much I enjoyed this. This is a story of belonging, of longing, of hope, and destruction. It‘s so sad, but it‘s so authentic, too. I cannot believe this is my first Erdrich. I used this for the #FlourishAndBlotts reading challenge prompt, “Angelina Johnson: BIPOC author.” (Erdrich is “a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, a federally recognized tribe of the Anishinaabe.”)

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I'm Not Scared | Niccol Ammaniti
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Our protagonist is a 9-year-old boy & he has found a body in a hole in an abandoned building…The prose reads like poetry. The plot is as bleak as the landscape. Animal imagery woven throughout to illustrate that sometimes we can‘t fight our deeper nature. It would be tempting, as an author, to include the grown-up world and it‘s motives/actions, but I think that would‘ve ruined it. This is first person and we only know what Michele knows.

AshleyHoss820 #52BookClub #52Books Book title that starts with “I” • January‘s Double #BookSpin • 126/1,001 #1001Books (edited) 3w
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Castle of Otranto | Horace Walpole
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This book is an absolute TRIP. It was like an episode of Jersey Shore as far as I wasn‘t able to stop reading because I was like, WHAAAA!? At no point did I have firm footing and I was just swept away for the ride. The idea of a giant helmet getting yeeted onto a groom on his wedding day absolutely sent me. What even is this book!? I can see why people devoured these & also why novel readers had others questioning their sanity…

AshleyHoss820 125/1,001 #1001Books#52Books #52BookClub A Book with a Subtitle (The Castle of Otranto: A Gothic Story) • #Pop23 Bought from an Independent Bookstore • My January #BookSpin 3w
BarbaraBB It was a fun book indeed! 3w
AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraBB Definitely! ☺️😄 3w
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TheAromaofBooks Fabulous review!!! 😂 3w
AshleyHoss820 @TheAromaofBooks Thank you!!😂😄 3w
DivineDiana Sounds incredible! Love your review! 🤣 3w
AshleyHoss820 @DivineDiana Thank you! ☺️ As long as you just dive in and go with it, it‘s a journey! 😂 3w
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This is out of my comfort zone, so take that into account! I‘m using this for #Pop23 #ABookYouThinkYourBestFriendWouldLike & B&N‘s #FriendFavorites. I think this was *trying* to go somewhere & I wasn‘t expecting anything earth-shattering. I liked the witty characters. I felt some of their behaviors/reactions challenged my suspension of disbelief. Not bad but not great. It didn‘t ask too much of my brain & that kind of reading‘s okay sometimes!

AshleyHoss820 I was going to do what I normally do and use a quote from the book, but for obvious reasons I couldn‘t do that…I have to say, if I were Eva and this were Gideon, I would have a hard time mentally functioning around him too. 😂 3w
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Lapvona: A Novel | Ottessa Moshfegh
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I dunno. I‘ll give Moshfegh another go, I just felt a bit meh. I think it‘s an interesting commentary on organized religion, the corruption of power, & the pitfalls of capitalism. I think it was just slightly out of reach of being a solid pick, for me. I can see why it caught a lot of buzz, so I won‘t dim that candle. I‘d give you a trigger warning, but…it‘s the whole thing. This was my December double #bookspin! I completed all 24 books for 2022!

AshleyHoss820 📸: Country Life Magazine @TheAromaofBooks I am so grateful for this challenge! It really helped me clear a lot of books off my TBR! Here‘s to 2023! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Fantastic year!!! 1mo
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This is a second read-through for me and she STILL got me! This is such a fantastic example and upgrade of the locked room mystery. You think you know? You think you‘ve solved it? No you haven‘t. Ten people are lured to an isolated island where they are absolutely alone. Not one of them leaves the island alive…so who did it? My insomnia was acting up, so I decided to do the audio. Didn‘t cure the insomnia but it did help me relax. ☺️😂🧡📚

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The Buried Giant: A novel | Kazuo Ishiguro
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Axl & Beatrice and everyone in England are affected by a mist that induces memory loss. They embark on a journey to find their son, but they barely remember him nor know exactly where he is. They meet up w/ a Saxon warrior and a young boy who has a dragon bite. What will they uncover? This is, among other things, an exploration of the inevitable differences between age and youth. Are some things best left forgotten? My December #bookspin

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The Spinster Book | MYRTLE REED
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Here is my #bookspin list for January 2023 (and most likely for the rest of the year)! I removed the PBS Great American Read, RM Book Rec, and Rory Gilmore prompts and added in the three reading challenges I hope to accomplish this year! (PopSugar, 52 Book Club, and Flourish & Blott‘s) Here‘s to another successful reading year in 2023! Happy reading, everyone!! ☺️🧡📚📚📚

BarbaraBB There are a few of us doing 52 books and pop as well, who will be tagging eachother for inspiration. You want to join us? I don‘t know the other challenge but will definitely check it out! 1mo
AshleyHoss820 @barbarabb I stumbled upon Flourish & Blott‘s on Facebook! I was thinking of adding the Read Harder Challenge as well, but we‘ll see how these three go first! 😅 Yes, I would love to join you! I have a feeling I will need encouragement this year! ☺️ 1mo
BarbaraBB Read Harder is always so hard 😉 too many prompts I know I won‘t read. Happy you‘ll be joining us! I‘ll tag you when the challenge starts! I also joined the Flourish & Blot on Storygraph… 1mo
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TheAromaofBooks I also joined the Flourish & Blot on StoryGraph - such fun prompts! 1mo
AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraBB @TheAromaofBooks YAY!! I‘m so excited to join you! I thought the F&B had good prompts too! 1mo
BarbaraBB @TheAromaofBooks Real good prompts indeed and cleverly related to HP @AshleyHoss820 1mo
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@LiteraryinLawrence really knocked it out of the park for our #jolabokaflodswap 😄 This book was such a fantastic pick and I am really excited to read it soon! I am so grateful for the chocolates as well! I have to agree: I felt the Wilber buds were better than Hershey‘s kisses too! Thank you so much! Whatever you and yours celebrate this season, Allison, I hope it was magical! ☺️🧡📚 Chelle, thank you for hosting! Such a wonderful idea!

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I almost went with a so-so rating, but I‘ve changed my mind. I think the issue is that this book is SO culturally pervasive, that it‘s hard to avoid some knowledge of the plot. The writing was engaging enough that I basically stayed up all night reading and didn‘t even realize it was 2 a.m. I think she weaves a good tale, and it is worth reading an OG. ☺️ 224/1,001 #1001Books October‘s Double #BookSpin

Clare-Dragonfly I really ought to read this! 2mo
AshleyHoss820 @Clare-Dragonfly I definitely think it‘s a good one to read given it‘s a precursor, I suppose, to so many other novels. It‘s also always nice to finally get pop culture references. 😂 2mo
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Some of the stories in this collection I felt a little “meh” about. That being said, I think this is a great collection as a whole. There are some stories that I am going to be thinking about for a long time to come. I love when authors make me look at life at a different angle & Joe Hill always does this.

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The Swap | Robyn Harding
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I was SO excited to send this package on to @quietjenn for #jolabokaflodswap I really hope you like everything! The chocolate I sent is from an amazing shop in Greenwood, Nebraska called Bakers Candies (https://bakerscandies.com). I hope you have a wonderful holiday season and a lovely jolabokaflod! ☺️📚🧡

(Your package should be to you by Thursday 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻)

quietjenn Ah, I'm so excited and the chocolate already sounds amazing! Thanks so much! I'll be on the lookout. 2mo
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The art in this graphic novel is unlike anything I‘ve ever seen. The narrator is a young girl with a complex life. There are a lot of storylines up in the air, but this is part one of a (I‘m guessing) 2-part series. (GoodReads said May of 2023 for part 2,but we will see.) I was really invested in everything that was happening. Seriously though, if I could, I would hang this artwork in my home. Stunning.

vivastory I loved this one. I'm skeptical on the release date of vol 2, it's been pushed back for years now 2mo
AshleyHoss820 @vivastory We can be cautiously optimistic, but it doesn‘t look likely. It‘s a rock and a hard place: you want to be supportive of the artist and their time, but you also really want to know the story! ☺️ 2mo
BarbaraBB I still need to read this one. It‘s on my shelves! 2mo
AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraBB There is a lot going on, and I would have been disappointed if I didn‘t know this was a part one situation. ☺️ I was just so spellbound by the art! Hopefully they release part 2 soon and I can have some answers. 😂 I hope you enjoy it too!! 2mo
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It‘s the last month of #BookSpin for 2022!? HOW DID THIS HAPPEN!? Did we time travel because it feels like we time traveled…anyway, I really surprised myself by sticking with the challenge all year! It saw me through a couple of slumps, and I was able to knock off some long-standing titles from my TBR! Here‘s to 2023!!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! I also can't believe it's the end of the year already!!! This year went by in a flash! 2mo
AshleyHoss820 @TheAromaofBooks It really did! 2mo
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Reveries of the Solitary Walker | Jean-Jacques Rousseau
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What I love about this is that there are literal centuries separating me from Rousseau, yet so many of his musings were surprisingly relatable. Is he a bit of a drama queen & kinda whiny? Yeah, but I think he was going through it. Some of his writing made me think he had anxiety because I do & boy have I said some of the same things. Anyway, books like this remind me why I read: to see through someone else‘s eyes. 223/1,001 #1001Books

BarbaraBB Fantastic review. I want to read this book NOW 😀 2mo
AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraBB 😂 Thank you!! I just went along for the ride on this one! Im glad I read the introduction too. I might have been annoyed with him if I wasn‘t aware that he was at the end of his life and feeling a little isolated. I hope you enjoy it! ☺️ 2mo
AshleyHoss820 This was my #BookSpin for November! @TheAromaofBooks 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! 2mo
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Downpour | Nick Holmes
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These poems were absolutely haunting and beautiful. I cannot BELIEVE I‘m all alone in the comment section. I *think* this is featured on the #RoryGilmoreChallenge list (probably included in the revival?) and that‘s how I stumbled on this. I was savoring every poem. Im looking forward to Time Spent Falling. I had to take a screenshot of my GoodReads update, just so I could always remember this one.

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The Water Cure | Sophie Mackintosh
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I wish there had been a bit more background on this one, but I‘m not too mad about it. This was an interesting read. We‘re never really sure if King is crazy or correct. It reminded me of all the ways we hurt/are hurt in the name of love: “I‘m doing this for your own good,” “I do this because I love you,” etc. It made me think about the power of abuse, the vulnerability of women, and the fact that we can never really *know* anyone.

BarbaraBB I read this a few years ago but still remember the atmosphere of the book. 2mo
AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraBB YES!! That is definitely what sticks to you the most. There are so many layers to this that I will probably think of new insights for a long time to come. Like water is usually seen as life-giving and renewing, but in this novel it is often dangerous, unknown, and hostile. It‘s interesting. ☺️ 2mo
BarbaraBB That was exactly what made the book stand out to me!! 2mo
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AshleyHoss820 This was my #DoubleBookSpin for November! @TheAromaofBooks 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 2mo
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I was wavering on so-so with this volume, but I think this ties everything up well. There were bits I adored and things I could do without. That‘s the game, though. I was definitely not sorry I revisited this series. It‘s always a treat to go for a magic carpet ride with the Master. ☺️🧡

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The Sandman Vol. 9: The Kindly Ones | Neil Gaiman, Frank McConnell
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I may be on my own here, but I think the series could have ended with this volume…it is so masterfully done. Everything is woven together like a tapestry and when you step back, you can see how all the parts make a whole.

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Stories within stories within stories within….This is heavy lifting by Gaiman. He builds and swirls together his universe. There is so much to notice in this volume. There is some foreshadowing and I already know I‘m not ready. This isn‘t my favorite, but I do appreciate the journey. Also, it wouldn‘t upset me to spend an eternity working in the World‘s End Inn and hearing the travelers‘ tales.

Clare-Dragonfly I would love to work there and hear everyone‘s tales forever! It would be like spending the rest of your life reading books n 2mo
AshleyHoss820 @Clare-Dragonfly Yes!! It would be so interesting! Never a dull moment, yet a cozy familiarity too! ☺️ 2mo
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Delirium misses Destruction and tries to recruit her siblings to find him and bring him home. Dream is the only one who joins her. At first, it‘s for selfish reasons. The trouble is, Destruction does NOT wish to be found. This volume covers their journey and reveals more of the Endless‘ backstory. It‘s interesting to see the changes in Dream. Poor little Delirium. I love her character.

DaveGreen7777 If the Netflix series makes it to this story, I really hope they cast Tori Amos as Delirium, since Neil has confirmed he originally based the character on her! 👩🏻‍🦰🎹🎶 2mo
AshleyHoss820 @DaveGreen7777 Oh, yes! I always forget she is one of his muses! If I remember right, she either inspired or asked him to write short stories that went with one of her albums? Anyway, that would be really cool! I need to watch the series, but I want to finish my re-read first. 😄 2mo
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Sandman - Fables and Reflections | Neil Gaiman, Bryan Talbot
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I enjoyed this one, not as much as I liked the other volumes, but still…There are 9 stand-alone tales that still belong to this universe. Side note: The next tattoo I get just may be Lil Death and Lil Dream from Abel‘s story. 😄

Clare-Dragonfly That would be a great tattoo! 3mo
AshleyHoss820 @Clare-Dragonfly Wouldn‘t it!? I love that it would be a niched reference! ☺️ 3mo
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This comic was written in the early 90‘s and I don‘t think it gets enough credit for that. I really hope we get to see Wanda again. I loved this little group of humans and the importance of found family. I loved Wanda for her strength, sass, and her vulnerability. At one point, I was a smidge bored with Barbie‘s dream world, but not so much that I wanted to quit reading. It‘s not the main plot, but we do see some of Morpheus‘ power at the end.

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Gaiman has this gift. He takes a story that is head canon, widely known and accepted and he says, “Okay, but ✨WHAT IF✨” It‘s absolute magic. What if Lucifer said, “Nah, fam, this ain‘t the vibe for me,” and QUIT. Sure, he‘s trying to stick it to Morpheus, but also…he has a point. To use an inhuman vehicle to say something about humanity? Gorgeous.

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Dream Country | Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg
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I think what I like most about Morpheus is that Gaiman avoids the temptation of making his main character this great guy. He‘s kind of an ass, he‘s stubborn, has a temper, but he also cares in his own way. Morpheus is truly a complex character. While these stories aren‘t central to the plot, they do give us important background information to the Endless, to this world that they inhabit.

Clare-Dragonfly I agree, I love what a deep and complex character Morpheus is! He‘s not quite a hero… but he‘s not an antihero, either. 3mo
AshleyHoss820 @Clare-Dragonfly Exactly! He‘s just…real! And it‘s interesting because, as an immortal character, he could be this high-and-mighty being, but he isn‘t. In many ways, and he would never admit this, he‘s almost human. ☺️😄 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly Ha, he would hate to be described that way, but yes! 😆 3mo
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The Doll's House | Neil Gaiman, Mike Dringenberg
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This was maybe my least favorite, but I really loved the inclusion of the “minor” characters in Rose‘s storyline. I really appreciate the willingness to tie in previous stories, to “tie up loose ends” you didn‘t even know were still unraveled. As always, Gaiman‘s sense of humor keeps me coming back. Also, this side plot of Hob Gadling. Proof Morpheus really does care sometimes, even if that fact pisses him off. 😂

Clare-Dragonfly I ❤️ Hob 3mo
AshleyHoss820 @Clare-Dragonfly I do too!! I was so worried because early in his immortality, he struggled a bit. But that was so important. It *would* be horrible to see everyone you‘d ever loved age and die and you remain. He has such a wonderful, underrated story arc! ☺️ 3mo
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I will never not revisit this comic. Gaiman lives on another plane and he gifts us his musings. An occultist tries to trap Death, but ensnares her little brother, Dream. For 70 years he is held captive. When he gets free…well, good luck. I absolutely LOVE the issue at the end of this volume: The Sound of Her Wings.

batsy I recently started revisiting this series from scratch since the library has digital copies. I think I stopped at vol. 3 and need to continue. The way this whole world is constructed is pure genius. 3mo
AshleyHoss820 @batsy I feel that way, too! It‘s just so intricate. Just when I think I have things figured out, Gaiman reminds me why he‘s the master. It‘s amazing. ☺️ 3mo
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The Sandman: Overture | Neil Gaiman, J. H. Williams III
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My GOSH. The art in this volume has no business being this stunning. It is an absolute feast from start to finish. It took me longer to read the story than usual because I kept pausing to take in the art. Did you ever wonder why Morpheus was so worn out when he was trapped by Burgess? This story answers that.

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I realize that not every story needs to give me a complete backstory, but being utterly confused the majority of the time isn‘t a good idea either…I *really* wanted to love this. The premise is great, I enjoyed her writing style, it was just a little too silly for me. I dunno. Maybe I‘ll try it again someday when I can appreciate it more?

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Snakes and Earrings | Hitomi Kanehara, David James Karashima
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I‘m torn about this one. I really dig the characters‘ fight against tradition, swimming upstream, that fight for individuality/identity while being completely empty inside. I really liked that. But this just fell a little short for me, and I can‘t figure out why…I wonder if the movie version would be better. My #BookSpin for October! ☺️

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Novemberschokolade: Roman | Ulrike Sosnitza
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I am farther behind than I would like, but it‘s been a rough few months. Thankfully, I‘ve kept with the same list all year, so here is my November list. ☺️ #BookSpin

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BarbaraBB Hope you are feeling better ❤️ 3mo
AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraBB Thank you so much, Barbara! I had a very bad fit with my student teaching. I had been in contact with my supervisor through the whole process, thankfully. Last week, we decided I needed to be removed and to try again with a different teacher in the Spring. 3mo
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BarbaraBB That sounds like a good solution. And it‘ll give you time to take care of yourself 🤍 3mo
AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraBB Exactly!! ☺️🧡 3mo
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Night | Elie Wiesel
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This is a tough book. It is also a necessary book. I used a personal connection with my own students to help them understand that this is still affecting people in so many ways. (I have ancestors I can‘t trace too far because the church where our records were kept was ordered to be burned down.) We shall never forget, and we MUST never forget.
📷: Yiddish Book Center

AmyG Never Forget. I am happy to hear you are teaching this. Eapecially now with what Kanye and Kyrie have said about Jews, men that young people listen to. 3mo
AshleyHoss820 @AmyG I don‘t know what Kanye said (I can‘t stand him), but I have heard that he‘s been making some stupid remarks. While that‘s not surprising, you are right. We HAVE to counteract those derogatory viewpoints. It is SO imperative that we NEVER let this memory slip. 3mo
vivastory I read this around this time last year & it deeply deeply impacted me 3mo
AshleyHoss820 @vivastory It is definitely one of those stories, Scott! I had read it many years ago, when my oldest was only two. I had to keep pausing to hold him to remind myself he was safe. He‘s 19 now, but going through this with the students…I was surprised how much I remembered. 3mo
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Romeo and Juliet (Updated) | William Shakespeare
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There‘s nothing I can add about the plot that we all don‘t know. I‘ll tell you this, if you want me to teach irony and inference to students, I can find other ways. The only good time we had reading this was when they acted out the final scene and we had “dead bodies” laying all over the classroom. 🤣 This is a good way to teach caution in relationships, though…I‘ll say that…

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Nutshell | Ian McEwan
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Hamlet, but if Hamlet were in utero. Stay with me; it‘s amazing. Even though the plot of Hamlet is so well-known to me, I was still hoping against hope that it would change in this story. It‘s so interesting and insightful. McEwan is one of those authors who, even if you‘re not sure about the book, still manages to get under your skin.

Clare-Dragonfly What. 🤯 I haven‘t read McEwan since Namesake, but that was so great and I love Hamlet. I‘ll have to give this a try. 3mo
BarbaraBB Great review! 3mo
AshleyHoss820 @Clare-Dragonfly I really enjoyed this one! I have had a love/hate relationship with McEwan for awhile…like, I hate how much I love him…😂 I read Enduring Love years ago and I *still* think I about it. I hope you enjoy this! ☺️ 3mo
AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraBB Thank you!! ☺️ 3mo
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I‘m late, but since my list isn‘t changing anytime soon, who cares! 😂😂😂 Here‘s my October #bookspin list!

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The Sesame Street treasury. Vol. 1: Starring the number 1 and the letter A | Jim Henson, Children's Television Workshop, Tom Cooke, Linda Bove, National Theatre of the Deaf
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When life gets a little stressful, you need to get your serotonin on. I always find something nostalgic to bring back my smile. ☺️ It‘s no secret how much I love Sesame Street. I bought volume one as a depression purchase and I am so grateful to past me! 😂 The little story about Grover and Prairie Dawn figuring out how to tell a good story was so sweet. Just such well-produced educational tools. 🧡

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Oscar Wilde is one of the greatest wits of all time. I was reading this play, laughing the entire time, and scheming lessons/activities I could do with future classes. This is an absolute riot from start to finish.

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Hag-Seed | Margaret Atwood
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If you think I‘m not going to do this absolutely perfect assignment with my students, you are wrong. 😂 This is a modern re-telling of Shakespeare‘s The Tempest. Felix (Prospero) has been ousted from his job. To get revenge, he becomes a theater teacher at a prison. This was a fun read. I may be biased, though, because I haven‘t found an Atwood I don‘t like. My #DoubleBookSpin for September! I ordered my #bookspin book and it just came in today!

ChaoticMissAdventures In college one of my classes had us read the Tempest and then watch the old Forbidden Planet movie. Still one of my favorite assignments! 4mo
AshleyHoss820 @ChaoticMissAdventures Oh my gosh, I love it! I‘m going to tuck that away for future reference! Thank you! 😄 4mo
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AshleyHoss820 @vivastory YES!! That is amazing! I did a Shakespeare insult battle during my observations with a class of Seniors. It was a great time! 😄 (edited) 4mo
vivastory That's fantastic 🤣 4mo
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How to Enjoy Shakespeare | Robert Thomas Fallon
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The description says that this is for those with no prior exposure to Shakespeare. I can see that. I was hoping for some insight to get my freshmen students to get into Shakespeare, but this came up empty. The answer is jolly ranchers, in case you were wondering…Also, SparkNotes‘ twitter puts the lit in literature.

rabbitprincess Excellent use of Flight of the Conchords there 😂 4mo
AshleyHoss820 @rabbitprincess SparkNotes‘ meme game is top tier! 😂🤣 4mo
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I Must Betray You | Ruta Sepetys
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Honestly, after sitting on this one for a bit, my review can only be positive. At first, I was thinking, “Man, a lotta tell and no show.” But I think that‘s the point. No one in this novel could tell anyone anything. It‘s claustrophobic and you begin a mad spiral of distrust. I don‘t know much about this period in history (Romanian Revolution). Such a fascinating read. I will read this author again.

IuliaC Great review! I was only 7 when the revolution took place and I remember these were everyone's exact feelings during those days, fear, mistrust, nobody knew who to believe. I like this author and I'm really curious about this novel 😊 4mo
AshleyHoss820 @IuliaC That would be so terrifying, especially for such a young age! I definitely suggest this book! It‘s YA, so it‘s engaging and informative while not feeling over your head. I‘ve been told that Salt to the Sea is one of her best, so that‘s where I‘m headed next! Enjoy and happy reading!! 4mo
IuliaC @AshleyHoss820 "Salt to the Sea" is next on my list too. I've just finished "The Fountains of Silence". I liked that the novels are documented and very informative on bits of history I knew little about 4mo
AshleyHoss820 @IuliaC Yes! I like that too! I‘ll have to add Fountains of Silence to my list! 4mo
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The Most Dangerous Game | Richard Connell
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I‘m not sure how I have never read this delightful short story, but I‘m glad I have now! Is it a bit ridiculous? Sure. That doesn‘t stop it from being a fun little look at civility and savagery. That‘s right, I said “and” and not “versus.” 😂☺️ Rainsford is washed ashore on an island with a host who is interested in hunting the most dangerous game. What could he mean? If you haven‘t read this one yet, enjoy!

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The Spinster Book | MYRTLE REED
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I‘ve had this list saved for a while, but this semester has been busy! I‘m enjoying student teaching so far! ☺️ I will say, this is a different kind of busy than my usual! As always, this mood-reader is staying with the same list. I will say, though, it is making me read books that have been languishing on my TBRs for years! Yay!! #BookSpin #DoubleBookSpin

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
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The Stone Diaries | Carol Shields
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The writing in this book alone is worth it. This book follows Daisy Goodwill from her birth to her death. The way life can sometimes just happen to us, the way it can just slip right through our fingers. I love the addition of letters and snippets of dialogue from other characters to fill in Daisy‘s story. 222/1,001 #1001Books

BarbaraBB Happy to hear it is still as good as when I read it in the 90s 👵🏼 5mo
AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraBB 😂🤣 The 90‘s still feel like just a few years ago… 5mo
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Dr. Knox | Peter Spiegelman
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I really did enjoy this one. After knocking out The Nix earlier this year, this book was on my GoodReads TBR the longest. It‘s a thriller involving a doctor working at a skid-row clinic. When a woman & a young boy show up at his clinic, and the woman disappears, it dives Dr. Knox and his friends into a web of greed and high-power. The end got a *little* silly, but I loved the characters, so I didn‘t mind. My #doublebookspin for August. 📷: NYTimes

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Zorrie | Laird Hunt
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I would have to agree with this blurb about Zorrie. It‘s beautifully written and, as a Midwesterner, I felt at home in these pages. I appreciated the contemplative, lazy-river ride through Zorrie‘s life. (If you need a lot of action and climactic events, this one isn‘t for you.) Lovely read that will stay in my mind for a long time. My #BookSpin for August ☺️

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! 5mo
vivastory One of my favorites of the year. I also enjoyed Hunt's equally short, yet very different 4mo
AshleyHoss820 @vivastory Your review was the reason I put this on my TBR! ☺️ I have the book you tagged on my list too, and I am really looking forward to reading it! I really like his style! Thank you for the recs!! 4mo
vivastory Thanks! I'm glad that this was a winner for you. I agree about his style. 4mo
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Silent Wife | A S A Harrison
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This book was done a disservice by its marketing company. I'm going to start with that. This is not a thriller. It's a fascinating look at two psychologically flawed individuals, the chaos and harm they inflict on each other and everyone around them through their reckless/passive aggressive decision-making. There was a subplot involving Jodi & her brothers that needed more or to be left out. This was not a bad read, just not what I was expecting.

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All the President's Men | Carl Bernstein
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Had to make myself a little Who‘s Who packet for this book…😂🤷🏻‍♀️

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So, this was interesting. This came up on my Scrib‘d app as something I might be interested in, so I gave it a go. The cover led me to believe it would be something akin to Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, but it wasn‘t. Instead, this collects stories and folktales from the Jewish community. There were a couple stories that I didn‘t like, but overall it was an interesting read. ☺️