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Revisiting an old friend, and taking notes for a blog entry later.

Enjoying the book as much the second time, if not more.

But each page is a reminder of what can go wrong when you loan books. (This book was in pristine condition when I loaned it. It came home like this, with dog eared pages, torn cover, and actual chunks missing from the edges. Water damage and burn marks are the only thing missing. )

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The Haunting of Hill House | Shirley Jackson
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How is possible that I have only JUST discovered Shirley Jackson?!

#IHateMovieCoversOnBooks

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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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This book was not bad, it just wasn‘t for me.

To be honest I found it painful.

Like a train wreck, one is compelled to look, despite the carnage and pain, and despite not wanting to look at all finds it impossible to look away....Wanting to know how it ends, hoping everything works out, but knowing it cannot.

Well written, and psychologically accurate. But not for me. It hurt too much to enjoy it.

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This may be the single best collection of short stories I have ever read. Berlin is raw in her honestly, stark in her truth, and tender in her treatment of brutal situations. She never turns away, or sugar coats things, even if the result of this decision is that it may not always paint a flattering picture of her protagonist/self. And yet she does all of this without ever being bitter. Truly amazing. I am in awe of her talent and humbleness.

Leftcoastzen Summed up nicely! It was honest and brutal at times. 2w
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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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Starting this on the recommendation of my cousin, the same one who introduced me to the awe inspiring, brilliant, Lucia Berlin....so expectations are pretty high. 😋

charl08 Great book. 2w
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Mehso-so

In the end this book was pretty ok. I found my mind drifting off a lot of the time, not because it was not holding my attention, but rather because it reminded me of people and places and conversations long since past. Unfortunately because I thought this was a collection of essays she didn‘t have time to write, but did anyway and was Instead of an author‘s idea notebook of partially fleshed out ideas, I was a little disappointed.

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At about the halfway way mark, this is pretty good, not quite what I was expecting but interesting. However, many, if not most, of the essays feel unfinished, more like a start of something that will be edited and expanded later.

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Easily the best collection of short stories I have encountered since I first discovered Dorothy Parker in my twenties.

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You know that one book that you turn to when everything in life turns upside down and inside out?

Yeah, I am there. I need comfort and predictability.

After 10 days of high fever my daughter caught a smaller less scary bug (just a cough and a low grade fever). But Tomorrow will be her first day back at school since the 18th..... And now my mom is in the hospital. Yesterday she had two blood transfusions and today is scheduled for surgery. 😔

BiblioLitten Hugs💕 I hope it‘s a better day tomorrow. 2mo
Autumnscribe @BiblioLitten thank you. Me too. 😊 2mo
JSW This book is my solace, too. I hope things get better soon. Sending you ❤️ 2mo
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Autumnscribe @JSW thanks. Things are looking up, mom is out of surgery and it looks like the culprit was an ulcer. So not nearly as serious as the last time she went to the doctor for a belly ache and they found 12 cancerous tumors and she ended up being in hospital for 6 weeks. 2mo
Victoriahoperose Wishing you the best. I love this book too. I hope everything calms down for you and gets better! 2mo
Autumnscribe @Victoriahoperose thank you. Me too. 😊 I could use a good dose of boring in my life. No surprises, just nice and predictably uneventful. 2mo
BookishTrish Wishing you boring stuff 1mo
Autumnscribe @BookishTrish thank you. Boring is good, is my new motto. She isn‘t home yet, but I hear maybe tomorrow... fingers crossed. 1mo
baes Omg. I hope she is doing better! 1mo
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The Tombs of Atuan | Ursula K. Le Guin
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After fighting my youngest daughter‘s fever for the last 8 days, complete with 2 doctor visits and an ER trip, she is finally on the mend, and I am falling apart in a corner with a book that I hope will cheer me up.

GrilledCheeseSamurai Glad she's on the up! 2mo
Dragon Thank goodness she‘s on the mend! Hugs and flowers 💐 2mo
Autumnscribe @GrilledCheeseSamurai and @Dragon thank you. :) it has been a long and scary week. We have the fever down to 101 from 104.8. So with any luck we may return to the 90s tomorrow. 2mo
Dragon Fingers crossed 🤞 2mo
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Leftover chicken soup available in mass quantities at the used bookstore.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I was obsessed with these when I was younger. 2mo
Autumnscribe I have never read one, though I know a lot of people who have. I was just struck by this tower of them. 2mo
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The Agony House | Cherie Priest
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Looking forward to this...

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The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries | Walter Yeeling Evans-Wentz
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First published in about 1911, when psychology was new, and anthropology was just starting to be taken seriously, this book borrows quite heavily from the methodologies and practiced of both. Filled with first person narratives this book promises to be quite the adventure.

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J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography | Humphrey Carpenter
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This is one of the best written biographies I have ever encountered. It is well paced, doesn‘t present too many details, and gives scope without speculation. I only wish the recent film lived up to its source materials. While visually beautiful, it was a disjointed in its telling, altered the timeline of Tolkien‘s life, and left key elements of his life completely out. So, while I really wanted to like it, in the end it fell a bit short.

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After You: A Novel | Jojo Moyes
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Finished this yesterday. It was, in a word, ok. But as a sequel to Me Before You.... it falls short....so much so that one wonders why she even bothered. It would have been so much better if it were not standing in the shadow of its vastly superior predecessor. On its own it would have at least stood a chance of being kind of cute, (a romantic comedy with a happy ending).

Traci1 I felt the same about this one and the third one. She should have just left Me Before You as a stand-alone. 2mo
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I will admit to being a little disappointed on this so far. I guess I just expected more than a running dialogue that vacillates between the author‘s inflated view self-serving of himself, and an inner dialogue that speaks of warnings of impending heartbreak and doom but the headstrong determination to do it anyway.

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After You: A Novel | Jojo Moyes
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At roughly the half way point, it is not quite what I expected, and is definitely a departure from the types of books I normally read. Yet it is also oddly compelling. However, whether this is due to the writing or just a result of the kind of train wreck rubbernecking we are all guilty of at times, is yet to be determined.

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After You: A Novel | Jojo Moyes
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After finishing Fellowship of the Ring, I needed something a little less heavy... realy hoping I am not setting myself up for trip through the emotional wringer.

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The Golden Key | George MacDonald
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Looking forward to this.

TimSpalding He is so weird, and so good. 2mo
Autumnscribe @TimSpalding agreed!!! I cannot believe I have only recently discovered his work. I would have loved these even more when I was a kid than I do now. 2mo
TimSpalding @Autumnscribe My son enjoyed them when I played them for him, a few years ago. He might have been too young, though. Another Victorian fairy story I like is Ruskin's King of the Golden River. 2mo
Autumnscribe @TimSpalding I will have to check that out. I collect fairy tales from all over the world. (And as far as I can tell Victorian stories almost constitute a different planet). Thanks for the recommendation. 2mo
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When you have three kids all getting haircuts on the same day.

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Because I may actually have purchased the only version in print if this book WITHOUT a map....
#nerdlevelBOSS #maps #middleearth

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Finally reading this, it has been on my list for ages.

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This book was well written, well paced, and had just the right amount of humor and action. (Plus the main character‘s best friend is a magical bookstore.) I cannot wait to give it to the kids to read.

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I bought this on a whim at my youngest‘s school book fair and started reading it this morning... my expectations weren‘t high... but man... so far at about 1/3 in it is really quite excellent. It is well paced, interesting, funny and even believable. I can‘t wait to hand it over to the kids, they are going to love it!

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Norse Mythology | Neil Gaiman
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I Read this while avoiding another book I was not enjoying very much. Glad I did too, because I loved it! This book has everything I love about reading mythology in general, as well as the storytelling genius of Neil Gaiman. I absolutely loved it!

Curiouser_and_curiouser I have just started this on audio, looking forward to hearing more :) 1mo
Autumnscribe @Reading_to_escape I hope you enjoy it. 1mo
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After a week of avoiding this book, and having my mood sour each and every time I thought of spending time with it, it is time for me to bail. I just cannot finish. It is not a bad book, or even a poorly written one, it simply just isn‘t for me.

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Need a break from the world. Bye, see you in about 150 pages.

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Norse Mythology | Neil Gaiman
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Taking a break from the novel I am struggling to get through to read something I have been saving for months. A sure thing. #CheatingOnMyCurrentRead

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Really struggling to get through this. It isn‘t bad, in fact it is pretty good... but is quite different from the author‘s other books (that I have read, and loved) that I am finding it hard to really get into. Really hoping it picks up soon. (....I am half way through and already stating to think about what I am going to red next. )

whatsthEStorey I‘m listening to this on audio and am just barely slogging through it. I can‘t decide what I don‘t like about it, and the premise is one I would normally enjoy, but it just isn‘t working for me. I have only 3 1/2 hours left & I might bail!! 4mo
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Possession | A. S. Byatt
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I started reading this last year, and then life got very complicated for a while. Now that things are finally stating to calm down a bit, or rather that I have gotten used to the chaos, I am going to attempt to finally finish it. It is beautifully written, but can be a bit of a slog if you are exhausted.

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I found this purely by accident, and for free, on Amazon. It has been a fabulous read so far. I only wish it were longer.

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Off to the Appalachians...

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This is a quick read, a nice little escape book. I loved all of the odd bits of trivia the author managed to intertwine into the story, & the fact that it tried, in a distinctly American way, to emulate the style and pacing of a French film. I also appreciated that he didn‘t try to tie everything up with bow: Life is messy & painful sometimes, it doesn‘t always makes sense, or meet one‘s expectations, but can be good - even in the midst of it all.

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M Is for Magic | Neil Gaiman
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As usual my mind is blown away by Gaiman‘s ability to craft short stories. This collection is considered a children‘s book, but I could just as easily have seen it aimed at adults and no one being any the wiser. If you already love Gaiman‘s work this is a solid collection that will remind you why. However, if you have never been exposed to it then let this be your gateway in. Either way you will not be disappointed.

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I bought this yesterday on impulse at the Costco yesterday. How could I not, it has the words Paris and Book in the title. So far (just a few pages in) I am really liking it. It is a different style of narration than I am used to, which is sharp, almost to the point of being cutting. But mostly the book looks to be a love letter to Paris. Hope this turns out to be the case as the book continues on. :)

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M Is for Magic | Neil Gaiman
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I needed a break from wildwood, it was really starting to annoy me... short stories by Neil Gaiman are just what the doctor ordered.

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Wildwood | Colin Meloy
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Not bad so far, (25%), but not super captivating either. It feels like Narnia, if Aslan were a bureaucratic paper pusher. Really hoping it improves.

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Starting the birthday surprise the husband bought me back in December. Really looking forward to it.

readingjedi Omg, that book brings back so many memories! 5mo
Autumnscribe @readingjedi I hope they are good ones. :) 5mo
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When a nine year old begs you to read their favorite book, you say yes, especially if that nine year old is your kid...

Thing is, I didn‘t expect to like it. But so far, it is amazing. Just the kind Of book I would have loved at her age.

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Have had this one for a while. So far so good. Some parts are hilarious and on point, others are a bit dry and fall into the pitfall of simply listing information about the about the author‘s life. But still enjoying this far (about 1/3)

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Hawley Book of the Dead | Chrysler Szarlan
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A perfectly dreary day for reading a creepy book. :)

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Hawley Book of the Dead | Chrysler Szarlan
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A few stolen moments in a vast sea of confusion; my first chance to read all week.

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The Hawley Book of the Dead | Chrysler Szarlan
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Started this the other day, it is surprisingly good so far.

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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A few minutes out of my day for a Coke and a smile... although now come to think of it, perhaps that is not the best turn of phrase for this reading break, as despite the beautiful writing, circe‘s story never has much to smile about for long.

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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Book the second from my holiday hoard...

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The Princess and the Goblin | George MacDonald
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My only complaint with this book is that I didn‘t find it sooner, like when I was about ten or so. It was beautifully written, and as stated elsewhere, really set the foundation for Tolkien and Lewis. It was just so much fun to read, I felt ten years old again. AND, it had one of the least annoying princess in a story ever.

PatriciaU This is an old favorite of mine, and set me up for a lifetime of reading about goblins, ghosts, fairies, and other creatures. 7mo
Autumnscribe @PatriciaU clearly you have excellent taste! I am looking forward to having my youngest read this, she is currently 9, the same age as the princess. I think she will love it. 7mo
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The Princess and the Goblin | George MacDonald
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Squeezing in a little reading time while the kids get their hair cut.

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The Princess and the Goblin | George MacDonald
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I have been looking for a copy of this for ages, and was so happy to receive it from my mom!!! Best part is that it is an ex library book, and still has the check out card inside....with the kid‘s signatures.

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Guess I made the nice list after all. Santa was very good to me!!!

Dragon Nice haul! 🎅👍💚🐉 7mo
Autumnscribe @Dragon, @booksandsympathy, I have never received so many books at once. Picking one to start with nearly ended me. Lol. Too many good choices. ;) 7mo
Dragon 👍😀🐉 7mo
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Let me start by saying, I really wanted to like this book, I love fairy tales in all of their incarnations (traditional, reimagined, foreign, modern, parody), all of them. So giving a collection of them just a so-so rating pains me. Within the collection there are a few really excellent, well told, thought provoking stories. However, I found the great majority of them to be pretentious and so desperate to be avant-garde that they missed their mark