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Brie

Brie

Joined April 2016

Writer🖋Bookworm 📖•••📚84/100
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Boundless | Jillian Tamaki
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Loved this collection of graphic short stories, only wish they were longer. Strange, weird and wonderful tales of a woman who keeps shrinking, a bed bug infestation, a cult like skin care product, a variation of Facebook that makes characters question reality, plus many more. Sketched throughout with seemingly effortless illustrations.

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Fight Club | Chuck Palahnuik
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So I broke my own rule and watched the movie before reading the book... I was surprised by all the similarities, but more shocked by the ending. Both are visceral and unsettling to the very end.

Jeralyn One of my all time favorites! 4w
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Witch Hat Atelier 1 | Kamome Shirahama
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This manga follows Coco, a girl who more than anything wants to be a witch. But in her world, witches are born, not made. And magic isn‘t something that can be taught, at least she thinks until she tries some spells of her own and it goes horribly awry. So she‘s sent off to study magic to try and reverse the damage she‘s done before it‘s too late. Beautifully illustrated!

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A Game of Thrones | George R. R. Martin
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I know I‘m a little late to the whole GoT phenomenon but usually I like to wait until things die down a little to start a popular series and this was worth the wait! So much intrigue and bloodshed and twists and turns! I really got sucked into the world of Westeros.

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SuperMutant Magic Academy | Jillian Tamaki
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A series of short comics following the students of a boarding school for mutant teens with magical powers, the panels are angsty, funny, whimsical, grounded, and relatable all at once. Mostly black and white illustrations but some splashes of color here and there.

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In this volume, Scott finally faces Gideon, Ramona‘s most evil of the seven evil exes! But first he has to get over his depression following Ramona‘s sudden disappearance from his life, Kim moving back home, and the band breaking up. Everything‘s changing but can Scott keep Ramona?

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SuperMutant Magic Academy | Jillian Tamaki
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Books ARE amazing!

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Scott has moved in with Ramona, but the honeymoon phase of their relationship is over. He‘s being unfairly tag teamed by twin exes and Ramona is acting distant from him after she learns the truth of how they got together when Scott was technically still dating Knives. This volume ends on a major cliffhanger with Scott getting a phone call from Gideon, the final evil ex.

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Scott Pilgrim finally gets it together...or tries to at least. He gets a job, but is soon pursued by another one of Ramona‘s exes, a half ninja girl with a samurai sword. There‘s some rocky relationship parts as Scott and Ramona navigate their feelings for each other. Oh and his band is recording an album.

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Scott‘s not over one of his evil exes yet, the front woman of a rival band, Envy Adams. She turns up in his life once again because she‘s dating one of Ramona‘s evil exes! Lots of drama in this one.

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With one evil ex vanquished, Scott faces the next one: Hollywood star and skateboarder Lucas Lee! The art style is very manga influenced and the storyline is like a video game which I wasn‘t expecting but it definitely fits the zany plot.

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Scott Pilgrim has a totally awesome life—he‘s 23, unemployed, in a band, and is dating a high school girl. Then roller blading delivery girl Ramona Flowers skates into his life and he just has to date her. But not without battling her 7 evil exes first!

LauraJ This is one of my favorite movies! 1mo
Mtroiano Me too! @LauraJ 1mo
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Sheets | Brenna Thummler
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A ghost story about grief, loss, and laundry, awash with soft pastel drawings 👻

Mandoul Cool thanks! 1mo
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The Scooby Apocalypse Vol. 1 | Keith Giffen, Jim Lee, J.M. DeMatteis
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Three words: hipster Scooby Doo!

OrangeMooseReads Shaggy looks like my brother 😆 2mo
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Be Prepared | Vera Brosgol
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Fantastic art once again, in shades of green, yellow, and brown. This comic brought back memories of mine from Girl Scout camp, both good and bad. Young Vera thinks summer camp will be a blast, but the older girls are mean to her, there‘s no candy allowed, and she has to use latrines! As the four weeks of camp go by, Vera learns a lot about herself and friendship.

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Anya's Ghost | Vera Brosgol
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Loved the art in this one more than the slightly spooky, supernatural coming of age story. Anya struggles at school with her lack of friends, immigrant background, and body image issues. So when she meets a friendly ghost, things start to look up. But it turns out her ghost is less Casper and more sinister. 👻💀☠️

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Game of Thrones | George R R Martin
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Since the TV series just ended I‘ve decided it‘s the perfect time to start these books. My cat‘s really digging it too 😸

GypsyKat Awe! So cute! ❤️ #CatsOfLitsy 2mo
Eyelit The possessiveness of kittehs is unparalleled 😹 2mo
sprainedbrain Omg! 😻 2mo
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Soubhiville I love this photo! 2mo
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Sibling rivalry and loyalty clash in this sharp, sinister, darkly comic debut. Korede, the plain sister, is expected to take care of her beautiful younger sister Ayoola. This includes cleaning up the crime scenes of Ayoola‘s posthumous boyfriends. But when Ayoola catches the fancy of a handsome doctor and Korede‘s coworker, that unending, long-suffering loyalty is put to the test.

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K Pop sensation Lucky is poised to make her big American debut, but she‘s beginning to chafe at her restrictive lifestyle. Then she meets Jack, a tabloid photojournalist, and across the course of just one day they fall in love with Hong Kong, and maybe each other? This was a sweet YA romance about finding and pursuing your passions in life.

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Jane Austen‘s precocious “novel” is complemented wonderfully by the brushstrokes of Leon Steinmetz, while the afterword by Claudia L. Johnson provides a lot of insight into how young Austen was playing with expectations in this short sketch of Cassandra‘s adventures.

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The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter | Carson McCullers
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McCullers‘ debut novel, published when she was only 23, follows several inhabitants of a rural southern mill town in the 1930s as they grapple with loneliness, poverty, death, and change. A compassionate portrait of humanity.

Weaponxgirl I read this last month and loved it so much! 2mo
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Aquicorn Cove | Katie O'Neill
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Another cute story with magical creatures from the creator of the Tea Dragon Society, this time with an environmentally conscious message about coral reefs and the ocean. Touches on themes of community, grief, and loss as well but the pastel pictures keep it light.

Christine Ooh, the aquicorn is the magical creature I didn‘t realize I‘ve been needing my whole life! 🌊 🦄 💕 2mo
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Sylvia Plath‘s lost short story from her college years, this eerie little tale follows young Mary Ventura as she takes a train ride to the mysterious Ninth Kingdom. But what exactly is that destination? Rich in symbolism, with a Twilight Zone vibe.

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Blacksad: Amarillo | Juan Diaz
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In this short volume, Blacksad hits the road to Texas. He‘s on the hunt for a hot headed beatnik lion wanted for murder and grand theft auto. More fantastic drawings, just wish it were longer.

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Blacksad | Juan Diaz Canales, Juanjo Guarnido
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Detective John Blacksad investigates cases including the murder of a starlet/former lover, a missing child in a segregated town, and a Russian spy ring trying to get the formula for the atom bomb. I loved the richly detailed watercolor illustrations of this noir comic with an anthropomorphic bent.

RestlessFickleBookHoarder I've got this book. Why haven't I read it yet? 2mo
TheBee Cool cover art! 2mo
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The Water Cure | Sophie Mackintosh
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This was a bit of a slow, languid read. The tone matched the seaside setting but it had undercurrents of simmering rage beneath. Three sisters live isolated on an island with their Mother and King, their father. They are told to fear men & undergo various “therapies” which are really exercises in sadomasochism. Until one day King disappears & three men wash ashore. Everything they‘ve been taught is thrown into question & sibling rivalry erupts.

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Arthur Dent and his companions try to avoid total annihilation once again after the inhabitants on planet Krikkit decide to blow up the universe! Some funny bits in this third volume of Hitchhiker‘s.

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The Dry | Jane Harper
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This debut mystery had a great plot and exceptional pacing throughout. Set in a small rural farming town in Australia experiencing a long drought, it follows an investigation into the murder of the Hadler family. Did Luke Hadler really kill his wife and child in an apparent murder-suicide or is something else going on?

Caroline2 I really enjoyed this one too! 👍🏻 3mo
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Sleepless Vol. 2 | Sarah Vaughn
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So sad that this series is already over but it was a satisfying conclusion. Sir Cyrenic adjusts to life after being released from his sleepless vow by Lady Poppy. But with the identity of her assassin still unknown, her future looks bleak as she prepares to wed the wicked Lord Helder.

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In this volume, our party has incurred the wrath of the magician who built the dungeon as they try to get above ground and are thwarted by some rearranged routes and patrolling wyverns. Plus, they encounter a former member of their party.

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This was a fun, humorous, slightly horrifying glimpse back into the Victorian era in the realms of fashion, medicine, and etiquette as it specifically referred to women of the period. Let‘s just say I‘m glad I live in the 21st century, even with its many flaws.

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The gang has finally traveled deep enough into the dungeon to come face to face with the Red Dragon! Will they be beaten a second time or will they succeed in their quest to save their fallen, hopefully not digested, party member? Not as much cooking in this one, more action.

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Big secrets are kept in this small British suburbia, where the neighbors all know each other‘s business. So when one woman disappears, speculation runs rampant. Two children and best friends, Grace and Tilly, lead the investigation. I thought the voices and world building of the neighborhood were strong and well defined, with light touches of humor to cut through the disturbing undertones.

Tamra I loved the unique voices! 3mo
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Tangerine: A Novel | Christine Mangan
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In this 1950s set novel, Alice is whisked away to Morocco by her new husband, John. She doesn‘t like the crowds and heat of Tangier, and spends her days in their apartment until her old Bennington roommate Lucy arrives unannounced at her door. Definite Patricia Highsmith and Shirley Jackson vibes in this sultry noir.

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Tensions arise when the company runs into a former member who left for higher pay. Meanwhile, they get closer and closer to the dragon and their lost party member. I love the recipes for each monster they hunt even though they serve no practical use in the real world.

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The company continues farther on into the depths of the dungeon, this time dealing with golems and krakens among other monsters!

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Lust Killer | Ann Rule
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Ann Rule chronicles the case of Jerry Brudos, the Lust Killer. Also known as the Shoe Fetish Killer, Brudos targeted young women in the Pacific Northwest during the 1960s. Rule gives chilling detail and insight into his monstrous crimes, while still never forgetting the victims.

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This is the very first manga I‘ve ever read and it was for my book group. I really enjoyed it! I thought the panel sequence would be confusing but I caught on to reading right to left quickly. A group of adventurers loses a member to a dragon deep in a dungeon. To rescue her, they need to kill and eat the dungeon monsters to survive!

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Tana French‘s latest mystery, plus her first standalone! I was excited to read this one, and it didn‘t disappoint. Maybe a bit too wordy at times. A skull is found in an old tree on the estate belonging to Toby‘s uncle who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer. Detectives swoop in on the scene and to interrogate the family, where long held secrets are finally uncovered and memories are questioned.

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The second book in the series. Honestly the plot takes a backseat to the jokes mostly but I still enjoyed this adventure!

Soubhiville The cow in the restaurant 😂🤣😂🐄 3mo
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Dryland | Sara Jaffe
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1990s Portland: Grunge dominates the culture, it rains constantly, and the AIDS epidemic is at its peak. High schooler Julie joins the swim team at the invitation of a more popular girl and finds herself exploring her sexuality and learning more about her older brother, a former Olympic hopeful who now lives in Berlin and with whom she hardly talks. Sparely written but with emotional depth.

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The Serpent King | Jeff Zentner
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High school senior Dill feels like he can‘t escape his family‘s past. His dad, the leader of a religious cult, is in jail and his mom overworks herself to pay off legal debts. The only solace he has is with his two friends, Travis and Lydia, and his music. He looks towards no college until a tragedy forces him to reconsider his future.

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Gabi, a Girl in Pieces | Isabel Quintero
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This book deals with a lot of heavy issues, including teen pregnancy, addiction, body image, rape, homophobia, and racial identity but the tone never feels dark or depressing because of Gabi‘s spirited and authentic internal monologue. I think the diary format was a good choice, and I loved Gabi‘s outlet through poetry and her zine.

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Sourdough | Robin Sloan
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A computer programmer inherits a very special sourdough starter in this quirky novel with a touch of magical realism. I had no idea farmers markets were so cutthroat! I was hungry the entire time I read this. It inspired me to bake my own bread 🥖

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Betty Boo | Claudia Piñeiro
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This was a bit of a slow burn mystery/crime novel of revenge, topped off with an unsettling ending. A maid finds a wealthy man with his throat slit, and a journalist, mystery novelist, among others attempt to investigate the murder and uncover a pattern of similar suspicious deaths.

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I have finally read this classic of science fiction! It felt like I already knew most of the story and jokes going in because it‘s so saturated in pop culture, but this was still a fun read and I‘d like to continue on with the series.

Dragon Don‘t panic! Don‘t forget your towel! 😀🐉 3mo
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PTSD | Guillaume Singelin
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A war veteran comes back home to civilian life, but can‘t quite adjust back into a society that hates her for all the death and destruction she‘s caused, while gangs hook veterans on pain pills to keep them complacent in this graphic novel about mental health and community. The watercolor illustrations are so lovely and detailed and the story ends on a hopeful note.

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About Betty's Boob | Vero Cazot
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I read this comic in my book club for Women‘s History month and it was a surprisingly uplifting and spirited book about one woman‘s experience with breast cancer. The comic is almost entirely wordless, so the art carries most of the story and it is fantastic! Certain sequences reminded me of old French cartoons and film.

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Ill Will: A Novel | Dan Chaon
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This was such an eerie, paranoia-inducing read. I loved it! It was told through flashbacks to the 1980s satanic panic and roughly present day. Lots of interesting themes regarding memory and if we can trust our own judgment about our pasts, or if we construct new memories because it‘s just easier to cope with life after tragedy that way.

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This was a fun, nostalgic history of those popular mass produced paperback series geared towards teens in the ‘80s and ‘90s like Sweet Valley High, Goosebumps, etc. I remember reading a lot of the books mentioned. It‘s organized by genre and there‘s lots of cool vintage covers to look over. I just wish it had an epilogue at the end to wrap things up, because it just sort of trails off.

Megabooks I enjoyed this as Well! Nostalgia! 3mo
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