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Clare-Dragonfly

Clare-Dragonfly

Joined September 2016

Writer, reader, mama, knitter, baker, editor, soon to be cancer survivor. she/her
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Is there anything better than the library worker who checks you out getting excited about your #libraryhaul? 🥰 We had a nice chat about Becky Chambers and Murderbot!

(The other book is by an author who was on… crap, one of the writing podcasts I listen to. I want to say Ink In Your Veins, but I‘m not certain.)

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Here‘s my #bookspin list for June! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3d
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This isn‘t just a cookbook—it‘s a memoir told in recipes and in gorgeous, mouth-watering prose. Also, the recipes are great. Pictured is Oatmeal Bread. We haven‘t sliced into it yet, but it smells amazing! I also made the bagels and they don‘t look great but they are tasty. There are so many recipes in this book that I want to try, in fact, that I‘m planning to buy my own copy after borrowing this from the library.

Tamra That looks lovely! 😍 4d
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“Perfect bread should be defined as that which the baker or eater finds most pleasing to see and eat.”

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System Collapse | Martha Wells
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Murderbot is as hilarious, poignant, and relatable as always. This was another exciting romp through a wild sci-fi future in a world mostly controlled by corporations, with our scrappy heroes trying to save people from indenture and slavery as much as possible. My main complaint is that this picked up so closely after the previous novella, with no reintroduction to the characters, that I struggled to keep track—they should have been one book.

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The Year of the Witching | Alexis Henderson
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#bookhaul at my local new-and-used indie bookstore! I was also tempted to get Witch King by Martha Wells, but I just can‘t bring myself to pay new hardcover prices.

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What can I say? Just lovely.

Tamra I loved the other two - reminds me to get to this one as well. 2w
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Weyward: A Novel | Emilia Hart
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This book felt slow to me at first, despite opening on Altha on trial for witchcraft and Kate working to escape an abusive relationship. The writing style feels cozy (as do Kate‘s circumstances for a while). However, it picked up toward the end and I was riveted. I loved the way the lives of these three generations of women echo and entangle with each other. I do wish there had been more magic, but it was wielded in a satisfying way. CWs 👇🏻

Clare-Dragonfly Domestic abuse, on-page rape, abortion, and lots of insects. 2w
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Weyward: A Novel | Emilia Hart
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I got in some extra, unplanned reading time this morning, since Magrat absolutely refused to let me get up.

Ruthiella Cat‘s just trying to do you a favor! 😹😻 2w
RaeLovesToRead Circlefloof!!!! 🥰🥰 2w
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“Dex had only needed to repair it five times in the [15+] years that it had traveled in their clothes. A reliable device built to last a lifetime, as all computers were.”

Becky Chambers knows how to write a utopia 😅

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For most of this book I thought it would be a pick—and maybe it still should be—but I found the last couple chapters disappointing. The first 11 trials are real, riveting historical witchcraft trials, chosen to both be representative of other trials of their time and to illustrate turning points in the history of witch trials. But trial 12 is a fictional trial that represents the horrible treatment of “witches” in southern Africa—couldn‘t she…

Clare-Dragonfly …have chosen an example of a real person accused of witchcraft? And while using Stormy Daniels as a modern example was interesting, I felt that it wasn‘t nearly as strong an example as past ones, and she made some striking errors when writing about modern paganism. 2w
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Another irritating error. The Wiccan symbol is a pentacle, not a “pentangle”—seriously, how do you study witchcraft and get that wrong? Also, the symbol isn‘t approved for current service members (I don‘t even know whether that‘s a thing). It‘s approved for placement on grave markers of service members, after years of work, which hardly supports her assertion that the US government theoretically allows freedom of religion including witchcraft.

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Wide Sargasso Sea | Jean Rhys
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I guess I expected more out of this book—something surprising, different from what Bertha‘s life obviously would have been like before the events of Jane Eyre. And why did we need the Rochester POV sections? To establish him as a huge jerk? We‘re told in those sections that Antoinette is in love with him and I really would have liked to see her fall in love. But I don‘t understand what either of them or Richard got from the marriage. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Scottish Folk Tales | Ruth Manning-Sanders
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Successful #fleamarkethaul!

I don‘t think this edition is the same as the one tagged, as there is no author listed.

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Hmm… no, it didn‘t. That wasn‘t added to the dollar bill until the 1950s. 🤔

I hate finding errors like this in books. It makes me suspicious of all the research. 🤨

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I really enjoyed this book. The worldbuilding is complex and fascinating, and Mahit is a great character. I had some trouble following all the weird Teixcalaani names and wasn‘t always sure I was associating the right character with the right name. The plot was twist after twist and I was just along for the ride!

vivastory I'm really looking forward to this one. It sounds so unique! 3w
Clare-Dragonfly @vivastory It is! At first it reminded me of other sci-fi I‘ve read but it quickly differentiated itself. Bonus, it‘s totally queer! 3w
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A Power Unbound | Freya Marske
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Fabulous ending to this trilogy! Marske really raises the stakes in multiple ways, and I absolutely love what ends up happening with British magic. Dufay is glorious. And the sex scenes are 🥵🥵🥵

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It‘s been a while since I did #bookspin because my brain only had so much room around chemo. But chemo is done now and I‘m having surgery on Monday, so I should have lots of time to read while I recover! (And knit… my surgeon said that knitting is a great recovery activity!) I just need to resist the urge to make a bingo card. I don‘t need more challenges right now!

Librarybelle Wishing you well for Monday! 1mo
Sace Hope all goes well on Monday. 1mo
BarbaraJean All my best for Monday and for your recovery!! 1mo
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Tamra Sending all the vibes for recovery! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Lovely list!! Hope all goes well for you Monday and beyond!! ❤ ❤ ❤ 4w
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Not a tough choice for April! The decision between March and April was a little tougher… and I think I‘ll leave the next decision until this one is a little less fresh. #readingbracket2024

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It‘s nice to start a weekend trip with a new book!

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Rebecca | Daphne Du Maurier
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Add me to the list of those who just couldn‘t bear to stick with a chapter a day! WOW! I pretty much didn‘t see any of that coming, and yet it all made perfect sense. Du Maurier was a master. #PemberLittens #hashtagbrigade

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What a gorgeous book, rich with historical detail of Spain under the Inquisition in what I would usually call the Elizabethan era. The characters are equally rich and complex. I adored Luzia, Hualit, and Santángel, came to love Valentina, and feared all the villains. The plot took numerous turns I did not expect. Despite an irritating pet peeve toward the end, Leigh Bardugo remains an autobuy author.

Sace I just bought this book recently. I also have Ninth House sitting on my shelf. I have yet to read this author but I always hear good things. I just couldn‘t resist this one. Set in Spain? Magic? Yes please! Plus it‘s just a gorgeous cover! 1mo
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Augh! Why?! Such lazy writing. Just tell us the demands.

And then it never comes up? It isn‘t relevant to the ending? Why bother with the secrets?

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I am HIGHLY SUSPICIOUS of this costume suggestion Danny has provided. Did Rebecca always dress as this portrait? Or will Jan look like Rebecca when she is dressed up? It‘s too easy… something awful is going to happen. This is a long chapter! #hashtagbrigade

BarkingMadRead This was 💯 a set up, I‘m guessing because of rebecca? The reaction was awful! I felt so bad for Jan! 1mo
Clare-Dragonfly @BarkingMadRead It has to have something to do with Rebecca! She is the title of the book after all 😂 1mo
BarkingMadRead @Clare-Dragonfly 🤣🤣🤣 1mo
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Wow.

I didn‘t know anything about this book going in—I just knew I had to read it since I‘d loved her Winternight trilogy—and I‘m glad, so I won‘t say too much. It‘s about the horrors of war and other horrific things, and of things beyond war. It‘s about love, both family and romantic. It‘s not like the Winternight trilogy at all. I may even recommend it more highly.

Gandalf‘s opinion is not as high, but what does he know? He‘s a cat.

rubyslippersreads Gandalf looks very wise to me. 😻 1mo
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Jane Austen Embroidery | Alison Larkin, Jennie Batchelor
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Today‘s lovely #booknlunch—the weather is beautiful!

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Jane Austen Embroidery | Alison Larkin, Jennie Batchelor
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daena I need this book! 1mo
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Becky Chambers has such a beautiful imagination. I‘m glad she chooses to share it with us.

TieDyeDude This was my first book of her. I loved it! Only read A Psalm for the Wild-Built since, but I plan to read more :) 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly @TieDyeDude You definitely should! I haven‘t read the Monk and Robot series yet, but the Wayfarers is wonderful. 2mo
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Lily is a Chinese-American girl growing up in 1950s San Francisco, worrying about friends and Communists, and eventually coming to the realization that she is a lesbian. This book is rich in historical detail and provides a different view of the 1950s than what I usually see. I liked Lily and my heart ached for or leapt with her. I can‘t call this a happy book but it isn‘t too depressing either.

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Whew, it was tough narrowing my March reads down to two! I‘m very happy for the bonus slots! #ReadingBracket2024

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What Moves the Dead | T. Kingfisher
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That is the creepiest book I have read in some time. T. Kingfisher is a genius.

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What Moves the Dead | T. Kingfisher
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I‘m so glad I read A Haunting on the Hill before reading this, so I can listen to “Hares on the Mountain” (I wasn‘t previously familiar with the song), in particular Fern Maddie‘s version, which Hand references in her author‘s note. I was already super into the song and Fern Maddie‘s music, and it‘s a perfect creepy accompaniment to this delightfully creepy book!

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Touch of Frost | Jennifer Estep
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Pretty typical YA fantasy. Gwen goes to a school for magical people descended from mythological warriors and doesn‘t understand why she belongs there, despite her own magic powers. She‘s kind of an idiot who can‘t put two and two together, but it doesn‘t help that people keep telling her she‘s there to learn things and then not even trying to teach her. I liked that her power is psychometry and the development of her friendship with Daphne.

RaeLovesToRead Hello fluffy ears!!! 🥰🥰 2mo
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Salt & Broom | Sharon Lynn Fisher
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I enjoyed this witchy retelling of Jane Eyre very much. I have some quibbles with the retelling-ness (I didn‘t see why she should have changed Jane‘s pre-Lowood backstory and everything happened too fast) but the story, romance, witchcraft, and twist on what happened with Mr. Rochester‘s previous wife were all very satisfying. I‘ve always wanted a witchy Jane Eyre! I‘ll be on the lookout for more by this author.

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Well, that certainly is a story I‘m glad to have finished 😆

Funny, but boring—the funny parts did not advance the plot and dragged on. Evelina is a sweet character, but I really didn‘t understand the attraction the men had for her, or her for Lord Orville. If Jane Austen read this and thought “I can do better,” I can see why! #RandomClassics

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What a wonderful book! It‘s like Good Omens meets The Golem and the Jinni, plus labor organizing and gangs… and a whole bunch of queerness. I have a feeling it‘s going to be very difficult to pick a favorite book of my March reads!

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I suppose the fake Miss Belmont and Mr. Macartney will have a happy ending now—they‘re not really brother and sister so they can get married! And if Belmont makes Macartney his heir, that‘s a pretty good outcome for the fake Miss Belmont. #RandomClassics

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So it seems like Evelina‘s mom‘s friend passed off a different baby as Sir John Belmont‘s daughter??? 🤯 That‘s so much more dramatic than him abandoning 3 different women and picking a random one to be his heir! (But still, why won‘t he acknowledge Macartney? I‘m sure this will all be sorted out by the end! I have 4 more issues to go on Serial Reader!) #RandomClassics

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These demons seem to be pretty enlightened.

CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian I loved this book! 2mo
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I am very happy with this follow up to one of my favorite books of all time. A playwright, her musician girlfriend, their sound engineer friend, and a washed-up actress get together to rehearse a play in Hill House. Hill House doesn‘t want them there… or maybe it really, really does. There‘s a number of highly satisfying callbacks to the original novel. It‘s not as subtle, but I think it‘s stronger for not trying to precisely emulate the master.

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I love the podcast Welcome to Night Vale, but didn‘t care for the other two books they‘ve put out. Still, I wanted to read this book because I adore the character, so finding it at the #littlefreelibrary was perfect!

Patchshank I really enjoyed this one. Its my favorite of the nightvale novels even though its a bit different from the podcast. 2mo
Kenyazero Good find! Hope you like this one better! I forgot this book came out. Their first book was fun but so-so, and I found the second more compelling but it still took me forever to finish. I‘ll definitely give this one a try as well. 2mo
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I‘m really into this book so far, but finding the wide spacing between lines really annoying! Thankfully I didn‘t cancel my ebook hold when I found it in paper at a different library, so if that hold comes in before I‘ve finished the paper book, I can switch.

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Bailedbailed

I‘m sure there is some good stuff in this book but I just can‘t get past her coinage of “resulting” meaning “falling prey to outcome bias.” It makes the book too hard to read.

dabbe #hailthebail! 💚💙💚 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly @dabbe 🙌🏻 3mo
Ruthiella I like to think the book helped you decide to not finish it! 😂 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly @Ruthiella Hahaha, there you go! 3mo
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This book has everything: inspiring introduction, short lesson in embroidery, stitch dictionary, symbol library, brief lesson in color theory and composition, a bunch of project ideas, and a number of patterns. Every page is gorgeously illustrated, almost all with clear photos of actual, stunning embroidery. I am so inspired! This was a library borrow but I am definitely going to buy my own copy to have on hand.

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The Prisoner's Throne | Holly Black
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Holly Black has done it again! Not that there was EVER any doubt. I could barely put this down and it was so satisfying. Love Oak and Wren (and Jude and Cardan and all the rest)!

Liatrek I‘m so sad still waiting on my pre order. Can‘t wait to read this one ❤️ 3mo
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All Good People Here | Ashley Flowers
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Gah! There‘s a reason I don‘t read thrillers. Too many twists, not enough characterization, I rolled my eyes so many times. And, of course, it leaned heavily on my pet peeve of the character knowing something without revealing it to the reader. I only read this because I like Crime Junkie—I‘ll know better in the future!

I waited to take this picture until I had a different cat in my lap. Magrat was not a fan of being used as a Kindle prop 😹

dabbe #fanofthepan! 🤩🤩🤩 + 🖤🐾🖤 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly @dabbe Not as good as #allhailthebail but I like it 😂 3mo
dabbe @Clare-Dragonfly I had a harder time rhyming something with “pan“! 🤩😍😂 3mo
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Very excited about this book!

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Another fairly quick choice for #readingbracket2024… Much as I loved Galaxy and it warmed my heart, the long and magical search for Lyra‘s father has a tight grip on me. The Secret Commonwealth might end up grabbing one of the bonus slots, too. In fact, I think the only reason it didn‘t get the top slot is that it ended!

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Once again, Becky Chambers manages to make a disaster cozy and sweet. Five people of four different alien species are trapped in a small waystation for several days. They are forced to get to know one another and learn to understand one another‘s species. Despite early prejudices, they all become friends.

Yes, I‘m spending a lot of time in a bathrobe with a cat on my lap lately 😂 Chemo takes it out of you!

RaeLovesToRead Nice that you have a feline buddy looking after you! 🥰 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly @RaeLovesToRead Gandalf is very good at making sure I rest! 😻 3mo
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 3mo
Pageturner1 💗take care 😻 3mo
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Well, if I‘m not allowed to get up, I may as well finish a book!

I enjoyed this, though I didn‘t love it as much as I hoped. It was a fun, pleasant read. It did hit one of my pet peeves a couple times (it seems all the books I‘m reading right now are doing that). I liked all the characters. I will be reading the prequel.

RaeLovesToRead Hello kitty! I'm curious to know which pet peeve! 😅 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly @RaeLovesToRead One I encounter frequently and struggle to describe… it‘s when you‘re in a character‘s POV, and they think or obviously know something, but the reader doesn‘t get to know what that is. Like “suddenly, she knew the answer” but I don‘t get to know the answer for pages, if ever. Some authors pull it off OK (it isn‘t bothering me as much with Becky Chambers), but usually it drives me nuts. 3mo
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 3mo
RaeLovesToRead Oh yes! Thriller writers in particular are guilty of this! You're not building tension... spill it! 3mo
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