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Clare-Dragonfly

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Becoming Crone | Lydia M. Hawke
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I didn‘t love this but it was fun! It was like a YA fantasy novel with an older protagonist—not to say that Claire isn‘t believable as a 60-year-old grandmother, but that it‘s light, a bit tropey, and made me roll my eyes more than once. I‘m looking forward to my book club‘s discussion and I‘m considering buying the sequel. I want to know more about the midwitches!

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“If hating one‘s body effectively motivated change, do you really think there would be many heavy people in the world?”

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You Love Me: A You Novel | Caroline Kepnes
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I forgot to put this book in one of the free squares 🤨 Oh well—I wouldn‘t have a #bookspinbingo anyway!

Pretty good but not great reading month. $15.28 for #pennyperpage.

tokorowilliamwallace How do you decide the placements for books/numbers and free squares? It doesn't look like the numbers from the list are in order? Are you supposed to place the first number picks from your list first on the board in a certain order? 6d
Clare-Dragonfly @tokorowilliamwallace @TheAromaofBooks runs #bookspinbingo! She posted the December board yesterday—go check out the post on her page and all shall be revealed! 6d
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Here is my list for #bookspin #bookspinbingo!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1w
tokorowilliamwallace Nice, it looks like you have Verso London publication on there! It's my favorite publication house (because philosophy, psychoanalysis, feminist theory, cultural studies, critical theory/cultural criticism, economics, justice, radical theory, post-colonialist thought, &c.) (edited) 6d
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“When is the last time you ate a meal made without opening a can, bag, or jar or handing over money at a drive-through window?”

Um… right now. This very minute as I read. 😆

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Becoming Crone | Lydia M. Hawke

This was picked by one of my book club members. I was hesitant because it‘s not at the library and I don‘t like spending money on books if I‘m not sure I‘m going to like it, but this is a lot of fun so far! And it‘s definitely refreshing to have a heroine who‘s 60 instead of 16, much as I love YA fantasy.

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My #newyearwhodis list from @HOTPock3tt ! I‘ve already read some of these (One Last Stop almost made it onto my own list), and I‘m excited to read some of the others! Legendborn has been on my TBR for a while so I‘m definitely starting with that one—it sounds right up my alley! Plus I see that @AbigailJaneBlog , provider of last year‘s fantastic NYWD list, loved it too! 😄

AbigailJaneBlog YES IT WAS SO GOOD! I'm actually sending it out as part of one of my holiday swaps 🔥🔥🔥 3w
TheKidUpstairs One Last Stop is on so many lists! @monalyisha put it on her list too, and it's available at my library so I'm excited to read it! The hardest part is waiting until January to start! 2w
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You Love Me: A You Novel | Caroline Kepnes
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I liked this one a lot more than Hidden Bodies—it felt like a return to the Joe we hate to love and things not going weirdly, irrationally well for him. The only things that go well are because he‘s managed to convince people that he‘s such a great guy… and some things go very badly for him because of that. And so many characters that are so delicious to hate, just like in You!

I still feel like Love makes no sense though.

Clare-Dragonfly But… Joe didn‘t kill anybody in this book?! It was hilarious how many people “just happened” to die around him, but for a Joe book there was a distinct lack of murder. 3w
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Magick and salad for lunch!

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I remember this being my favorite of the Sandman books, though I‘m not sure it is anymore! I really enjoy the Calliope script at the end, though I noticed several places where Gaiman‘s descriptions are deviated from in the art to make it more sexual (note: TW for rape)—which is pretty disappointing.

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If I Was Your Girl | Meredith Russo
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I had a tough day yesterday and the day off today (thank you, veterans!) so I indulged in some retail therapy. #bookhaul I was wavering on whether to buy the candle, but once I found a book I wanted, I figured I might as well go for both!

398.2 Good choice on the candle! 4w
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego That candle is perfect. 4w
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You Love Me: A You Novel | Caroline Kepnes
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Oh, Joe. Never change 😂

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Another fun story in Clark‘s alternate-history-fantasy world. It speeds toward a fairly predictable ending, but I love the world and characters. I‘m looking forward to reading A Master of Djinn, which I believe is the first full-length novel in this world.

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Mehso-so

This book is definitely not what I expected! The first third or so goes over some basics of Wicca and witchcraft. (I never grasped the “intuitive” part—it‘s very prescriptive.) Then it spends a good chunk going over the traditional Wheel of the Year. I did like some of the spells and rituals provided in this section. Then there are two short chapters on creating your own wheel—which is what I thought the whole book would be! That was… 👇🏻

Clare-Dragonfly … my favorite part and definitely could have used more depth. I‘m keeping it for the rituals, that section, and the great bibliography, though! Thank you again, @slategreyskies , for sending it to me! ❤️ 1mo
slategreyskies I‘m glad you got something out of it! I was happy to send it to you! :) 1mo
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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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Here is my October wrap-up post, finally! I finished five books, including my #bookspin (though not my #doublespin…). $9.13 for #pennyperpage.

ravenlee I thought this was your current month and thought, “Dang!” 😆 1mo
Clare-Dragonfly @ravenlee Hahaha! If only! 😆 1mo
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Next up! I‘m much more confident that I‘ll like this one 😁

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Bailedbailed

Good lord, I could not stand the POV character. Among other things, she managed to insult me, personally—including twice on one page! I think there was supposed to be witchcraft but I didn‘t get far enough.

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I have no idea what this book is about 😂 I‘m 90% sure I put it on hold after Rachael Herron interviewed the author on her podcast, so presumably it sounded great. And it came up on my hold list today when I had finished Anti-Diet, so here goes!

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Very thought-provoking! I sort of knew that dieting didn‘t “work” but the way it is presented here is very comprehensive. There were a few things that didn‘t convince me, but I‘ll definitely be looking more into intuitive eating, and I‘ll probably check out her podcast.

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The Golden Bough | James George Frazer
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Finally finished this! 🙌🏻 I really enjoyed all the comparative mythology, all the different and similar myths and legends and magic from around the world… though it did get repetitive. Frazer‘s conclusions about the common threads and their meanings were a lot more suspect.

ravenlee I think, like a lot of that era‘s scholarship, it‘s useful and important to know what they discovered/researched, even if it‘s just as a starting point for what came after. Have you read any Joseph Campbell? I find his work to be just as well-collected and his conclusions to be a little more reasonable. 1mo
Clare-Dragonfly @ravenlee I have! It‘s been years but I remember liking his works very much. 1mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
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@bibliobard Thank you so much for this awesome #basicwitchswap!!! I‘m looking forward to trying the tea and I looooove the bisexual witch hat pin! And I am super excited about both books. You are awesome!

bibliobard The hat pins were so cute! I am glad you like it — you will have to tell me about the tea. They were both neat finds on Etsy 1mo
monalyisha The tea looks delightful! ✨☕️ 1mo
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Time to give this one a try! With seasonally appropriate produce 😆

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Hob, Gilbert, and the spider ladies are just as delightful as I remember. The cereal convention is just as delightfully horrifying as I remember.

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“…telling people they ‘should‘ be eating ‘whole, minimally processed‘ foods didn‘t differ much from telling them they ‘should‘ be eating low-fat, low-carb, or low-calorie foods. It was all part of the larger system of policing what people are under the guise of improving their health—and it was harming all of us.”

This book is definitely thought-provoking!

Amandajoy I used to listen to her podcast, it‘s great for an intuitive eating and anti-diet perspective. 1mo
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#basicwitchswap finally shipped! It‘s fedex and should arrive Thursday. @sprainedbrain @mklong

sprainedbrain Yay! 🖤 1mo
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Bailedbailed

I am bored 🤷🏻‍♀️

@TheAromaofBooks This was my #doublespin for September, I think.

TheAromaofBooks At least it's off the list... along with the rest of the series! 2mo
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The Haunting of Hill House | Shirley Jackson
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Hill House and hot chocolate: a perfect combination for a chilly October evening.

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Very shallow and often barely related to the moon. Some of the chapters felt like the author had just thrown a bunch of index cards in the air to shuffle them together and tried to come up with chapter headings based on that. Also, a bunch of gender essentialism, diet culture, and just general weirdness.

Suet624 Good to know to avoid this one. 2mo
Emilymdxn That‘s just a whole bingo board of things not to read 2mo
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#littlefreelibrary find—I‘m intrigued but skeptical! I see good Litsy reviews, though, which makes me more hopeful. I recently had my hormonal IUD out and my cycles have been very short, which is better than the endless bleeding with the IUD but still annoying.

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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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I might be a little hard on this book due to THUG comparisons and taking several days‘ break in the middle but 🤷🏻‍♀️ I liked it, didn‘t love it. I never fully connected with Bri. While in theory I understood the choices she made I didn‘t really GET them. The ending didn‘t really come together for me.

Clare-Dragonfly @TheAromaofBooks As usual, I forgot to mention that this is my #bookspin 😜 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
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I purchased this book sight unseen from a secondhand seller on Amazon, so I was a little nervous. But I couldn‘t be more thrilled! It‘s in great shape and it‘s just such a beautiful book. The typography is lovely and they put that perfect first paragraph of Hill House on its own page. 😍 I‘m so glad to finally have my own copy of these books!

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My #basicwitchswap from @bibliobard arrived today! 🤗 Can‘t wait to open it.

I really need to get on my shopping and shipping… 😅

bibliobard Yay! So glad it arrived 😁 2mo
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My father passed away on Friday after a year-and-a-half struggle with pancreatic cancer. This book was a very good choice to retreat to over this difficult and painful week. The characters are delightful and with the focus on character, I didn‘t get too worried about what the bad guys might be going. I‘m glad I had done some grieving and was less emotionally fragile by the time I got to the finale, though!

monalyisha Oh, @Clare-Dragonfly, I‘m so sorry to hear about your Dad. Your Litsy pals are here for you right alongside Becky Chambers. ❤️‍🩹 Sending love & healing. 2mo
slategreyskies I‘m so sorry for your loss. Sending hugs and love. 💕 2mo
ozma.of.oz My condolences for your loss. ❤️❤️ 2mo
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DivineDiana I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. Sending love. ❤️ 2mo
Cheshirecat913 ❤❤ Hugs 2mo
bookishdawg So sorry for your loss 🙏🏻 2mo
ravenlee I‘m so sorry about your dad. I hope you have the support you need. 💓 2mo
Tamra 💜 take care of yourself. 2mo
JessClark78 I‘m so sorry for your loss. ❤️ 2mo
Sparklemn So sorry about your dad. 2mo
Chelsea.Poole So sorry ♥️ 2mo
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I… don‘t think that‘s the first thing you should do when you have a medical emergency.

I keep hoping this book will get better but it has a lot of “scientific” claims with a very thin bibliography, a bunch of weird gender essentialist stuff, and a bit more weight loss/diet culture than I expected in a book about magic.

MidnightBookGirl Yeah, the blue light visualization should probably wait until 911 has been called. 2mo
Emilymdxn Sounds like a hard one to get through - why is there *always* so much gender essentialism?? 2mo
ravenlee Is that blue light on an ambulance? 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly @Emilymdxn It‘s easy to read, at least—it‘s very shallow. I may start skimming though. 2mo
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September wrap-up: Not a lot of books finished, partly due to work, partly because The Golden Bough is so dang long. $7.77 for #pennyperpage.

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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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My #bookspin came up as “library hold” and this was the first one to come in, so I guess this is October‘s pick!

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Within My Reach | Amy Blythe
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I keep forgetting to post my review of this #pemberlittens read! I enjoyed this sapphic retelling of Persuasion, but didn‘t love it. I felt like it stuck too close to the book at times (especially that quick-summary epilogue). I did really appreciate the addition of flashbacks to Anna and Frida‘s original relationship, though. Being an f/f Austen and set in New Zealand, it reminded me of If I Loved You Less, and suffered for the comparison.

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October #bookspinbingo list! I somehow ended up with 21 this month… probably because The Golden Bough turned out to be a million years long and I‘m still reading it!

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Happy Litsyversary! | Special Events
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Wow! It‘s my FIVE-YEAR Litsyversary! 🎉🥳👏🏻

Litsy continues to be the best of all social media. I‘ve been considering a social media break, and if I do take one, Litsy will be the exception.

slategreyskies Happy Litsyversary!! 🧁✨ 2mo
JessClark78 Happy Litsyversary! 🎊📚🎉 2mo
Amiable Glad to have you here! 2mo
Librarybelle Happy Litsyversary! 2mo
Chrissyreadit Happy Litsyversary ❤️❤️🎊🎉 2mo
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Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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#LittensDressedInBlood – Strange Magic – Piranesi is trapped in a strange, magical house. Of course, he doesn‘t think he‘s trapped. He loves the house.

MidnightBookGirl I really need to make time to get to this book! 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly @MidnightBookGirl It‘s SO good and it flew by! 2mo
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The Lying Game | Ruth Ware
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#LittensDressedInBlood – He Did It – Did he do it? Didn‘t he? Somebody did. Honestly I‘m not sure why I had this book on my list for this prompt but here you go 😂

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The Vine Witch | Luanne G. Smith
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#LittensDressedInBlood – I Put a Spell On You – I didn‘t actually like this book, but I wanted to! I really liked the way magic works in it. It begins with the main character emerging from a spell that‘s been placed on her, escaping from the form of a frog.

MidnightBookGirl I mean, that's a pretty cool premise! 2mo
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#LittensDressedInBlood – Come, Little Children – but don‘t come to the Blackwood house… it‘s not safe there.

suvata One of my all-time favorite books 3mo
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Emily Climbs | Montgomery Lucy Maud
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Finally getting started! #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead

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This book is more gruesome than I remembered. 😅 I feel kind of bad for suggesting it as a book club read. At least two members couldn‘t finish it. I enjoyed it, but it certainly isn‘t Gaiman‘s best work.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Meh, it's good to spice up book club once in a while. 3mo
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#LittensDressedInBlood – Black Magic Woman – There are some real black magic women in this book! And by that I mean women who do magic, black women who do magic, and women who do black magic.

MidnightBookGirl This sounds amazing! 3mo
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#LittensDressedInBlood – Sweet But Psycho – This prompt reminded me of Gram. She seems like a sweet old lady, inviting Margot into her heart and home, when Margot has always wanted more family than just her mother. But when Margot gets to the farm, she finds out there‘s a lot more there…

MidnightBookGirl Yes! This fits perfectly! 3mo
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The Haunting of Hill House | Shirley Jackson
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#LittensDressedInBlood – Walking With a Ghost – “…Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood for eighty years and might stand for eighty more. Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone.”