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Clare-Dragonfly

Clare-Dragonfly

Joined September 2016

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“The arrival of Daughter #1 was my own firsthand experience of the newborn brain at work… It was rapidly clear that I had produced a tiny but extremely loud transmitting device, programmed to continuously signal some kind of deficit associated with her digestive system and/or the state of her nether regions, or just to offer a spontaneous demonstration of her sound-generating capacity. Her timer was set for maximum activity during… 👇🏻

Clare-Dragonfly “the hours of darkness and rebooted every thirty-five minutes or so; random checks would be carried out to ensure a constant state of readiness on the part of her workforce. She didn‘t appear to be much of a receiving device apart from some highly effective monitoring of sounds such as receding tiptoes or tentatively closing doors, the perception of which would immediately trigger her alarm system…” 👶🏻 3d
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Well, that‘s disappointing. I was looking forward to this book blasting apart the binary but I guess that impression was wrong. It‘s 2019! You can use “they”! 😡

shanaqui I had the same reaction when I read that bit! She very much treats gender as male-or-female, overall -- she doesn't think there's much difference between them, but I don't think she ever acknowledges people identifying outside the binary. 2w
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“If, for example, being male means that you have much greater experience of constructing things or manipulating complex 3-D representations (such as playing with LEGO), it is very likely that this will be shown in your brain. Brains reflect the lives they have lived, not just the sex of their owners.”

I basically want to quote this whole introduction so far. NEUROPLASTICITY. IT‘S A THING.

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History of Wolves | Emily Fridlund
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A solid pick, though the ending seemed to go on for too long and left me a little puzzled. I loved the way Fridlund kept up the suspense and eeriness without making me feel stressed or led on, despite the fact that the main event is pretty much revealed on the first page (it reminded me of The Secret History in that way). I feel like I understood most of Madeline but there was something that just never quite clicked for me.

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History of Wolves | Emily Fridlund
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I wish I could read this faster! I really want to know what happens! I‘m sometimes confused by how the timeline skips around, but the author is doing a good job keeping up a sense of dread without making me impatient.

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History of Wolves | Emily Fridlund
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I love that too! What I don‘t love is this creepy teacher dude. What‘s up with him?

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Glass Houses | Louise Penny
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Bailedbailed

I was right. Not my cup of tea.

I was going to give it 50 pages, but I opened page 35, read two sentences, and mentally went “oh my god I DON‘T CARE.” 😐

Louise Oh, that‘s too bad. I have found that some books in the series really catch my interest and others don‘t; but over time, I have come to enjoy getting to know the characters. 3w
Amiable The thing with this series is that there is an overarching storyline that stretches across all of the books. Each book is a standalone mystery, but it‘s also a continuation of the story that began with book 1. It‘s difficult to jump into the middle of the series and understand the details of the back story. Just for FYI. I love the series. 3w
Clare-Dragonfly @Amiable I knew it was a series, but I guess I had the impression it should be easy to jump in anywhere. I‘m sure I would have been more interested if I‘d already known the characters, but I also really disliked the writing style. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3w
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Glass Houses | Louise Penny
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I‘ve never read a Louise Penny book before. Didn‘t sound like my cup of tea. But my friend says there‘s a character in this book whose entire job is to follow people around silently while dressed as the Grim Reaper. I, too, love dressing up, walking, and not talking to people, so I‘m hoping to pick up some career tips.

Also pictured: my breakfast sandwich on a homemade sourdough bagel (the others in the batch have holes). #booknbreakfast

Avanders 😆😆 3w
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Central Station | Lavie Tidhar
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Mehso-so

I knew this book would be mostly composed of connected short stories, but I‘m disappointed that though all the characters are connected, it didn‘t come together into a complete narrative for me. It primarily felt like a group of interesting and beautifully-written character studies without a lot of depth and with a lot of missing endings. The “magic” mentioned into the beginning didn‘t really come to anything, to my disappointment.

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🎃 Yes!
♎️ Not really
🔮 It‘s been a while…
🤷🏻‍♀️ No
🌠 Of course, whether it‘s Mercury retrograde or not!
📚 Heck yes
🌱 Depends on the problem, and the friend!

#basicwitchswap

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Gandalf is here on a trial basis, to see if he and Ophelia can learn to get along. But I‘m pretty sure he and my husband will not be parted even if Ophelia hates him forever. #catsoflitsy #notbookrelated #exceptforthename

gossamerchild 😻 😻 1mo
LauraBeth awwww - look at that bitty baby! 😻 1mo
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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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There are almost three times as many holds on the regular edition, and fewer than twice the number of copies! I don‘t mind reading large print but it does feel like a bit of a cheat to cut in line 😆

freyaheart Holy crap!!! I mean it's worth the wait either way. I just finished my copy. 1mo
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Central Station | Lavie Tidhar
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1. Tagged
2. Can‘t I have pumpkin spice flavor with maple for sweetener?
3. “Weiwei didn‘t stop, but kept going until he reached, at last, the place where the Oracle dwelt.”
#weekendreads

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Color: pink
Tarot card: The Moon and the Three of Cups
Crystal: fluorite and moonstone
Witchy book: The Mists of Avalon
Herb: lavender
Candy: dark chocolate
Essential oil: lavender

#basicwitchswap

Meaw_catlady 🖤🖤🖤 1mo
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Central Station | Lavie Tidhar
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Second book in a row with both magic and advanced technology? I‘m not mad about it.

Mandigolightly It‘s hard to mix them, I think. I‘ve never seen it done well 1mo
Clare-Dragonfly @Mandigolightly Then I recommend my previous post! 1mo
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All the Birds in the Sky | Charlie Jane Anders
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I loved this book! It‘s hard to go wrong when you start with a six-year-old girl speaking to birds and discovering that she is a witch, though I was a little skeptical when the next chapter was about a boy who desperately wanted to see a rocket launch. But this book is all about science and magic being two parts of one whole, and it‘s about massive world-changing events and creations while being focused tightly on these two people.

Aimeesue I saw Charlie Jane at the National Book Fest today, and she read a piece from this book. Sounds great! 2mo
Mandigolightly Added! Thanks for the rec! 1mo
Clare-Dragonfly @Mandigolightly I hope you enjoy it! 1mo
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Bookateria Two | Ocean City, New Jersey (Bookstore)
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#bookhaul – combined choices of me and my dad! Not pictured: two board books for my kid 😄

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Sensible Witchcraft | Pomegranate Magazine
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1. Herbal and floral scents—lavender, rosemary, rose! And I can‘t leave out pumpkin spice in a fall swap 😉
2. Popcorn and dark chocolate
3. Potion bottles
4. I‘m super excited to take my toddler trick-or-treating this year! Dressing up might be my truly favorite part.
#basicwitchswap

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Which Witch? | Eva Ibbotson
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☕️I prefer tea—but a nice light-roast whole-bean coffee for my husband to make cold brew is also lovely!
📙Fiction
🌓There are two sides to every witch.
😺Cats
📒Tarot
📚Story
🔮Crystals
🍁West for the element of water, the suit of cups, and the season of autumn

#basicwitchswap

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All the Birds in the Sky | Charlie Jane Anders
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“You know… no matter what you do, people are going to expect you to be someone you‘re not. But if you‘re clever and lucky and work your butt off, then you get to be surrounded by people who expect you to be the person you wish you were.”

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All the Birds in the Sky | Charlie Jane Anders
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Loving this book and this beach! Until my feet got sunburned 😭

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All the Birds in the Sky | Charlie Jane Anders
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“She‘d tried to make friends, because she‘d promised her mom (and witches kept their promises, she guessed)”

Really liking this so far!

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OK, question. Does anything ever happen in this book other than Theo meeting up with a series of strange and interesting characters and going along with whatever they are doing?

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I could not finish this one... 2mo
Sarz I didn't get very far in before I bailed on this one. 2mo
batsy Not really... 2mo
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sprainedbrain Ummm. That pretty much sums it up. I wasn‘t too impressed with this book. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Sarz @batsy @sprainedbrain Well, I guess it‘s unanimous 😆 My bestie agreed with my opinions, too, and she finished the book, so I‘m going to bail. 2mo
Jason7 I thought this was the Best book ever..... 🤷🏻‍♂️ 2mo
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If you loved last year‘s #witchpleaseswap and were, like me, hoping that someone else would take on the swap, your hopes have been fulfilled! Check out @sprainedbrain or @Meaw_catlady to sign up for the #basicwitchswap!

sprainedbrain Thank you for sharing! 🖤 2mo
Meaw_catlady Thanks for joining! And sharing ! 🖤 2mo
RaimeyGallant Super fun! 2mo
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Midwives: A Novel | Chris Bohjalian
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Amiable My favorite Bohjalian book of all. 👍🏼 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly @Amiable That‘s good to hear! I had a vague idea that I‘d heard good things about him on Litsy, and I love reading about midwives, so I figured it was a good bet 2mo
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“No disrespect to Maryland. I mean, they do have the Applied Physics Laboratory and the Space Telescope Science Institute at Johns Hopkins, to say nothing of the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt.”

Gosh, thanks, Andy 🙄😂

Amiable My youngest son graduated from UMD with a degree in aerospace engineering! Maryland has great schools. 🙂 2mo
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The Witch Boy | Molly Knox Ostertag
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Mehso-so

This is a cute story with a heavy-handed allegory that didn‘t quite work for me. It bugged me that, while Aster could learn the girls‘ witchcraft by spying on their lessons, there didn‘t seem to be any way for an interested girl to learn shapeshifting. I didn‘t like the villain‘s motivation. And the grandmother could have spoken up earlier! I really liked the art, especially when depicting witchcraft, and the younger characters are delightful.

ShyBookOwl Sounds like valid complaints, but it's still on my TBR 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly @ShyBookOwl I would never discourage you from reading it! It certainly isn‘t a bad book. 2mo
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The Witch Boy | Molly Knox Ostertag
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I‘ve never read a graphic novel with a family tree in the front before! This is off to a great start!

monalyisha Cute! Also, how good of a name is Vervain?! Damn. 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly @monalyisha I know, all the names are amazing! 2mo
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Wilder Girls | Rory Power
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Read this book if you‘ve ever been a teenage girl, fierce and ready to be wild, knowing you are sharp.

Ericalambbrown A couple of years ago I got my husband a chocolate heart that looked just like this picture for Valentine‘s day 🤣 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly @Ericalambbrown Nice! Maybe someday my husband will do the same for me! 😄 2mo
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Wilder Girls | Rory Power
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“That canister? It‘s the end. Whatever‘s inside is designed to kill us.”

No. No, she‘s wrong. They wouldn‘t do that to us. They said they‘d help. They promised.

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Wilder Girls | Rory Power
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Loving this so far!

glamhobbit This is on my TBR list! Now I‘ll have to place a hold for it :) 2mo
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Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns | Archie Bongiovanni, Tristan Jimerson
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Pickpick

As I expected, nothing new to me in this book (though one minor detail might have been new if I hadn‘t already read @shanaqui ‘s Goodreads review…), but it was a cute, funny, quick read!

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Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns | Archie Bongiovanni, Tristan Jimerson
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I don‘t think I‘ll learn anything new from this book, though if I do, I‘ll be pleased. But I love Archie‘s comics, so when I saw this at the library I had to pick it up. So far it‘s making me giggle!

LiteraryinLititz I thought this book was great, though as you said if you‘re choosing to read it you probably already know most of the contents. 3mo
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The Things She's Seen | Ambelin Kwaymullina
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It feels wrong to describe this book as “fun” considering the dark, heavy subject matter it ultimately deals with, so I guess I won‘t. But I will describe it as lovely, moving, with a melancholy lightness. It draws on Australian Aboriginal storytelling and history for a tale about a terrible crime and a terrible vengeance. Plus ghosts!

KarenUK I loved this one too 💕 3mo
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The Things She's Seen | Ambelin Kwaymullina
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“Maybe all hopeful thoughts were just someone who loved us, reaching out from another side.”

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The Things She's Seen | Ambelin Kwaymullina
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I need to take a break from the immensity that is The Goldfinch to catch up on some library books!

AJBowers Love the cover 3mo
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The Silver Chair | Clive Staples Lewis
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Book: The Silver Chair (Glimfeather!)
Movie: Labyrinth
Song: Hedwig‘s Theme
#manicmonday

chaoticgoodhufflepuff Hey! 2 out of 3 we match! 👋🏻 3mo
JoScho Thanks for playing 😊🖤🦉 3mo
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My local indie bookstore is doing #bookstoresagainstborders so actually I had to go buy stuff.

jchawkins Mine too! ♥️ 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly Huh. Turns out I already have this book for Kindle. Not sure if I should return it... 3mo
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I figured with the movie coming out, everyone will be talking about this book, so I‘d better go ahead and read it now.

BarbaraTheBibliophage I'm hoping to get to this before the movie too. 4mo
SamAnne I‘ve contemplated reading this. So many mixed reviews. People seem to either love it or hate it. 4mo
MelissaSue81 @SamAnne - yeah. I really liked it.. but it is LONG.. there was a section that dragged in the middle. I listened to the audio which I think helped. 4mo
Clare-Dragonfly @SamAnne I loved The Secret History so I‘m hoping I‘ll love this too! 4mo
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Bailedbailed

I‘m not sure what made me pick up this book but I‘m not into it. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Squidapus Yeah, it's easily her worst book. It just... doesn't go anywhere or do anything? At the end of reading it Squidapus was just like "Okay" 3mo
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Super cute, fun manga with more than a touch of melancholy. Yaichi is forced to confront his own homophobia, and that of the people around him, when the husband of his dead twin brother comes to visit. His daughter Kana is the best part of the book. I‘ll have to get volume 2 from the library soon!

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Pickpick

I really enjoyed this book! It tells the story of a few men who made enormous strides in forensic medicine and toxicology. There is just enough detail to be fascinating and not enough to be confusing to me as a layperson, and it doesn‘t get too gruesome.

gradcat I remember reading very good things about this book. Nice review! 4mo
Crazeedi I agree! I enjoyed this totally! 4mo
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Vegan Under Pressure | Jill Nussinow
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I finally made one of the recipes from this book in my Instant Pot. I got both as baby shower gifts, and the kid is fifteen months old… I made the risotto with asparagus and peas, not quite following the recipe, but it came out great. And so much faster than stovetop risotto! I‘ve also referred to this book for its useful charts on grain and bean cooking times.

Aimeesue IP risotto is the best thing ever! 4mo
Tamra I love love the IP! 💜 4mo
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The Things She's Seen | Ambelin Kwaymullina
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I wasn‘t going to check out any books for myself. But then my hold came in. And then there was a Pride display… #libraryhaul

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Precious Little Sleep | Alexis Dubief
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I don‘t usually like #kindledeals posts but I couldn‘t resist passing this one on. This book is absolutely a lifesaver for baby sleep! If you have a baby, are having a baby soon, or even just think you might want to have a baby someday, I encourage you to snap up this great deal!

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Excuse me, Mr. Brown, your list of options is incomplete. What about matzah?! 😜

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The Mists of Avalon | Marion Zimmer Bradley
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Watery tarts distribute swords, forming the basis of a system of government. #badsummary

jmtrivera 😂😂😂 It gets better! 😉 5mo
Heideschrampf I live for this! 5mo
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Pickpick

Super cute YA romance! There were a couple of aspects that didn‘t quite pay off for me, but this is still a solid pick. Plus it‘s #ownvoices characters with South Asian heritage, which I haven‘t read much of.

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Oh my gosh. This book is soooooo cute.

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Mehso-so

I loved this book… when I was just thinking about it and not actually reading it 😬 It has lots of ingredients that I love. Fascinating worldbuilding, a setting at an all-girls‘ religious boarding school with instruction in magic and martial arts, and a kickass, queer heroine. But I could just NOT get into the writing. The POV was a little bit all over the place and character decisions often came out of nowhere. By the end I didn‘t really care.

ravenlee Well, that‘s disappointing. I hate it when a book should have everything to make me love it and then just craps out. 5mo
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