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Clare-Dragonfly

Clare-Dragonfly

Joined September 2016

Writer, reader, mama, knitter, baker, editor, Hufflepuff.
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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! 😉 29m
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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. 4d
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Kristy's Great Idea | Ann M. Martin, Raina Telgemeier
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Book: The Baby-Sitters‘ Club series
Movie: The Ring
Song: Jenny (867-5309)

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JoScho ❤️☎️❤️ 7d
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So does anyone else think that the abbess is basically Dumbledore? She‘s the wise old leader of a school where magic is taught, willing to sacrifice her own hand and manipulate lots of people—including a child in her care—for the (ahem) greater good, Nona is urged to go to her with serious problems… and now she‘s been conveniently called away and they decide they need to stop a thief without her.

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Excellent advice. I‘m not sure Nona‘s reaction to it is consistent with either her actions or experiences thus far, though.

I really want to love this book—I certainly love the worldbuilding—but the writing is just shy of working for me.

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Mehso-so

This graphic novel adaptation mostly made me nostalgic and want to reread the original book. It didn‘t seem to add or bring out anything new. I would really think that they could have at least done something with color, but no.

There is an interview with Madeleine L‘Engle and a speech she gave printed at the end, though, and those are certainly worth reading.

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Huh. It just now occurs to me that Charles Wallace is probably on the autism spectrum. Maybe Meg, too.

Also, Madeleine L‘Engle is the reason that no matter how many times I read Hamlet or Jane Eyre, the names Fortinbras and Rochester will always be names for large, excellent dogs.

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The cafe decor doesn‘t really go with this book at all, but this is where I am, so 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Fantastic Mr Fox | Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake
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Book: Fantastic Mr. Fox
Movie: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Song: White Winter Hymnal by Fleet Foxes

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JoScho 💙🦊💙 3w
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This book is kind of slow going, but I‘m really into it.

monalyisha Interested to see more updates about this one! It‘s on my TBR/I loved “All the Birds in the Sky.” 💙 4w
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OMG YOU GUYS

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Is anyone in the UK interested in reading about jellyfish? @shanaqui wants to give away a Kindle copy! #giveaways

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I remember the repeal of the 8th Amendment, but thought it was about abortion rights—I had no idea it was that awful. 😰

I thought this story took too long to get started, but having finished it, I realize all that tedious beginning needed to be there. I didn‘t like Toby, but the story wouldn‘t have worked with a different character. I‘m not sure I‘m satisfied with the ending, but really I liked the book a lot.

I‘m mad about the title though.

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Book: The Wizard of Oz
Movie: The Wizard of Oz
Song: If I Were King of the Forest

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rubyslippersreads 😊🌈👑🦁 1mo
JoScho 🦁💛🦁 1mo
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The Runaway Bunny | Margaret Wise Brown
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Book: The Runaway Bunny
Movie: Watership Down (though I prefer the book)
Song: Little Bunny Foo-Foo

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JoScho 🐰💗🐰 1mo
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Woohoo! The plot is FINALLY starting!

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I‘m not sure I can spend an entire book in this character‘s POV. Can‘t I read about Melissa instead? She seems far more interesting.

HeatherBlue I struggled with that, too! 2mo
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The Wild Dead | Carrie Vaughn
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Loved it just as much as the first one. I love Enid, and I love the beautifully drawn, quasi-utopian post-apocalyptic world she lives in. I figured out the broad strokes of the mystery by about halfway through the book, but I didn‘t connect all the dots until Enid did, which was immensely satisfying. Can‘t wait for more books in this series!

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Such a cute, fun queer romance! 😍 I loved Fab and Likotsi and will definitely be looking for more books by Alyssa Cole. I wasn‘t 100% satisfied that all the threads were wrapped up, but I was still happy with the ending.

Sorry about the picture. Ian stole my phone while I was writing the review 😂

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Book: The Sandman: The Doll‘s House
Movie: Home Alone
Song: Our House by Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young

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TheNerdyProfessor Home Alone!!! One of my most favorite movies. Now I desire to go watch this one 😂 2mo
JoScho 💙🏡💙 2mo
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Squee, Fab is bi! 😍

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I have a few other library books awaiting my attention, but I couldn‘t resist starting this one, which I picked up from the new books display today. So far, it‘s making me wonder why I took so long to read Alyssa Cole!

CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian I love this cover it is so adorable. Apparently the two women are a couple in real life! 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly @CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian That‘s awesome! It is SUCH a great cover and now I like it even more. 🥰 2mo
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Tess of the Road | Rachel Hartman
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I loved this! It‘s the story of a girl (the half sister of the main character from Seraphina) who goes on a quest with her best friend from childhood. But it‘s also about gender, sex, motherhood, religion, sisterhood, love, and so many other things. I think it stands well on its own without the need to read Seraphina and Shadow Scale.

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Tess of the Road | Rachel Hartman
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…there were more similarities between nun and whore than she could have guessed.

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Columbine | Dave Cullen
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I decided to take the advice of @CouronneDhiver and try the audiobook. I have also tried to read this in ebook and print; third time‘s the charm, right? I just wish I‘d written down what chapter I was up to in the print book!

CouronneDhiver 🤞🏽 I hope I haven‘t lead you astray... 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly @CouronneDhiver I still don‘t like it. But at least I can dislike it at 1.5 speed 😅 2mo
CouronneDhiver Hahahaha - sounds like you need to throw a #DNF party 😉🥳 Sorry you didn‘t like this as much as I did. 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly @CouronneDhiver Yeah, you‘re right. I‘m so disappointed—I wanted to learn the truth behind the myths! And I have, but it feels like slogging through mud to get to each nugget of info. 2mo
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Tess of the Road | Rachel Hartman
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Malcontempt, aflictionado… I am forcibly reminded of Dogberry, and I like it. #unexpectedshakespeare

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Tess of the Road | Rachel Hartman
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OK—that decision I understand 😂☠️

Weaponxgirl I feel that is a word worth stealing 😆 2mo
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Tess of the Road | Rachel Hartman

I‘m really enjoying this even though I don‘t understand any of Tess‘s decisions.

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Finished!

Meh. Time stuff. The Plague Doctor reveal was kind of interesting—not quite what I was expecting.

rubyslippersreads It was “meh” for me too, as well as everyone else in my IRL book club. 😏 2mo
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I really hope I can find time to finish this today. I want my brain to stop trying to work on the mysteries. I‘m at 74%!

WanderingBookaneer I liked everything about the game, but was disappointed with the ending of the book itself. 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly @WanderingBookaneer I‘ve been assuming since almost the beginning that I will be unsatisfied with the ending. There‘s always time to prove me wrong, though! 2mo
WanderingBookaneer 🤞🏻 2mo
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Columbine | Dave Cullen

I‘m really struggling with this one. It‘s not the subject matter—it‘s the writing. It‘s choppy at the sentence and scene level, and I can‘t keep track of all these names and locations. I was 12 when the Columbine shooting happened and it had a big impact on me, so I wanted to understand more about it, especially since this book is supposed to upend many of the myths I believed, but so far it is muddying far more than clarifying. Anyone else agree?

CouronneDhiver Try the audio ... I really enjoyed it. 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly @CouronneDhiver Hmm… I‘m not sure whether that would be better or worse. I‘d skate past the choppy writing, but it would be even harder to keep track of names and places. 2mo
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Yup. I knew it was ridiculous for him to assume that the screaming woman was Anna and that the gunshot meant she was dead. 🙄 And why does he keep acting like Evelyn already knows him and should give him the benefit of the doubt, when he knows perfectly well that she only sees the host?

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Book: The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes
Movie: Dogma… even though I used it last week 🤷🏻‍♀️
Song: The Devil Went Down to Georgia

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JoScho 🖤😈🖤 3mo
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This book is so weird. I feel like it wants to be eerie, like The Haunting of Hill House, but the weirdness is just too bald and out there. I kinda like it.

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My hold finally came in! I‘ve just started it and I‘ll certainly give it a fair shot, but I‘m a bit dubious. The POV doesn‘t convince me.

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Good Omens | Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
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Book: Good Omens
Movie: Dogma
Song: Take Me to Church by Hozier

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JoScho 😇💙😇 3mo
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I didn‘t like this quite as much as The One Hundred Nights of Hero, but I still love the art and the worldbuilding. The structure was similar, one person telling a whole bunch of stories within a frame story. Also, BirdMan is still a jerk 😂

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Book: How to Talk to Girls at Parties
Movie: Empire Records
Song: This Will Be My Year by Semisonic

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JoScho 🥳💗🥳 3mo
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Somewhere between a Pick and a So-So. I‘m not sure I really get the author‘s distinction between the “nutrition approach” and the “teaching approach” to children‘s eating. Nutrition seems pretty central to her approach as well. However, I can get behind her idea that you have to teach your children how to eat, not just get food into them. I did think the book was a little too long and repetitive.

Amabear Thanks!! 3mo
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King of Scars | Leigh Bardugo
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LOVE. IT. ONE MILLION. PERCENT.

My only regret is that I borrowed it from the library, so now I need to buy my own copy. And copies of the other Grishaverse books, because it builds on them.

I love how she expanded the world in Six of Crows, then deepened and furthered and twisted it in this. I love continuing Nina‘s story, and Nikolai‘s and Zoya‘s. I love Hanne and Adrik and Leoni and Genya and David.

More things I love in the comments.

Clare-Dragonfly I love how the characters are older now, and they know it, and look back on how young they once were without diminishing their concerns from the previous books or thinking that youth is more foolish than age. I love how she takes delightful, silly tropes and twists them, then twists them again—like a knife in the back. 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly I love that Jarl Brum is more complex than he seemed, a loving but misguided father while he is still a cruel and terrifying commander. I love that Grisha power is more complex than it seemed, both Nina and Zoya finding ways to stretch its borders. I love how Nina learns that there is more than one way to approach a problem. I love Isaak and his loyalty and his death. 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly I hate that I have to wait for the next book! 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly I almost forgot! I love the appearance of Darkling worshippers—it felt both natural to the world and a bit of a tweak to all the fans who loved him and shipped him with Alina. And I love that he returned at the end! 3mo
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King of Scars | Leigh Bardugo
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IndyHannaJones I literally said outloud, I see what you did there, Leigh. 3mo
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The View from Saturday | E.L. Konigsburg
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Book: The View from Saturday
Movie: Ghostbusters
Song: Buddy Holly

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JoScho 🖤🤓🖤 3mo
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King of Scars | Leigh Bardugo
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I have a lot I need to get done around the house (we are getting ready for Ian‘s first birthday party next week!) but all I want to do is read this book. Leigh Bardugo just gets better every time!

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King of Scars | Leigh Bardugo
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Taking a break from my current parenting read to dive into my new library hold! Pretty sure I won‘t be able to renew this one.

Amabear How‘s the parenting one? Any grand ideas? 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly @Amabear I don‘t know about grand, but mildly revelatory. I think it will give me a helpful framework to hang my food thoughts on. Perfect timing as my kid is about to turn one! 3mo
Amabear @Clare-Dragonfly my son has major eating issues so I was just curious! 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly @Amabear I‘ll be sure to post a review when I finish it! How old is your son? 3mo
Amabear @Clare-Dragonfly he‘s 3! We just got a food evaluation and he‘s doing better then I thought but still a long way to go. 3mo
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Book: The Princess Bride
Movie: The Princess Bride!
Song: You Give Love a Bad Name

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SailorMoon BON JOVI. HELL YES!!!!!!! 🔥🔥🔥 3mo
JoScho 💘💙💘 3mo
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I absolutely loved this final piece to Ashala‘s story! What a wonderful, satisfying ending!

Sitting in the car while my husband drives is the best time to read a book. 👍🏻😍

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Loving this book! I hope I never lose my fondness for YA fantasy.