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Women Talking: A Novel | Miriam Toews
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Bed time reading with Miriam Toews.

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I wish I was half as witty as John Waters. In his latest book Waters offers up “self help” tips and also essays that go from strange to, well, more strange. For those into audiobooks, it is read by the author and has an interview at the end.

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The Stonewall Reader | New York Public Library
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From my “You rushed to get this why haven‘t you read it yet?” pile. I figured now was certainly an appropriate time to read it.

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This was immensely enjoyable. It‘s been fun seeing what changed from the script to the series, and the Script Book included a deleted scene that I wish they could have kept. Also, I think Neil Gaiman slipped in a Tori Amos lyric which tickles me. 👼😈💀🎥

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This is the first time I have ever read a script book because I honestly was never interested. But it‘s been interesting comparing the script to the finished product, and I have been enjoying Neil Gaiman‘s little jokes in it.

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The perfect way to spend a Saturday morning.

hermyknee This is what I‘m doing, too!! 2mo
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*SQUEE*

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Waiting for the event to start 🤩

And yes I also pre-ordered the audiobook. And the B&N exclusive edition. I regret nothing.

BekahB Fun!! I ordered both too. I listened to the audiobook today and loved it! 😀 2mo
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In which John Waters takes Paul Reubens to a biker bar.

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This was a fun and simple introduction to all kinds of poisonous and venomous animals around the world.

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At Union Square Park with location appropriate reading material. 🌳🐝📖

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Good Omens | Neil Gaiman
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I entitle this photo “Why I‘m going to be so tired at work tomorrow.” It was worth it.

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Evening plans.

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Batman: White Knight | Sean Murphy
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A well written and very timely take on the Batman/Joker dynamic, but the best character of the story was truly Harley Quinn. The story gave a nuanced view on issues such as class, police brutality, race relations, and the media. I was impressed when I read the first issue a while back and am glad the rest of the series fleshed out so well. I am glad there‘s a planned sequel, though otherwise the last panel would have annoyed me.

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I bought this shortly after seeing a Frida Kahlo exhibit because she‘s an artist who sticks with you and I liked the idea of a biography in graphic novel format. It was a really enjoyable way to examine Kahlo‘s life, personality, and work and the illustrations are beautiful.

Weaponxgirl ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
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From Marìa Hesse‘s graphic biography of Frida Kahlo which I am loving so far.

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My latest #bookmail with an obvious theme. 🕷🐍🧪☠️

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There was only one essay I found kind of tiresome, but other than that this book was a delight and fun to read and even more enjoyable to listen to.

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Saw David Sedaris tonight at Town Hall, where he gave away this pair of pants the guy who introduced him is wearing. Afterward there was a book signing by Sedaris and Akhil Sharma who was his guest this evening. It was a lot of fun and the signing was very friendly and personable.

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I love Helen Ellis. Also the audiobook is narrated by her and it‘s delightful to read along with it.

wanderinglynn 😂😂😂 Me too! That would be awesome! 2mo
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Therese O‘Neill‘s books are always a fun glimpse into the disturbing world of Victorian history. This round I learned about the evils of pickles, how to select a wet nurse, and how much Strychnine to give your sick child.

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With the Fire on High | Elizabeth Acevedo
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To celebrate vacation I stayed up late and read as long as I wanted. I really loved this story. Acevedo creates memorable characters you want to root for and I enjoyed watching the main character, Emoni, realize her dreams and become her own person. The book also includes recipes that I would love to try if I were better at cooking.

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With the Fire on High | Elizabeth Acevedo
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My #bookofthemonth box came in on my last day of work before vacation so maybe I‘ll have time to do more reading.

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My weekend of reading and TV begins now with endpapers depicting Victorian childhood and Bob‘s Burgers.

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Tentacle | Rita Indiana
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I really don‘t know how Rita Indiana managed to put so much into such a short book but it is impressive. It has a hyper-capitalistic post-apocalyptic society experiencing environmental collapse, what I can only describe as mental time travel, the fluidity of gender, colonial history, and future technology mixing with black magic. It‘s a very interesting and disturbing read, if a little hard to follow at times.

ohyeahthatgirl Glad to hear you liked it! I work at a library and just bought it as an ebook. 3mo
Dorianna @ohyeahthatgirl I‘ve been trying to read more books in translation this year and so far I have not been disappointed. Indiana has a new book coming out in January and can‘t wait to read it. 3mo
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This was not the book I was expecting, but I very much enjoyed it. Erdrich writes about her life, Ojibwe history, and and her travels that lead to an island Ernest Oberholtzer and his books called home. Erdrich, as usual, does not disappoint.

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I am also wondering where one earns the World‘s Quickest Beaver Skinner title.

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Record of a Night Too Brief | Hiromi Kawakami
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Record of a Night Too Brief is a collection of three bizarre, Alice in Wonderland like novellas. They‘re definitely strange and seem to have no actual plot because of their dream like quality, but do have a theme of loneliness, grief, and how the people we have become close to are ultimately mysterious to us. It‘s a good read for fans of Samanta Schweblin. I really enjoyed this and look forward to reading more by Kawakami.

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Record of a Night Too Brief | Hiromi Kawakami
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I‘ve been in a training class, so that means I get to go to the nice work location, which is closer to my house and I get to spend lunch reading in a park. If I had it my way I‘d be perpetually training.

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I stayed up way too late last night because I couldn‘t stop reading this, and made peace with the fact that I would be extra tired at work because I wasn‘t going to stop until I had read it all in one sitting. Jacob‘s memoir is both funny and heart breaking, and very important. This is definitely a book to pick up this year.

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Sing to It | Amy Hempel
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This was The Book I was most looking forward to this year, and I would gleefully read the writer‘s grocery lists. I pre-ordered the audiobook and periodically checked the internet until I found a book event near me (she was delightful). My opinion is more than a bit biased. Hempel‘s sentences stick with me for a long, long time, which is why I love her so much. I waited a years for her to publish a new book, and I was not disappointed.

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Did you ever wonder what Victorian women did with their periods or if it‘s possible to flirt using handkerchief sign language? Curious about the state of Victorian toilets? This is the book for you. It‘s both interesting and fun to read and I can‘t wait to read her new book coming out next month.

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On Cussing is from a lecture Dunn she gave to the Pacific University MFA in Writing program and delves into the origins of cursing, their cultural impact, and techniques on how to better use them in your writing. It‘s very brief and doesn‘t go into deep detail, but is still interesting and fun to read. Also, there‘s a diagram of “Fuck the fuckity fuckin‘ fucker.” which amused me a little too much.

Chrissyreadit 🤣 4mo
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My love of Katherine Dunn runs deep and I am both sad and excited to read this book.

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Milicent Patrick was a talented artist and fascinating person who had her career cut short by Bud Westmore, all around asshole who liked to take credit for other peoples‘ work. O‘Meara also talks about her own journey searching for who Milicent was and her own life working in film and experiences with sexism in the industry. I think my favorite part was how O‘Meara humanized Patrick which made her more relatable and also more fascinating.

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Audiobook listening at Saint Paul‘s Chapel on a gorgeous day.

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I went to the Mallory O‘Meara book event at Books Are Magic tonight and it was one of the best signings I have ever been to. O‘Meara was just really great and the talk was with Maria Dahvana Headley which was a wonderful pairing. So far I read the intro to her book about Milicent Patrick and I can‘t wait to really dig into it this weekend.

AutumnRLS Love the art! Was that the backdrop to her podium or seat? 3mo
Dorianna @AutumnRLS It was where they had the author sign the books. 3mo
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A Question of Holmes | Brittany Cavallaro
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This was an almost perfect conclusion to the series. The story could have been a bit longer. There could have been a bit more things fleshed out between Holmes and Watson, and the case was wrapped up a bit too quickly, but everything came together nicely. I‘m going to miss complicated, not always likeable Holmes, but I look forward to reading new things from Cavallaro.

Also, I recommend reading the series on audio. They‘re very well done.

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A Question of Holmes | Brittany Cavallaro
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Oh Charlotte Holmes, I‘m going to miss you when I finish this final book in the series 🕵️‍♀️

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This was a quick and intense read about the relationship of two sisters and how the men in their lives shape that relationship. One sister is indeed a serial killer, and the other is the one who cleans the messes. A very interesting and creepy story that I‘ll be probably re-read in the future.

hermyknee I have this one on audible, so I‘ll save it for when I‘m in a mood for something scary! 4mo
Dorianna @hermyknee The narrator for the audiobook is really good! It‘s really not scary in a traditional horror book sense at all. The psychological dynamics between the two sisters in a completely normal setting gives a subtle, creepy vibe though. (edited) 4mo
hermyknee @Dorianna ooooh gotchya. Yeah I can see that. Now I‘m even more excited to read it! 4mo
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My Valentine‘s Day gift to myself.

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Bowlaway: A Novel | Elizabeth McCracken
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Books Are Magic seems to be the place all my favorites go to now. Elizabeth McCracken reading from her new book Bowlaway.

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Weekend reading. I‘ve been switching between the book and audio depending on what I‘m doing and so far I‘m really into the story.

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Waiting for my turn to get my book signed and here are some things I want to share:
1. Marlon James is hilarious
2. The talk was with Jacqueline Woodson and it was amazing.

Branwen HOW AWESOME! 😀 5mo
Cinfhen Too good to be true ❤️🙌🏻 5mo
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I‘m only 60 pages in so far but I think this book is going to become one of my favorites. I‘m really fascinated by what the author has to say about our cultural perception of what nature is or isn‘t. #LitsyPartyofOne

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Procrastinating putting the laundry away by enjoying a little #LitsyPartyofOne in the blanket nest.

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New thing I learned: the use of drones to study wildlife.

FlowerFairy Have you seen the video of a tiger taking down a drone? 5mo
Dorianna @FlowerFairy I have not but now I‘m going to search it on YouTube. 5mo
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I love reading essay collections and I hope to read more of them this year. This is from a book about nature that I‘m really enjoying so far.

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This was an enjoyable and comforting book with a lot of parts that I can relate to.

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