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Limonotte

Limonotte

Joined March 2017

A bit fae around the edges.
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I love vignettes. I love writers who can pack the aesthetic and feeling of a suspended world into a series of single scenes. This is delivering beautifully so far.

TobeyTheScavengerMonk Well said! I agree. 2d
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My cat passed away yesterday. We had 18 years together. I had him for longer than I didn't. My best friend sent me this poem by Jack Gilbert in solace and I think it bears sharing. Grief makes the heart apparent as much as sudden happiness can.

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Rebecca | Daphne Dame Du Maurier
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Reading Rebecca and our young heroine literally fleeing into another part of the house and contemplating escaping out a window when guests arrived unexpectedly early is honestly SUCH a mood.

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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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This whole scene still makes me laugh, genuinely.

Lauren.Archer Oh my gosh, I read that part last night, and I was like must mention in my review. Utterly funny. 4w
Limonotte @Lauren.Archer Right? I couldn't stop giggling at the slide titles. 4w
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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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Look I know I'm late to this party but this has honestly been the book I've been needing for months. It's sweet, romantic, and a lovely escapist palate cleanser if your political heart was broken back in 2016. Complete with an enemies to friends to lovers romance, election politics, and classics references. Absolutely recommend it.

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A Memory Called Empire | Arkady Martine
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This is a meditation on the seduction/destruction that comes at the hand of an empire as well as a political drama that turns on poetry and poisonous flowers of both the literal and figurative variety. I want to fall into this book and swim in it forever.

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There is something endlessly intriguing about a fragment of a poem, devoid of context but applicable to so many things.

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The illustrations in this book are gorgeous.

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Love is ancient delirium, a desire older than civilization, with taproots stretching deep into dark and mysterious days.

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Foundation | Isaac Asimov

I‘m only just getting into reading Isaac Asimov (which feels like I‘ve failed to like be baptized or something considering how much I love Sci-Fi and how much of a giant he is in the genre) And don‘t get me wrong, I love this book so far BUT HOLY COW I AM 50% THROUGH AND NOT A SINGLE WOMAN HAS ENTERED A SCENE. NOT ONE. Like. Not even one named in passing. Yikes.

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Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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This was fun with a fantastic cast of characters. I‘ll probably be checking out the next one in the series. Shaw has a great knack for affectionate sarcasm when it comes to dialogue.

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The Essex Serpent | Sarah Perry

I‘m roughly 40% through this book and haven‘t quite found the plot yet. The characters are all quite interesting but none of them have really grabbed me. There are some really lovely turns of phrase but I‘m considering moving on to something else.

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The Essex Serpent | Sarah Perry
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FINALLY getting around to reading The Essex Serpent which has a terribly lovely cover and I‘m just a sucker for those.

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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“I had been old and stern for so long, carved with regrets and years like a monolith. But that was only a shape I had been poured into. I did not have to keep it.”

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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My pre-order came in and I‘m already hooked. Also look at that gorgeous foil cover!

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“Beauty has a hold on us. We are drawn to it. We go to great lengths to get it. We immerse ourselves in it. Beauty delights us. It inspires us. It makes us ache. It sends us into despair. If myths are to be believed, it can launch a thousand ships to war. But what exactly is this thing called beauty?”

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The Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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Well. This unstitched me and now I‘m walking around with a wound in my heart. Knowing how the story goes doesn‘t make this any less lovely or heartbreaking.

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Speak Easy | Catherynne M. Valente
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Oof. Valente is hypnotic in this story about a hotel stuck like a pin through the world where the underworld lives in the subbasement and the Volstead Act is a fairy thing. Read it if you‘d like high octane aesthetic injected directly into your veins.

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Excited to get started on this! I love historical books on the unexpected roles of women during wartime.

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The Boyfriend's Christmas Book Haul. I think he's pretty pleased with it.

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Excellent! I'm so, so pleased to be back in the world again. This trilogy is shaping up to be just as adventurous as the first.

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Just picked up Women of Will. Really pleased with it so far. Some great quotes and a really interesting look at the development of Shakespeare as he developed his female characters. I think this painting of Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth features on the cover of the hardcover version, but tbh I'm adding it here because I'm just super in love with 'the beetle dress' she wears in it.

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Faro's Daughter | Georgette Heyer
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'"He thinks he's in love!" She said tragically.
Lord Ravenscar was unmoved.'

That's it. That's the summary of all Georgette Heyer books. (I kid, I love the predictability of her ouevre.) in other news I'm ill and need some regency romances to make me feel better.

thegirlwiththelibrarybag That‘s a great sentence tho 😂 hope you are feeling better soon! 2y
Moray_Reads Arabella is I've of my favourites and I'm reading Faro's daughter at the moment. Love Georgette 9mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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History🏺
In Bed 🛌
Cider🍺
Autumn⛅️
Fiction🎬
Paperback📜
Paper Bookmark🗳
Notes 📓
Fairytales🔮
#GettingToKnowYou #QuizzesOfLitsy

CatLass007 I need to do more of these quizzes that are on Litsy but I don‘t know how to do screenshots from my iPhone. Can anyone help me? 2y
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Psyche in a Dress | Francesca Lia Block
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It seems like it's trying to do a lot at once but I think the book pulls it off. The interwoven stories of Psyche, Echo, Persephone and more, written in verse and starting out with young Psyche as an actress, it plays with the nature of relationships.

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Gorgeous. If you like Shakespeare, Murder Mysteries, and pretentious college aged thespians this is right up your alley. The main characters speak this fascinating sort of pidgin English where they consistently pull lines from Shakespeare's work as they talk.

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I'm lowkey mourning #Cassini and it's sublimation into Saturn so I've turned to some excellent essays to soothe my sadness.

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The Fox Woman | Kij Johnson

I've been in a heck of a reading slump for the past few days but this book has reawakened my drive. I love it so far, practically lyrical.

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Three Parts Dead | Max Gladstone
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Got this on a whim this weekend and it's really engaging! The magic system is interesting and the characters are entertaining. I have high hopes for this.

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"The labyrinth is thoroughly known...
we have only to follow the thread of the hero path.
And where we had thought to find an abomination
we shall find a God.
And where we had thought to slay another
we shall slay ourselves.
Where we had thought to travel outwards
we shall come to the center of our own existence.
And where we had thought to be alone
we shall be with all the world.”

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It's a lot more about jung and psychology than I was really expecting. That being said, I'm all about that archetypal critical theory so I'm still enjoying it immensely.

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My evening has been a cup of Lapsang Souchong & and indulging in some more mythology themed comics.

Tsubame This one is on my tbr since forever already 🙈 What do you think of it? 2y
Limonotte @Tsubame I'm head over heels for it. It's a clever meditation on the idea of Fandom as a function of worship, among other things. The characters all have a fascinating depth that I feel you don't readily find in a lot of comics. Plus the art is great and if you're really into mythology it's a treat to see how much research the authors put into the series. 2y
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'"All neurotics," writes Dr. Freud "are either Oedipus or Hamlet."'

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So I did some traveling this week and brought Fragile Things along with me. My favorite bit of traveling is fancy breakfasts I think. While I loved some of the introductory stories about halfway through I ran into a short story that I viscerally Did Not Like. I had to put it down for a while and haven't picked it back up yet.

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In the process of reading through Fragile Things. A Study in Emerald is my favorite story so far and I desperately want to see that short story expanded into a novel. The perfect combination of Sherlock and Eldritch Horror.

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Holy cow, you guys. This is wonderful. I picked it up on a whim since it's on sale today on Amazon for 3.99. The art is on pointe, the story is engaging, and the mystery of it keeps you wanting to know more. Go pick it up while it's on sale!

Limonotte @Tsubame you mentioned you were hoping for something with more weight out of the Ancient Magus' Bride. If you haven't read it already, this has hard mythological flavor and definitely some of that deeper complexity. 2y
Tsubame Thanks for letting me know! This has been on my tbr for quite a while already 😆 2y
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Norse Mythology | Neil Gaiman
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An excellent book for a lovely day. Gaiman's love of the mythology and the personae is clear and his lyrical treatment of the myths are a delight. Definitely worth a read.

Tsubame I loved it! Enjoy 🌟 2y
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The Ancient Magus' Bride | Kore Yamazaki
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Okay, I'm in love. Have you ever found a book series that fits so neatly into your aesthetic that it seems like it was written for you? This series may not be for everyone but it is absolutely for me. A soft, beautiful story with fairies and dragons and as much magic and wonder as you could want. A sort of grown up Ghibli-esque tale. Definitely would recommend.

Tsubame Ahhh, I've been eyeing this series for a while now, but I'm a bit afraid that it's rather juvenile, while I would hope for something deeper from this manga. What are your thoughts on it, considering this? 2y
Limonotte @Tsubame So, this is absolutely still a shonen series. If you're looking for something very deep or complex I don't think you'll be satisfied. That said if you like slowly unfolding character development and plays on various stories and fairytales (they even directly reference H.P. Lovecraft's Cats of Ulthar) then you might get a pleasant afternoon out of it. 2y
Limonotte Ah!! It's worth mentioning that this series starts off with some red flags. It begins with a severe power imbalance between the main character and the titular Magus. I think the relationship between the two main characters develops respectfully from that point on but if that kind of thing isn't for you then you might give it a skip. 2y
Tsubame Thanks! It's exactly the connection to other fairytales that makes me so curious and the artwork seems to be alright too, still I'm not convinced yet, but I'll keep it on my tbr. 2y
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The Ancient Magus' Bride | Kore Yamazaki
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Today is a day of small pleasures. #Tea #Manga

Bookish.Heart Love this series! 2y
Limonotte @Bookish.Heart It's lovely. Hits all of the tropes and fairy tales I adore. 2y
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Anansi Boys: A Novel | Neil Gaiman
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Okay, I know I was hedging a bit about whether or not I liked this book. The last 1/3rd of the novel makes up for the reticence I felt in the beginning. I didn't like it as much as American Gods but it was entertaining and wrapped itself up neatly. Plus, it has one of my new favorite quotes: "People take on the shape of the songs and stories that surround them, especially if they haven't got a song of their own."

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Gossip typically isn't a good look for anyone but perhaps if the subjects are long dead...one might be excused. This is my roundup for #Royals for #LyricalApril

daf_fields Oh, man! I think I would enjoy this! 2y
daf_fields Is it anecdotal stories about British monarchs? 2y
Limonotte @daf_fields Yes it is! It's pretty entertaining. 2y
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Anansi Boys: A Novel | Neil Gaiman

It's raining monstrously outside right now and so the only proper response is to hunker down and read. Side note, Lapsong Souchong tea with a bit of salt is a lovely companion for dreary weather. The book remains entertaining, if occasionally frustrating. I don't like Charlie much yet, and I'm hoping that changes. #tea #Gaiman

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I can't stop saying this one aloud. She'll turn their heads but not their hearts. #poetry

Squid That is an interesting poem. What's it from? 2y
Limonotte @Squid It's from Lang Leav's Love & Misadventure. You can see it linked at the very top of the post :) 2y
Squid Sorry I was being dense! 2y
Limonotte @Squid No worries! This platform takes some getting used to. 2y
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Norse Mythology | Neil Gaiman
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So, today is my birthday! My liebchen was kind enough to take me to Barnes and Noble and set me loose amongst the books as his gift to me. Some are just hard copies of ebooks I loved and the rest are things I've been itching to read. #bookhaul #tbr

Rachbb3 Happy birthday! The best present. 😊 2y
moranadatter Happy Birthday! 🎂🎈📚 2y
Anton Happy birthday!! 2y
AmandaL Happy birthday! 2y
thec0zy Happy belated Birthday!! 2y
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Anansi Boys: A Novel | Neil Gaiman

Okay, about 35% through this book and the second hand embarrassment from Charlie is making me wince so hard. The writing is excellent so I intend to sally through but still. Eesh.

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Space Cat | Ruthven Todd
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Another day at the Book Mines. Decided to go full Outer Space theme today with a Space Cat shirt from #OutOfPrintClothes. You can hardly tell but I have a teeny tiny moon and star necklace on as well. Hopefully thoughts of cats, outer space, and cats in outer space (Catronauts, if you will) will get me through this endless Friday!

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Binti | Nnedi Okorafor
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The trouble with e-books is that you never have a really solid idea of how long a given book is. This is only 90 pages long and it certainly flew by. A story about stepping into the unknown and finding your place, I loved it. The world building is elegant and I immediately became fond of the titular Binti. I wish this story had been a bit longer, with a few more pages to flesh out Binti's friends. Quick read and worth a look.

Anton There's a sequel that continues the story: 2y
Limonotte @Anton Ah, thank you! I'll have to add it to my pile. (edited) 2y
Anton @Limonotte You're welcome! Binti is such a great character, and I believe the plan is for a trilogy of novellas to tell her story. 2y
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Asteroid Made of Dragons | G. Derek Adams
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Okay so I got about 1/3 through this book before I realized it was part of a series. Oops? I kept reading regardless and it was VERY entertaining in spite of some of the references to prior events eluding me. The author has an excellent sense of humor and dialogue. The descriptions of magic were so evocative, I stopped periodically to say some passages aloud just to enjoy the sound of them. Worth looking into!

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Asteroid Made of Dragons | G. Derek Adams
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'No-Molecular-Motion Molemen' shook a surprised laugh out of me. The humor of this book is really charming.

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Northanger Abbey | Jane Austen
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An affectionate parody of traditional Gothic Romance. I found Catherine a little frustrating at times, but Ingenue characters aren't traditionally my favorite so ymmv. Henry, however, is probably my favorite of all of Austen's love interests. He's snarky but kind and helps Catherine grow throughout the book. A very charming story, definitely worth a read.