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MissHel

MissHel

Joined May 2016

Oh, can I just stay home and finish this?
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In the Woods by Tana French
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This week I‘ve been pre planning for when my mother passes away. (It‘s not imminent, but it‘s not too far away either.) The planning has taken away some of my anxiety, but new anxiety has replaced it. Surprise! My brain hates me. I‘m taking refuge in Immersing myself in the science behind death.

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I‘m so excited about this book! Also, the illustrations are adorable.

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The Dark Is Rising | Susan Cooper
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Job number 2 is a receptionist gig, so I get to knit and listen to audio books between customers. I‘m revisiting one of my favorites from my preteen years.

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Good Omens | Gaiman, Neal
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That Ain't Witchcraft | Seanan McGuire
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It me.

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Art Matters | Neil Gaiman
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Happy Library Workers Day!

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Bailedbailed

Gah. You guys, I cannot finish this right now. I was really looking forward to it after reading blurbs and reviews, but the way the story is told puts me off. Maybe I‘ll try later.

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#2019readingchallenge “The First Book in a Series”
This was a very quiet mystery and almost gentle. Chief Inspector Gamache was pleasant. It‘s a nice world to inhabit if your own is kind of dreary.

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Guess what time it is! It‘s the wrong season for this book, but oh well.

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It‘s my one year anniversary of becoming a librarian! (If you want to see some of my adventures pop over to Instagram and follow #ethelthelibraryvan) I‘ve become one with my coworkers. The best proof is this book I had on hold marked with helpful suggestions as to what I should bake next!❤️❤️❤️

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The New Me | Halle Butler
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I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review. #2019readingchallenge “A Genre You Don‘t Usually Read” There‘s a reason I don‘t read this genre: I hate chick lit. Hate. The New Me is about Millie the temp in her shitty temp job. That‘s it. She is much like Holden Caulfield. That‘s not a compliment.

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The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax | Dorothy Gilman
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#2019readingchallenge “Published the decade before you were born” This was just okay. The circumstances of Mrs. Pollifax‘s espionage were far out of the realm of possibility, but the writing didn‘t make me want to believe her circumstances.

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#2019readingchallenge “Historical fiction from a favorite time period” Imagine if Groundhog Day and Downton Abbey had an unfunny, stabby, book baby; that‘s The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. I‘m not going to lie, it was hard to get into, the premise is good, but not readily apparent and there‘s a ton of exposition. However, perseverance provides a delightfully twisty mystery. (Pictured is my reading buddy!)

JillR I‘ve just finished this and love your description, which sums this book up perfectly! 9mo
MissHel Thanks! 9mo
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I feel like I‘ve been listening to this forever (not that I‘m not enjoying it) and we‘re finally getting somewhere! This also applies to my knitting project, tbh.

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One of the best openings I‘ve read in some time!

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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#2019readingchallenge “Goodreads winner in 2018”
This was the best book I‘ve read in ages. Circe is a minor goddess and a bargaining chip among the Olympians and Titans. It reads somewhere between bardic and contemporary prose. It‘s fast paced and beautiful.

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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So far, so good. #2019readingchallenge

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#2019readingchallenge “a book you can read in a day” is done!
I‘m not sure if it matches the hype of the new Netflix show, but UA was a good time. It was dark, kinda funny and a bit twisty.

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Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
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#2019readingchallenge “a book that won an award” done. Lincoln in the Bardo is a hard book to describe. It‘s positively flavored with sadness, more so than you‘d imagine. There are parts that are almost hilarious in their absurdity. It‘s weird, and disjointed, and absorbing, but mostly haunting like the ghosts that populate the story.

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In an Absent Dream | Seanan McGuire
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Herein ends the first of the #2019readingchallenge “a book published in 2009”
So, do you like not knowing what‘s going on in your book or having distinct chapters? This has those things going on for it. Honestly, that‘s really my only criticism. A Madness of Angels is really a love letter to the gunky side of London.

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Helen's Daimones | S.E. Lindberg
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Just got this from a Goodread‘s giveaway! I hope it‘s good!

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Uplift - A Pilot's Journey | Grant Corriveau
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I won another ARC on Goodreads, and I don‘t know you guys. It‘s about the author‘s life as a pilot. It‘s interesting and you can catch the author‘s enthusiasm, but it feels like reading a textbook. Every technical term in emboldened, italicized, or has quotes around it. Blargh.

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Every Heart a Doorway | Seanan McGuire
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Seanan McGuire is easily one of the most quotable authors I‘ve read in ages.

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I won an ARC of this, and honestly, I‘m on the fence. 20 pages in and there‘s an almost tangible feeling to the book (like, I can practically hear café music) but the author is just rushing the plot. Characters appear like a damn magic trick with little to no context. The contemporary plot is so forced, it feels like I‘m being begged to believe it.

Lindy 😕 2y
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the witch doesn't burn in this one | Amanda Lovelace, ladybookmad
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I love contemporary poetry. This book in particular is powerful and I can only get through it in nibbles.

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The Paper Magician | Charlie N. Holmberg
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We currently have something like a foot of snow here in beautiful NE WI with another ten inches coming. Welp, guess I know what I‘m working on this weekend.

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Death of a Cad | M.C. Beaton
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I prefer the Hamish Macbeth series to Agatha Raisin. Hamish is gentler and more clever than Agatha, and I only occasionally suffer from second hand embarrassment for him. The audiobooks (which I‘ve been binging) allow to knit as well. #satisfying

LiteraryinLititz This is beautiful yarn! 2y
MissHel Thanks! It‘s Lion Brand Shawl in a Ball in Lotus Blossom. I got it at the Walmart, of all places. 2y
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Maisie Dobbs (Anniversary) | Jacqueline Winspear
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I‘ve been in a slump. Every book I pick up, I can‘t stand after two or three chapters. This is the first novel I‘ve been able to be really interested in. The whodunnit parts of the book aren‘t nearly as fascinating as Maisie‘s backstory. And more I read about WWI, the more it parallels today.

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Bailedbailed

V. I. Warshawski is like Kinsey Milhone, only sexually harassed on constantly. No seriously. On every. Single. Page. I like the grittiness of the story, but I simply don't have the energy to endure the harassment that's slung Viv's way. I'll try this later.

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I LOVE Reacher. I just hope this isn't as, dare I say icky, as Make Me.

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The Cake Bible | Rose Levy Beranbaum, Dean G. Bornstein
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My Goodwill holy grail from yesterday! I'm so stoked!

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Strange the Dreamer | Laini Taylor
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Like Laini Taylor's other books, Strange the Dreamer is full of beautiful imagery, fantastic places, and blurred lines between hero and monster. However, and this is probably all on me for not doing research before reading, it's the first book in a series. Damnit! If I'd have realized that, I would have waited until all the books were out.

IndyHannaJones I think it's only going to be a duo so you only have to wait for one more!! 3y
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1Q84 | Haruki Murakami
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Oh dear. I don't usually read hugely long books. 1Q84 makes me a little nervous.

Lauren.Archer I just finished, one of the best books I have ever read. 3y
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Bailedbailed

I've loved the Charlie Davidson books for a long time now, with one caveat: I hate her love interest. Yes, he's sexy. Yes, I get it that he knows all the things. But... he's a jerk. Actually, he comes off as abusive half the time. For that reason, I think I might be done with this series for a while.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I think I know right where you bailed....and I was right there with you at that moment, but it did get better later in the story and I had to remind myself these two "gods" play way rougher and aren't easily damaged.... but yes, I had a big moment of thinking the same thing if you were at the same part I was. 3y
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I think every woman has met, been, made friends with, or been terrorized by people who are like the characters in In a Dark, Dark Wood. That realization, for me, made this book rather frightening. It was more compelling than frightening, though, and I NEEDED to finish it, if nothing else than to vanquish the Clare in my life. #ReadingGoals2017

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This lush book is based on Russian folklore, which, if you're like me and have little to no experience with it, can be a bit disorienting. The story was weird and beautiful. The fact that at the time of the setting, anyone over the age of 30 was considered old was depressing. Also, this is the first in a series, so, yay! #ReadingGoals2017

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A Man Called Ove: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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Ove is a crotchety old shit. All he wants is some peace and quiet and to what he desperately wants to do. Life has other ideas. So much of Ove reminds me of my cranky little mother. This book made me laugh, snort, cover my eyes with dread, and cry. Oh, so much crying. I've been recommending it every day. #Readinggoals2017

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Book Uncle and Me | Uma Krishnaswami
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The political process done right for the younger set with seriously adorable illustrations. Also, all the talk of Indian food is making me hungry. What a fun way to start #ReadingGoals2017. #ownvoices

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Curtain | Agatha Christie
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This was the last book of my 2016 challenge. So it fell under "a book that intimidates." Curtain has intimidated me because it's the last Poirot book. The last one. I've been reading and rereading Poirot books since I was in high school. I really didn't want anything final to happen to him. I've been cheating myself. This was, by far, the best of Christie's mysteries.

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Northanger Abbey | Jane Austen
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Bailedbailed

Gah! This was supposed to be my last book for my 2016 challenge, "a book that intimidates you." What it did was annoy me. I can't deal with Regency manners today.

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Northanger Abbey | Jane Austen
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Last book in my 2016 book challenge! Woot #bookgoals

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Mehso-so

Have you ever read a book that is beloved by everyone, but it just felt flat to you? Meet me and Slaughterhouse Five. I'm not saying I didn't get it; it was weird and poignant and gripping, but it wasn't "hilarious." I found the spots that were supposed to be timelessly funny and rife with morbid humor. Nope. Nothing. I have a feeling it's because I'm a modern female person, though.

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Mehso-so

So Constance, nicknamed Connie (shudder), is sick of her life as an adventurer so she goes on an adventure to get rid of all her adventures. Apparently adventure gets boring after a while. I get that as they made the book boring as well. If that was the point (too many adventures make life dull) I get it, but I wish I hadn't.

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Kayso, a long time ago I took a class in order to be a substitute teacher. The only thing I remember from it was the other students: they wanted to "make a difference". This struck me as a sentiment that was equal parts hilarious and sad. I kinda feel that eagerness in myself now. Maybe I don't actually want to be a mortician or work in the death industry, but I really feel the responsibility to do more research on it.

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Harry and leftover Butterbeer cupcakes? Perfect Sunday.

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Slade House | David Mitchell
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Mehso-so

Slade House was, umm, weird. It wasn't scary, horrific, thought provoking, or deep, nor was it pleasant or light. I finished it in one sitting, intrigued to see how it would end. When it did, I literally said out loud "What the hell did I just read?"

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Harry Potter: fun book | J.K. Rowling
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I'm a huge nerd, but I don't care! I was sorted into Horned Serpent!

BookAndABrew Ah lucky! I'm Thunderbird! 3y
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