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MissHel

MissHel

Joined May 2016

Programming librarian, occultist, indoor cat.
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The Dark Is Rising | Susan Cooper
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This was my favorite book as a tween. Many years ago, I got a tattoo of one of the symbols from the book but the symbol has been co-opted by white nationalists. Today my cover up is getting color!

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Marple: Twelve New Mysteries | Agatha Christie, Leigh Bardugo, Elly Griffiths, Ruth Ware, Jean Kwok, Kate Mosse, Val McDermid, Alyssa Cole, Dreda Say Mitchell, Lucy Foley, Naomi Alderman, Natalie Haynes, Karen M McManus
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What a crap shoot! As is the case with most short story collections, there were a few good stories, but mostly not. #pop23 #charatersnameinthetitle

Cortg Short stories can be tough! 9mo
MissHel @Cortg really and truly! 9mo
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Murder With Peacocks | Donna Andrews
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This is one of my favorite series. I reread it when I‘m stressed or sad or both. It is far from perfect; some of the language is very 90‘s as is the general viewpoint. But it‘s lighthearted and funny and was the first thing to make me laugh when my mom passed. #pop23 #bookthatiwishicouldreadforthefirsttime #iknowthatisnotapeacock

BarbaraBB Great photo! 10mo
Ruthiella I love those kinds of comfort reads. ❤️ 10mo
squirrelbrain Fab photo! 😃 10mo
bthegood I love a good comfort read - great photo - 🙂 10mo
Cortg Comfort read for the win! I have no idea what I‘ll read for this one. 10mo
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Murder With Peacocks | Donna Andrews
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July sucked. I didn‘t realize how much it sucked until I looked through my feed and found I really didn‘t have anything to show for the month. All I read were comfort reads. (Pictured is a character from the lobster fest I found myself at.)

Ruthiella Here‘s hoping August is better! 😀 10mo
MissHel @Ruthiella thank you! 10mo
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Braiding Sweetgrass | Robin Wall Kimmerer
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I‘m kicking myself for not reading this sooner. It would have meshed beautifully with Firekeeper‘s Daughter for our library‘s winter read. So far it‘s gorgeous. The author is narrating and she reads in this gorgeous dreamy way.

Ruthiella 😻😻😻 11mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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Picking favorite books is stupidly hard! Thanks @CBee and @chasjjlee

CBee You‘ve got a couple of my 2022 faves there! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 11mo
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Black Orchids | Rex Stout
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“that ten cent Clark Gable that thinks he‘s so slick he can slide uphill.” Is just a beautiful insult.

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I kept forgetting that this was the first in the series and that the next doesn‘t come out for a few months. Miss Gail is the queen of protagonists who find themselves unlikeable, but are really rather sweet. This is not a particularly deep story but it‘s nice and has been good company. (Pictured is my very confused fuzzy cat. The neighbors keep firing off illegal fireworks and she just wants to sleep.) #pop23 #bookthatwasselfpublished

Ruthiella Poor kitty. Fireworks terrify my dog and cat. 11mo
MissHel @Ruthiella it‘s awful! The poor babies! I thought someone in the neighborhood had a cannon and was randomly firing it throughout the day. 11mo
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It‘s taken me a while to get invested in the story, but I‘m so close to the end now that I need to finish it.

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The Poisoner‘s Handbook is harder in places and more uplifting in others than I expected. It was also fascinating! The two men that this book was really about, Norris and Gettler, made forensic science what it is today in America.

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“If I won my 250,000, mightn‘t I have lots of roses?” Said by Katherine Schaub, one of the radium girls during their lawsuit against the U.S. Radium Corporation, in the hopes of flowers for her funeral.
Of all the horrific crimes reported on in The Poisoner‘s Handbook, this one is the first to make me sob.

bthegood I read The Radium Girls - tells the story of Katherine and her co-workers - 😢 12mo
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“Until the early 19th century a few tools existed to detect a toxic substance in a corpse.”

History of science makes me so happy! #FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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1. Younger me would have ADORED Howl‘s Moving Castle. Like if it was a character driven fantasy, I was/am all in.

2. I typically go full librarian on my friends and cater to their tastes when I recommend stuff, but if I‘m just giving them one of my favorites, it‘s gonna be The Night Circus.

3. I would love love love to meet Deborah Harkness and Gail Carriger. I would make an ass out of myself, but whatever. #wondrouswednesday @Eggs

Eggs 🖤 Night Circus 🎪 12mo
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Book sale day 1 is done! My coworker and I manned the brat tent. I‘m going to take some ibuprofen and snuggle up with the Poisoner‘s Handbook. I promise I‘m not looking for ideas!

Ruthiella 😂😂😂 12mo
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This is an interesting concept: a modern FBI agent is stolen and taken to a steampunk world where, upon freedom, she becomes a police detective there. Her partner is a lovable curmudgeon in awe of her. There are some holes (like vocabulary of the supporting characters) and weirdness (they have mostly the same food as we have) but overall it‘s a charming story. #pop23 #authorwithsameinitials

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Sleepy Sunday morning and I‘m trying to find my motivation with this fun audiobook.

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I have the day off! I‘m celebrating by starting the newest Gail Carriger and a coffee. (I know it should be tea, but needs must.)

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Revelator: A novel | Daryl Gregory
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Well, shit. I wanted to get things done today, but instead I finished this book. I haven‘t read a whole book through in a day since I was a teenager. You might love Revelator. It‘s spooky, twisty, and you can‘t trust anyone.

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Revelator: A novel | Daryl Gregory
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I needed some time to get to Revelator. It feels, so far, like an episode of Old Gods of Appalachia but without the tenderness. Mind you, that‘s not bad! It‘s just very different. My reading buddy and I are shirking our eternal laundry responsibilities, and maybe that‘s okay.

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This has all of the heart and sudden twists of most of MJD‘s work with the lovely addition of history. It was fluffy fun that didn‘t go where I thought it would! (Pictured here is Jeremiah from the community garden I‘m helping build) #storyofadivorce #pop23

Ruthiella Awesome picture! And Jeremiah! 🎶🐸 12mo
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MJD is queen of the one liner.

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My next few weeks are going to suck so I‘m reading fluff. Get ready for snark and silliness!

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Rivers of London Volume 10: Deadly Ever After | Ben Aaronovitch, Andrew Cartmel, Celeste Bronfman
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May is hard on me: we have a lot a lot going on at work, there are some anniversaries that bring me down, and everything seems to hit at once. I don‘t tend to stray from my comfort reads for the month. However, the Rivers of London series is on my comfort reads list!

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This was cute and fluffy. It felt like nothing happened for a large portion of the book, but strangely enough, that wasn‘t a bad thing. The narrator had a beautiful voice that lent itself to a very chill and charming read. #pop23 #bookwithasonglyricasatitle (The Muffin, here pictured, wonders when it will be dinner.)

Ruthiella 😻😻😻 13mo
squirrelbrain 😻😻😻 13mo
BarbaraBB So cute! 13mo
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RaeLovesToRead Muffin!!!! 🥰😇 13mo
AshleyHoss820 I need you to tell Muffin I love them. ☺️😂 13mo
MissHel @AshleyHoss820 she says thank you. She loves you too! She‘d love you even more if you gave her cheese. 13mo
AshleyHoss820 @MissHel Oh my gosh, that is adorable! Also, I‘m going to add this book to my Never-ending TBR! ☺️ 13mo
MissHel @AshleyHoss820 it‘s so chill! I hope you like it! 13mo
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Self Care Sunday: laundry, vacuuming, and a new mystery!

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Paper Girls Vol. 1 | Brian K. Vaughan
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Cute, scary, and nostalgic. It‘s like if John Hughes directed Alien. #pop23 #bookthattookplaceinthedecadeyouwereborn

Cortg I need to pick this series up again! I‘ve read the first handful of volumes. 13mo
jlhammar I really enjoyed this series! 13mo
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Ashes | lvaro Ortiz
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There are many stories about going on a trip to spread ashes and this was… one of them. I don‘t know what I just read. It wasn‘t bad, but it wasn‘t great either.

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Bailedbailed

Once upon a time, I loved the Bourne books. I inhaled them. Fam, I cannot do it any longer. This was uninspired. Wednesday All-Kitty (pictured here) was also not into it. Life is too short for mediocre books.

RaeLovesToRead Omg dem floofs!!! 😍😍 13mo
Ruthiella Yeah, it‘s a little sad when that happens. But on the other hand, that‘s a bunch of books you can take off your TBR! 13mo
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Brian Freeman is coming to our library next week, so I‘m trying to get in one of his books. It‘s… okay. I might just not be in the mood for a spy thriller. Anyway, these are the fidgets I‘m demoing for a program later this month.

KadaGul @MissHel Free Thriller/ Suspense copies are always welcomed ❤️ #FreeCopies #MeetTheAuthor 13mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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I love this idea! Thanks @CBee and @chasjjlee #readingbracket2023

CBee I loved When Women Were Dragons 💚💚💚 13mo
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When Women Were Dragons | Kelly Barnhill
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This was a beautiful book. It was sweet and loving and the characters felt real, but it was written as a memoir so there were parts that were unresolved. I picked it up initially to review it for our Winter Read for next year, and I‘m so glad that I did. When Women Were Dragons will stick with me. #pop23 #bookaboutafamily (pictured are ducks from the hardware store for cute tax)

Ruthiella Adorable! 🦆❤️ 13mo
Clwojick Just a big ol‘ pile of ducklings 😍😱 13mo
squirrelbrain Cute! ❤️ 13mo
OriginalCyn620 So cute!! 💛 13mo
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When Women Were Dragons | Kelly Barnhill
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This has been a busy week full of emotional hangovers. I have so many things that I should be doing, but all I want to do is get back to this story. I‘m going to take me, my book, and my snack to bed.

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When Women Were Dragons | Kelly Barnhill
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After a very long day yesterday, I decided to start this. I am so happy that this is as long as it is. I am absolutely loving it.

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This book had it all: mysterious ne‘er-do-wells, chases, a sinister sideshow, will-they-won‘t-they romance, witty rejoinder, a plucky heroine, a brooding aristocrat, a tumultuous secret, and a perpetually sleepy bulldog! I‘m so glad I work late today, because I stayed up far too late working on this. #pop23 #historicalfiction #wellkinda

CBee I love your review!! 13mo
MissHel @CBee thanks! 13mo
RaeLovesToRead Give kitty a snuggle from me!!! 🥰 13mo
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MissHel @RaeLovesToRead she sends you a purr and a nudge! 13mo
Ruthiella 😻😻😻 13mo
squirrelbrain Great review! 🐈‍⬛ 13mo
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I love the trope of enemies to friends and am thoroughly enjoying Veronica and Stoker‘s relationship. Here‘s what our Adult DIY folks will be making tomorrow. I‘m so excited!

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Today is for prepping for a Library DIY project tomorrow afternoon and starting on the first Veronica Speedwell.

robinb I love Veronica! 😊 13mo
MissHel @robinb I do too! This is my first foray into the series, and I‘m quite delighted! 13mo
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Bailedbailed

I tried really hard, but I didn‘t read the first book in the series and I couldn‘t get into the mythos of this.

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For NPM, we‘re (me and my coworker I weaseled into working on it with me) have a selection of poems on our library‘s Insta and on Stories in the Cloud. You can even dial in and listen to us read to you! The Stories in the Cloud number is 715-304-3400!

SamAnne Cool! 14mo
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Gideon the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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What a fun ride! This looks like a fantasy novel, but! It‘s actually a sci-fi And Then There Were None. All of the characters are just miserable in the beginning, but they grow on you, rather unlike the Christie novel. #pop2023 #modernretellingofaclassic

Ruthiella Nice use of the prompt! 😀 14mo
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Another gem from this chapter, in Helenese, is “It‘s not dumb if it works.”

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Gideon the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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I‘ve tried several times to get into this book, and maybe this will be the one!

(Pictured:Tonight‘s Adult DIY- we did beginning block printing. I was worried that they wouldn‘t be into it because it‘s kind of a basic intro, but the folks had a great time!)

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Soulless | Gail Carriger
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I‘ll play!
1. Alexia Tarrabotti from Soulless- she‘s practical, funny, and a force to be reckoned with. I found her when I was in my mid 20‘s and she was what I needed.
2. Sarah Bishop from the All Saints trilogy- I love those books, and Diana‘s Aunt Sarah feels more like a real woman than the two protagonists.
3. Sophie from Howl‘s Moving Castle- she‘s so real and so feisty! #wondrouswednesday

Eggs Wonderful descriptions 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1y
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Do I have STACKS of books I should be reviewing for work? Yes. Do I have ARCs that I should read right now? Also yes. Am I reading a new Buffy book despite not reading the comic in forever so I feel a little lost? Definitely.

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I‘m not really into celebrity memoirs: celebrities often feel too much like a fantasy. Tom Felton, on the other hand, has told his story in a very humble, reality-based way. He feels like a person you‘d actually meet. His story wasn‘t necessarily relatable, but it was real. #pop23 #celebritymemoir

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Murder at an Irish Bakery | Carlene O'Connor
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Thank you to the publishers for the ARC of this book in return for an honest review.

Friends, this style of writing is not for me. The dialogue between the Irish characters felt like an ad for Lucky Charms. I‘m confident that no one actually sounds like that. I didn‘t get through much of the plot because I was cringing so hard. There are folks who will love the quaintness of this story, but I‘m not one of them.

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Murder at an Irish Bakery | Carlene O'Connor
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I need something light to offset the, unexpectedly, heavy pie book I started this weekend. This is light, but maybe I went too far. Other reviewers said that the dialogue was like a Lucky Charms commercial. They weren‘t wrong. This is rough.

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Do you ever open TikTok and think you‘re just going to look at some silly videos only to immediately get called out? Like, same. Goddamnit.

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Expect a lot of quotes from this book. Rossi Anastopoulo is very funny.

RaeLovesToRead Apple pie and... cheese? 🤨 1y
MissHel @RaeLovesToRead yeah, I don‘t know. Apples and cheese was a snack my mother gave me as a child, but I‘ve never tried cheese with apple pie, even as a Wisconsinite. 1y
RaeLovesToRead Could be worse I guess... I've had some fairly iffy mango sushi before now! 1y
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I‘m recovering from a nasty bout of norovirus. Instead of getting up and walking all the way to the kitchen for a library book, I grabbed one of my ARCs that I never managed to get to.

SamAnne Hoping you have a speedy recovery! 1y
MissHel @SamAnne thank you! 1y
Ruthiella Hope you feel better soon! 🥴❤️ 1y
MissHel @Ruthiella thank you!💕 1y
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Bless Me, Ultima | Rudolfo Anaya
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What an insanely beautiful book! The writing was lush and loving. This coming of age story isn‘t like any that I‘ve read: it‘s a spiritual coming of age. What will Antonio become? Can he hang onto the magic that Ultima shows him? Will he ever have his questions answered? #pop23 #bookishouldhavereadinhighschool

RaeLovesToRead Hello gorgeous kitty!!! 1y
MissHel @RaeLovesToRead The Muffin says hello! 1y
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Ruthiella 😻😻😻 1y
squirrelbrain Cute puss! 🐈‍⬛ 1y
BarbaraBB Sounds good!! 1y
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