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SaunteringVaguelyDownwards

SaunteringVaguelyDownwards

Joined October 2016

PhD English student procrastinating with more books.
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Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden
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The Book of Yaak by Rick Bass
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Day 4: #7days7covers #covercrush

7 days, 7 covers, no explanations.

@Hollie's post with the Between Shades of Grey cover reminded me of this one!

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Battle Bunny | Jon Scieszka, Mac Barnett, Matt Myers
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Day 3: #7days7covers #covercrush

7 days, 7 covers, no explanations...but I have to say I love the detail they put into these "altered" covers!

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The Girl with the Silver Eyes | Willo Davis Roberts
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Day 2: #7days7covers #covercrush

7 days, 7 covers, no explanations. Join in if you want!

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Milestones | Marina Tsvetaeva
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1000 is such a nice round number! 😁🎉

Liatrek Congrats 🎉🎉 3d
britt_brooke 🙌🏻🙌🏻 Nice catch! Hope you‘re loving Litsy. 💚 It‘s such a great community! 3d
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Day 1: #7covers7days #covercrush

7 days, 7 cover, no explanations. Tag a friend!

Calling anyone who wants to join!

@silentrequiem

gossamerchild I LOVE this edition-amazing! 3d
julesG 😍😍😍😍 3d
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Delta-V | Daniel Suarez
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😲 😃 When your undergraduate capstone project designing a space station gets cited not in academic journals, but shows up in a science fiction novel!

Props to Suarez for naming the students and their advisors in his acknowledgements!

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Gearing up for research on the Wizarding World transmedia franchise for my dissertation!

#scholarsoflitsy
#ilovemylibrary

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Storm Breaking | Mercedes Lackey
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1. I've been on a Valdemar rereading kick for the past month. I think my brain needs something light and familiar to balance out my dissertation!
2. Forging ahead on my dissertation before my adjunct class starts on Tuesday. And checking out the Heart of Art festival nearby on Saturday!
3. Death by Chocolate
4. Saxophone! I really need to find a new community band to play with here in CO.
5. ✌️

#friyayintro @howjessreads

Bookgoil Dissertations are no fun! One reason I won‘t get a doctorate ever! 3w
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My husband decided to curate his bookshelf while on vacation, so we spent an afternoon travelling around to several Little Free Libraries to redistribute them, including taking some with us on our road trip into the mountains!

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Pushed pause on my reading last week so I could entertain my parents visiting me from PA. Museums, galleries, and mountain views! Favorite "read" was the plaque explaining that this water wheel was built in 1893 by miner Charlie Tayler, who claimed his long life was due to his never shaving, bathing, or kissing women (guess we know why they didn't want to kiss him!) ?

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I love when I'm reading a book & someone's Litsy handle clicks! Just started Good Omens. 😊 1mo
SaunteringVaguelyDownwards Ha! I'm glad to contribute to your amusement from the book. Enjoy it--it's one of my favorites! 1mo
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Read for my dissertation...and made me very paranoid about whether I'm critiquing in my writing! Instead of reading with suspicion and detachment, trying to ferret out the secrets or expose the gaps in a book, Felski advocates for a postcritical reading that embraces affect and the cocreation of meaning between text and reader. Will work perfectly in my chapter about the emotional aspects of immersion not being opposed to scholarly reading!

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1. I have to start on my next set of JHU project reads, so either Pride and Prejudice or The Fault in Our Stars.
2. Juliet Takes a Breath, by Gabby Rivera. It is amazing and passionate and I highly recommend it!
3. Just came back from seeing the tour of Fiddler on the Roof!! The musical is based on the tagged book, and I won't be able to get the music out of my head for at least a week.

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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Love Is Love | Phil Jimenez
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My library celebrates Pride with this cute and clever installation made of freeze pops!

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A Raisin in the Sun | Lorraine Hansberry
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Read for JHU project. A stirring look at the aspirations and struggles of an African-American family in Chicago. I actually see some echoes of this play in Danai Gurira's play Familiar (which I highly recommend to anyone who gets the chance to see it!)

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Good Omens | Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
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1. Just finished my reread of Good Omens, and I have Great Expectations and A Raisin in the Sun on deck for the JHU project.
2. Good Omens - I loved it!
3. Season 2 of American Gods. I also need to watch Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald for my dissertation.

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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I live in the arts district within walking distance of a bunch of small galleries, all connected by the "Art Line," which links works of public art. It's fabulous! This is one example, which combines a don't-step-in-the-lava game with a prompt to decode the words in between.

#LitsyNeighborhoods #BookTalk

Heideschrampf Brilliant! 3mo
Zelma 😍😍😍 3mo
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1. My husband occasionally calls me "Kitty" for my tendency to curl up on comfy furniture.
2. I once bought Sons and Other Flammable Objects from a neighborhood book sale simply because of the title. Haven't read it yet, though!
3. I wouldn't say ruined so much as set me up for disappointment.
4. As a fantasy/sci-fi lover, please just show you've actually read the book/character descriptions!
5. @Eggs

TobeyTheScavengerMonk Good answer for 4. That always bugs me. 4mo
Eggs Great responses!! And love #4 🤗 4mo
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Good Omens | Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
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I am LOVING the Good Omens Amazon tv series so far! They're doing an excellent job of translating all the footnotes into dialogue or narration by God, keeping all the humor. I also really appreciate Gaiman's involvement to honor Prachett's vision of this book as a show. Can't wait to see the last 3 episodes!

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A Monster Calls | Patrick Ness, Siobhan Dowd
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I love the way Ness credits Dowd for the ideas that became this book, and the brutal honesty and emotions in the plot. I would love to teach this in a YA lit class. The illustrations are also haunting and perfect for the story.

Rachel.Rencher I taught this book to 7th graders last year and I was really impressed at how they picked up on the themes in the book. They had some really meaningful discussions. 4mo
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In the Woods | Tana French
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Read for JHU project. I appreciate mysteries, especially psychological ones, but this just didn't do it for me. Rob Ryan survives the disappearance of his two best friends as a child, and then has to investigate a child murder in the same location 20 years later. Most interesting part was the protest of a motorway being built over an archaeological site.

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Juliet Takes a Breath | Gabby Rivera
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“Read all the books that make you whole. Read all the books that pull you out of the present and into the future. Read all the books about women who get tattoos, and break hearts, and rob banks, and start heavy metal bands. Read every single one of them.“

Man, this book packs a gut-punch! I didn't want it to end, and now that it has, I'm still sort of overwhelmed by it.

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The Witch's Boy | Kelly Barnhill
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Read for Children's Literature class. I really appreciated the world-building in this middle-grade novel; the way in which the magic was presented as an enticing, corrupting force was interesting. Strong female characters in Sister Witch, the Queen, and Aine herself are compelling. I just feel like the pacing was a little bit slow; it picked up once Ned and Aine met.

#PopSugar Reading Challenge 2019: a ghost story (but not like you expect!)

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Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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Reread for JHU project. It's amazing how my understanding of this book has changed since I first read it in high school. However, I saw in the back that she's planning on releasing a sequel called The Testaments this year!

I am so conflicted about this. Far be it from me to deny Atwood the pleasure of working in this story world again. But it just seems like she's cashing in on the success of the Hulu series. What do you all think?

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Macbeth | William Shakespeare
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For JHU project. This is the first time I've read this since teaching it at high school, and I'm surprised by how much of the soliloquies I remember. Also, since I researched all of Leverage the past few months, now I hear Lady Macbeth in Gina Bellman's voice!
#popsugar reading challenge 2019: a book that inspired a common phrase
(Take your pick! "Screw your courage to the sticking place", "something wicked this way comes", and "lay on, Macduff"!)

SaunteringVaguelyDownwards *re-watched all of Leverage! 4mo
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The Hate U Give | Angela Thomas
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I've been mostly gone from Litsy for a while due to end of semester craziness, but I'm catching up with this box of books I read for a project for JHU. My favorite was The Hate U Give - best explanation of systemic racism I've seen, and all the more impressive in a YA book.

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Happy birthday to me--Litsy's on the web!

...on second reflection, this just gives me a new avenue to procrastinate writing my dissertation. At least I could banish my phone to another room.

...on third reflection, anyone else thinks Litsy just looks weird online? It's so...big! 😅

#Litsy

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Looking for Alaska | Green, John
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It was interesting rereading this 10+ years after I first did. I still think the uniqueness of a teen male perspective on guilt and loss is notable, bit the philosophical musings on "the Great Perhaps" and the Labyrinth of suffering seem much more shallow.

Read for JHU project.

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Introducing my husband to the Cadfael TV series (free on Amazon Prime Video) reminded me that I never finished reading the books. This one is way more political, dealing with a murder that happens during an attempt at a peace conference between Empress Maud & King Steven. Cadfael risks excommunication from the Abbey to rescue his son. Prose is a bit dry, but still a decent showing.

PopSugar Reading Challenge 2019: a book set in an abbey

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The One and Only Ivan | Katherine Applegate
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Read for children's lit class. This book endearingly portrays Ivan the silverback gorilla as he attempts to save baby elephant Ruby from being trapped in the roadside attraction/mall her whole life. With child Julia's help, Ivan gets the art materials he needs to get the humans' attention. Thoughtful about the depth of animal thoughts and emotions and the nature of humanity.

PopSugar Reading Challenge 2019: a novel based on a true story

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Scythe | Neal Shusterman
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1. I like Saturdays because my husband and I have most of our adventures exploring our new state of CO on Saturdays. And when we don't, we relax. I don't check student email on Saturdays so I can disconnect from work!
2. Enter the Haggis (Celtic rock band that frequented the music festivals in my hometown growing up).
3. Doing laundry, posting my class's weekly announcement, and working on my dissertation.
4. Tagged
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pepsicola Thanks for playing!! 6mo
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"I have caught the red dot!" If there's any better way for a cat to assert dominance, I don't know what it is. Love Tabitha!

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I love the Breaking Cat News comics, and I'm thrilled that Georgia has achieved syndication and book publishing. This book contains the familiar storylines of Elvis getting lost outside, the introduction of the ceiling cats / Spanish language news team, and the arrival of baby #2. And in this comic, the boys prove they fit right in with #catsoflitsy!

PopSugar Reading Challenge 2019: a book that's been published in 2019

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The War that Saved My Life | Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
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I was not expecting to be as moved as I was at this book. I thought it was a great description of Ada's big feelings of anxiety at new changes, frustration at her own ignorance of the world, and resentment at her mother confirming what she already knew: her mother didn't care about her. Juxtaposing all this against WW2 England just made the conflict-and it's resolution-even more vivid.

#PopSugar Reading Challenge 2019: book set in wartime (2017)

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The War that Saved My Life | Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
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""I don't know what to say...I don't want to tell you a lie, and I don't know the truth."
It was maybe the most honest thing anyone had ever said to me."

Would that we could all be so honest with children.

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Drama | Raina Telgemeier
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This graphic novel is a love letter to the time, skills, and passion that go into school theater performances. Callie has to navigate being set manager, including designing a cannon to "explode" satisfyingly without pyrotechnics, along with her friendships and crushes. All of this is fraught with the intensity of middle school hormones in a realistic way.

PopSugar Reading Challenge 2019: a book with unconventionally numbered chapters

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Recommended by a student in my children's lit class, this is a cute book where Duncan's crayons send him letters of all their complaints: red hates working all the holidays (Santa's and Valentine's hearts!), Grey laments Duncan's interests in elephants (so much to color all by myself!), and pink is annoyed it never gets used. As someone who grew up near the Crayola factory, I found this book very nostalgic!

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El Deafo | Cece Bell
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Cute graphic novel memoir about CeCe learning to cope with her hearing loss by imagining that her hearing aids and lip-reading skills are her superpower. She addresses the frustrations of trying to make friends, such as people always signing to her, speaking too loudly and slowly, or labeling her as "the deaf girl." Favorite part was the challenges of lip-reading, and how her dad's moustache makes everything sound like "Muffa uffa wuffa"! ?

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Was curious how Grisham's style would translate for kids. Having Theo explain legal concepts to his classmates worked well, as did his consulting practice for other kids (a la Encyclopedia Brown). But something just felt flat to me. Not that the characters weren't developed, but more like the emphasis was on checking off plot points.

#PopSugar Reading Challenge 2019: a book featuring an amateur detective (because Theo looks for evidence)

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Lightning Thief | Rick Riordan
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Filling in my gaps in children's literature with the introduction to the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. I appreciate the world-building and the incorporation of Greek mythology into the present, as well as the sense of humor (the Chimera's dog tag and the Echidna cursing Australia made me laugh out loud). However, I just wanted more from it. Perhaps it's been too long since I read middle-grade books and my perception is off.

SaunteringVaguelyDownwards #PopSugar Reading Challenge 2019: a book inspired by mythology, legend, or folklore 7mo
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The Weaver | Qian Shi
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Cute children's story about Stanley the spider's quest to hold onto his collection of found objects when the rain comes. Would very much fit into Marie Kondo approaches. Illustrations have lush watercolor backgrounds and friendly cartoony insects, along with a symbolically heart-shaped leaf.
For children's lit class.
#PopSugar reading challenge 2019: a book with a plant in the title or on the cover

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This made me think way harder than I thought it would, @britt_brooke!

1. Neil Gaiman
2. Roald Dahl
3. Margaret Atwood
4. Mercedes Lackey
5. Ursula K. LeGuin

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Rhythm, rhyme, and great illustrations make this a perfect book for adults and kids to read together. Rooster wants to put together a great jazz band to win the Barnyard talent show. Adults will enjoy the characters referencing jazz greats like Mules Davis and Ella Finchgerald. For the children's lit class.

#PopSugar Reading Challenge 2019: a book with a (Chinese!) zodiac sign or astrology term in the title

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Late for School! | Stephanie Calmenson
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Cute and dynamic book illustrating a teacher's struggle to catch various forms of transportation so he doesn't violate his rule: "never, ever, ever be late for school!" Rhythm and rhyme make this great for communal/choral reading.
For children's lit class.
#popsugar reading challenge 2019: a book that takes place in one day

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Everything I Was | Corinne Demas
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A good realistic portrait of how job loss and financial instability can shake the confidence and self-identity of teens. Irene's behavior vacillates and she doesn't quite know why she acts as she does. Good ambiguity on why half-sis Jenna lived with dad instead of with the family. Just wish the message wasn't so obvious and the secondary chars were more well-rounded.
For children's lit class.
#PopSugar Reading Challenge 2019: a book about a family

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I'm teaching (and then revising for the university) a children's literature class online this semester! What are some good books (picture, novel, fiction, nonfiction) I should read?

I'm especially interested in #ownvoices books and books that incorporate technology in some way!

Literary_Siren The Forbidden Library series is really good. I‘m not sure if that‘s the kind of book you‘re looking for. It‘s middle grade fiction. 8mo
SaunteringVaguelyDownwards Middle grade works! I'm striving for inclusivity. 8mo
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Scar | China Miville
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I realized when prepping for my fantasy lit class last year that I had a gap in not knowing Miéville's work. Even though I skipped over the 1st book in the series, the focus on Bellis's journey away from her homeland and the author's immersive style helped me not miss much. I admire the diversity and originality of his world building, but at times the book did feel a bit slow. Will definitely be reading more by him!

TobeyTheScavengerMonk Miéville is so good and this is one of my favorites. You‘re not missing anything important by not starting with Perdido Street Station (even though it is amazing). Bellis gets her name dropped as the main character‘s ex, and her connection to him is why she wants to get out of town at the beginning of The Scar. His world-building is always this good, even when he starts experimenting in different genres. (edited) 8mo
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My husband went on a work trip and discovered this great short story dispenser sponsored by the Free Library of Philadelphia at the airport!

My favorite line: "The cold kills men, smells, and colors."

Amiable What a neat idea! 8mo
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Recommended to me as I struggle with my perfectionist tendencies to finish my dissertation. I love how transparent Brown is with her research and her own history - she really practices what she's preaching about discussing shame to release it's power over you! Very accessible and something I'll have to come back to.

PopSugar Reading Challenge 2019: a book by an author whose 1st & last names start with the same letter

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🎭🎨🎶🎷🎤💻🎞️📖

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You Go First | Erin Entrada Kelly
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Sweet middle grade book that had a lot of fun Scrabble references, definitions, and internet "rabbit holes", but the relationship between the two characters played far less a role than I anticipated they would. One thing this book does nail is the anxiety over navigating changes in friendships.