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Joined March 2018

Entomology graduate student from Binghamton, NY. Like SFF, literary fiction, and academic-type non-fiction.
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The White Book | Han Kang
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Mehso-so

Really like this author but just don't have any feelings about this one.

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The Tenants of Moonbloom | Edward Lewis Wallant

Once he had read Wuthering Heights over a weekend and gone to school susceptible to any heroine, only to have the girl who sat in front of him, whom he had admired for some months, emit a loud fart which had murdered him in a small way and kept him from speaking a word to anyone the whole week following.

Laura317 I can‘t decide if this is funny or tragic! 😂 5d
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Got my partially reads (all which need to be restarted) in piles by page length. 100-200, 200-300, 300-400, 400-600, and really long.

Will read shortest to longest for the motivation.

Tenants of Moonbloom up first. Remember it being very tedious but not badly written.

Settings Moonbloom is much more interesting than I remember. 5d
RachelO That‘s quite a challenge! Good luck! (edited) 5d
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A collection of books I own, read significant portions of, enjoyed, then stopped reading for various reasons.

Only read selections from Don Quixote and The Odyssey. The Story of the Stone has volume stopping points and is difficult to continue with if you forget the characters. Independent People is good but depressing. Foucault's Pendulum very difficult.

Want to restart these but they're less interesting than unopened, fresh books.

Settings Also some I had to return to the library then bought later. 5d
AutumnRLS I have a pile like that!!! 5d
Settings @AutumnRLS What's on the top of yours? 5d
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AutumnRLS Come As You Are, Wolf Hall, Wild Sargasso Sea, How To Pick A Peach, The Boys of My Youth, How to Raise a Reader, By Winter's Light, Postcards From the Edge, Green River Running Red, Life Changing Art of Tidying Up, American Hippo, Graham Nash's Wild Tales. Lol. And several others. 5d
AutumnRLS I read all over the map, so what might have struck my fancy one day, might become boring the next. I'll probably finish all of them at some point. 5d
Settings @AutumnRLS Wolf Hall is one of my favorite books lol. Heard it doesn't use punctuation recently though - I listened to the audiobook and had no idea. 5d
AutumnRLS @Settings I really enjoyed what I read, but I started it when my son was two years old and we were in transition and living with my in laws. Not the best time to read something so complex. 5d
BookNAround Wow! That‘s a lot of partially read books. At one point this summer, I was up to 22 but I‘ve been reading through them (one new one followed by one unfinished one) and I‘m down to three unfinished. I‘m hoping to get them all finished by the end of the year but I don‘t know if that‘ll happen. 5d
AutumnRLS @BookNAround I usually try to start my year with some of the unfinished ones. I feel like it gives me a jump on my reading goal (which is all nonsense, but whatever helps!) 5d
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All the King's Men | Robert Penn Warren
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Done. New least favorite book. To-read of 15+ years completed.

I need (and should) be respectful of others reading choices even if I don't like the books. Other people have different experiences and are in different stages of their lives - they see things differently and are not wrong.

But with this one, it is hard. How can someone read this and not be repelled? The wealth of 5 star reviews, the critical acclaim - this is a beloved book. Why?

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The source webpage for the Arrowhead Library System's College Bound Reading List is down.

Was one of the first book lists I tried to read back in high school - has a lot of books that deeply affected me. Made it through most of the literature/drama. Very spotty on the nonfiction / poetry.

Sad to see it go. Lots of the early internet book list webpages that were first page Google links seem to have died.

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All the King's Men | Robert Penn Warren
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On chapter 10/10. 402/438.

Almost done.

Definitely my least favorite book but blurred for spoilers anyway even if I don't think it could be any more rotten. -_-

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The Book of Numbers | King James Bible
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Bible book.

Norton Critical Edition.

Most of it is okay, but finding the massacres of other people, particularly the Midianites, very troubling, especially after just reading a Palestinian novel.

Not a fan of chapter 30 either.

This one has another figure.

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All the King's Men | Robert Penn Warren
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355/338

Chapter 9/10.

I can see the end...

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All the King's Men | Robert Penn Warren
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Chapter 7 was especially painful but forcing my way through it. 312/438

Think reading a deeply awful book every once in a while is good for you. Makes decent books seem better.

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All the King's Men | Robert Penn Warren
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Doing that thing where I cut a particularly tedious book with something more pleasant.

I've been cutting bible chapters with fiction books (like the stories but the rituals/laws are boring).

Yet Numbers, even with its repetitive ritual descriptions and an entire chapter that just lists offerings each person gave an altar dedication, is many times less tedious than All the King's Men.

I have a new least favorite book.

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All the King's Men | Robert Penn Warren
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I hate this book. Hate.

But I've been trying to get through it since highschool and it's on a bunch of "must read" lists I feel I need to finish.

Included a bit of the ever so charming (/s) first page. (Profanity warning.) Spreading the suffering around, I guess.

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The Desert and the Drum | Mbarek Ould Beyrouk
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Advertised as the first (only?) Mauritanian novel translated into English.

A Goodreads user review says it's not fair to judge this book as a representation of Mauritania - think that is a good point.

This review with the translator chiming in the comments section is very interesting with regards to that.
https://ayearofreadingtheworld.com/2018/11/30/book-of-the-month-mbarek-ould-beyr...

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Leviticus (KJV) | Sunlight Desktop Publishing
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Leviticus. Norton Critical Edition.

Unclean vs. clean, establishment of the priesthood, offering instructions. Discussion's not really fit for Litsy but I am not a fan - the chapter makes me angry.

Surprised at how long these chapters are. Just the first 3 bible books are 250 textbook pages - I'd felt like my previous attempts to read the bible were failures but I'd gotten through a lot of words.

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Half thought experiment - All Palestinians in Israel disappear - how would those left behind react?

Half record of the trauma experienced by Palestinians.

Very sad book and very political. The sympathy is with the Palestinians but the Jewish POV chapters are very human - characters are portrayed as a misguided and self-interested, not as monsters.

Smrloomis Interesting. Thanks for the helpful review. 1w
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Exodus (KJV) | Sunlight Desktop Publishing
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The bible chapter combines texts from multiple sources. Notes point out how this causes "errors" (name changes, altered event retellings, character status changes, etc.). For example, the priestly account gives Aaron (the priest, vs. Moses the prophet) more status, explaining his shifts in prominence.

The tabernacle descriptions were extremely difficult to get through. Not interesting at all. Nice sketch though?

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Really liked some passages but Lispector is too experimental for me. I don't understand her.

Lots of passages about writing. Lots of passages about mystic (?) experiences where I'm not getting what her characters are going through.

Many versions of The Passion According to G.H. (another work of hers). But what is this "Passion"? I don't get it.

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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
Bailedbailed

This was nominated for a bunch of SFF awards so I feel like I should read it, but I don't want to.

Didn't like Uprooted (YAish with unsettling romance), this is a fix up novel of a novella I've already read and didn't like much either, and I think presenting it as in a series with Uprooted is a shameless cash grab.

Keep downloading the library ebook and keeping it from someone who might actually want to read it. Need to stop. Not for me.

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Mehso-so

More demon summoning but without the Dorian Gray inspiration and hedonism. Liked the first one better - prohibition era is one of my least favorite settings.

Characters seemed hollow and the excerpt from the next book seemed even worse.

Settings Front cover is gorgeous but very little to do with the book. Imagining what they told the artist lol. "Mushrooms. Diabolism. Female lead. Moonshine." 2w
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I struggle with books labeled "women's stories" that are stories of abusive men and how they destroy women. Dehumanizes men (are all men monsters?) and women (women's stories are about men) at the same time.

Brewster's Place does not do this. It has the gendered abuser/victim dichotomy, but also very movingly writes about sisterhood and the women themselves.

Also addressing abuse is important.

Settings Focusing on this because after the 1st story I had this at "pan" because of this issue. Book redeemed itself. 2w
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Inspired by the work of HP Lovecraft. Professor Boe travels across the dreamlands to retrieve a student - if she does not the effects will be catastrophic.

Ending was pretty moving.

Partially a fix-up of HP Lovecraft's exclusion of women in his stories.

Nominated for some SFF awards when it was published - usually pick from the current batch of nominees but my library had a copy.

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The actual KJB text is very different from the common retellings, particularly those told to children. They tend to leave anything "unsavory" out.

The meaning also changes if you add in the footnoted info. I like the Norton Critical Edition's notes - they point out translation errors/ambiguities, story duplications, allusions, number play, etc. Very focused on the text itself.

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One of those light Victorian England + magic books - this one inspired by Dorian Gray. Focus on entertainment value and style.

Dorina, a young hedonist, and her sister Evadne, a more grounded character, visit their Uncle Basil in London. Will Dorina be corrupted by Lady Henry, a older (and very attractive) diabolist?

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A Northern Canadian reservation community weathers the apocalypse.

Apocalyptic stories usually focus on cities. New York, Tokyo, London. It does beg the question of how a relatively isolated, partially self-sufficient community would react. Gives the story freshness.

Well written, likable characters. Balance of tragedy and optimism that avoids being grim dark.

Feel like apocalyptic is a spoiler that ruins some suspense.

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Njal's Saga | Anonymous
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Icelandic saga ~13th century.

Passage above is typical and atypical. Typical because the importance of the law and its judgments permeates the text in a way I think people who expect an Icelandic Saga to be full of battle scenes and murder would not expect.

Atypical in that there are lots of battle scenes and murders. Also humor, colorful characters, and an exploration of honor, its consequences and the failure of laws to successfully mediate.

Settings No spoilers but realize that does have some epic foreshadowing. 3w
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Sad. :(

Under untitled because I don't think people looking up Njal's saga want to see mutilated books.

Book related note - a massive gold bracelet in the story is valued at 19 milk cows. See that as milk cows being really valuable. Sure enough, a legal statute later shows the social status given to anyone wealthy enough to actually own a milk cow.

Today a dairy cow sells for around $1k-$3k - gold is $1,500 an ounce.

Samplergal Tape. I dropped a book in a pool last month. Same thing. Only swollen. 3w
Settings Yeah, it'll be tape. It was my grandfather's book, unfortunately. Also lost his copy of Campbell's Primative Mythology. :'( 3w
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Red at the Bone | Jacqueline Woodson
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Culture at Litsy to include photos - here's the book cover I left off the last post.

Library does a thing where some copies of really popular books have limited checkout times - think those copies also can't be put on hold.

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Red at the Bone | Jacqueline Woodson
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Lots of well depicted characters for a short book - author does a lot with not very many words.

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Poppy War | R F Kuang
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Hard pass.

Couldn't make it through the first chapter. Not a fan of the type of fantasy that usually gets marketed as YA and it reads like it.

Do like children's books, oddly.

Settings Read some reviews and it's a YA beginning that darkens into a Nanjing Massacre fantasy retelling. I've been to the memorial at Nanjing - it is an extremely horrific topic - do not want to read an approach on it in this context either. 3w
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Ancient China: A History | John S. Major, Constance A. Cook
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Table of known Chinese-area cultures during the Neolithic / Jade age.

Very recent (past 100 years) archaeological records. Previously, bronze age written accounts (often extremely politicized to support a current ruler / culture) controlled what was known.

It's extremely fascinating. Politics, identities, cultural / narrative dominance, etc. All very current discussions despite the subject being ancient.

(Prefer Li Feng's book though)

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Got my "currently reading" down to Njal's Saga, the King James Bible, a poetry chapbook, and two nonfic.

Haven't been reading so few books at once in decades. Usually have one book I'm *really* reading then 10+ where I'll read a chapter a less a month lol.

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Extremely good.

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The Family Mashber | Nister, Leonard Wolf
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Author was arrested and the last section lost.

Think it's about what loyalties we owe others. Community, family, god, oneself. Men embrace piety throwing their families into poverty. In the historical setting this means their children starve. Was that their choice to make? Which is selfish, rejecting materialism or accepting it?

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Recently collected stories she wrote for a magazine that used to be impossible to find unless you tracked down the back issues.

Finished up her Tales from the Flat Earth series. "The Man Who Stole the Moon", "I Bring you Forever", and "The Snake" definitely fit the setting but "Our Lady of Scarlet" doesn't seem to.

I like her writing.

Settings Kindle version is atrociously formatted. Random bold/italics, random sections of larger or smaller text 3w
Settings The other Flat Earth short stories are "The Pain of Glass" and "The Origin of Snow" 3w
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A journalist's response to Trump's attacks on the freedom of the press.

Lots of parallels to McCarthy and Edward Murrow.

So-so because I think Kalb writes for someone who has lived through the same events he has, so he doesn't need to give a lot of detail or explain fully. I don't remember living through the McCarthy era or the Eisenhower election or listening to Murray news broadcasts- I wasn't born yet. Think it needed to be 3x as long.

Settings Wow this is surprisingly often read on Litsy. Used to being the only reviewer when I read nonfic. 3w
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Settings And this only has 10 reads on Librarything. Quite a hit with Litsy lol 3w
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Out of context, but I think "the right to be wrong / the right to dissent" is extremely important in book discussions.

Settings If someone criticizes a book or praises a book you don't, that is an opportunity for discussion, not an opportunity for attack. Particularly if they are "wrong". E 3w
Texreader Extremely important in life. 3w
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Tales and Stories | Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
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Just okay.

I'm automatically more interested in a story if it has something of the fantastic in it - but most of these stories did not. Stereotyped Italian or French betrothal dramas.

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Have the entire day marked off for reading.

Might be able to finish 5 partially read books including the beast of a novel The Family Mashber.

But apparently going to while the time away checking YA book twitter drama. :|

lele1432 YA book Twitter drama sounds very...😑🙄 Lol 3w
Settings @lele1432 Yeah, I don't usually read twitter but it was linked to and I got caught up in reading the threads. :| is right. 3w
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Corregidora | Gayl Jones
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Lots of violence. Not sugar-coated.

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Captivity | Toi Derricotte
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Most of the poems in this were really dark, the image is an exception.

This collection is really good.

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About friendship and nice luncheons and avoiding your responsibilities.

Sections with the Romani guy need to be explained if this is read to a child.

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List of books I have to read before I am allowed to check out any more.

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier
The Book of Disappearance by Ibtisam Azem
The Desert and the Drum by Mbarek Ould Beyrouk
The Family Mashber by Der Nister
Letty Fox by Christina Stead
Enemy of the People by Marvin Kalb
Corregidora by Gayl Jones
Ancestors by Kamu Brathwaite
Early China by John S. Major and Constance A. Cook

Settings Thought I was going to run out of characters. -_- 4w
Monica5 I thought I was the only like that. I have 25 reviews for books to do for Goodreads. But, I went to the library today, to say hi and left with two😀 4w
Eggs Nice list! 4w
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veritysalter I love The Wind in the Willows, I enjoyed reading it to my children. 4w
Settings @veritysalter I read half of it in 2nd grade then never finished - one of my longest "getting back to it later"'s lol 4w
Settings @Monica5 25... Wow. I bet they are all interesting ones you want to read too lol - just not as interesting as new ones 4w
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The Gold Cell: Poems | Sharon Olds
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One of the poetry books I got for close to nothing at a library sale - apparently the author is psuedo-famous.

Lots of nice lines but was not a fan of some of the poems in the first section.

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Not a fan. A badly written plot obscured by a whole lot of silly blattering.

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On page 499/607. Awful. Keep having to cut it with better books.

The detective is back with his wall-of-text inane speeches.

Lucy_Anywhere I am super-impressed you've got this far! I tried to read it on Serial Reader and just couldn't... 4w
Settings @Lucy_Anywhere Finally fnished it, haha. It's not worth the effort. 4w
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Maud Martha | Gwendolyn Brooks
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Beautifully written and deep.

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On page 373/604.

Don't get the appeal but going to keep reading because of sunk cost fallacy.

Wanted to complain.

Blergh.

Settings The detective's speech on page 373 is particularly annoying. 4w
IamIamIam Another #LiteraryMammogram 😂 I like your determination! 4w
Settings @IamIamIam LiteraryMammogram lol. That's the truth. 4w
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Couple news articles about this recently - it's the first novel published by an African American woman.

The novel is very readable and effective at getting its messages across.

Wilson does not (entirely) pander to a white abolitionist audience - the reason why people think her book was forgotten.

It is very sad that it failed to make money.

Emilymdxn How fascinating! I‘ll definitely read this. What an important part of history 4w
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