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SkeletonKey

Joined September 2016

Art maker. Library worker. Horror fiend. Book addict. Music Junky. Nonbinary - They/Them. Neurodiversity 🖖🏼 IG: skeletonkeystudio
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Pillars of the Earth | Ken Follett
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Thoroughly enjoying this book so far.

I‘m visiting an aunt on my way to the beach. I made her this mug when I took a pottery class so it‘s fun to use it when I‘m here. Wish I could make more useful things like this.

sudi I love that mug 😍. It's so cool that you made it yourself 👏 4h
SkeletonKey @sudi - It‘s like magic! I want to take another class but I wasn‘t very good at it overall. 4h
sudi @SkeletonKey that looks pretty good to me. If you like the class you should definitely take it, i'm not good at so many of my hobbies but i stiil do them 😂 3h
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SkeletonKey @sudi - True!! 3h
Tanisha_A That mug is beautiful! I am a lover of earthy tones. 3h
SkeletonKey @Tanisha_A - I could not replicate that color no matter what I tried!! I loved it but everything I tried afterwards with the same glazes didn‘t match 😂 I liked it too though. 3h
cobwebmoth I love the mug! So pretty. I've debated reading this book for a long time. I may have to try it soon. 59m
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In the mood for something a bit epic so I‘m going to give this one a try.

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The Don Con | Richard Armstrong
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I love it when my booth is placed next to an author. I vended at ShoreLeave this weekend, a really fun Star Trek convention in Maryland. Richard Armstrong was my booth neighbor and we got along well. Cant wait to read the book.

#conventionseason #startrek #authors

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Midian Unmade: Tales of Clive Barker's Nightbreed | Clive Barker, Del Howison, Joseph Nassise
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Picking this one up again after a bit of a hiatus. The only good thing about not getting a library card yet is that it forces me to pay attention to my own books.

#midian #nightbreed

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When your tarot collection needs it‘s own special bookcase.

Oops.

#tarot

Meaw_catlady Ohhhh! Love it! 2w
SkeletonKey @Meaw_catlady - I thought you would! 2w
Clare-Dragonfly Wow! What a collection! 2w
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SkeletonKey @Clare-Dragonfly 😆 I get a little obsessive. 2w
AlobelThee Very cool! 😻 I recently found a great Tarot shop in town, with more I'm sure to collect on as well. 1w
SkeletonKey @AlobelThee - Reeeally? I want to visit this shop, haha. 1w
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I couldn‘t sleep the other night and started to listen to this book. Definitely not the cure for sleeplessness. Holy crap.

#climatechange #globalwarming #wtfpeople

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Borderland | Terri Windling
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Not finding a lot of time to read right now and haven‘t gotten into a good routine here yet. Stealing a few minutes in Bordertown while I can.

#borderland #bordertown #elfpunk

wanderinglynn That sounds like a fun read! 2w
SkeletonKey @wanderinglynn - Definitely! Big fan of this series. 2w
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Who‘s excited for the new Dark Crystal?

Best part of moving is ALWAYS reorganizing your bookshelves. I had to box up and leave behind about 99% of my book collection though 😭😭😭

#thedarkcyrstal

Meaw_catlady Great looking shelf!! What did you do with all those books! 😳 3w
BookwormAHN I am 🙋🏼‍♀️ 3w
SkeletonKey @Meaw_catlady - they‘re boxed up and stored in an extra room in Va 😭 Until I move again. 3w
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Finally mostly moved, two states away and feeling a little homesick even though that‘s not home.

Gaining back a little normalcy with morning reading again. This book has been good so far.

tpixie I‘m sure it will take at least 3 months to feel settled in. Protect your reading time. 📚Try to find a cute book store. 📚Or if they have one, a farmers market. 👩🏼‍🌾 🥬🥒🌽 3w
SkeletonKey @tpixie - thanks for the advice! I think I will do a bookstore browse today. 💜 Can‘t wait for Farmers Markets too. 3w
tpixie ♥️♥️♥️ 3w
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Pretty absent here lately as I pack up and get ready to move tomorrow. Hello, anxiety.

Started listening to this one since I couldn‘t wait any longer for a time where I‘ll get to sit and read again.

I 🖤 Mallory.

cobwebmoth Sending positive energy for your move. *hugs* 1mo
JoScho I am currently packing as well and I move in a week. The anxiety is insane-I get it. Hang in there! 🖤 1mo
Bklover By this time next week the worst will be over! Hugs to you!💜. (I hate moving) 1mo
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batsy All the best for your move. 1mo
readordierachel Good luck with the move. Hope it all goes smoothly. 1mo
Tanisha_A All the strength to you! 1mo
jmofo Here‘s hoping it goes well and it‘s a good move! 4w
SkeletonKey @cobwebmoth @JoScho @Bklover @batsy @readordierachel @Tanisha_A @jmofo - Thanks, everyone! I am moved and settling in now. Sloooowly. 3w
JoScho Oh good! We moved Sunday and I am beyond exhausted and there is so much to do. Wishing you lots of luck 🖤 3w
SkeletonKey @JoScho - so much to do, indeed 😓 wishing you luck too!! 3w
JoScho Thank you! 3w
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Anyone going to ALA this year? Perhaps we could have a meet up?

#ala #americanlibraryassociation #litsyloveslibraries

kamoorephoto I had every plan to, but alas, I am trying to leave my horrible home-life situation. Life is mean sometimes. 2mo
SkeletonKey @kamoorephoto - Oh no! I‘m sorry about the timing but truly happy for you if you‘re getting out of a bad situation. Better things on the horizon. Let me know if you need someone to talk to. 2mo
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We Were Witches | Ariel Gore
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Experimenting with more CHAI recipes.

Found one for Golden Chai that is extremely good.

Time to relax, read this book, and de-stress.

#warmdrinks

Hoopiefoot That looks so good! 2mo
SkeletonKey @Hoopiefoot - It is! All turmeric instead of tea, really. 2mo
sudi Looks yum 😋. Enjoy ☕ 2mo
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We Were Witches | Ariel Gore
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“This is how spells are broken...
By burning down the dream house
Where your childhood keeps repeating itself.”

This book is SO GOOD and I am very mad that I don‘t have more time to just sit and read until I finish it.

Clare-Dragonfly I get Rob Brezsny‘s horoscope in my email every week. 2mo
SkeletonKey @Clare-Dragonfly - Neat! 2mo
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We Were Witches | Ariel Gore
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Hanging out at the Fredericksburg punkrock fleamarket, selling art art art. It is too warm. But I have a REALLY good book.

#va #punkrockflea

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Haven‘t been able to post much but I‘m still trying to read.

Currently listening to this book, finally, and having anxiety attacks about moving haha.

In the meantime:

I have a booth at the Fredericksburg Punk Rock Flea Market this Saturday! If you‘re around, there‘s going to be a lot of awesome stuff there.

#fredericksburg #virginia #fleamarket #punkrock #audiobooks

suvata Great book 📖 2mo
SkeletonKey @suvata - It‘s been soooo good. 2mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Moving is the pits, but this book is great. 2mo
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SkeletonKey @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego - It‘s so hard 😭 Nice to have a good book while doing it at least. 2mo
Crazeedi Enjoyed this book. 2mo
cobwebmoth Sending happy thoughts for your move.❤ 2mo
Soubhiville Oh neat! The flea market sounds fun! I hope you feel better. Hopefully when the move is over you‘ll be really happy! 2mo
SkeletonKey @cobwebmoth @Soubhiville - Thanks! I‘ll be displaced for a few months while I look for a job but hopefully I‘ll get my own place before too long. 2mo
SkeletonKey @Crazeedi - Me too! 2mo
DivineDiana All will be well! Just remember to breathe. ❤️ 2mo
SkeletonKey @DivineDiana - Thanks for the words of comfort 💜💜💜 2mo
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Catwings | Ursula K. Le Guin, Ursula Leguin
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Me too, after 8 pm.

#dailyrituals #writing

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More VERY INTERESTING origin stories for another favorite book of mine, Frankenstein. Apparently I have an ongoing love for science gone wrong. This video talks about the medical experiments that inspired Mary Shelley‘s classic book:

https://youtu.be/-ex7f7KVl3I

#horror #history #medical

readordierachel Fascinating! 2mo
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Whoa.

I was obsessed with The Rats of NIMH as a kid and my sister just found an article about its inspiration. Apparently this guy was doing population experiments with mice, which inspired the book. This is so interesting:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/the-doomed-mouse-utopia-that-inspired-the-...

TK421 I loved this book, and watched the animated movie over and over as a kid.🐭 2mo
SkeletonKey @TK421 - Me too! It was so good. 2mo
Lady_Tigana_20 One of my favorite childhood movies. 💕 I don‘t remember any other books I checked out from my elementary library—I know I read other books—but I have a memory of searching the shelves for this book. 2mo
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SkeletonKey @Lady_Tigana_20 - it‘s the best! 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly Wow! I loved this book—I will read the article, thank you. 2mo
SkeletonKey @Clare-Dragonfly - Welcome! The video included is pretty interesting. 2mo
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Truth Is | Avery M Guess
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EXCELLENT BOOK MAIL DAY.

My friend‘s book of poetry was released today and it‘s amazing!! Highly recommend, The Truth Is contains powerful stuff.

Also arrived today, the compilation of Original Plumbing, basically the first publication to introduce me to trans expression outside of mainstream media. Forever grateful and forever sad that their run is coming to an end.

#poetry #transbooks

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Pulp | Robin Talley
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Drove up to West Va to visit my grandma. I think I got my reading bug from her. Still reading Pulp and I asked her if she read pulp novels in the 50s... she said she read EVERYTHING.

#westva #grandmas

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The Power of Myth | Joseph Campbell, Bill Moyers
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Currently listening to.

Anyone know how much this compares to the book? I know it‘s based on a program but I don‘t want to miss deeper information if there‘s more to the book!

#mythology #heromyths

jmofo I only saw the show...the book I have looks like transcripts but I haven‘t sat down and compared the two. Having images is fun and can be helpful, though. 2mo
SkeletonKey @jmofo - That‘s helpful, thanks! 2mo
jmofo Absolutely. I got your postcard, btw, but I am a mess so it‘s in a stack of bills I need to address. Thank you. I will write soon! 2mo
SkeletonKey @jmofo - No worries 💜 Take your time and I hope things get better soon! 2mo
jmofo 💜 2mo
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Summerland | Michael Chabon
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@Hestapleton #summerthisorthat

I‘m not doing any postal boxes these days, but thought I‘d answer questions anyway 🤷🏻‍♂️

1. Tea!
2. Salty.
3. Cats.
4. Mountains!
5. Consider yourself tagged.

Hestapleton Thanks for playing! ☀️ 2mo
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Born a Crime | Trevor Noah
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Finally getting a chance to listen to this audiobook. Thank you, library. It‘s definitely as good as people say!

#audiobook

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Started listening to this while driving in PA today. Part art crime, part art history, ALL INTERESTING. This book specifically revolves around the theft of Edvard Munch‘s “The Scream.”

I can‘t believe how many classic paintings are missing in action, this is fascinating.

#crime #nonviolentcrime #art #arthistory

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Reading Sissy while hanging out at Spring-O-WEEN today.

If you‘re around Richmond, Va, come check it out! Halloween fun in the springtime.

hermyknee I love your art! ❤️ 3mo
SkeletonKey @hermyknee - Hey thanks!! 3mo
monalyisha What a cool concept! If I lived nearby, I'd totally be there. 3mo
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Karkar If I lived close I would totally be there! 3mo
SkeletonKey @monalyisha @Karkar - Wish you could come! 3mo
Karkar @SkeletonKey do you by chance have an Etsy store? 3mo
SkeletonKey @Karkar - I do but it‘s closed right now 😫 3mo
mreads Your booth looks awesome 😀👍. Wishing you lots of sales 3mo
SkeletonKey @mreads - Thanks so much! 3mo
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Bloom | Kevin Panetta
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I saw Kevin Panetta speak about this graphic novel recently and it finally came in at the library. Such a charming story about a guy working in his family bakery falling for a guy they hire to help out.

Definitely the kind of book that makes you HUNGRY too.

#lgbtq #graphicnovel

Lindy Glad it‘s good! I suggested it and I‘m looking forward to reading it for my YA book club next month. 3mo
BookHoarder32 Loved this one - the artwork and the story ❤️ 3mo
SkeletonKey @Lindy - Oh yay, hope you enjoy it! 3mo
SkeletonKey @BookHoarder32 - I was impressed with the art too 💜 3mo
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de Profundis | Oscar Wilde
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WHOA, Lordy. This is Oscar Wilde‘s last prose piece, written in jail before his death. And it‘s an absolutely SCATHING break up letter to the man who helped send him there so far.

It‘s breaking my heart though because these feelings are real and relatable and in true Wilde fashion, said with a finely sharpened edge.

Thankful I‘m not living in a place where same sex love equals jail right now.

#lgbtq #prisonletters

Tamra Wow, sounds heartbreaking 3mo
SkeletonKey @Tamra - Extremely 3mo
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Festival season starts next weekend for me and you know what that means: INVENTORY.

#conventions #festivals #artlife #andalsobooks

GondorGirl We've been doing inventory like crazy too! Except for us it's not festival season, it's conventions and renfaire season. 3mo
SkeletonKey @GondorGirl - It‘s market, convention, fest, faire and show season, lol. 3mo
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Yep.

#essays

hermyknee I loved Agorafabulous - I‘m interested to hear your thoughts on this one! 3mo
SkeletonKey @hermyknee - I‘ll try to remember to review it! I want to check out Agorafabulous too. 3mo
hermyknee @SkeletonKey it‘s great on audio! 3mo
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Ghost | Jason Reynolds
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https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/marie-kondo-bibliophiles-books-declutte...

A very fun article that is enabling my book habit right now.

wanderinglynn I think out of all the photos, this one was the best one. ❤️ I‘d love to have shelves like that! 3mo
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Got a bunch of these at an antique/collectible shop for next to nothing, but then never read them. I‘m gonna peruse then now before they get donated.

#graphicnovels

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Oh no 😞

#notredame #paris

jhod 😢 3mo
Soubhiville I know, so tragic! 😭 3mo
Lindy 😢 3mo
SkeletonKey @jhod @Soubhiville @Lindy 😢 the people who were working on it are having the worst day of their lives right now, I can‘t even imagine the kind of blame happening. 3mo
Soubhiville @SkeletonKey @Lindy @jhod I just heard it‘s out now. Only one of the stained glass windows was destroyed, all of the others made it. The outer roof is gone, but the inner stone roof is ok. Obviously the spire that was being worked on is gone, but the major statues and artwork had been moved, so they are ok. As well as the religious artifacts. So there is a bright side. It will be rebuilt. But 😢 3mo
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Moving | Jenny Eclair
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Oh lord. I haven‘t even boxed half my books and I‘m already overwhelmed by boxes.

Remind me again how you all cut down your book collections?

#moving #ohno

wanderinglynn I did it before I moved & it was hard. I basically sorted my books into 3 piles: (1) absolute keepers (signed, special editions, favorites I reread), (2) books I‘d already read, and (3) TBR. For pile 2, I considered whether I‘d be likely to reread it. If not, it went into the giveaway pile. For pile 3, I considered how long I had it & the likelihood of me reading it in the next 6 mos. The older the book, the more likely it went into the pile 👇🏻 3mo
wanderinglynn because it was likely that older books I could easily check it out of the library. I tried to keep in mind that I wasn‘t giving up my books, but spreading the love of reading to other people. I ended up sharing over 100 books. Although it was hard, it felt good to cleanse my shelves. 3mo
diovival @wanderinglynn that's a really nice way to look at letting go 3mo
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wanderinglynn @diovival Thanks. ☺️ And it also opened quite a bit of space for new acquisitions! 😉 3mo
CaliforniaCay I second what @wanderinglynn said, it's hard to whittle down your collection but look at it as you spreading the love ❤❤❤ I've been donating ones I dont want to little free libraries, or giving then to friends 🤗 3mo
SkeletonKey @wanderinglynn @CaliforniaCay - I‘ve let go of about 800 so far but I‘m still over 2000, I‘d LIKE to be under 1000 but... good lord, lol. It‘s hard to put all these in piles but I‘ll try to keep the “will I actually read this soon” part in mind! 3mo
CaliforniaCay 800 so far wow! That's quite a feat. No wonder it's so overwhelming for you. But atleast you're making progress. If you're really at a loss you can always do a litsy giveaway 😉 3mo
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I am very bad at daily goals ☹️ Picking it up again anyway.

1. Rainy days
2. Dog walks
3. Audiobooks

@Eggs #grateful21

Eggs 💗🤗🌸🌺💗 3mo
SkeletonKey @Eggs 💜💜💜 3mo
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Rosewater | Tade Thompson
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Finally starting on this one. Sci fi set in future Nigeria? Yes please.

#scifi #poc

Eggbeater I loved this one! 3mo
SkeletonKey @Eggbeater - It sucked me in real fast 😆 3mo
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Dog walking this week means lots of extra time for audiobooks.

The tone of this one gets under my skin sometimes but the coding bits are fascinating!

RadicalReader Adorable puppy 3mo
SkeletonKey @RadicalReader - He‘s so sweet 💜 3mo
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If any of you are in the DC/MD/VA area, here are some local events I‘ll be doing this year!

Bookish art, horror art, sci fi art, all the fun things.

#dmv #bookart #art

Clare-Dragonfly I will have to try to make it to Arty Queers sometime! That sounds awesome! 3mo
SkeletonKey @Clare-Dragonfly - Please do, that would be awesome! 3mo
Fridameetslucy Hmmm. I‘m an arty queer artist too! Same name on Instagram 3mo
SkeletonKey @Fridameetslucy - Reeeally? Awesome, I‘m skeletonkeystudio on IG! 3mo
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1. Waterproof ink
2. 80s fantasy movies
3. Electric kettle

@Eggs #grateful21

Eggs Have a wonderful day! And week! 3mo
SkeletonKey @Eggs - You too! 3mo
Buechersuechtling @SkeletonKey Now you got me curious. Which 80‘s-fantasy-movie did you watch❓ 3mo
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SkeletonKey @Buechersuechtling - I‘m in a group dedicated to The Dark Crystal and we‘re all crying about the fact that Netflix won‘t release any info on the new series 😂 3mo
Buechersuechtling @SkeletonKey You hear me squeaking❓ 😊 I absolutely can‘t understand why this movie gave me nightmares when I was a young kid. Years later, when I watched it for the next time I immediately fell in love with it. And every time I now see that it is broadcasted on TV I want to watch it. I really like it it‘s made so lovely. 3mo
SkeletonKey @Buechersuechtling - It‘s so good! Never gets old. 😍 3mo
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Another exciting trip to the fancy library!

#memoir #graphicnovel

JackOBotts Nice library haul! Looking forward to reading your review! 3mo
SkeletonKey @JackOBotts - I‘ll try to remember to write them! 3mo
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1. Surprise jobs and extra money.
2. Fun & funny coworkers.
3. Libraries.

@Eggs #grateful21

Eggs Yes yes and yes🤗🌸❣️ 3mo
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Small Spaces | Katherine Arden
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After finishing her popular trilogy, I went looking to see if Arden had written anything else and low and behold, a middle grade horror book!

When I was younger I used to get so annoyed that all the Halloween/horror books featured little boys having adventures but this is a book set in October about a young girl. Should be a fun, quick read.

#juvenile #horror

JoScho I enjoyed this one 💜 3mo
SkeletonKey @JoScho - I am too so far! 3mo
WitBeyndMehsure This has been on my list since I saw it on a shelf somewhere! 3mo
SkeletonKey @WitBeyndMehsure - It‘s pretty good! Wish it had been around when I was a kid. 3mo
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1. Rain
2. Siblings
3. Peace and quiet

@Eggs #grateful21

Eggs I wholeheartedly agree💕 3mo
SkeletonKey @Eggs 💜💜💜 3mo
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The Electric State | Simon Stålenhag
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Currently reading before work.

The art in this book is amazing. Atmospheric, dystopian, quiet and haunting.

#illustratednovel #scifi

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I believe I missed a day, but I will continue.

1. Audiobooks
2. Alone time
3. Hoodies

@Eggs #grateful21

Eggs You had me at hoodies 😂💗 3mo
SkeletonKey @Eggs - essential 😆😆😆 3mo
tracey38 Yes for alone time! 3mo
SkeletonKey @tracey38 - Absolutely! 3mo
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Currently listening to. Ouch, my heart.

#memoir

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1. Tea
2. Candles
3. Blankets

Going for the creature comforts today.

@Eggs #grateful21

Eggs All good things!!! Thanks for joining in 🤗🤗 4mo
SkeletonKey @Eggs 😁😁😁 4mo
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1. Books
2. Hormone replacement therapies
3. Patience

@Eggs #grateful21

Eggs Thanks for joining in ❣️ 4mo
SkeletonKey @Eggs - Thanks for starting us off 🙂 4mo
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Joining in a bit late, @Eggs , but I want to try.

1. A job I like.
2. The ability to draw.
3. Good friends.

#grateful21

Eggs I am so grateful you did❣️🤗❣️ 4mo
SkeletonKey @Eggs 💜💜💜 4mo
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Clive Barker's Hellraiser: Collected Best II | Clive Barker, Dave Dorman, John Bolton, Larry Wachowski
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🍿 I have a few, but GalaxyQuest is one.
🎥 Hellraiser, maybe?
🇯🇵 I‘ve never been to Japan.
🏳️‍🌈 Horror, LGBTQ anything.
📢 English and Bad English.

#premondayvibes @pepsicola

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Priestdaddy: A Memoir | Patricia Lockwood
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I went to the Fancy Library to relax and read a little since I can‘t really do that in mine, lol.

Picked up a few titles that my library also doesn‘t carry.

tpixie great Space-- this that the "real name" or just a great descriptor?
:)
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