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TheatreSpaz

TheatreSpaz

Joined September 2016

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I am LOVING this! I'm listening to it (got it from my library through Libby) and I just want to sit in my car and listen all day!

I went to visit my mom today and listened to it the whole ride which is unusual - I usually have to switch to music at some point because my brain starts drifting.

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The Starless Crown | James Rollins
Mehso-so

I just did NOT feel connected to the story or the characters. I thought it was a great premise and parts of it made me gasp or laugh but when it finished I wasn't aching to read the next installment.

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Unequal Affections: A Pride and Prejudice Retelling | Lara S. Ormiston, Ormiston Lara S Austen Jane

"Like Cordelia, you are yourself a dowry." ?? I feel a little faint...

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Starless | Jacqueline Carey
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My book made me cry...

Soubhiville Yep, me too. It‘s so good though! 2mo
aa_guer2021 This was so epic!! ❤️❤️❤️ her 👋🏻🐶 (edited) 2mo
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I think this book would only be interesting if you already had an interest in Egypt. It's a little dry, everything laid out very matter-of-factly. Each chapter is an "interview" with a new character as they tell us THEIR version of events around the rise and fall of the Heretic, Akhenaten. It was a quick read and I enjoyed it.
#foodandlit2022

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Sanford Meisner on Acting | Sanford Meisner
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"When they learn I teach acting, people who love the theater but are not of the theater often ask me just what one teaches to hopeful aspirants that turns them eventually into trained actors."

#firstlinefridays @ShyBookOwl

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King John | William Shakespeare
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Mehso-so

I didn't love it. This is the first of his histories I've read, though I've seen some performed. I just didn't think it all meshed well. There's several Shakespeare plays I love (mostly comedies, ngl), but I found the language in this one to be particularly inaccessible at times, especially when King John or the Bastard were speaking. They were also both incredibly long-winded. Who knows, maybe Robin Hood has just poisoned the man for me.

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King John | William Shakespeare
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School being what it is I'm reading a new play about once a week - this time it's King John and the language is kicking my butt. This edition is SO ANNOTATED that I get lost reading the footnotes and forget what's happening in the play. I'm working my way through On Acting for my major.
I'm listening to No One Goes Alone through the Libby app. I'm only a few chapters in. And, ofcourse, Akhenaten for #foodandlit2022. That's my #weekendreading !

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Reading this for #foodandlit2022 and so far I'm finding it very interesting. I read a young adult novel about this pharaoh way back when I was in middle school and thought he was fascinating. He completely upended Egyptian religion. He was also married to Nefertiti.
#weekendreads

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The Paper Magician | Charlie N. Holmberg
Mehso-so

I listened to the audiobook. This had such promise but it was so disappointing. The premise is great, I love fantasy novels where magic is woven through average, every day life. But the execution left much to be desired. I think the world-building was pretty good, not great, but good. But the characters are shallow and two-dimensional, their back stories rushed, and their interactions felt totally false. Also, I didn't love the narrator.

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The Sonnets and Other Love Poems | William Shakespeare
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It's been such a good reading weekend for me! I've finished several books and graphic novels. Now it's time to crack down on some school work but I hope to carve out a few more hours with a book later.

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Romeo and Juliet (Updated) | William Shakespeare
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I've got an audition coming up and our instructors are always telling us how important it is to read the script before you audition. I've read R&J before, and seen several productions, but it's been a while, so here we go!
#weekendreading

Soubhiville Oh yay! Hope it goes well. What part are you hoping for? 4mo
TheatreSpaz @Soubhiville Honestly, I just want to be IN the show. There's a LOT of talented people here! But it's going to be a big cast so I have a decent chance, I think. 4mo
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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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I really liked this. It's slow paced but sometimes I like that. The language got a little flowery at times but as a whole was beautiful and imaginative. I especially loved how the two timelines finally meet and you fully understand what's happening. The plot unfolds SLOWLY. It's full of mysteries and begs of the reader to take your time, digest what you've read.

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The Paper Magician | Charlie N. Holmberg

My #weekendreads include continuing The Night Circus 🎪 and I started listening to The Paper Magician yesterday. Since I'm going back to school tomorrow I'll be in my car more and able to listen to the audiobook. Two books about magic - I hope that magic carries over into my daily life!

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Outlander | Diana Gabaldon
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This is really hard to say! I read mostly fantasy so if someone isn't interested in that I'm kind of at a loss, but here are some I know I tell people to read.

📚 The Killer of Little Shepherds
📚 Outlander
📚 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
📚 anything by Neil Gaiman
📚 anything by Jacqueline Carey
📚 Harry Potter
📚 Chronicles of Narnia
📚 The Newsflesh Trilogy

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

#sundaysoapbox

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thanks for playing 🙌🏻📚 4mo
tokorowilliamwallace I had a college friend I reconnected with for the first time in probably almost 10 years recommend Outlander to me, so I bought two volumes of the saga and will get into it eventually (probably not exactly in order 😬)! I'm intrigued not only in how she characterizes her smut, but also mostly in how she handles the historical context and detail in writing so thoroughly. She also rec'd Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth saga, which I have begun. 4mo
TheatreSpaz Gabaldon's historical research SEEMS to be pretty spot on. I live near one of the settings in her books and it's so fun to connect state historical sites to her stories. My favorite part of the books, though, is the medical treatment Claire dispenses in the 18th c with her 20th c knowledge. It's fascinating reading about how she makes do without antibiotics and other modern pharmaceuticals. 4mo
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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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It's one of my last lazy days - school starts Monday! I think this book is kind of perfect for me right now; I'm about 200 pages in and it's mostly been set-up but INTERESTING set-up. It's taking its time and I'm enjoying that, in this liminal space between holidays and classes.

Also, Minerva has become part of our holiday decor.

CBee Love that wreath! I almost made one this year but didn‘t have all the stuff 🤷‍♀️ 5mo
TheatreSpaz @CBee I had SO much trouble finding a wreath I liked, then I walked in the front door of a store and saw this hanging across from me and was like "THAT ONE". I really want to make my own! There's a Michael's nearby that I frequent, might hit them up for supplies. 5mo
Soubhiville What a great photo! 5mo
CBee @TheatreSpaz I found pom pom makers on Amazon and a wreath frame too, but I also have this problem where I start things and never finish 😂😂 There‘s always next year! Or heck, maybe I‘ll just get the stuff and make it anyway. Doesn‘t have to just be for Christmas! 5mo
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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This was such a breath of fresh air. I wasn't sure what kind of book this was gong to be but I knew I was interested in reading about ancient Greece. Miller wrote a beautiful character exploration in which Circe, with us along for the ride, takes a thousand years to figure out who she is and what she wants. She too often allows others to influence her and the reader gets to watch as she grows and learns about herself and the world.

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Circe | Madeline Miller

I was able to get in 7 hours of reading yesterday!! I start school next week so I'm feeling the pressure to get everything in order. I only need 4 more hours to reach my goal! Right now I'm at 16 total in 3 days. #20in4

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Goldenhand | Garth Nix
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I read for a total of 5:14 hours yesterday and managed to finish Goldenhand. It was good but didn't have the same feeling of urgency the earlier books in the series do. It felt just a little more lighthearted, which was very strange for this series. I enjoyed it though!

#20in4

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Goldenhand | Garth Nix
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Happy New Year!! Leko impatiently waits for me to take breaks from reading and pay attention to him - he's a GOOD BOY.

Soubhiville Hi! Good to see you on here! Your pup is really cute 🥰 . Happy New Year! 5mo
TheatreSpaz @Soubhiville Happy New Year to you! And he knows he's cute, he plays it up. 😁 5mo
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Goldenhand | Garth Nix

I realized I didn't keep track of how long I read yesterday for the #20in4 #newyearspecial, so, conservatively, I'm gonna say about 4 hours. I finished two short stories in the Old Kingdom series and started Goldenhand.

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Across the Wall | Garth Nix
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I'm making my way through Nix's Old Kingdom stories. Apparently I'm gonna have to get a book of short stories that I don't have yet, To Hold the Bridge. I'm thinking I might try to buy an ebook version, if it's available.

tokorowilliamwallace I like this cover art. It reminds of the literary classics editions. 4mo
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Abhorsen | Garth Nix
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I almost forgot the #20in4 #newyearspecial starts today! I should be finishing this book and starting the next in the series. @Andrew65

Andrew65 Good luck, great to have you with us. 😊👍 5mo
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Abhorsen | Garth Nix
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I've been rereading this series. I first read it probably 17 years ago when Across the Wall was the last book in the series. Now there's two more! Reading this as a teenager, I was so inspired by Sabriel and Lirael and how they pushed themselves to become what they were destined to be. I'm so glad I picked them up again.

elkeOriginal I just read the prequel to this series and it made me want to reread the whole thing! 5mo
TheatreSpaz I forgot about that one!! That makes me so happy - there's more to read! 5mo
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Black Sun | Rebecca Roanhorse
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Just got back from vacation which my dog went on WITH US and he still hasn't gotten sick of me ❤ Started Black Sun two days ago and now I'm almost 400 pages in. IT'S STELLAR. I already want to read it again and I'm not even finished!

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I'm really excited about this one! I've seen a TON of great reviews. And reading outside between classes is paradise.

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I had no idea what this book was about - Neil Gaiman is one of those authors that I don't need a summary, just give me the book. This is SO GOOD, and SO CREEPY. I had moments where my heartbeat sped up a I read. Can't wait to finish.

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I loved this! It was so cute and interesting. The callout of Fandom culture made me laugh. I am looking forward to the sequel.

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So the last book I was reading was really bad and it put me in a funk - I tried really hard to finish it but it was so lackluster that I kept putting it off, so I wasn't reading anything. I decided to DNF it and move on.

KimM Same 9mo
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Hour of the Witch | Chris Bohjalian
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I haven't finished the book but Mary is about to poison her husband and try to blame it on their servant and I KNOW something is going to go wrong because of the excerpts throughout the book AND I AM SO ANXIOUS.

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Hour of the Witch | Chris Bohjalian
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One thing I find conspicuously absent in the author's description is the fear a person feels when admitting to being abused. The embarrassment and shame. I wonder, though, if that is only an effect of modern times? 🤔

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Hour of the Witch | Chris Bohjalian
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Just started this and I'm really looking forward to getting into the meat of the story. I don't know if the author intended this but he seems to be also be commenting on how European colonizers ruined the natural landscape of America. It's subtle but noticeable.

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This book is giving me strong DaVinci Code vibes, with a dash of an Ocean's heist movie. The lore recounted in the book has been interesting. I'm finally getting REALLY engaged in the story- it's been building to a soft reveal that was expected but still fun.

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Petsitting cats means letting them come to you. Reading is the perfect way to do that because cats love nothing more than interrupting what you're doing ?
I'm loving how this book is discussing colonialism and it's dire effects on a country's history when the colonizing country "rescues" artwork for museums.

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"To those blessed with a Forging affinity, it is an inheritance of divinity, like any art."

Just started this so I don't know if I like it yet, but this line was beautiful.

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Fangirl: A Novel | Rainbow Rowell
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I've been sick with a sinus infection for several days. THERE'S A SILVER LINING - screens make my head hurt so I've been making my way through my TBR. Fur babies and easy reads ftw.

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Paper Girls #2 | Brian K. Vaughan
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For the Wolf | Hannah Whitten
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It's hell in the sun but not too bad in the shade. I'll enjoy it while I can. Leko sure doesn't seem to mind.

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Parasite | Mira Grant
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Because I love her Newsflesh trilogy I picked up Parasite. It's a fascinating idea - how deliberately infecting yourself with a tapeworm for health purposes can backfire. She does some reaching with the science it feels like, and the conversation isn't very smooth but I am looking forward to reading the next book.

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What a beautiful play! With a few lines I was completely encapsulated in Christopher's world and it evoked such honest feeling and emotion. His journey throughout the play was its own sort of odyssey. I would absolutely love to see this performed.

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Peter Darling | Austin Chant
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I read about this book several months ago and instantly wanted to read it, but it had a short run and my local library didn't have it - and to buy it would've been REALLY expensive. Lucky for me my university can borrow outside of the state! This book came from Florida! I love a fairy tale retelling and am so excited to get into this.

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Finished it this morning when I should've been doing homework, but so worth it. A wonderful work of magical realism! I loved that the main character was not tropey- he was unique in his utter ordinariness, and VERY relatable with his many fears. The imagery was gorgeous, and the characters so easy to love

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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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I actually have a moment to breathe so I'm gonna finish this amazing book and then probably cry about out for a while. Then it's right back to school work and anxiety.

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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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A recommendation from BookTok that might be just what I need add I struggle through the start of this semester. I was SO EXCITED when the library called to tell me it was available!

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So I have a rule for myself that I don't force myself to finish books that don't vibe with my mood, otherwise it's like punishing myself with reading and it's hard enough for me to finish a book these days, I don't want to start resenting books. So I'm gonna have to shelf this one, we just weren't on the same wavelength.

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I'm down with COVID but luckily I had some library books already. Lou and Boe think quarantine it's the best thing that's ever happened to me.

TrishB Hope you‘re on the mend soon. 1y
BookishMarginalia Get well soon! 1y
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Shanghai Girls | Lisa See
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I learned about a part of world and American history I didn't know much about. The narrator was unreliable, which had me struggling with my feelings towards her, but the story was still interesting and enjoyable.

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Welcome to Night Vale | Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor
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Waiting for a zoom meeting to start, might as well crack open a book that's been on my tbr for a while.

ozma.of.oz I really enjoyed this one! I hope you like it! 💜 1y
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Parts of it were violent and gruesome enough to have me cringing, but it's still got beauty and loveliness and is so worth the read.

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In a pandemic but still going to work? Read about the Trojan War! It's dark but lovely.