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VioletBramble

Joined December 2016

Once you learn to read, you will be forever free. - Frederick Douglass. 📚🤓❤️
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Harry Potter and Hedwig LEGO at B&N yesterday. There was also a fire bolt.

marleed That‘s cool! 2d
LibrarianRyan Harry looks like he had too many appointments with Michael Jackson‘s plastic surgeon. 😜 2d
GingerAntics That‘s is awesome!!! 💙💙💙 2d
VioletBramble @LibrarianRyan LOL, and it looked like that from every angle. 2d
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Picked this Audible Original audiobook on a whim- hey it‘s free- after getting another book. It‘s a YA fantasy about a world where music makes magic. 12 year old Amelia dreams of going to Mystwick, a school for musical magic. All the music mentioned is played by a symphony and includes original compositions. It‘s less than 9 hours long. The reader sounds just like a 12 year old girl. The story was enjoyable. I‘d read more if this becomes a series

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Last week‘s book haul. Plus a witch themed owl puzzle for Halloween. Will probably read the books in the middle first because they‘re small and perfect for commute reads.

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Umbrella Academy: Dallas | Gerard Way, Gabriel Bá
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Mehso-so

I continue to find this graphic series just so-so. Probably because I watched the television series first. I love the show- it‘s way less confusing than the books and the characters are much more interesting and likable. Also, I don‘t like the illustrations. I think I‘ll skip book 3 when it‘s released and stick to the show.

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Eating‘s gross, isn‘t it? In the abstract, I mean. When you‘re used to hyperspace recharging stations, to sunlight and cosmic rays, when most of the beauty you‘ve known lies in a great machine‘s heart, it‘s hard to see the appeal of using bones that poke from spit- coated gums to mash things that grew in dirt into a paste that will fit down the wet tube connecting your mouth to the sack of acid under your heart.

Lindy When you look at it that way … 😆 2w
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Legendary | Stephanie Garber
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My possible reads for September. As usual, most of these are for challenges at #LibraryThing.

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Spent the afternoon re-reading this favorite for Hogwarts back to school day. I read the illustrated version.
The pictured card is from SparkleDesigns.
#HarryPotter

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I got a couple of books for my birthday. Looking forward to reading Sabrina. Plus I love the matching Funko Pop. I already own a copy of Crawdads so I‘m passing this one on to my sister. I also got a new poison container for my Halloween poisons bar. 🎃

rabbitprincess Happy birthday! 🎉 3w
tammysue Happy Birthday Kelly!! 🥳 3w
VioletBramble @rabbitprincess @tammysue Thank you for the birthday wishes. 3w
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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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There are men who are wolves inside and want to eat up other people to fill their bellies. That was what was in your house with you, all your life. But here you are with your brothers, and you are not eaten up, and there is not a wolf inside you. You have fed each other, and you kept the wolf away. That is all we can do for each other in the world, to keep the wolf away.

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I wanted to finally read this book before the movie comes out in a few weeks. I decided to listen to it on audiobook. That was an excellent idea as the reader, David Pittu, does a great job voicing all the characters and their various accents. Plus, I realized that if I had to slog through 770 pages of trauma, substance abuse and bad choices it would have taken me forever.
Well written, overly detailed, and ultimately very sad. I loved it.

britt_brooke Ooh, I loved this in print, but may need to reread it on audio. Happy you loved it, too! 3w
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I‘m not sure if this is a novella or a story.
Jim is visiting NYC for some interviews about his blog/book and to see his publisher. While lost in a storm he wanders into Ozymandias book store. The story becomes a book lovers nightmare as Jim wanders down stair cases onto floors made up of endless rows of books, worrying about being trapped, or caught,or the store being a front for crime. He is shown the way out and then never again finds the shop

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Garden Spells | Sarah Addison Allen
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The Waverly women each have a special gift. Their backyard has a garden whose plants have magical side effects. Their yard also has a strange apple tree. Eating an apple from this tree will reveal to the eater the biggest event of their lives- good or bad.
The story was cute and it was a fast read. A perfect beach book.

Chelleo Love this author! 4w
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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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I‘ve been reading this book since April. While I was enjoying what I read I found myself not reading it for long periods of time. Well, I finally sat down and finished it in a day and a half. The story seems like a mix of various vaguely remembered fairy tales but is actually a unique tale with three strong female characters. Despite the slow start I ended up loving this book.

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This is the graphic novelization of the first book in Lev Grossman‘s Magicians series. It differs from the book in that it is told from Alice‘s point of view. We get Alice‘s story from childhood to when she becomes a niffin. The illustrations are pretty good.
I enjoyed this a lot. Alice is my favorite character in the series. Reading this made me pull out my DVDs of the show for a re-watch.

GrilledCheeseSamurai ❤️ The show. A new comic has been announced that takes place after the books/show with a whole new cast of students. 🤘 1mo
VioletBramble @GrilledCheeseSamurai I saw that. It‘s being put out by the same publisher that did Alice‘s story. It will have the same illustrator as well. 1mo
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Mapmaking | Megan Harlan
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Mehso-so

This was my #poetrychallenge2019 book for August. I gave this a so-so. The poetry wasn‘t bad, just underwhelming. There wasn‘t even one poem that stood out for me. I‘ve never read anything by this poet before. Honestly, I pulled this off the shelf because it had “map” in the title. I‘m a big map- head.
#poetry

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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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My planned reads for August. As usual many of them are for the Category Challenge at #LibraryThing
I‘ve actually been reading Spinning Silver for months. I‘m enjoying the book but finding it really slow going.

rachelsbrittain I love Akemi Dawn Bowman! Have your tissues ready for those 2mo
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Yesterday‘s book haul. The tagged book will definitely be the first book from this batch that I‘ll be reading.

Chelsea.Poole Love your quilt!! 2mo
rachelsbrittain I just finished that one and thoroughly enjoyed it 2mo
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Mouthful of Birds | Samanta Schweblin
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Twenty strange and quirky short stories from the author of Fever Dream. Much like Fever Dream, I found this book hard to put down.

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Hold | Bob Hicok
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from: a visit to my pantheon reveals a hole in the sky

I hope you‘re kissed tonight
for real, not like people at midnight on TV
pretending time is a dog
we‘ve taught to sit. I think I mean
we scream Happy New Year
as if we can tell the future
what to do, trying hard to look
as if we feel the way champagne tastes,
and I don‘t believe for a second
we‘ve got such beautifully lit
chandeliers inside us.

#poetrychallenge2019
#poetry

VioletBramble This was a 5⭐️read for me. I initially bought the book because the cover photo is from The Event of a Thread - an interactive art installation which I loved. Luckily, that photo led me to something else I loved- this poetry collection. 2mo
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The Kingdom of Copper | S. A. Chakraborty
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The second book in the Daevabad Trilogy. I love this series. I would love to know when the 3rd book will be released because multiple storylines ended in cliffhangers. In this one all my favorite main characters are on different sides, with different plans, of varying degrees of danger to the population. Some characters may not be able to come back after their actions. Frustrating,sad, this book went in another direction than the first- loved it.

8little_paws Ughhhh I refuse to read this series until all 3 are out so I'm dying now 3mo
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A first edition of Leaves of Grass on display at The New York Public Library in their Walt Whitman:America‘s Poet exhibit. ❤️

LadyCait84 😯😍 3mo
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A Girl Sings to Death

A girl in an orange dress climbs
the spreading cypress and sings.
She hangs like a spider monkey
and looks at things upside down.
A red-tail perched in the crown calls
to her mate on the bell tower cross.
Death has been saving an earthly
squirrel for the hawk‘s children.
Death has been saving a snake
for them, it has a rat in its belly.
The girl makes a place in her song
for the cries and the wind listens.

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NOS4A2 | Joe Hill
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“ Sir, you don‘t shush me. You don‘t ever shush me. I am a librarian. I shush you. Shh...Sorry. “
Maggie - from the tv adaptation of NOS4A2.
I still haven‘t read the book but I‘m enjoying the show.
🧛‍♂️🏍📚

Prairiegirl_reading I really liked the book. I had the first few episodes on my pvr but everything got deleted the other day so I haven‘t seen the show yet!! 😩 3mo
Prairiegirl_reading P.s. the audiobook is great! Kate Mulgrew is the narrator. I highly recommend!! 3mo
VioletBramble @Prairiegirl_reading Oh no! I know the whole season is available to stream at AMC Premier. I admit I haven‘t watched anything on AMC before so I don‘t know if they replay episodes later. 3mo
VioletBramble @Prairiegirl_reading Good to know. I just joined Audible and I‘m looking for large books that I would more likely avoid in physical form. 3mo
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Happy Summer Solstice to everyone in the Northern hemisphere! 🌞🌼
Happy Winter Solstice to those in the Southern Hemisphere! ⭐️❄️
I had to do my solstice activities at sunrise today because my building has scheduled window washers (inside apartment) for today. I just finished baking Summer Solstice honey cakes. I‘m waiting for them to cool to remove them from the mold. I hope they turn out alright. 🐝

Bklover I would be most happy to taste one for you and let you know how they‘ve turned out!! Beautiful photo, by the way. Happy Summer Solstice to you! 3mo
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NOS4A2 | Joe Hill
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This is what was inside our presents from Charlie Manx (see previous post) : a vampire gingerbread man. It‘s adorable. I‘m still undecided if I will watch the show tonight or wait to watch it Tuesday during daylight hours.
#NOS4A2
#BookCon
#BookCon2019

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NOS4A2 | Joe Hill
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My sister and I (on the left) waiting for Charlie Manx to suck out our souls in exchange for Christmas gifts and a ride to Christmasland in his vintage Rolls.
#BookCon
#BookCon2019
#NOS4A2

Soubhiville Ha! That‘s really cool! 4mo
tpixie That is awesome!!! I‘m taping the show and promising myself I‘m finally going to hurry up and read the book! 4mo
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Hope Rides Again | Andrew Shaffer
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The second book in the Obama Biden Mysteries series. I got this at #BookCon. Not only did Andrew Shaffer sign the book to me he added some art. Plus, I love this sticker of Joe Biden eating an ice cream cone that he gave me.
#BookCon2019

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My book haul from #BookCon includes some of the newest Word Cloud Classics.
#BookCon2019

Liatrek I love the Word Cloud classics ❤️ really nice book haul 😊 4mo
TheBookHippie Is phantom a word cloud classic? 4mo
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My planned reading list for June. Three of them are already in progress unfinished books from other months. Almost all of them are for the Category Challenge at #LibraryThing

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BookCon panel with Garth Stein and Parker, the dog who plays Enzo in the movie, coming out in September
#bookcon2019
#BookCon

Nute Awesome! 4mo
mrozzz 😭😭😭😭😭💕 4mo
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NOS4A2 | Joe Hill
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Listening to Joe Hill talk about NOS4A2 at #bookcon
#bookcon2019

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The Octopus Museum: Poems | Brenda Shaughnessy
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I took a break from media and social media for a while. I‘ll probably do a bunch of catch up posts. I‘ll try to spread them out a bit. These are the books I purchased in April. The tagged book, a collection of poetry, looks very interesting. I think it will be my poetry read for June.

readordierachel Some gorgeous covers there 😍 5mo
OwlReader Thanks for the follow! 4mo
VioletBramble @OwlReader Welcome to Litsy! Your name caught my eye - I love owls. 4mo
OwlReader @VioletBramble Thanks! Owls are my favorite. Glad you like them! Your name caught my eye too- my favorite color is purple/violet 😄 4mo
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The Kingdom of Copper | S. A. Chakraborty
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Planned reads for May. I‘m looking forward to the tagged book the most. Spinning Silver is unfinished from April. I‘ve become obsessed with The Umbrella Academy on Netflix so I decided it‘s time I read the graphic novels.

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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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Mehso-so

This one was just so-so for me. I‘ve been reading it slowly since September because it just wasn‘t holding my attention. My intermittent reading combined with the large amount of characters and the amount of short chapters made it seem disjointed

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Waiting for the 2019 Tartan Day Parade to start here in NYC. Yay Scotland!!
(Why is there no Scottish flag emoji? )

GingerAntics They‘ve added one. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 5mo
VioletBramble @GingerAntics Ahh.. This is why I need to get a new phone that is larger than 16GB. I'm missing these good updates. 5mo
GingerAntics Oh wow, yes you definitely need that update!!! 5mo
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Starting this third book in the Diviners series while I sip a mug of Walk in the Woods tea and wait for season 2 of American Gods on Starz tonight.

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Spell on Wheels | Kate Leth
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A fun graphic novel about three witches on a road trip to recover their stolen magical objects- crystals, an orb, a planchette, spices, and an invoking ritual. When they catch up with the culprit - an ex-boyfriend of one of the witches- they realize that the true object of desire is something one of the witches brings with her.

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From In Search of the Least Abandoned Constellation :

The reader's face is a child's rapt face. The book is her latest soul, disguised as a more or less acceptable concrete object. The child is happy. The afternoon, a novel.

#poetry #poetrychallenge2019 for March.

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Midnight Riot | Ben Aaronovitch
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My planned reads for March. As usual most of them are for the Category Challenge at #LibraryThing. The thing on top is my new Kindle Paperwhite, filling in for the tagged book. I miss my Kindle Keyboard already. It was 10 years old and had stopped working properly.

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Mouthful of Birds: Stories | Samanta Schweblin
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I went to the B&N book haul sale but didn't find anything I wanted. So I went to #ForbiddenPlanet and #TheStrand - I got these two books and an interesting #Tardis latte mug.

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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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These are the books I read in the second half of February. The tagged book is my favorite. I gave them all 4🌟, except the Le Guin, which I gave 3⭐️. I hated one of the main characters so much I avoided the book for days.

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The Secret Oceans | Betty Ballantine
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Betty Ballantine, editor, publisher, owner of Bantam and Ballantine Books, and inventor of the paperback has died.

CatLass007 😢 7mo
GingerAntics She‘s gone to the great bookshop in the sky...where readers around the world will praise her for millennia. 7mo
Ddzmini 😨😓 7mo
TheSpineView 😪 7mo
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The Nightingale | Kristin Hannah
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My family and multiple friends and co-workers have tried to get me to read this book. I always refused because it doesn't seem like my kind of book. One of my coworkers brought it to work a few months ago and gave it to me, telling me I "have to read it" Apparently it is everyone's favorite Hannah book. I started it this morning.

TheBookKeepers I need to read this one soon!! It‘s been on my TBR for a while & I finally have my own copy 7mo
rwmg Saying something is a must read or I have to read it is a surefire way of getting me not to read it 7mo
Centique I had to read this for book club and I ended up enjoying it well enough. But I‘ve read so many “Western Europe in WW2” novels that there wasn‘t much new or different in it although it does pull some heart strings! Anyway hope you like it 😊 7mo
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I finished the latest book in the Flavia deLuce mystery series this weekend while visiting my mother. Flavia and Dogger are working on their first case since starting their own detective agency. This mystery involves herbal medicines- with a sick twist. Any book that involves botany gets a thumbs up from me. 👍

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I'm doing laundry tonight and found these two Libba Bray books on the give away shelves. Score!

MarriedtoMrT I loved these two yet somehow never ended up reading the final book. (I remember being super excited it released and I even borrowed it many times from the library but it was SO BIG.) 7mo
VioletBramble @MarriedtoMrT All of her books are so large. I usually get her books on Kindle which is easier on my hands. I have arthritis. But, free books by an author you like can't be passed up. 7mo
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The Back Chamber | Donald Hall
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Love's Progress

When love empties itself out
It fills our bodies full.
For an hour we lie twining
pulse and skin together
like nurslings who sigh
and doze, dreamy with milk.

Donald Hall's last collection of poetry. This was my favorite poem in the collection. Overall, I thought the collection was so-so. Definitely my least favorite Hall collection.
#poetry

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More bookish mail today: I found this tee-shirt depicting the Abhorsen's bells on Etsy. This is my second favorite series (after #HarryPotter ) and I never see anything except fan art online , so I couldn't resist buying this. The art work is gorgeous.
#blissfullybookish

Yeah_I_Read I love this! The Abhorsen series is one of my favorites! 7mo
Centique That is AMAZING! I love the Abhorsen series too. I want to put it in everyone‘s hands and make them read it 😍 7mo
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Starworld | Paula Garner, Audrey Coulthurst
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Book mail today: I received this YA novel through #LibraryThing 's EarlyReviewers program. It looks like it will make a good commuting read.

Linsy Pretty! ✨ 7mo
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I'm still reading this book. To be honest it's not what I was expecting from the synopsis I got of the book. I'm waiting for the science part. Meanwhile, City Bakery's February Festival of Hot Chocolate is on. This is why I love February and why I'm waiting 'til March to start a ketotarian diet. Today's hocho was salted caramel. Plus, I cannot resist the pretzel croissant. Yum!

Soubhiville Mmmmmm! 7mo
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My planned reads for February. They are all for Category challenges at #LibraryThing except the poetry and the graphic novel. The poetry is for my own yearly challenge of reading one book of poetry a month. Usually I read all the graphic novels on my shelves in February. This year I'm going to spread them out.