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alexa_d

alexa_d

Joined August 2019

Climbing Mount TBR, like, eight books at a time. (#SeptemberTBR: #Pulitzer winners/finalists, #LatinxAuthors and protags)
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Maggie the Mechanic by Jaime Hernandez
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The Good Earth by Pearl S. Bck
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Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
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Olive Kitteridge | Elizabeth Strout

I like Olive Kitteridge, but it's not exactly what you'd call a page-turner, so I'm having trouble finishing it. Mostly I just remember that Frances McDormand played her in the miniseries, and she was also in the Good Omens miniseries, and what I'm saying is I'm imagining that Olive Kitteridge is God. #SeptemberTBR #Pulitzer (Fiction, 2009)

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Realized I could tick off another five books on my #SeptemberTBR “bingo board“, so voilà!

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Keeping the #CDaudiobook of "This Is How You Lose Her" in the car exclusively for the #audiocommute worked so well, I'm doing it again. This time it's part of my #Pulitzer #SeptemberTBR challenge (Non-Fiction finalist, 1995).

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This "oldest of the pessimistic philosophers" sounds *nothing* like Baudrillard, Saramago you hack ?????

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How appropriate that I started reading this book on September 11th… (which since this book was first published in 2005, I kind of assume the resemblance was intentional.)

(Also TIL that the flagpole outside my office building was literally erected after/for 9/11, so yeah.)

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So first I learned that Spain Rodriguez was not actually Latino, because his dad was a Spaniard, but whatever, still Hispanic, that's fine. Now I'm finding out that José Saramago was not Brazilian, but just plain old Portuguese. And MY Portuguese-heritaged ass knows all too well that we are not considered either Hispanic OR Latinx (oh well, I'm still reading his book during #LatinxAuthors month 😝)

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And here's my #SeptemberTBR progress so far!

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Realized I could make something of a #SeptemberTBR bingo board with a screenshot of my #LibraryThing catalog 😁

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Even though I'm still working on The Road, I hit the library on the way home yesterday because the #CDaudiobook of another book on my #LatinxAuthors #SeptemberTBR list was there, and I figured I could probably knock it out this week just keeping it in my car for the #audiocommute, which has the double advantage of not giving me the chance to keep forgetting it at home long past the due date!

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Andersonville | Edward M Erdelac

In trying to find a legit free audiobook of MacKinlay Kantor's "Andersonville", a srs bsns Pulitzer-winning novel set in the hellish IRL Civil War POW camp, I found that someone has written a horror novel also set therein. Which is only in slightly better taste than setting it in Auschwitz maybe? (Seriously, if you want to Google Image Search "Andersonville survivor", go right ahead, but MASSIVE content warning, FYI)

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The Road | Cormac McCarthy
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Was able to finish Brida during work, so moving on to the next #audiocommute book. This one's part of my #SeptemberTBR #Pulitzer challenge (Fiction, 2007). #audiobook #RBdigital

Smrloomis For me this was super scary - but maybe that‘s just me. I could imagine this happening in the future 😱 so I was a little freaked out. 6d
alexa_d @Smrloomis I'm about 2/3rds through it, and it has definitely had me gripping the steering wheel at certain moments! 6d
Smrloomis @alexa_d I saw the movie and even though I knew what was going to happen, I still got scared in all the same places in the story 🤣 ! 🤷🏻‍♀️ 6d
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Brida | Paulo Coelho
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A nice short book for my #audiocommute, after the two tomes I just did back-to-back #cloudLibrary #LatinxAuthors

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Washington: A Life | Ron Chernow
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Same, George. Different foreign power, but the rest is 💯 on point.

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Washington: A Life | Ron Chernow
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Lafayette: Slavery is *super* wrong, Dad.

Washington: I know son, but I don't know how to stop doing it.

Lafayette: Hmmmmm...

Lafayette: *buys a plantation and frees the slaves it came with*

Lafayette: Dad! I figured it out!

Washington: That's nice, son. I'm very proud of you.

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I had no idea Spain and M.K. Brown went to art school together! That's pretty cool, and I always like when women cartoonists get their due, especially from their male peers.

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Wow, this priest is *really* bad at his job.

(I transcribed the asterisked part from the bottom of the page there.)

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Maggie the Mechanic | Jaime Hernandez
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Same, Penny.

(Is that Clark Kent behind her? 😄)

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Maggie the Mechanic | Jaime Hernandez
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When even the car knows a hookup is a bad idea.

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Tinkers | Paul Harding
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I mean, she's not exactly wrong (the man in question is on his deathbed, so...)

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Maggie the Mechanic | Jaime Hernandez
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Nesting on the floor, lying on my belly, with a stack of #comics to kick off my weekend 😊 #LatinxAuthors

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Maggie the Mechanic | Jaime Hernandez
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Wait, is that Kurt Vonnegut?

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Washington: A Life | Ron Chernow
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Cranking up the volume when Baron von Steuben showed up at Valley Forge like he's my jam 🤣 #audiobook #Audible #gayPrussianSanta

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The Good Earth | Pearl S. Bck
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I've got 80 million other books going right now, but since this one is the only one on my #Pulitzer (Fiction, 1932) #SeptemberTBR that is also on #KindleUnlimited, I decided to start it just to see if you can still use #Bookly while also reading on your phone. You can!

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Firebrands: Portraits of the Americas | Shaun Slifer, Bec Young
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"The most violent element in society is ignorance." —Emma Goldman

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Since my pgs/hr for the first book was 232, let's just say my comics average is about 250 pgs/hr. Yeah, I'm going to math my way out from under all my unread comics! Hooray stats! Hooray data! #Bookly

rather_be_reading holy cow!! 2w
alexa_d @rather_be_reading 🤷 Comics are a faster read than prose, even if you slow down enough to take in the art properly (which I confess I didn't quite do here because it was getting late and I was tired). 2w
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Alright, time to move onto volume 2 and see how my reading speed compares.

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Charismagic Omnibus | Siya Oum, Vince Hernandez, Khary Randolph, Vincenzo Cucca, Emilio Lopez, Josh Reed
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So #Bookly confirmed what I'd kinda figured out a while ago, that I can read an average of 100 pages of prose in an hour. But I have no idea what my #comics average is, so I'm going to use the Charismagic series to find out! I know I read at least volume 1 when it came out in issues but I barely remember it. (The cat's name is Sparkles.) #LatinxAuthors

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Washington: A Life | Ron Chernow
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☑️ Frederick Douglass audiotome

⬜ George Washington audiotome

#audiobook #Audible #Pulitzer (Biography, 2010)

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I've been trying so hard the whole middle third of this book to be a good feminist and give Ottilie Assing the benefit of the doubt, and I intend to read a bio of her just to be sure Blight isn't inordinately biased against her, but since I just got to Helen Pitts's entrance: THANK GOD, SHE'S ALMOST OUT OF THE PICTURE. Of all the women who were in love with him, why did he keep the most irritating one around for almost 30 YEARS???

ChaoticMissAdventures My thoughts too! I am sure she had some qualities Douglass could see. And she seemed to help out a bit financially with the papers. But overall Blight really paints her as a total nuisance and a bore. I just finished this book and am so glad I am not alome in this. I also need to read more about her from a different POV. 1w
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Read the book last weekend, watched the movie tonight #DaddyGregoryPeck 😍😆

SW-T A belated welcome to Litsy 😊 2w
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The Space Trilogy | C.S. Lewis
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A whole buncha #audiobooks I was waiting for came off hold on #cloudLibrary at the same time!

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SW-T 😊😊😊 2w
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Tinkers | Paul Harding
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1. 👆
2. Reading! While visiting my parents and also babysitting the dog for a night while they go babysit their grandkids/my niblings, lol. I'll probably use the time to dig through the books I have stored in their basement.
3. Cherry Garcia!
4. If you sit me at a piano or hand me a guitar and let me stare at the sheet music for about an hour, you may eventually discern a tune you vaguely recognize.
5. #friyayintro #morelikesaturyaylol

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The best advice is often the most obvious once someone puts it into words.

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Tinkers | Paul Harding
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A dying old man reminiscing about New England winters past as one of my last Cape Cod beach reads this summer? Why not! #Pulitzer (Fiction, 2010)

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Bluebeard | Kurt Jr. Vonnegut

"The Contessa was surely way ahead of her time, too, in believing that men were not only useless and idiotic, but downright dangerous. That idea wouldn't catch on big in her native country until the last three years of the Vietnam War."

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Bluebeard | Kurt Jr. Vonnegut
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As usual, Vonnegut has the right idea, and he had it the year I was born.

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Bluebeard | Kurt Jr. Vonnegut
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On my way to visit my parents for Labor Day weekend, and switched to a paper book while #inflight (no reason to listen to an audiobook when you have nothing else to do *while* you listen). The flight attendant gave me two cans of the lime seltzer I asked for. I suspect it's because I'm reading Vonnegut. We Vonnegut readers are like that about each other 😊

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"Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and never will."

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I had thought #Audible lost my place in this #audiobook a few months ago, so I gave up on it (though always intending to go back). Since I decided that September is #Pulitzer month (History, 2019, in this case), I redownloaded it only to find it did still have my place saved! It's Harper's Ferry time… 😧

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Aww yissss the US #audiobook of Stephen Fry's Mythos (read by himself of course or what even would be the point?) came out today. I pre-ordered it on #Audible and woke up to it all ready to go!

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Bluebeard | Kurt Jr. Vonnegut
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First thing in the morning is as good a time as any to start a new book, especially the oldest unread one in your #LibraryThing catalog 😝

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Figure I'll stay on my #Pulitzer novel kick 😄 #audiobook #Libby

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Reaper Man | Terry Pratchett
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"Wʜᴀᴛ ᴄᴀɴ ᴛʜᴇ ʜᴀʀᴠᴇsᴛ ʜᴏᴘᴇ ғᴏʀ, ɪғ ɴᴏᴛ ғᴏʀ ᴛʜᴇ ᴄᴀʀᴇ ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇ Rᴇᴀᴘᴇʀ Mᴀɴ?"

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I love this. Any other book or movie dad would make a big deal and say "Then you'll do it for THREE months". But lawyer dad is like "One month was the sentence handed down, so one month you will serve, and your debt to Mrs. Dubose's camellias will be paid." #justice ?

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I'm having one of those moments I haven't had in a few years, where I get both melancholy for my late #ADHD diagnosis (at 26) and grateful (better late than never). #Audiobooks are a godsend, library ones exponentially so. It still astounds me I managed to (barely) graduate law school undiagnosed, but this classic of my profession has sat on my shelf unread for 5 years. Now I'm ⅓ of the way through, having only started it 4 hours ago 😊 #Pulitzer

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The Martian Chronicles | Ray Bradbury
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The Martian Chronicles | Ray Bradbury
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There are almost no words for how amazing this book is. A series of vignettes, doing what science fiction does best, making sharp commentary about its present (not unlike our present, roughly 70 years after it was written) through the lens of the future, how the progression of technology does not necessarily (and in fact rarely) have a corresponding progression of society and how humanity deals with itself.

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Okay, if I keep up my current place (~40 books per 3 months) AND I don't buy any more books in between…sure, this seems reasonable!

Of course, this is just prose. I didn't count my TBR pile of comics/GNs/TPBs 😂
https://www.readitforward.com/tbr-time/

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The Martian Chronicles | Ray Bradbury
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I switched from audio to print because this book is too good to read at someone else's pace.