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Joined March 2018

Read; write; rinse; repeat.
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A Handbook on Story Writing by Blanche Colton Williams
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depression has hit so the windows and doors stay closed
This, though, a must read for, well, I think everyone can benefit from writing. And this book just encourages you to write. About everything. I will be rereading and recommending for years. 5 out of 5 on GR.

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A Room of One's Own | Virginia Woolf
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So inspirational. Woolf breaks down why it‘s been so difficult for women writers to thrive and dispels sexists ideas of the time period. Quick. Motivational. A must for writers and Woolf fans. 5 out of 5 on GR

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“I wish you all very good lives.”
A nice little pick me up and a gift from the original roomie. But, also, the usual college graduation stuff. Not the worst, and still gave me a good pep talk. But, I dunno, go watch Tim Minchin‘s if you need to be moved to inspiration. 3 out of 5 on GR

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The True Queen | Zen Cho
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“ ‘I should like it of all things,‘ said Henrietta.”
Absolutely masterful. Loved use of old characters. I missed Prunella so much I was worried. I wasn‘t going to have enough of the have enough of the characters from the first book, but Muna so stole my heart, I ended up having just enough of them. 5 out of 5 on GR. A perfect sequel.

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It‘s. Perfect.

esurient Ooo! Transcribe author and title, pretty please? Sorry I'm having a hard time reading that loopy font. 4mo
dawn-pInk @esurient Not a book, just book related :) It the new Harry and the Potters album, Lumos. It‘s my soundtrack for summer 2019. I love every song. 4mo
esurient @dawn-plnk Oh, haha, sorry. I had squinted at the small font and thought... Harry van du P-something, European publication, maybe? 4mo
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I love everything about this book. Had to force myself to slow down this second reading, as it only took me a day the first time. Took me two days this time. The voice is one of my absolute favorites, the protagonists are two of my favorite fictional characters. I have ridiculous high hopes for the sequel. 5 out of 5 on GR.

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I so love Plath‘s voice that this was a joy for me. Not every story is brilliant. I found something to critic in each. But if you are a fan of Plath it‘s a must read. 4 out of 5 on GR.

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“Sitting, finally,
sighing, saying to the dark
bittersweet self: Thank you. Oh, Thank you.

Thank you.

And Goodnight.”
I loved this collection. So many new favorites. Read it twice in a row. Just look up the summary when you buy it. An absolute must for lovers of lyricism. 5 out of 5 on GR.

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Brilliant manual for metrical poetry. Learned some of this in high school, but it‘s always good to have a refresher. Plus she includes a few classics in the back for the readers perusal. 5 out of 5 on GR

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“I will dig out a hammer and nails from among Eamonn‘s tools and do it.”
Excellent book and an interesting view of the politics and war in Uganda at the time. Definitely made me want to see the film. Found my heart beating fast at moments. The voice of this novel really drew me in. 4 out of 5 on GR. On loan from manager at work.

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So much fun! This book brings philosophical quandaries to Science fiction themes and works. The individual essays cover their topics thoroughly and collectively show how Science Fiction often asks us to examine our humanity. 4 out 5 on GR. Particularly loved the essay on why both sides of the political spectrum enjoy Stranger in a Strange Land by Heinlein.

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“Such questions are the stuff of which intelligence is made, for at their foundation lie the most basic questions man can ask: What is our place in the universe? For what can we hope? What must we fear? What can we do to change the world and ourselves for the better? These are the questions addressed in this book.”
-Preface

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WHEREAS: Poems | Layli Long Soldier
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Brilliant and beautiful. The poetry spirals in to specifics and out to broad concepts, encompasses past and present, and never lags. A poetry collection worth owning. 5 out of 5 on GR.

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WHEREAS: Poems | Layli Long Soldier
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Picked this up from The Portland Book festival.

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Absolutely brilliant. Adams has always been one of my favorite voices. And this book a brilliant collection of non-fiction and fiction shorts and an unfinished novel. Highly recommend for Big Fans. 5 out of 5 on GR

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“Seems a bit rough on the old rhino as well,” said Dirk. “And now here‘s another one.”

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Flarf: An Anthology of Flarf | Sharon Mesmer, Drew Gardner
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Very hit or miss. I think I prefer the concept of Flarf more than the practice. There were quite a few gems, but I didn‘t get a lot of references and some just were a bit too vague for me. 3 out of 5 on GR.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flarf_poetry

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Career of Evil | Robert Galbraith
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I read both these books over the weekend. Once so started Career of Evil I couldn‘t stop. They sucked me in and kept me there. Love Robin. Liking Strike more. 5 out of 5 on GR

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The Silkworm | Robert Galbraith
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Finished this last night and immediately started Career of Evil. Robin is my patronus. Loved the misdirects in this one. I thought I remembered this one better than I did, though. Rowling is just so good at pay off, I love them. 5 out of 5 on GR

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Flarf: An Anthology of Flarf | Sharon Mesmer, Drew Gardner
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Almost time to add to #mountTBR
“From ‘The Cape of Good Hope‘ to ‘Cape‘ Freakin‘ ‘Fear‘
even when the soundtrack‘s sad, quails like to kiss.”

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The Silkworm | Robert Galbraith
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Work friend. I love this series so much and can‘t wait to get through to the newest book!

gradcat Me too... 7mo
dawn-pInk @gradcat I have to reread before i read the latest; it‘s a blessing and a curse 7mo
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The Silkworm | Robert Galbraith
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“Then, with a grin and a wave, he was gone.”
#mountTBR

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Beautiful snow day off. Little over halfway through and love the construction of this book. I‘m reading front to back, but each chapter is self contained and usually had a free writing exercise. I think this will be a good one to return to during bad bouts of writers‘ block.

hjreviews I find myself picking this book back up once or twice a year! 8mo
dawn-pInk @hjreviews sooo happy with my purchase! 8mo
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“I tell myself, ‘Natalie, this book is done. You will write another.”

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The Collected Poems | Sylvia Plath
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Plath will always have a place in my heart for how brilliantly she uses words. She is able to create descriptions I could never have come up with. Her work gives me a place to be comfortable with my sadness. 4 out of 5 on GR.

RvnclawWhovian Lady Lazarus is one of my all time favorites 8mo
dawn-pInk @RvnclawWhovian So amazing! That poem just feels right being spoken out loud. 8mo
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The Collected Poems | Sylvia Plath
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My litsy went on the fritz! I‘m back now and I‘ve missed you.
I love Plath, I love how she uses language, I love how she turns the ordinary into something strange and beautiful. I love how she expresses her own humanity.

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The Collected Poems | Sylvia Plath
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The steady climb up #mountTBR.
“It is so beautiful, to have no attachments!
I am solitary as grass. What is it I miss?
Shall I ever find it, whatever it is?”

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Cuckoo's Calling | Robert Galbraith
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I love this book so much. I forgot that Comoran is a little much for me in this first one, but will strengthen the way Robin has changed him as I do my reread.
The prose is this book is so carefully chosen, the description of setting marvelously used to strengthen the mystery. 5 out of 5 on GR.

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Cuckoo's Calling | Robert Galbraith
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Continuing #mountTBR
“I cannot rest from travel: I will drink
Life to the lees; all times I have enjoy‘d
Greatly, have suffer‘d greatly, both with those
That loved me, and alone; on shore and when
Thro‘ scudding drifts the rainy Hyades
Vext the dim sea: I am become a name...”

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An excellent collection. The titular novella and a short, “Our Fair City” stood out the most to me as thoroughly solid. A mix of science fiction and urban fantasy. 4 out of 5 on GR. I love diving into Heinlein‘s works.
also featured: the decapitated dinosaur I found outside my work.

Traci1 Poor dino. 😔 8mo
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Updated TBR stack. I‘m a little more than half way with “The Unpleasant Profession...” but I‘m going to be rereading a few before I move on to my next book. Heinlein at his finest.
#tbr #stack #mountTBR

madamereadsalot1 Cormoran Strike is my book boyfriend. 9mo
dawn-pInk @madamereadsalot1 I just got the 4th book so it‘s time for a reread:) 9mo
madamereadsalot1 I'm impatiently waiting for the next. It'll probably be another few years and that makes me sad. She's not exactly expedient on putting these books out. 😒 I know perfection takes time... But come on! I'm starving here! 😆 9mo
dawn-pInk @madamereadsalot1 I heartily concur 9mo
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“When they go to bed at night, before he turns out the light, he handcuffs one of his wrists to one of hers.”

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Picked up the new issue of Paris Review. This issue has been hit or miss for me thus far, but one of the short stories and the memoir piece make it worth the purchase :)

Emilymdxn I really want to get into reading this again! They declined to employ me a few years ago and it put me off it lol 9mo
dawn-pInk @Emilymdxn haha yeah that would deter me as well :) 9mo
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Aztec | Gary Jennings
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Absolutely epic novel. Rich, detailed setting. Strong, flawed, lovable characters. The narrator is so brilliant and has such a distinct voice. Plot of the main character follows the rise and fall of the Aztec Empire. TW: rape, gore, mutilation. 5 out of 5 on GR. Highly, highly recommend. Will be reading more from this author.

Crazeedi Oh I remember beginning to read this, read a couple chapters and couldn't handle the blood and gore, so I never finished. And I always hear it was a great book, but noooo... 9mo
dawn-pInk @Crazeedi You made the right call. It def gets grosser and more bloody as the story goes on. 9mo
Crazeedi @dawn-pInk that's a shame because I really wanted to read about that civilization 9mo
dawn-pInk @Crazeedi If I come across any other good fictionalizations, I will remember you! 9mo
Crazeedi @dawn-pInk thank you! That'd be awesome! 9mo
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For Every One | Jason Reynolds
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Quick, inspirational, simply lovely. Reynolds is a master wordsmith and it was a joy to hear that craft applied in this. 4 out of 5 on GR.

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Letters to a Young Poet | Rainer Maria Rilke
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I‘m a sucker for letters, so naturally this was a pick for me. Rilke has some good advice on poetry, love, relationships, loneliness...but mostly encouraged his addressee to embrace the difficulty and pain of solitude. Beautiful and thoughtful, and a very quick read. 5 out of 5 on GR.

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Letters to a Young Poet | Rainer Maria Rilke
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Rilke is so sweet with Kappus. And has a truly beautiful mind. So much inspiration.

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Letters to a Young Poet | Rainer Maria Rilke
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“But in these weeks of the awakening Spring
Something within me has been freed- something
That in the past dark years unconscious lay,
Which rises now within me and commands
And gives my poor warm life into your hands
Who know not what I was that Yesterday.”

OMW to NYC for HPatCC!

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Untitled | Unknown
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I have read more this year than I have for several years by about 20 books. My@goal next year is to read more short stories and poetry and to read 6 books on writing poetry to try to improve my own work.

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For Every One | Jason Reynolds
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“Dreams don‘t have timelines, deadlines, and aren‘t always in straight lines.”
Next on the audio list.

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Long Way Down | Jason Reynolds
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Brilliant story. Surreal and heart wrenching. The characters were distinct and full, the setting sparse yet clear, fit well with this story. The voice! Absolutely stunning. Clever and interesting plot. I‘m loving these poetic novels, or novel poems or what have you. Will be looking for more, especially from this poet.

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Aztec | Gary Jennings
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So incredibly epic. The story of the life of one man growing up in the Aztec Empire, starting in the middle class and through intelligence and luck making his fate. Beautiful prose. Wonderful characters. Surprising twists. Can‘t wait to finish!

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Long Way Down | Jason Reynolds
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Next Audio on deck
“ANOTHER THING ABOUT RULES
They weren‘t meant to be broken.
They were meant for the broken
to follow.”

thebookishtype15 I loved this book! 10mo
dawn-pInk @thebookishtype15 It is so strong. I‘m really loving these poem novels. I just read Poet X this year as well. If you have any recommendations I‘d love them! 10mo
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A Handbook on Story Writing | Blanche Colton Williams
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“Only that is great in literature, which, according to Professor William P. Trent, ‘has produced large, important, influential, permanent, original, and unique results both in ourselves and in a majority of readers and critics, past and present.‘”

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If you have any basic understanding of rape culture, you can already guess that this would be a rough one. An amazing of array of personal essays, some exceptionally poetic, from diverse pov on the many varied negative impacts of rape culture. An important read for anyone who feels we can use more empathy, and awareness of the way our culture views consent and sex, which I think is all of us. 5 out of 5 on GR

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“Anger is the privilege of the truly broken, and yet, I‘ve never met a woman who was broken enough that she allowed herself to be angry.”

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So fun. Loved how she tore up the fairytale and manipulated the plot points for purpose. Brilliantly fun characters. Overly descriptive at times and contradictory at points, but so delightful otherwise it‘s easy to forgive. 4 out of 5 on GR

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Aztec | Gary Jennings
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“In otin ihuan in tonáltin nican tzonquíca
Here end the road and the days”
A borrow from the Roomie.

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Adam‘s has one of my favorite conversational voices. Especially made entertaining by the fact every time I read “Thor” I see Chris Hemsworth. Adam‘s ability to convey the setting in quick, precise, character influenced sentences has always been perfect. I especially loved the addition of the female protagonist in this novel. 5 out of 5 on GR. I wish there had been more Dirk Gently.

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Updated TBR stack.
This time Dirk finds his client‘s head spinning on a record and his “partner” gets mixed up with Norse Gods. Can‘t wait to finish!

Tonton Very nice stack! 11mo
dawn-pInk @Tonton Thanks ☺️ 11mo
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