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everlocalwest

everlocalwest

Joined September 2016

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The Mindful Way through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness by Jon Kabat-Zinn, J. Mark G. Williams, John D. Teasdale, Zindel V. Segal
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A Lesson Before Dying: A Novel by Ernest J. Gaines
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My Friends, the Wild Chimpanzees by Jane Goodall, Hugo van Lawick, National Geographic Society. Special Publications Division
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Imaginary Friend by Steven Chbosky
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Y: The Last Man, Vol. 9: Motherland by Brian K. Vaughan, Massimo Carnevale
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Fragile Grounds: Louisiana's Endangered Cemeteries by Mary H. Manhein, Jessica H. Schexnayder
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Sourcery by Terry Pratchett
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Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Emily Nagoski, PhD, Amelia Nagoski, DMA
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Rebel Girls by Elizabeth Keenan
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Roadwork by Stephen King
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Sweet Ruin by Kresley Cole
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The Master by Kresley Cole
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Internment by Samira Ahmed
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Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly
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Naamah by Sarah Blake
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Travel Light, Move Fast by Alexandra Fuller
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Art Museum by Phaidon Press
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The Great Movies by Roger Ebert
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Louisiana Poets: A Literary Guide by Olivia McNeely Pass
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Her Halloween Treat | Tiffany Reisz
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My first ever Harlequin series romance; I'm like an official citizen of Romancelandia! This didn't have as much Halloween as I had hoped, but it was a lot of fun. Super spicy though.

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All the Birds in the Sky | Charlie Jane Anders
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@thevictoriousone read it immediately! I adored this novel about magic and science, nature and technology. This is clifi that is much more concerned with how we think about the coming death of our planet than the repercussions of an apocalypse. I realize that sounds uninteresting and navel gazey but it is really brilliant. It's also about being an outsider and how we can find home in another person and about love - what we gain and what it costs.

readordierachel Lovely review. I need to move this up my tbr. 15h
everlocalwest @readordierachel yes! Move it up - I hope you love it! 💙 2h
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Dreaming of You | Lisa Kleypas
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Started the first novel for #fatedmates second season this morning. Also, missing Litsy...I've just been too overwhelmed by life stuff for reviews.

Final also, cuddling a black cat while wearing a black tshirt makes for a rather uninteresting picture...

ravenlee I found Waldo! 1mo
readordierachel Sounds like a pretty good Saturday morning 🙂 1mo
QuietlyLaura Me, too! 😻 1mo
Mishu94 That‘s the perfect way to spend a Saturday morning! Now I feel like re-Reading this boooook! 😩 1mo
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Ulysses | James Joyce
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I'm so behind on updates here, but I have been reading all summer! Just finished Ulysess with this group and it was a fun ride. I'm genuinely happy to have read this one and don't know that I could have ever conquered it without a group to wrestle through everything with. @matthieumcintosh is the best!

Nebklvr Great job!! 1mo
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Soccer on Sunday | Mary Pope Osborne
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I have quite a bit of work to do and Ulysses to read but come on...that was so awesome! I just keep looking at pictures and reveling in the excitement.

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Rebel Girls | Elizabeth Keenan
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The opening lines. Keenan's got me from jump. Two things I will always remember from high school: having pins confiscated because their message was against school policy and that time the principal called my mom because I was listening to secular music during school. 🤣🤣🤣 I went to public school. The south is wild, y'all. Super excited to read this YA novel set in my hometown.

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Hollow Kingdom | Kira Jane Buxton
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Super fun apocalyptic novel narrated by a bird. What more information do you need? You want to read this.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I DO want to read this! Stacked! 3mo
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I bought this for the witchy swap that happened late last year and then I forgot to sign up for the swap. 😱 Figured I'd give it a go as I like all of the ritual that surrounds witchcraft and find it very calming. Some of this was that, much of it was a little beyond my scope or interest though I'm not disappointed for having read it, so that's a pick I guess.

GlassAsDiamonds I have a bit of a Love/Hate relationship with these, never really know if they‘re “worth” it or not.... Who are the authors? 3mo
everlocalwest @GlassAsDiamonds the editor is Andrea Neff but there are like 30 contributors. I feel like this might be a round up of articles that were published elsewhere (though it doesn't say that in the text). I definitely wouldn't buy the next year's edition but because I know so little about the subject it was a fun way to dip in. 3mo
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Mort | Terry Pratchett
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So fun and weird and over the top. Just very Pratchett.

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This book broke my heart! Love and grief and friendship and poetry - just read it!!

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The best thing about this book is how Cep structured it. The murders lead into the trial and end with a quasi biography of Lee and her attempts at her own version of In Cold Blood. I definitely would have loved to read Lee's book and we had much debate in book club about why she was unable to complete it. This is a fantastic book club pick by the way, a lot to dig in to.

mhillis We are reading this next for book club! 4mo
ElishaLovesBooks Ooooooh! I just read the inside flap of this one -I‘m glad to hear it‘s good! 4mo
Blaire I‘m very excited for this one! It is sitting on my kitchen counter waiting to be read. 4mo
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everlocalwest @mhillis Awesome! You will have a great meeting!! 4mo
everlocalwest @ElishaLovesBooks Everyone I've talked to has really enjoyed it! 4mo
everlocalwest @blaire Knowing you have a good book waiting at home is the best feeling! 4mo
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I wanted to love this one but found it to be a slog in audio. I just didn't want to pick it up and hear more of Stella's misfortune. I think I was hoping for a bit of magical realism and less outright tragedy in those seven or eight deaths. There is much here to enjoy and the writing is solid, just wasn't what I was hoping for.

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Balthus: Cats and Girls | Sabine Rewald
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Super awesome exhibit at the New Orleans Museum of Art! In an effort to help art students from a university in Iraq that was destroyed during the invasion viewers are asked to purchase books that have been requested by the students and then take one of the blank books from the exhibit. I bought the tagged book (subtitled Cats and Girls) and will surely use my blank notebook as a book journal. I am still genuinely excited by this a day later!

Sharpeipup What a great idea! 4mo
Swe_Eva Fantastic idea! 4mo
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Had an event with Claudia Gray tonight and it was so fun! She's fantastic and spoke about going from writing fanfic to original novels to Star Wars tie ins. Bloodline is my fave but I really enjoyed this one as well. Loved Holdo and loved seeing Leia stumble (and recover) in her journey to be a leader in the rebellion.

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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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This was so sweet and perfect and exactly what I needed during a massively stressful week.

Apologies for spamming a series of not great reviews, but I wanted to get these off of my currently reading list and my brain space is not adequate for better analysis at the moment.

Also, @KatDowney I'm bringing this to the shop for you! 💙📚

jamie_in_the_library I loved this one and def told a lot of people about it. I‘m glad you found a book to take you out of your “meh” reads! 4mo
everlocalwest @jamie_in_the_library finding the right book at the right time is the best feeling! And I'm definitely going to be recommending this one this summer!! 4mo
KatDowney Just finished this one today and I loved it so much. It is definitely the perfect read if you need to destress and escape to a happy place. Thank you for loaning me this one! 2mo
everlocalwest @KatDowney I'm so happy you liked this one!! I knew you would! 💙📚 2mo
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Firestarter | Stephen King
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Another meh read for me...maybe I'm getting a bit burned out on King...?

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Dark Skye | Kresley Cole
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Insufferable. Can we never see this dude again? More of the Sorceri though. K? Thanks.

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So close! And I'm enjoying the series more as I near the end!

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Wishtree (adult edition) | Katherine Applegate
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I've been needing to read this because the librarians and teachers I work with are crazy for it, then it got this beautiful adult release which doesn't really happen and I figured it's destined to be a classic. It's good and I see why it's great for the classroom, but definitely not my favorite middle grade novel. Very spoonfeedy; I prefer when an author allows kids to wrestle with ideas rather than present them with what is clearly right/wrong.

DrSpalding Did you read the children‘s version? It is a must read! Is the adult version the same story different cover? 4mo
everlocalwest @DrSpalding Yep, text is the same, just a different cover. I definitely liked this one a lot, just didn't love it as much as I had hoped. 💙📚 4mo
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The Professional: | Kresley Cole
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Well, I think we've gone full Kresley...
I was genuinely surprised that I didn't hate this but now I've got to think about what that says about me because dude was all issues.

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Storm of Locusts | Rebecca Roanhorse
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All the yes! This is a perfect sequel and I cannot wait for more in this series!

Sidenote, there are an annoying level of typos in this ebook. A distracting amount...how does that even happen?

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Equal Rites | Terry Pratchett
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Granny is great and this was a lot of clever fun. There are quite a few pointed messages here but Pratchett manages to always deliver them in an easy, fun manner. I didn't love the reading of this though. Starting to worry I might like Sir Terry more than I like his books. (Note: I didn't dislike reading this, but when I put it down I wasn't anxious to get back to it.)

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Give, a Novel | Erica C. Witsell
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I was able to hear this author speak and it added a powerful element to my reading. Her talk was on autofiction and what it took to tell her family's story. It was also great to hear about how she fictionalized her family before encountering them in the novel. A great debut about mothers and daughters, how we build families, and the way traumas linger.

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I've been meaning to review this for ages! This is a solid collection. I loved reading the stories that were clearly genesis for later novels and there were also a few stories that I hope to see built out into novels in the future. But honestly, the ones that stick in my mind the most were the simple stories that laid everything on the page. There were a few in here that weren't memorable or felt like an exercise but still, this was a great read.

MrBook Ahhh, look at that! Love meeting authors! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 I was lucky enough to see her at Book Expo this year ☺️. Great review! 4mo
everlocalwest @MrBook so cool! I was sad I missed her talk with Rebecca Roanhorse - I bet that was great! She did an awesome extended reading at the event I went to a few months ago, followed by a Q&A...Jemisin is a great presence. 4mo
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Ulysses | James Joyce
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Started this one today! I'm reading it with a group led by @matthieumcintosh all summer long...here's hoping we have a good time!

readordierachel That's some hefty summer reading! 👍🏼 4mo
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As much as I disliked the reading of this play the actual production was amazing! The sets, lighting design, choreography, costumes...it's unbelievable!

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Worn Stories | Emily Spivack
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A collection of essays about articles of clothing. This was a powerful read. Runs the gamut from the mundane to the truly inspirational and the tragic. Contributors detailed something meaningful to them and spoke of everything from a suit made from material touched by a mother that did not survive the Holocaust for her daughter who did, what it means to choose a uniform, the detritus of lost love. It's surprising how much clothes can mean.

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The Dead Zone | Stephen King
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I was not a fan of James Franco's narration, so that may be affecting my rating. But still, it felt like the story got away from King a few times, like he had an idea for a novel about a corrupt (surprisingly Trumpian) politician and also a few vignettes about a psychic and put them all together in this somewhat messy book.

JoScho I started this one and the dog getting killed right off the bat made me bail. Sounds like I didn‘t miss much. 5mo
everlocalwest @JoScho Yeah, unless you are a completist I think you are fine bailing on this one (though I don't think anymore animal cruelty is described, abuses of children are though, and they are hard to hear/read). 5mo
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The Shining | Stephen King
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Had a friend cancel plans this evening and so I gained several hours of reading (since I'd already decided I wouldn't be working tonight). One of the things I read was Before the Play, a prologue to The Shining that I'm 99% sure I heard about on Litsy. I really liked what it added to the story (background that is mentioned or hinted at in the novel is fleshed out here), but it is unnecessary and fairly cut. Fun for fans though.

rretzler Just searched it out and read it. Thanks - I wasn‘t aware it existed! My family and I visited The Stanley Hotel a couple of years ago and it just seemed like a creepy place! 5mo
everlocalwest @rretzler That's so cool! I'd love to visit. I don't really believe in ghosts on a logical level but there is definitely something that defies logic and gives you the spooks about some places! 5mo
rretzler FYI - I just added the story to Litsy. I know what you mean about ghosts-I also don‘t believe on a logical level, but there is a part of me that sometimes wishes they existed. 🤣 I would have loved to see some strange phenomena while we were at the Stanley, but no such luck. 😜 5mo
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We Are Here Forever | Michelle Gish
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Maybe I would have liked this more if I'd read as a webcomic, but reading through like this, nah... A collection of comics about these cute little blob creatures on earth after humans and most other animals are gone.

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When Zachary Beaver Came to Town | Kimberly Willis Holt
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This one didn't hit me the way My Louisiana Sky did. Everything felt very surface; Holt tackles many typical middle grade themes here (plus Vietnam) but I wouldn't describe this as the book for any of them. There are deeper books about divorce, outsiders, budding relationships and rejection, friendship, loss, war, and class. Yes, this book tries to be about all of those things. This is more negative than I intended - it's a good, not great book.

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A quick read that packs a heavy emotional punch. A nostalgia fueled, coming of age that will break your heart. Honestly, the plot is not what I need to sell you here; you are here for the characters, for relationships, for family truths, and friendship bonds. Davidson has crafted an excellent novel that moves through time to give us a look at that transition when you are not quite a kid anymore but there is still so much you can't understand.

Clwojick Eeeeeee! 😍😻 6mo
SarahHarts_books 😻😻love the kitty helper!! Makes a nice book holder!! 😸😸 5mo
everlocalwest @SarahHarts_books he makes a pretty good prop when he stays still long enough! 😻 5mo
SarahHarts_books He's beautiful! Mine would never sit long enough for that! She is too sassy and has a bad additud.😸 Lol Your guy seems sweet! 😻 5mo
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MacRieve | Kresley Cole
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I really like what Cole is doing with parts of this (real shit about sexual trauma) but I didn't really like this book. So it's a wash is what I'm saying.

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Figuring | Maria Popova
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I took a lot of time with this audiobook because it is perfection. And now I have to buy a physical copy because I need to reread it. Already got a copy for the mother for mother's day.

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My Louisiana Sky | Kimberly Willis Holt
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Great middlegrade novel about family, courage and coming of age. Tiger Ann's parents may be different from typical parents but everyone experiences a time when you learn the depths of your parents' humanity for most of us it's when we see their fallibility but for a kid who grew up with childlike parents seeing their innate ability is a turning point. A deceptively simple story that leaves kids with a lot to unpack about relationships and respect.

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I just adore Jane Goodall. Following the chimps of Gombe is an always fascinating delight (even though there is some truly great tragedy detailed here). Reseach has been ongoing for nearly sixty years now and while Goodall has many more books there is not another in this vein (following the research and close views of the chimpanzee families in Gombe in the way that this book and her earlier, In the Shadow of Man, do).

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Mr. West | Sarah Blake
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A collection of poems about Kanye West that was pretty much everything you would expect it to be.

Cinfhen Ha!!! I‘m actually really intrigued 6mo
everlocalwest @Cinfhen it's a slim volume, give it a try! The premise is interesting and the poems worthwhile (though not great). 6mo
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The Moviegoer | Walker Percy
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I wish I had liked this one more. It's a cousin to The Awakening and Invisible Man in its existential themes and philosophical aim and while those are two of my favorite novels this one just didn't pull at me in the same way. I wasn't compelled by or greatly sympathetic to Binx (probably a symbol of my own bias). But man, Percy is a fine craftsman and this book is highly quotable.

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Man-Eaters Volume 1 | Chelsea Cain
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Trade waiting is so hard! I wish this had been more than 4 issues! Perfect feminist comic that attacks ideas about gender through the horror-comedic premise of girls turning into giant man-eating cats with their period.

Andrea4 Wait, does no one else turn into a giant man-eating cat at that time of the month? No, just me?! 🤣🤣🤣 6mo
NamasteReading MEEEEEE, 🤣🤣🤣 6mo
BookishTrish @andrea4 🙀😹 6mo
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I'm not a mystery fan so I've never actually read any Sherlock Holmes. I only read this one because it is the library's One Book choice and yeah, not my thing. I don't have any nostalgia of loving Holmes from my childhood and while I liked the Cumberbatch adaptations well enough I wasn't in love with the character or stories. This is just a wrong reader for the book situation.

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The Long Walk | Stephen King
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Not my favorite of his books, but still great characters and atmosphere. I love how much is missing from this novel; the characters and their struggle are central to the point that they are the only thing on the page. No backstory, no news reports about the Long Walkers; just these boys and the walk itself. Because in the end, that's all there ever really is; everything else is just a distraction. Damn, King's worldview is so bleak.

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Y: The Last Man, Vol. 7: Paper Dolls | Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra
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I dunno if it's because I took a break from the series or what, but I enjoyed this one more than the others. Things are moving fast, we are getting some back story, I feel like it's leading somewhere.

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Lothaire | Kresley Cole
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Fated Mates hyped the hell out of this one and it didn't fully deliver for me. I just don't really care about Lothaire. Still, it was a fun book and I liked the bits we got with Ellie and the Valkyries.

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Trail of Lightning | Rebecca Roanhorse
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So good!! A Navajo monsterhunter making her way through a postapocalyptic world full of untrusting and untrustworthy humans (the five fingered), tricky and changeable gods (I love Coyote myths and Mai'i was perfect), and zombies who seem to go for the vocal chords because they lack a voice of their own. Like, what? It's perfect. Fans of BtVS take note, Maggie Hoskie is our Slayer now.

CoffeeK8 This book was so good! Number 2 is coming out Tuesday! 6mo
everlocalwest @CoffeeK8 I'm so excited! Hoping to read it this weekend if I can get through all of my work reading. 💙📚 6mo
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Haven't finished a book in a while because I've been spending all my time with little monsters (aka nieces and nephews). This one balked at my suggestion that we read just two books tonight "but I need to read five!" I haven't read to her in a couple months and was surprised to learn she had I am Truly and Duck Goes Potty memorized. She's so big, I can't deal!

aprilpohren Love this!! 6mo
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Figuring | Maria Popova
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Took an audio walk around my sister's neighborhood with this fantastic book. All of the spring flowers are happening, from the wild flowers to the beds, this garden had plenty of both.

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Louisiana Poets: A Literary Guide | Olivia McNeely Pass
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Just hanging with my bald best friend today. It was her first day without her mama (my sister's first day back to work) but we had a great day!

saresmoore What a cutie pie! 6mo
everlocalwest @saresmoore thanks! She's the most best. 💙 6mo
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Cute little gift book about travel/nightlife in New Orleans; a reprint from the 1940s. Read for work and I'm not really sure who the market is for this in 2019...

However, I did learn that Mardi Gras was cancelled during WWII, which is a thing I probably should have known.

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Roughly two years and half a moleskine notebook later and I've finished! I really get a ton out of Alter's commentary and I've started watching The Bible Project as well so I'm feeling deep into this and taking tons of notes in the hopes of really reflecting and absorbing. I'll probably take a break before I start the next book because I'd rather read through than suffer this off and on journey I took with this one.

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I've got a stack of books, a giant cup of tea, and it looks like a might be unintentionally participating in #deweysreadathon. I'm about to leave town for a week, I have 8 million things to do and all the family obligations; why not stay up all night reading?

Definitely enjoying these more than the earlier books. I gotta admit, I liked Lothaire; looking forward to his book now. I liked all of the side characters more than the mains in this one.

Zelma Ha, I never actively plan to join the readathon but I love all the posts and end up reading and Litsy-ing all day anyway. 6mo
everlocalwest @Zelma One of these days I'm going to schedule my weekend around the readathon!! 💙📚 6mo
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