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Joined January 2019

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Learning is my lifeblood. 💖= ✍📚🐈🧩🎬💐👽🐕🦍🦘 Also on GR: flying_monkeys
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The Witching Hour by Anne Rice
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🎆 Happy New Year! 🎆 🥳

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“The cracks the storyteller in me required weren‘t there. It was because of and after the Breaking and my subsequent journey that I acquired this part of my self.”

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The Seas: A Novel | Samantha Hunt
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“If one word can mean so many things at the same time then I don‘t see why I can‘t.”

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The Seas: A Novel | Samantha Hunt
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“They are all wrong. There‘s a reason why we have no word for it. You don‘t get to keep the feelings for someone you once loved. Once you‘ve washed your hands of that person, all those feelings, all that dirty water is washed out to sea. There is no word for that dirty water.”

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1- It‘s a tie between my fave as kid and my fave as adult: ‘Salem‘s Lot and Let the Right One In, respectively

2- What We Do in the Shadows, not only my fave vampire movie, but also in top 10 fave movies of all time

3- Obviously both in 1 above, but also The Gilda Stories as well as Slade House

#spookysaturday @TheNeverendingTBR

TheNeverendingTBR 'salems Lot is such a great one, I'd say it's kings best horror novel and one of the greatest vampire novels ever written - up there with the timeless vladdic 'Dracula' ....The others I'll need to look into, thanks for playing along! 🧛‍♀️ 2y
sydneyerin What We Do In The Shadows is so good! 2y
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1- Nope, not yet. But there‘s an old cold case of a missing woman that I think should be a book set here.

2- A complex cave system in the mountains inhabited by dragons and their princesses. #DealingWithDragons

3- The Weasleys came to mind first.

#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

Eggs Fun responses-thanks for joining in 🤗📚👏🏻 2y
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Dealing with Dragons | Patricia C Wrede
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“He doesn‘t seem very impressed,” Cimorene commented in some amusement.

“Why should he be?” Kazul said.

“Well, you‘re a dragon,” Cimorene answered, a little taken aback.

“What difference does that make to a cat?”

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Dealing with Dragons | Patricia C Wrede
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“Yes, yes, but that has nothing to do with it,” Kazul said a little testily. “‘King‘ is the name of the job. It doesn‘t matter who holds it.”

Cimorene stopped and thought for a moment. “You mean that dragons don‘t care whether their king is male or female; the title is the same no matter who the ruler is.”

“That‘s right...”

dragondrool I love these books so much!
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One by One | Ruth Ware
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One by One is a fast-paced, winter-themed thriller set in a French chalet in a ski resort cut off from the rest of the mountain by an avalanche AND a blizzard. Inhabitants dropping off one by one. Told from two alternating POVs, of which one or both may be unreliable. Written in such a way that you *have* to keep turning the pages. 👇

flying_monkeys But, much like when I read Theme Music by T. Marie Vandelly, I kept waiting for my very early-on prediction to be proven wrong, because it was just too obvious who the killer was. Alas, no great twist here, so a little bit of a letdown in the whodunnit department.

I'd recommend In a Dark, Dark Wood or The Death of Mrs. Westaway instead.
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*please do picture me on my knees with arms stretched toward the heavens, screaming this with deepest despair* why, dear author, why?!! That ending!!

My poor heart had to spend a few days in recovery after that final twist.

For me, McMahon writes childhood / adolescent experiences like nobody else in the thriller / horror genre... except maybe early Stephen King. She just plain gets kids/ tweens/ teens.

flying_monkeys And if you liked Don't Breathe a Word, I highly recommend you check out You Let Me In by Camilla Bruce. Be warned, though, the latter delves to even darker depths than the former. 2y
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Latest #bookoutlet #bookhaul 🤓 Look forward to digging into this stack soon!

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My #library #bookhaul now that my library is open and doing ILL again🥳🎉🤩🥳 #joy #thesimplethings

1️⃣ The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

2️⃣ A Spell for Trouble by Esme Addison

3️⃣ Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby

4️⃣ Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

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Sooo I went a little crazy with this #bookhaul during the double rewards promo on #BookOutlet 🤣🥳🙃😎

I ❤️ #bookmail

wanderinglynn Awesome haul! 3y
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Kenyazero This looks like a great reading list! 3y
flying_monkeys @Kenyazero so far so good 🤓 The first four were great reads. (edited) 3y
Kenyazero @flying_monkeys great! I hope that trend continues! 3y
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Not too shabby for having to work against client tax deadlines in January AND deal with vertigo attack the last week-ish. 🤷‍♀️

#JanuaryWrapUp #JanuaryReads #JanuaryStats

Total Reads: 8
By Women Authors: 7
BY WOC Authors: 4
LGBTQ+ Reads: 2
Non-Fiction: 1
#ReadWomen: 2/24 #WIT #WomenInTranslation
#IntoTheForest: 0/12
#LitsyAtoZ: 3/26 title ; 3/26 WOC authors and Indigenous women authors

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I'm way behind on posting my #WeeklyForecast Thankfully, after this week, my work should slow back down to its usual pace until the end-ish of February. 🤞

I'm aiming pretty high with finishing 3 books this week. However, on Sunday, reading and laundry are my only to-do items. 🤓

P.S. If you haven't read Victor LaValle yet, and you enjoy a masculine sense of humor mixed with horror-ish elements on top of social commentary, READ HIM!!!

flying_monkeys My favorite by Victor LaValle 3y
vivastory Love LaValle! 3y
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#19in2019 better late than never...right? 🙃

And, for anyone interested, my Top 5 reads of 2019 along with top 8 honorable mentions on my blog https://leahsaylorabney.com/11796/top-5-books-read-in-2019/

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1. Most recent is a Xmas giftt from my daughter: party sign. And an absolute favorite is this mug, which my daughter gifted me for Xmas 2018. What can I say, she gets me. ❣

2. I rarely listen to audiobooks -- maybe 3 or 4 a year. Most recent was Tiffany Haddish's The Last Black Unicorn. Listening to her read it 😂🤣😂🤣

3. @booklover3258 @Balibee146 @ocdIrene @KendallHershey

#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

JessClark78 Love the mug and party sign. 😍 3y
Eggs Sweet gifts from daughter😍. Thanks for playing 👏🏻 3y
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The Memory Police | Yōko Ogawa
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“When the voice that links the body to the soul vanishes, there is no way to put into words one's feelings or will. I am reduced to pieces in no time at all.“

#TheMemoryPolice #YokoOgawa #dystopia #memory #thesoul

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“The sky will fall. A star will rise.“

#CoverCrush #CoverLove

Releases 06/23/2020

https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780374313098

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Well, I finished The Memory Police and Dear Girls last week. Both excellent!!

I'm just gonna move forward the other 2 from last week's #WeeklyForecast to this week. Another busy work week ahead, so hopefully I can read at least these 2 between now and Sunday. 😺

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Relaxin and browsin the interwebs and found this #Ravenpuff patch, now the newest member of my #BookishWishlist Hinted to family it'd make an excellent bday gift 🤓

https://www.etsy.com/listing/702436582/ravenpuff-patch

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This week's gonna be wicked busy with getting out W2s/1099s and other Jan 31st tax deadlines, but I promise myself I will take time to relax and read. These are the 4 books I hope to finish this week. 🤞

#WeeklyForecast

lele1432 I do not envy you. 😬 Hope you get time to relax! 3y
flying_monkeys @lele1432 Thank you! I love my work, but it's definitely the most stressful time of year. 😵 3y
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I scored 5: I haven‘t ever done the first 4 nor have I ever lost a book. 🤓

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Baba Yaga Laid an Egg | Dubravka Ugresic
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A footnote from Part 3 in which we get the scholar‘s (Aba from Part 1 and Part 3) analysis of the “manuscript” author‘s choice of title.

I wish I would‘ve snapped pic where the scholar herself remarks on the overshare of information; she even mentions the editor (who is really the reader) being bored by the info dump. 🤣😩🙃

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Baba Yaga Laid an Egg | Dubravka Ugresic
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One of the only passages I bookmarked in Baba Yaga Laid an Egg:

“Our whole life is a search for love... Our search is frustrated by numerous snares that lie in wait for us on our journey. One of the most dangerous snares is time. We need only be one second late and we will have lost our chance of happiness.“

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Baba Yaga Laid an Egg | Dubravka Ugresic
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This was a tedious read. I think mostly because of how it was structured. That Part 3, wooboy! I had to slog my way through it to arrive at a fun last coupla pages. I also enjoyed the older women characters, but again, too much work for my current mindset. Maybe if I wasn't already familiar with the Baba Yaga myth it wouldn't have felt like so much info dump??

#WomenInTranslation #Myths

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Howl's Moving Castle | Diana Jones
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I was concerned, having watched Miyazaki's film adaptation twice, the book would suffer by comparison. But I was worried for no reason: the book and movie complement each other perfectly! It was easy and fun to lose myself in the book's story, and fall in love all over again with Sophie and Calcifer and, yes, even Howl. (The scarecrow creeped me out just as much on the page too!!) I look forward to re-reading Howl's Moving Castle in the future.

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The Kill Club | Wendy Heard
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A page-turner, yet I wasn't blown away. (Penance by Kanae Minato set a really high bar for all other thrillers I read.) Maybe it's the Kill Club plot 💉🎴 (there be holes), & the number of times Jazz was passive, got the crap beat outta her, & then other times she'd be a warrior, don't take no sh*t from anyone. Not sure if that's meant to show we can be strong in certain moments, weak in others?? 🤔

I'd definitely read another by Heard, though.

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There would be no way I could read all the 📚 I do if not for our public library. I cannot fully express how grateful I am. 🤗

#LibraryLove #Gratitude

SilverButtonBooks I‘ve been keeping track of my loans as well and even without seeing the thousands I save I would know my library is priceless. 3y
Kenyazero Woah does your library break this down for you on checkout receipts? That‘s super cool! 3y
flying_monkeys @Kenyazero yep! They revamped their checkout system, oh 4 years ago I think it was, and when they did that the new receipt format had that little tidbit of info at the bottom. 3y
Kenyazero @flying_monkeys that‘s very clever! 3y
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#2020 #JanuaryReads #ReadingGoals = 10 books

Here's my plan for January.

Now, as is the case with most plans, it's flexible to allow for group reads yet to be announced on Goodreads #IntoTheForest and #ReadWomen as well as to allow for #moodreading and/or library holds coming in sooner than expected.

Not sure if I'll read #ComeTumblingDown as soon as it's in my hands or if I'll save it till February... decisions, decisions. 🤓

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#2020 #ReadingGoals

53 books = #2020 #ReadingChallenge ; at least one book per week, though I'll likely end up between 75-100

90% of total books read = #ReadWomen ; e.g., 48 of 53

90% of total books by women = #DiverseReads #DiverseBooks by women of color authors and/or Indigenous women authors and/or LGBTQ reads ; e.g., 43 of 48

12 books = #IntoTheForest group challenge on Goodreads

26 books = #LitsyAtoZ

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#2019 #ReadingChallenge

Total Reads: 105
By Women Authors: 62
BY WOC Authors: 26
#LGBTQ Reads: 6
Non-Fiction: 19
#IntoTheForest: 12/12
#LitsyAtoZ: 26/26 title ; 25/26 women authors

#2019WrapUp #2019Reads #2019Stats

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Come Tumbling Down | Seanan McGuire
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Where did December go??!

Happy I managed to finish up all 4 of my #2019 #ReadingChallenge even when I couldn't stop myself binge-watching The Witcher. Though I now have “Toss a coin to your witcher“ on a seemingly endless loop in my head. 😋

#DecemberWrapUp #DecemberReads #DecemberStats

Total: 7
Female Author: 7
POC Author: 5
Non Fiction: 3
#LitsyAtoZ 1 (26/26 done)
2019 Reading 105/52

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Just signed up for the #2020 #LitsyAtoZ #ReadingChallenge with a required track (title) and an optional challenge of all titles by women of color authors and/or Indigenous women authors.

Interested? Guidelines and sign up: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSex7AJyjI7PptZofazZtUX2T7L_FddNrEBxFVls...

@BookishMarginalia

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Completed: #2019 #LitsyAtoZ #ReadingChallenge

I completed the required track (title) but missed the optional challenge (all women authors) by 1 book. Shoulda stuck with my original plan to read Grafton's X for #X ... oh well, there's always next time.

@BookishMarginalia

BookishMarginalia You did great! 3y
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Book Love | Debbie Tung
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“Levels of Accomplishment I Feel“

#BookLove #BookTruth

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Book Love | Debbie Tung
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why?!!!!!!!!

#BookLove

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Book Love | Debbie Tung
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#BookLove #BloodContract (just to be safe)

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The Deep | Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes
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from the Afterword by clipping.

“Now we‘ve learned who is burdened with this ritual of remembering and retelling. Rivers has given us Yetu, and in doing so, shown us something that our song elided: the immediate and visceral pain inherent in passing down past trauma... River has added a dimension of pain to all three texts.”

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The Deep | Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes
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“Oori shook her head and stood up from the water. 'But your whole history. Your ancestry. That‘s who you are.'
'No. I am who I am now. Before, I was no one. When you‘re everyone in the past, and when you‘re for everyone in the present, you‘re no one. Nobody. You don‘t exist. I didn‘t exist.'...”

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The Deep | Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes
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“We are descendants of the people not on top of the ship, but on the bottom, thrown overboard, deemed too much a drain of resources to stay on the journey to their destiination.”

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The Deep | Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes
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“One can only go for so long without asking who am I?... Without answers, there is only a hole, a hole where a history should be that takes the shape of an endless longing. We are cavities.”

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Woefully behind on my wrap-up post and reviews for November... it was a stressful month work-wise, and now it's time for year-end work... 😩

#NovemberWrapUp #NovemberReads #NovemberStats

Total: 8
Female Author: 6
POC Author: 6
Non-Fiction: 2
#LitsyAtoZ 1 (25/26 done)
2019 Reading 98 (goal was 52 for 2019)

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“What the children needed, she told them, was to hear they were loved. Not loved despite what happened to them. Loved including it. That‘s what we all want, Naomi thought...”

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”It made Celia think of how butterflies turn poison into protection. The monarch eats milkweed plants and turns them into honest-to-God cyanide, so any predator that eats it will die. Celia liked that. She wished she was capable of killing men for just a taste. She imagined what the streets would look like then. But the poison comes with a cost, she thought. The butterfly, eaten, still dies.”

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Thanks for the tag @JessClark78

1 - I love to eat stuffing. I'm a bread person so stuffing's pretty much perfect IMHO.

2 - If Cats Disappeared from the World by Genki Kawamura

3 - My daughter. My [number redacted] cats who bring me joy on a daily basis (even when I step in the occasional hairball). And I'm blessed to be able to read as many books as I want thanks to our wonderful public library.

#ThoughtfulThursday @MoonWitch94

MoonWitch94 Sounds great! Stuffing is my favorite dish on Thanksgiving. 👍🏼♥️🦃 3y
Kimzey Ahh, barefoot hair ball squashing! I know the sensation well. 😳😻 3y
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