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hissingpotatoes

Joined March 2018

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Ambush or Adore | Gail Carriger
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5/5⭐ I had to catch my breath with how achingly bittersweet individual lines and overall trajectories were in this book. I love Pillover and was so happy to have a book focused on him, including his sibling relationship with Dimity. #bookspinbingo

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5/5⭐ The author's thesis is that magic, religion, and science are three equal parts of a triple helix, all work together, and all are equally necessary for a healthy world view. He does a superb job of defending that thesis via a survey of worldwide practices throughout history and how magical, religious, and scientific thought co-evolve over time. (cont'd ⬇) #bookspinbingo #doublespin

hissingpotatoes The book culminates in a strong argument that more magical (i.e. participatory) views need to be reincorporated into modern Western scientific and religious viewpoints in order to combat the current ecological disaster. The author does a phenomenal job of reframing magical practices, often seen as silly and unscientific, as legitimate and logical methods of trying to understand the world and humans' place in it. 2d
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White As Snow | Tanith Lee
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3.5/5⭐ I liked the blending of the Snow White fairytale with the Demeter/Persephone myth and the thematic cycles and mirror motif therein. Some of the relationships and character trajectories moved forward in ways that didn't seem logical given the information we got on the page. Overall though I enjoyed the story, the crafting of the themes, and especially the hopeful ending.

Also the cover art is stunning.

#bookspinbingo #booked2022

SRWCF I love the cover art, too! 3d
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White As Snow | Tanith Lee
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Apple grows to be bitten.

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White As Snow | Tanith Lee
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Mirrors taught: Perhaps there were always at least two sorts of reality, what you credited, and what was true.

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3.5/5⭐ I really like Knight's humor, self-awareness, vulnerability, and straightforwardness. The book starts with some good self-reflection questions. #bookspinbingo #booked2022

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Under the Udala Trees | Chinelo Okparanta
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2/5⭐ I appreciate the importance of this book's message and setting. Unfortunately I didn't connect with the characters (they seem to have no personalities outside of being gay or being bigoted), and the story was slow and lingered on plot points for far too long. #bookspinbingo

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4/5⭐ Muir's writing is so strong: not a single wasted word, meticulously plotted and crafted. The dialogue and humor are endlessly entertaining, especially when Ianthe is involved. Muir teeters dangerously on the knife's edge of overwhelming; just when you think the tension and complexity can't escalate any more, they do...several times over. I can't say I fully understood everything that happened, but I definitely enjoyed the ride. #bookspinbingo

Ruthiella Loved Gideon and hope to get to this one this year! 🤞 6d
GondorGirl I AM SO EXCITED FOR THE NEXT BOOK. Like, cannot freaking wait. 😬 6d
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4/5⭐ Some “names“ seem to be just random nouns I can't imagine ever naming someone. Overall, though, this is a great compilation of gender-neutral names, including meanings and thematic shortlists. #bookspinbingo

Nutmegnc What were some of the best and worst?? 1w
hissingpotatoes @Nutmegnc I'm partial to Skylar, Dylan, Logan, and Harper. I don't understand suggestions like Lynx, Carbon, Utah, and Haiku. 1w
ravenlee I met a family who had kids named Captain, Cadence, and Cypress. I wonder if they‘ve since added Carbon. 1w
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hissingpotatoes @ravenlee If the first one ends up in a commander position somewhere they'll be Captain Captain...😑 1w
ravenlee And this is an Air Force town, so I wondered about that. Of course, if he enlists, he‘d be Airman Captain…whatever their last name is. I know we had an Airman Sieman once, which was amusing. 1w
Nutmegnc One of my former work folks named his children after the cities they were conceived in. 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️ 1w
hissingpotatoes @Nutmegnc ...That is way too much TMI embedded in his kids' names. 7d
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4/5⭐ The humor in this book is great. It combines reasonable and ridiculous* names into many themed lists with clever descriptions and appropriately titled subsections, playing on lots of popular culture and stereotypes.

*At least, I hope they're meant to be ridiculous; I'll lose whatever little faith I have left in humanity if parents these days are seriously considering names like EPUB, A*da, CarWash, or Generic Surplus.

#bookspinbingo

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3.5/5⭐ I really enjoyed this meander through augmented life in Ancient Greek myths & reality, & the connections to later science fiction & technology. Anyone who doesn't appreciate ancient technological thought (and anyone who does) would enjoy these chapters. That said, the book can be repetitive, some of Mayor's assertions seem an interpretive stretch, & there's no strong overall thesis aside from being a thematic exploration. #bookspinbingo

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Nutmegnc I miss puzzles! Sadly I have no room to do them since I moved to this house 5 years ago 😢 (edited) 1w
hissingpotatoes @Nutmegnc Aw! Maybe you can find ones to do online? 1w
Nutmegnc @hissingpotatoes I am enjoying word puzzles online (like Wordle 🤣) but even though I prefer reading ebooks, online puzzles just don‘t do it for me. I‘ve tried lots- from apps to jigsaw planet. I need to rearrange my guest room to add a puzzle/yoga spot but I‘ve got a close friend with medical issues who occasionally needs it to travel to/from treatments. *sigh* just haven‘t figured it out yet. 1w
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Thanks for the tag, @slategreyskies!

1. Currently very slowly reading the tagged book. It's great, just dense. 🗿
2. Very cold and expecting snowy/icy weather tomorrow. Brrrr. ❄
3. Fluffy sweaters, socks, blankets, and tea! ☕

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

slategreyskies Wow, this book looks really good! Stacked!! :) 1w
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Gideon the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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4/5⭐ This book mixes a whole bunch of genres really well. I loved the atmosphere, and the biting dialogue and humor were exquisite. #bookspinbingo

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Gideon the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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KellyK I would love to audiopuzzle, but I have to puzzle at my parents‘ house because, Missy would make off with pieces… 🐈‍⬛🤣😬 1w
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Braiding Sweetgrass | Robin Wall Kimmerer
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5/5⭐ There are no words to describe how powerful, beautiful, and tightly crafted this book is. I strongly recommend the audiobook narrated by the author. #bookspinbingo #bookspin

DinoMom This book was amazing. Made me feel all the feels and I have recommended it to so many people! Everyone should read it ❤️. It was also the first book I tagged when I first joined Litsy! 2w
hissingpotatoes @DinoMom That's awesome! And I 💯 agree! 2w
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4.5/5⭐ *Didn't realize until I got major déjà vu that this book is an updated version of Diehn's Real Life Journals, which I've read. Reposting my review of that book.* Another good journal book from Gwen Diehn. I really appreciated the way it balances practical step-by-step instructions w/ inspirational examples. It covers a wide range of journal content topics & binding/cover methods, & infuses personalization on every page. #bookspinbingo

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Braiding Sweetgrass | Robin Wall Kimmerer
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No one would doubt that I love my children, & even a quantitative social psychologist would find no fault with my list of loving behaviors:
• nurturing health & well-being
• protection from harm
• encouraging individual growth & development
• desire to be together
• generous sharing of resources
• working together for a common goal
• celebration of shared values
• interdependence
• sacrifice by one for the other
• creation of beauty

hissingpotatoes If we observed these behaviors between humans, we would say, “She loves that person.” You might also observe these actions between a person and a bit of carefully tended ground and say, “She loves that garden.” Why then, seeing this list, would you not make the leap to say that the garden loves her back? 2w
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Braiding Sweetgrass | Robin Wall Kimmerer
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The land loves us back. She loves us with beans and tomatoes, with roasting ears and blackberries and birdsongs. By a shower of gifts and a heavy rain of lessons. She provides for us and teaches us to provide for ourselves. That‘s what good mothers do. ⬇

hissingpotatoes I looked around at the garden and could feel her delight in giving us these beautiful raspberries, squash, basil, potatoes, asparagus, lettuce, kale and beets, broccoli, peppers, brussels sprouts, carrots, dill, onions, leeks, spinach. It reminded me of my little girls‘ answer to “How much do I love you?” “Thiiiiiiiis much,” with arms stretched wide, they replied. 2w
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Braiding Sweetgrass | Robin Wall Kimmerer
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As I grew to understand the gifts of the earth, I couldn't understand how “love of country“ could omit recognition of the actual country itself. The only promise it requires is to a flag. What of the promises to each other and to the land?

What would it be like to be raised on gratitude, to speak to the natural world as a member of the democracy of species, to raise a pledge of interdependence? ⬇

hissingpotatoes No declarations of political loyalty are required, just a response to a repeated question: “Can we agree to be grateful for all that is given?”
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Imagine if our government meetings began with the Thanksgiving Address. What if our leaders first found common ground before fighting over their differences?
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Braiding Sweetgrass | Robin Wall Kimmerer
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While expressing gratitude seems innocent enough, it is a revolutionary idea. In a consumer society, contentment is a radical proposition. Recognizing abundance rather than scarcity undermines an economy that thrives by creating unmet desires. Gratitude cultivates an ethic of fullness, but the economy needs emptiness. The Thanksgiving Address reminds you that you already have everything you need. ⬇

hissingpotatoes Gratitude doesn‘t send you out shopping to find satisfaction; it comes as a gift rather than a commodity, subverting the foundation of the whole economy. That‘s good medicine for land and people alike. 2w
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4.5/5⭐ An excellent book on feminist leadership theory in libraries that says a lot of things that need to be said. I do wish it included more concrete ideas. #bookspinbingo

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The library of yesterday can‘t serve the university of today. Continuing to insist on the primacy of collections and the importance of cataloging at the expense, say, of digitization projects, digital scholarship centers, makerspaces, open data initiatives, or high-speed computing facilities may well translate into decreased interest on the part of our communities in what we have to offer. ⬇

hissingpotatoes Additionally, by continuing to allow outside vendors and established tools and processes to dictate our workflow, we may also run the risk of becoming peripheral to the research and teaching agenda of our universities. ⬇ 2w
hissingpotatoes For, as research and teaching demand more interaction, more computing power, more problem-based learning, more hands-on research even in the humanities and social sciences, traditional library instruction and reference services will not be able to meet the needs of the campus.

Dale Askey and Jennifer Askey, One Library, Two Cultures
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In my experience, libraries are open to diverse populations as long as that diversity does not extend to how we behave, speak, or think.

Baharak Yousefi, On the Disparity Between What We Say and What We Do in Libraries

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This pursuit of neutrality in libraries has, in the past, provided an effective strategy to silence dissent and to secure consent from marginalized groups. [...] And if the norm in North American librarianship is forged by decades of racism, sexism, white privilege, colonization, and institutional oppression, then preserving the norm is an act of injustice.

Baharak Yousefi, On the Disparity Between What We Say and What We Do in Libraries

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When users recognize or fear that their privacy or confidentiality is compromised, true freedom of inquiry no longer exists.

American Library Association, Privacy
quoted in Shana Higgins, Embracing the Feminization of Librarianship

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To the extent that librarians, whether they have faculty status at their institutions or not, view themselves or are viewed by others primarily as service providers, the implication is that the work done by librarians is ancillary to, in the service of, the real work of the university rather than one expression of that real work.

Lisa Richmond, A Feminist Critique of Servant Leadership

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When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game.

Toni Morrison, The Truest Eye
quoted in Shirley Lew, Creating a Path to Feminist Leadership

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We espouse diversity but the profession remains overwhelmingly white. We purport to care about privacy and stewardship of our data, yet we turn our information over to closed proprietary systems, thereby forfeiting control without fully understanding the technology behind it. ⬇

hissingpotatoes We fight for intellectual freedom, yet we allow our collections to shrink in scope and depth in order to purchase content from the same major academic publishers who dominate the market. We decry the profit-driven motives of software vendors, yet we continue to give them our business. 2w
hissingpotatoes Shirley Lew, Creating a Path to Feminist Leadership 2w
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3/5⭐ It's less about fat quarters than patchworking. The book is not for beginners, which may explain why I found the instructions and layout overwhelming and confusing. #bookspinbingo

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Three batches of #LitsyLove mail sent out the last few days and I'm finally caught up! 💖

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I spy mine!! Thank you! Beautiful card and envelope ❤️💛💗 1w
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2.5/5⭐ There's a really nice variety of projects, especially since they all use only a yard of fabric. I like the cutting guide diagrams to reduce fabric waste. But there are few step-by-step illustrations & the text instructions often seem confusing. There's an insert w/ full-size patterns (which is great), so I don't understand why they included a page w/ appliques that need to be enlarged instead of including full-size pieces. #bookspinbingo

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2.5/5⭐ There were some fun moments/lines/characters, but nothing felt as fleshed out as Grant's stories usually are. The pacing was off with the majority of the story slow and unresolved points of interest at the end. #bookspinbingo

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4/5⭐ I love when Carriger's books focus on a particular household. The pure chaos of all the characters & one person (also chaos) trying to wrangle them is absolutely delightful. Dimity and Cris are so stupid (for each other) & I love them. The empowerment & validation Justice received from literally every character to be herself without fuss (aside from, of course, the paramount business of clothes shopping) made my heart swell. #bookspinbingo

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“May we all find our safety and our sparkles, in whatever form they take.“

Ahhhhh such a beautiful sentiment made even more so in the context of the story.

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Braiding Sweetgrass | Robin Wall Kimmerer
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The idea of asking schoolchildren to pledge loyalty to a political system seems exceedingly curious.
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And it‘s not exactly liberty if they force you to say it, is it?

sprainedbrain 🙌🏼 3w
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Got my January #bookspinbingo / TBR sorted!

#bookspin 8: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
#doublespin 15: Magic: A History by Chris Gosden

#roll100 24: Queering Your Craft by Cassandra Snow
#roll100 49: The Zork Chronicles by George Effinger

#Booked2022 2: You Do You by Sarah Knight
#Booked2022 4: White as Snow by Tanith Lee

@thearomaofbooks @puddlejumper @cinfhen @barbarathebibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Looks great!!! 3w
Cinfhen Yay!!! Happy reading ahead 💜🎉 3w
PuddleJumper Excellent! Happy reading! 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage Hope the month‘s reading is terrific! 3w
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Braiding Sweetgrass | Robin Wall Kimmerer
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We are showered every day with gifts, but they are not meant for us to keep. Their life is in their movement, the inhale and the exhale of our shared breath. Our work and our joy is to pass along the gift and to trust that what we put out into the universe will always come back.

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Braiding Sweetgrass | Robin Wall Kimmerer
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We spill over into the world and the world spills over into us.

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Braiding Sweetgrass | Robin Wall Kimmerer
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The young and the old are linked in one long breath, an inhalation that calls for reciprocal exhalation, nourishing the common root from which they both arose. New leaf to old, old to new, mother to daughter—mutuality endures. I am consoled by the lesson of lilies.

Soubhiville This book is so full of wisdom and beautiful thoughts. 3w
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Braiding Sweetgrass | Robin Wall Kimmerer
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Maybe a little breeze came up, maybe a hidden current, or the earth tilting on its axis to slosh the pond, but whatever the invisible hand, my little boat began to rock gently, like a cradle on the water. Held by the hills and rocked by the water, the hand of the breeze against my cheek, I gave myself over to the comfort that came, unbidden.

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Braiding Sweetgrass | Robin Wall Kimmerer
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The tightness of Kimmerer's writing and themes is mind-blowing.

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Braiding Sweetgrass | Robin Wall Kimmerer
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Transformation is not accomplished by tentative wading at the edge.

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Braiding Sweetgrass | Robin Wall Kimmerer
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Ponds grow old, and though I will too, I like the ecological idea of aging as progressive enrichment, rather than progressive loss.

readordierachel Love this 3w
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“She read the letters she was purported to have written very carefully, wincing a bit at the grammar. No serial comma, really? What did they take her for? An artist might be a tad lax in her missives, but to drop a comma? How ghastly.“

I do love a good reference in support of the Oxford comma.

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December wasn't exactly my best reading month. New year, new month, new slate now though! #bookspinbingo @thearomaofbooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!!! Still great progress this month!!! 3w
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Today is tomorrow's nostalgia.

(From Daniel Hardcastle's YouTube Video Nerd3 Awards 2021 - Game of the Year)

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Braiding Sweetgrass | Robin Wall Kimmerer
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In English, we never refer to a member of our family, or indeed to any person, as it. That would be a profound act of disrespect. It robs a person of selfhood and kinship, reducing a person to a mere thing. So it is that in Potawatomi and most other indigenous languages, we use the same words to address the living world as we use for our family. Because they are our family.

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Only Gail Carriger can finish the physical description of a character with “he now resembled a surprised but cuddly mongoose“ and have a perfect image of a human instantly enter the reader's mind. 😆

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Excuse me, sir, your sass is showing.

“Sorry we're late. There was a bit of a traffic snarl on the way into the airport. You know how it is when you have to be somewhere in a hurry.“

“Yes, I leave early.“