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jaimeisbionic

Joined November 2016

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Pulled from Instagram, @war.and.peas 🖤

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Monstress | Marjorie Liu
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"A coward never has to learn." ????✨?️

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At Grave's End | Jeaniene Frost
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Another fun book in this series. The political and personal relationship dynamics were compelling -- and she meets Vlad. Yes, THAT Vlad. ??‍♂️ For such a "raging feminist", she sure is tolerant of Tate's aggressively sexual pursuit of her despite repeatedly telling him no. It was really frustrating. Just wanted her to tell him off!

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One Foot in the Grave | Jeaniene Frost
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Continuing with this fun series. Though I was disappointed by some slut shaming. Especially since the femme protagonist talks critically about misogyny at a few points. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Your inner work leaves something to be desired, henny. And despite some the caricature British slang, I really love Bones. 🖤🧛🏻‍♂️ I just have to picture him *without* platinum blond hair. Because no thanks.

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Maya Angelou | Lisbeth Kaiser
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I went to check if she was asleep and found her with a board book about Maya Angelou. First time falling asleep with a book on her -- these are the kinds of milestones I keep track of. 😄💕

WhatThePuck 😍😍😍😍😍😍 9mo
DivineDiana Adorable! 💗📚👏🏻 9mo
Smrloomis Aw! So sweet! 🧡🧡🧡 8mo
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Parable of the Sower | Octavia E Butler
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"All that you touch / You change. // All that you Change / Changes you. // The only lasting truth / Is Change. // God is Change." •••• I feel a little guilty choosing this as our first book club reading, as it is brilliant and timely (still) but full of horrible things happening to the most vulnerable of society, specifically children. But there's no lie here. That's the power and challenge of Octavia Butler's writing.

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Our Vampires, Ourselves | Nina Auerbach
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I've been depressed and withdrawn, but learning too, and there's a library book sale tomorrow morning that I'm going to alone so I feel some sparks of life.

TheReadingMermaid Sending you love 😙💕 12mo
Samplergal Hugs! I‘ve been there. I don‘t know your situation, but if you ever want to talk. Email me knovakoski14 at yahoo and I‘ll call you. 48 years of depression and anxiety. Be good to you. Really. 12mo
Avanders Sorry you've been going through a hard time. You're not alone! 💖🤗 12mo
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CatLass007 Sorry you‘ve been down and withdrawn. I‘ve been there. You are a wonderful person I‘m sure. Because everyone is. Except Donald Trump. Should I have said that? Anyway, love yourself. 12mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage You‘re not alone. A lot of us have been there, in our own ways. ♥️♥️ 12mo
plemmdog You‘re never alone. Hope it gets better 12mo
jmofo 🖤 12mo
jaimeisbionic Wow, it was so nice waking up to these messages. Thank you all so much. 💓 @TheReadingMermaid @Samplergal @Avanders @CatLass007 😄 @BarbaraTheBibliophage @plemmdog @jmofo 12mo
Samplergal ❤️❤️❤️ 12mo
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Our Vampires, Ourselves | Nina Auerbach
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You ever read the intro to a book and feel super jazzed about it only to feel like you're dragging yourself through the first chapter? That's been happening to me in this book. It's picking up for me though! Getting into it again.

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Foxfire 2 | Foxfire Fund, Inc.
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Used bookstore finds from yesterday. I *hate* stickers on book covers, but it's hard to argue with trade credit options.

Is Foxfire a thing outside of southern Appalachia? Not sure. But these books are basically collections of traditions, folk lore, and practical knowledge from country and mountain folk in Appalachia. It's thorough and intimate and not at all other-ing.

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On Solitude | Michel de Montaigne
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Been having a really difficult... 4 weeks or so. But sitting here is soothing. 💆🏻‍♀️

Jas16 ❤️ 1y
DivineDiana Sorry to hear that. And yes, that space looks so peaceful. ❤️ 1y
Tamra Very nice. 1y
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Reviewsbylola I hope things start looking up for you. ❤️ 1y
sprainedbrain I‘m sorry to hear you‘re having a rough time. Hope things get better very soon! 1y
jaimeisbionic @Jas16 @DivineDiana @Tamra @Reviewsbylola @sprainedbrain Thank you! Things are starting to get better. 1y
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Mixed bag. The title essay and the essay about Woolf/Sontag were strong, stand alone essays, but the others felt a bit like internet "think pieces" (time sensitive, not very in-depth). Do they belong in a book? Do they contribute to feminist posterity? They felt like filler to me, like feminism 101 and not really the best version, due to a lack of intersectional considerations.

jaimeisbionic I do appreciate Solnit's efficiency of language, her clear value of research and action, and the ways that she employs the numbing backdrop of reports of violence against girls and women to illustrate how embedded and horrific sexism functions in American society. 1y
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Men Explain Things to Me | Rebecca Solnit
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Starting both tonight. 😄

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Bluets | Maggie Nelson
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Do you ever just slump into a rut of not taking care of yourself (which includes not reading) and you know what you need to do but you're still slumped? I was away from home and didn't have much access to the internet for about 2 days and during that time read Bluets. Yes, it's short, but still I felt really good about it. Also, related, my grandmother gave me this book that she used to read to her kindergarten students. 💙

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Nature Poem | Tommy Pico
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Sweetness with teeth, funny, tender. ✨

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We had a very bookish Easter. 🐸🌷🌼🐞🐝🌿🐇🐣🦆 I hope you had a lovely weekend as well.

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I unintentionally took a reading break while preparing for a family trip and finally picked up a book instead of checking out while watching something. Feels really good. This coffee and chicory ice cream helps, too. 😏

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Goodnight Bear | Jane Cabrera
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I love a good blankets & books fort, but maybe she went too far? 🤓📚📚📚📚📚📚

BookMaven407 😂 that is precious! 💕 2y
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Started Eileen Myles' Afterglow (a dog memoir) last night. And ate too many cookies. 🙊

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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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Finished listening to Sing, Unburied, Sing last night. It's a stunning book. Beautiful, achingly beautiful. And so richly layered with each character, burning with the survivors and the ghosts of historical pain brought to the surface again and again. No one escapes, but some learn to love, some learn to sing.

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Companions of the Night | Vivian Vande Velde
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Between books and just rereading easy, comfort reads. Do you sometimes have difficulty deciding what to read next?

GrilledCheeseSamurai Pretty much always. 😂 2y
AmyG Absolutely. 2y
jaimeisbionic @GrilledCheeseSamurai & @AmyG There are so many things to read you'd think it'd be easy. 😏 2y
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Picked this up on a whim at the library and was surprised to find it quite useful. I've worked as an organizer so honestly I was a bit arrogant that some popular self-help book would teach me anything. I know from my own experience that our relationship to our possessions is really complex and reflective of so many larger thoughts and habits of our lives. It was nice to see this represented in a fun way that's also informative.

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Very excited about my #bookmail today 💖

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Hiddensee: A Novel | Gregory Maguire
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I can see how this has been getting mixed reviews. It was definitely almost so-so for me. If you're expecting Nutcracker-esque magic, then you'll be very disappointed. If, like me, you always found Godfather Drosselmeier to be extremely captivating and are open to interpretation, you may enjoy it. I appreciate the tonal shift from precious fairytale in the first couple chapters to a kind of sober curiosity. (Cont. in comments)

jaimeisbionic The feeling of longing Maguire inspires in the reader is parallel to the development of Drosselmeier's longing, yet sometimes his mechanisms for creating this longing cross over into underdeveloped. It's a book about childhood, things that are lost forever, repressed desires, and trying to find a home. Maguire seems interested in what it means to get older and view magic through the lens of adult reality and experience. 2y
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Hiddensee: A Novel | Gregory Maguire
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"The vagabond human spirit requires a chart of possibilities in order to keep putting one foot in front of another, keep licensing the next heartbeat after the previous."

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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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#ReindeerReads day 18 - Painting a base coat on salt dough ornaments while listening to the Diverse Voices #bookclub selection for January: Sing, Unburied, Sing. 🎧🖌️

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#ReindeerReads days 16 & 17: My #longlist of books to read is not #shortstory heavy, but I do have Get in Trouble and Barbara the Slut ranked somewhere toward the top.

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Hiddensee: A Novel | Gregory Maguire

"Lost is not an address, it's not a permission to fail, it's not an excuse." With shocking vigor, like that if a young warrior, the creature hopped upon the ground and approached on cloven hoof. "It's a reason to read the world."

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Yoga Cats | Daniel Borris
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We went to the shelter to adopt one cat but then decided on a whim to get two and I'm so glad we did because these two love each other so much. Zeke and Jean-Ralphio sleep together, groom each other, play together, and clearly conspire to annoy us everyday. 💗 #catsoflitsy

AmyG Jean- Ralphio...hahaha. Awesome! 2y
jaimeisbionic @AmyG 😁 He had a different name before but he's definitely a cat version of Jean-Ralphio. 2y
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#ReindeerReads day 15 - #familydynamics at bedtime 💙

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#ReindeerReads day 14 - Whenever I hear the words #silentnight I think of three things: the song, my brother (born Dec 24 in the middle of the night), and Twas the Night Before Christmas. I've always loved the silence before so much activity, so much excitement, so much yummy food and talking on Christmas morning. 💚❤️

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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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#ReindeerReads day 13: I just started listening to this today while my daughter was napping and it's already really #powerful. 💓

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Hiddensee: A Novel | Gregory Maguire
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I read this part last night and immediately thought of #ReindeerReads day 12 prompt #travel which of course I had struggled with all day. And today thought of several possibilities. Oh well. My brain was taking a break yesterday. Here, Dirk (young Godfather Drosselmeier) considers the divergent road ahead of him.

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Hiddensee: A Novel | Gregory Maguire
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Beginning this tonight. I've been a little obsessed with The Nutcracker since I was little and I watched a movie version of it, which used the art of Maurice Sendak. Plus, Wicked was much more enthralling than expected, so I'm curious what Maguire does with Godfather Drosselmeier and how this story may be enriched.

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Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer | Golden Books, Barbara Shook Hazen
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Days 10 & 11 #ReindeerReads - tardis + squid #ornaments and #holidaylights on our little 🎄

Lucas.Rencher I love the squid ornament! 🐙 2y
jaimeisbionic @Lucas.Rencher Thanks! We got it while on vacation in Florida one year. 2y
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I'm giving my daughter this book for Christmas because Frida Kahlo is amazing and we're all learning Spanish. 💙💚💛🧡💜 Thanks so much for offering this giveaway, @RebelReader! #weedingwednesdaygiveaway

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#ReindeerReads day 6: Was it just me or were green books harder to find? I could've just taken a picture of the cover of Never Let Me Go since there's a woman wearing a red blouse, but I had already selected the other #redandgreen books. And now remembering how many interesting unread books I have in my library!

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Hansel and Gretel | Neil Gaiman
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#ReindeerReads day 5: Lorenzo Mattotti's illustrations combined with Neil Gaiman's writing make this version of Hansel & Gretel feel particularly dark and #dangerous.

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Lost Girls | Alan Moore, Melinda Gebbie
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#ReindeerReads day 4: This book is definitely on the #naughtylist 😲

GondorGirl This was such an odd book... gorgeous art though, that's for sure! 2y
jaimeisbionic @GondorGirl I've never actually finished reading it (kinda meh), but I've enjoyed the art in it on several occasions. 2y
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When Nietzsche Wept | Irvin D Yalom
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#reindeerreads day 3: Turns out I don't own much #historicalfiction - in fact this #currentlyreading selection & Kindred by Octavia Butler appear to be it. 😲

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#tistheseason to temporarily pretend I am a magical pie maker. #reindeerreads day 2 🥧

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I don't really have TBR lists that are timely (except when I'm reading for a book club), but I would really like to finish my current book and these library books during December. But I might get distracted and read something entirely different. 🤷 Day 1: #ReindeerReads #tbr @Jess7

2BR02B I'm hoping to get to the tagged book this month as well. 🤞 2y
Jess7 I do the same. It‘s hard to stick to a monthly list, but I like to make them anyway! 😜 2y
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Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer | Golden Books, Barbara Shook Hazen
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I don't think I've ever done this before from start to finish (always seem to jump in halfway through), but it sounds fun so I'll give it a shot. 🤓 #reindeerreads Thanks, @Jess7 💚❤️

Jess7 💙💙 2y
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The Golden Compass | Philip Pullman
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The Golden Compass impacted me more than I expected at the time - I was just casually listening to it in the car on a road trip. I remember laughing, trying and failing not to cry, feeling my heart pound in terror or excitement for Lyra and her loved ones. You just can't duplicate that kind of response. And now my daughter is named after the story's heroine. Thank you for the generous giveaway, @Jas16 😺 #feelslikethefirsttime

Jas16 Love this series as well. Lyra is such a beautiful name too! 2y
jaimeisbionic @Jas16 It'll be interesting to see what she thinks of the books when she's old enough to read them. I'll have to be careful not to put pressure on her. 🙊 2y
UnidragonFrag I read this series when I was like.. 12-13? It made me think about stuff I hadn't ever before and is probably the book that must stuck to me from childhood. Lyra is such a lovely name. Why didn't I think of that for my kiddo?! 😱 2y
jaimeisbionic @UnidragonFrag Sometimes I wish I had read it as a kid. And it's kind of an odd series because it seems like a lot of people love it, but also forget about it? We almost didn't name her Lyra, but as soon as we started considering it, it stayed. 2y
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Coming soon: baby book reviews.

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Fox: Poems 1998-2000 | Adrienne Rich
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#myfavoritethings - thanks, @TricksyTails 😉
1. Ta-Nehisi Coates, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Phillip Pullman
2. Can't answer this concisely. 🙊
3. Cheddar & sour cream chips, turtle cookies
4. Bookmarks
5. Hiking, yoga, bicycling, embroidery, baking
6. Mac & cheese, ramen, scotch, tequila
7. Mexico, Ireland, Iceland, South Korea
8. The X-Files, In The Mood For Love, Children Of Men, Spirited Away
9. I don't collect merchandise. 🤷
10. Everyone!

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Trying to rest after a long day of taking Care of a sick kiddo, who appears to have made me sick as well. 🤧 Do you like to snack while you read? Do you have any go-to snacks? I'm trying to cut back on sweets, but my friend brought me these cookies so obviously I should eat them. 😁

AmyG I try NOT to snack when I read...as I am watching my weight. Instead I drink something...hot or cold depending on the season. Hope you all feel better. 2y
jaimeisbionic @AmyG Thank you! L appears to be feeling better already. 👍🏼 And I agree, a hot or cold beverage depending on the season is usually prefect for reading. 2y
rachelm I eat a lot of string cheese these days 😅it's a good snack when you're running around after littles 2y
jaimeisbionic @rachelm Yes! My little loves string cheese so I've been eating it, too. Forgot how much I like it. 😄 2y
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Fox: Poems 1998-2000 | Adrienne Rich
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The baby is sleeping so I guess I'll read my book while I'm waiting in the car. Darn. 👻

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Fox: Poems 1998-2000 | Adrienne Rich
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From "Grating"

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Returned last night to this book after a weird 3 weeks long break from reading. This is so hard to read and still somehow shocking even with what I already know. Hopefully there will be some good participation in our book club discussion later this month.

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I bought some bookmarks for my brother, but there's so many I can probably take two, right? 😁 #eastgrovestudio #bookmarks