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jen_the_scribe

Joined June 2019

INFP-T. Ravenclaw. Mom. Wife. Writer. Artist. There's a time for everything. By everything, I mean books.
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Iced coffee and my book out on the porch. My kiddos are at day camp and it‘s been weeks since I‘ve had a moment to myself 😎

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Whose heard of Booky Call? I just downloaded it. It‘s disguised as a dating app but instead of swiping right on people, you‘re swiping right on books! I‘ve added a few to my TBR already. Thought I‘d share, because I thought it was a cool concept.

LiteraryinLawrence How clever! 1w
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The Sandman Book Two | Neil Gaiman
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My mini book haul while visiting cute little shops throughout downtown St. Augustine for my birthday yesterday 😊

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Now for some fiction…

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I loved this one. She touches on many aspects of a woman‘s life & in such an inclusive way. It‘s spiritual. She refers to the “divine” & includes phrasing that leaves room for all beliefs. I have pretty low self-esteem, so owning my glow is something I aspire to & she motivated me to do so. I‘ll be coming back to this again & again. Now that I‘ve read it, I‘ll be journaling about it & planning out my rituals/meditations that she mentions.

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“We are always saying that we want to be treated like queens. And the best way to get someone to treat you like a queen is to act like one— gaze through queenly eyes and walk the earth like it‘s your dominion. For some of us, it takes a bit of role playing; we may not feel as comfortable sporting our crowns because of the stories we may still be carrying about ourselves.”

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I believe I mentioned on here before that one of my goals this year is to read more design books (as I‘m studying Graphic Design). One of my instructors recommended this book during a lecture, and I just had to get it…

StaceGhost I read this for a class and loved it! 4w
jen_the_scribe @StaceGhost Good to know! 😊 4w
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“We simply cannot continue to invest energy into our superficial neuroses, dramas, resentments, or fears and yet claim to be a space for creativity, abundance, and love. It‘s time to surrender those things that do not lead us to the highest good…”

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“The first person you must fall in love with is you. That is your holiest relationship. That is where the forgiveness starts: with you and from within.”

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“Beloved, when you are being yourself, you break the mold. You construct the archetypes and shape-shift through them, you create space for personal growth, you become a scholar of the self, and you find healing, sowing the seeds of self-love.”

IuliaC This is so beautiful! 4w
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Picnic | William Inge
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Thanks for the tag! @EadieB

1) I think I‘d love a picnic under the shade of a tree in Hobbiton
2) My husband
3) Sandwiches, fruit, chips, Milano cookies… and a good book of course.

@MoonWitch94 #thoughtfulthursday

Who wants to play?

EadieB You're welcome! Thanks for playing! 1mo
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Decided on some nonfiction/self-help next…

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R.A. Salvatore is a genius in my book. His detailed writing of combat scenes is something I aspire to. Book 8 in the series did not disappoint. It was jam-packed with suspenseful scenes, funny moments, and intriguing characters and world-building. And through it all, Salvatore nurtured that connection between the extremely likable characters. I couldn‘t put it down, and I can‘t wait to see where Drizzt and his friends go next.

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“Pride invites you to soar to heights of personal triumph, but the wind is stronger at those heights and the footing, tentative. Farther, then, is the fall.”

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I was a bit disappointed when I couldn‘t find book 9 & 10 of the series with the newer cover design, but I was able to find these older versions (used). I‘m collecting them and wanted them in the same style, but I guess being able to continue on this adventure with Drizzt Do‘Urden is more important. Maybe one day I‘ll find the other covers and can donate these.

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I love the feel of a paperback in my hands ☺️

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Now I‘m in the mood to get lost in the world of Drizzt Do‘Urden. It‘s been a while since I read book 7, but that‘s usually not a problem with R.A. Salvatore. I‘m excited to see what Drizzt is up to in this one…

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What I love most about this book is that ordinary Cuban people are the heart of it, just as they‘re the heart of Cuba. I think DePalma was the perfect person to write such a book, not being Cuban but being someone who loves a Cuban (his wife) and who loves the people, makes him someone capable of standing on a balanced line of neutrality and compassion. I found it unbiased but matter-of-fact, and yet so filled with emotion too. A much needed book…

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“What concerned her far more than a new president who acted the same as the old one, or a revised constitution that offered no more rights than the one it replaced, was the survival of deeply personal traditions that linked her to the Cuba of fine manners and noble intentions that still existed in her memory.”

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“This government will never take care of things… unless the people force it to. But after sixty interminable years, Cubans were burned out and far too focused on just surviving to organize themselves into an opposition the way the disaffected did in Venezuela.”

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“…that resourcefulness is also their most paralyzing weakness. Instead of marching to the Plaza de la Revolución demanding change, or locking arms with dissidents to fix Cuba‘s grim reality, most simply accept and then adapt to the latest privation.”

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“It didn‘t take much vision to see that Cuba was getting poorer every year, and that the centralized economy was so stagnant that the popular street saying ‘They pretend to pay us, and we pretend to work‘ seemed like doctrine.”

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“Eventually, she was allowed to separate herself from the [communist] party. When she was completely free from it, and from all the blind allegiance it demanded, she realized she had stopped being a revolutionary, but she had not stopped being a patriot.”

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“But as much as she did not want to accept it, she knew that if she hadn‘t been a vice minister, if she hadn‘t been a ranking member of the communist party, her mother would have suffered in a local hospital without receiving the care she needed. She still believed in the revolution, but she could no longer gloss over this glaring inconsistency.”

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What it is | Lynda Barry
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I received my monthly Audible credit, so my next listen is book 3 of the Dr. Greta Helsing trilogy. Can‘t wait to see where this one takes Greta.

BarbaraTheBibliophage Love this series! 1mo
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Spellbreaker | Charlie N. Holmberg
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I got to chapter 6 and just couldn‘t anymore. I like the female narrator but find the story seriously lacking and couldn‘t focus. And the male narrator was too much for me. Normally I enjoy when a narrator changes their voice per character, but he seemed to really exaggerate them. It was like he was performing caricatures of the characters. He‘d be great for children‘s stories, but I found it a tad annoying.

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“The prolonged blackouts, the empty store shelves, the clinics that had not even the simplest medicines and were forced to rinse and reuse latex gloves until the fingertips wore out, all were pushing the famous Cuban trait of putting up with anything to the limits of what a sane person could endure.”

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“The surveillance network was so pervasive that Cubans grew fearful of voicing any complaint. Even in their own homes, they refrained from mentioning the name Fidel, in case anyone was listening. Instead, they stroked an imaginary beard when they dared to criticize el comandante."

I knew reading this book would stir up a lot of feelings for me. That surveillance network is the very reason my mother‘s side of the family was torn apart.

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What it is | Lynda Barry
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A couple of years ago Austin Kleon recommended Lynda Barry‘s books on his IG, and then more recently, the instructor for an art course I‘m taking recommended her as well. I had this one sitting in my wish list and decided to pull the trigger.

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Now, I‘m back to working my way through my TBR pile. Next up is some nonfiction. I‘m Cuban American and have been looking forward to reading this one for a while!

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Ruin and Rising | Leigh Bardugo
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Oh, how I loved this trilogy! I loved the characters, the world building, the twists and turns, the love story… everything about it. This part of the story was heart wrenching at times, but the solution is fitting (and yet unexpected). I really love the ending. It was bittersweet and really lends to the humanity of the characters and the beauty of this world that Leigh Bardugo created. I definitely want to get more of her books.

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Ruin and Rising | Leigh Bardugo

“The past was full of horrors, and the future left me with that breathless, rising panic.”

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Ruin and Rising | Leigh Bardugo

“We didn‘t quite fit together. We had edges so jagged we cut each other sometimes, but… I felt a rush of gratitude so sweet it made my throat ache. Fear came with it. Keeping them close was a luxury I would pay for. Now I had more to lose.”

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Ruin and Rising | Leigh Bardugo

“People fell in love every day… But were they happy? Would they stay that way? Maybe love was superstition, a prayer we said to keep the truth of loneliness at bay… The stars looked like they were close together, when really they were millions of miles apart. In the end, maybe love just meant longing for something impossibly bright and forever out of reach.”

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Ruin and Rising | Leigh Bardugo
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Jumping right into the final book of the trilogy… #tgif

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Siege and Storm | Leigh Bardugo
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It was a little slow in the middle, but there was enough drama between the characters to keep me going and keep me in anticipation. I really enjoyed it and it ended on the perfect cliffhanger to lead me into the final book. The characters are really going through it and I can‘t wait to see what happens…

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Spellbreaker | Charlie N. Holmberg
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My next listen… until I can get my next Audible credit to purchase the 3rd of the Dr. Greta Helsing novels 😁

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Dreadful Company | Vivian Shaw
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The 2nd of the Dr. Greta Helsing books didn‘t disappoint. There were a few issues with narration that I found a tad annoying; a slight echo like it was recorded in a bathroom & they changed the pronunciation of a character‘s name from the 1st book. I got used to those though, & I still liked the narrator. The solution seems too easy to me, like the antagonist could‘ve given one final push. But I enjoyed the story & these characters once again.

shanaqui I'm really curious which character's name changed pronunciation between the books. 🤔 Fass, maybe? 2mo
jen_the_scribe @shanaqui Yes! They changed how they say Fas‘ full name. It‘s pronounced like “Fas-tee-taw-caw-lawn” lol I‘m sure I butchered that. It was a bit disorienting at first. I got used to it as the story went on though. 2mo
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Siege and Storm | Leigh Bardugo

“The less you say, the more weight your words will carry.”

282Mikado Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding. Proverbs 17:28 2mo
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Siege and Storm | Leigh Bardugo

“Legends come to life before my eyes, just to die in front of me.”

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Siege and Storm | Leigh Bardugo
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I‘m so excited to dive back into the GrishaVerse 😁

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I‘ve never had an interest in sleight-of-hand card tricks and magic tricks. I ooh and aah like anyone else when I see it up close, but that‘s as far as I go. I didn‘t think those details in DelGaudio‘s story would interest me, but it was truly fascinating. And the way he connects it all to the point of the story is beautifully done. Like anyone else, I can better relate to the themes of deceit, morality, and figuring out who we are in this life.

Meshell1313 You should check out his show: In and of Itself! It‘s wild! 2mo
jen_the_scribe @Meshell1313 I‘ve seen it and totally agree! I started following him on IG after seeing it and that‘s how I learned about his book! He‘s awesome. 2mo
Meshell1313 @jen_the_scribe just added this to my TBR! Excited to check it out! 2mo
jen_the_scribe @Meshell1313 Hope you enjoy it as much as I did! 2mo
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“I grew up knowing children are born loved by a mother and father. Which meant as long as I didn‘t have a father, I‘d only ever be half loved. I didn‘t choose to believe that narrative. It was inevitable. How could I not believe the only thing I ever knew?”

I really felt this one…

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Siege and Storm | Leigh Bardugo
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Got the next two books in the trilogy! So excited 😄

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Decided on some creative nonfiction while I wait for the next book in the GrishaVerse to arrive…

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I absolutely loved this. The magic, world-building, and fantasy are right up my alley. The love story is a sort of different angle on the love triangle. I enjoyed how Bardugo had me rooting for one character while feeling indifferent about another and then she flipped it. I despised the one I was rooting for by the end. The character arcs are great, while still leaving room for more in the next books. I can‘t wait to see where it goes…

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This book has made it super easy for me to procrastinate with schoolwork lol. I can‘t put it down and I‘m probably going to be done with it tomorrow. I‘m tempted to order the next two in the trilogy already so I can keep going. Maybe I shouldn‘t so I can actually get things done. Who am I kidding? I‘m totally going to order them lol.

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Dreadful Company | Vivian Shaw
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My next listen is book two of this trilogy, and I‘m excited about it. If it goes well, I‘ll be getting book three with my next Audible credit.

ozma.of.oz This was a fun one! 2mo
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I love Amor Towles‘ way with words, his eloquence, the depth of his stories. But this one took a little too long to get to the point. The plot was lacking in a bit more drama or action, so I found myself getting distracted and not being able to focus on the story during certain slow points. It finally sped up a bit toward the end. Despite that, I mostly enjoyed it and found the characters likable which is why I wanted to know where they ended up.