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lilycobalt

lilycobalt

Joined May 2016

I don't read enough books. Pronouns: she/her. ♌️
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Bombshells Vol. 1: Enlisted by Marguerite Bennett
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Korrasami ❤️❤️❤️

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Priestdaddy: A Memoir | Patricia Lockwood
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I'm in a #readingslump. Have a cat photo. #catsoflitsy

BookBabe Cat photos are always welcome!😸 2y
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Turf Wars Part One | Michael Dante DiMartino
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#libraryhaul Two graphic novels: Bombshells for my queer book club, and Turf Wars because Korrasami 💗

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Untitled | Anonymous
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#Litsythisorthat answers:
1. Tea. Tea is appropriate for every occasion.
2. Cats. It used to be dogs, but I really love my cat. I was bitten by a dog recently and I'm much more cautious now.
3. Vampires, I guess.
4. Thriller
5. Voldemort
6. Marvel for the general MCU, Jessica, and Kamala, but D.C. has Wonder Woman
7. When asked that, have some candy 🍬

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Priestdaddy: A Memoir | Patricia Lockwood

" 'Before they allowed your father to be a priest,' my mother tells me, 'they made me take the Psychopath Test. You know, a priest can't have a psychopath wife, it would bring disgrace.'"
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MayJasper Lol 2y
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Game of Thrones | George R R Martin

For a show that I don't watch, I sure spend time reading recaps and watching clips!

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Whoa. We get all the answers in this book, and they're even more horrifying than I could have imagined. But such is the nature of oppression for the privileged and unaware. We can't just be horrified when some among us are designated as not-people; we have to act. The emotional stakes are high throughout the book, creating a powerful closing novel. 3 for 3 on the Hugo?

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1. The First Bad Man, I guess. I'm not that impressed with anything I've read so far this month.
2. Most of the time
3. 78 degrees
4. Pirates
5. Off to meet people!
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Jerdencon Hi! We had a similar temp in my town today! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Saying hello!! Meeting new people for the #friYayintro! Happy reading 📚 2y
lilycobalt @Jerdencon Hi! It's nice to get a bit of cooler weather! 2y
lilycobalt @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Happy reading to you too! I like the photo challenges you posted! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @lilycobalt those girls do great challenges!!! Stay tuned there will be more!! 😊 2y
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Ash | Malinda Lo
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I feel like I didn't read the same book everyone else did. Or perhaps this was the right book, but at the wrong time. I enjoyed the book, but felt like something was missing--the ending and the romance too abrupt, perhaps. I loved the descriptions of the Wood, and of the faeries.

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Ooooo I can't wait what's going to happen to Essun and Nassun and their world? And the James Baldwin book came in too!

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Ash | Malinda Lo
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Current TBR pile. Ash is next for a book club on Tuesday. But when the new N.K. Jemisin book is available for me to check out at the library, all bets will be off.

Reviewsbylola I've been so interested in the Harper Lee but the reviews scared me away. 2y
lilycobalt @reviewsbylola It's been on my TBR stack for months. I think it's that book I feel like I should read but am kind of unintentionally avoiding because I don't want to be disappointed. 2y
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I'm about halfway through this book and I have no idea whether I'm hate-reading it or genuinely enjoying it.

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All of the #compasspoints.

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Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo | Taylor Jenkins Reid

Just starting this book and I love that in the present day, all the named characters are people of color. Evelyn is Latina, Frankie is black, Grace is Asian. And Monique is biracial, but not white-passing; she has tight curls. David might be white--I'm picking up on some coding in that direction--but I don't know.

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#libraryhaul today: A couple of holds came in, and then my girlfriend requested some LGBT fiction for her upcoming trip to Fire Island, so I picked a couple titles off the stacks that I want to read myself. I've been waiting probably about 6 months for the Putin book, so I'd better prioritize it...but I don't want to. 😑

DreeMorris The Paying Guests is soooo good! 2y
lilycobalt @AudreyMorris Looking forward to it! 2y
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Pachinko | Min Jin Lee

"She could not see his humanity, and Noa realized that this was what he wanted most of all: to be seen as human."

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Priestdaddy: A Memoir | Patricia Lockwood

Returning to Litsy to say that I am four pages into this book and I cannot stop laughing!

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Ruin and Rising | Leigh Bardugo
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I wanted Alina to be on her own at the end, and triumph over the Darkling once more simply by living. She has no chemistry with Nikolai. That isn't a problem with the Darkling, but that would never be a healthy relationship. I actually like Alina and Mal's relationship arc, but I wanted Mal to stay dead so his sacrifice would mean something 😭

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Ruin and Rising | Leigh Bardugo
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*sigh* Really? That's the ending? It feels like a cop out. I wanted Alina to make the hard choices, but the narrative let her get off the hook.

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I don't really care about this book. Ordinarily I'd DNF it, but I do care about not being the only person around not to know what happened. So I keep reading.

Cathythoughts I did not like that book or the movie 👎 2y
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Trickster's Queen | Tamora Pierce
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Mehso-so

I read the series this week and, on top of the white savior narrative others have identified, keep coming back to the plot's reliance on divine intervention as a huge flaw. Aly doesn't have to make any of the hard choices that would have made the rebellion more interesting. I liked seeing her succeed, but I wanted to see her struggle in a meaningful way. Still, it's Tamora Pierce, and I mostly enjoyed it.

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Behold the Dreamers | Imbolo Mbue
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I was fascinated by Jende and Neni's approach to the American Dream. The first half of the book is stronger than the ending, which I found somewhat abrupt, but I found their story compelling all the same.

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Behold the Dreamers | Imbolo Mbue

I'm in a post-ASOUE reading slump. Book club is on Sunday and I haven't started this book. Living on the edge!

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The Book of Dust | Philip Pullman

Release date this fall? I am so ready for this book. 😁🤗💝🙌🎉

TrishB Just been reading about it! Can't wait 😀 3y
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One of my few disappointments in the ASOUE TV series is that we couldn't have Thomas Newman's score. He's probably my favorite composer, and his work for the film expressed such a beautiful understanding of getting by in an uncertain world.

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The End poses the question of whether it's worth living in a world where unexplained unfortunate events happen to people and where you don't know if you're noble or villainous at any given moment. The Baudelaires decide that the answer is yes. I think that's a wonderful theme that ends the series on a good note while taking into account that there is no happy ending.

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Now what 😱😱😱 What happens to the orphans? What's in the sugar bowl? 🍚 Why did I stop reading this series? Oh, and now I know a whole lot more about the water cycle 😂

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"People aren't either wicked or noble. They're like chef's salads, with good things and bad things chopped and mixed together in a vinaigrette of confusion and conflict."

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Klaus Baudelaire has got to be my reading companion. It is, after all, the trait he is most known for. (Photo snagged from vfdbooks.vfdsnickets on Instagram) #litsypartyofone

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Starting off #litsypartyofone by catching up on reviews. This was ASOUE at its best: Baudelaires with agency, ingenious inventions, mysteries revealed, and excellent character development.

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I don't know why I stopped reading ASOUE, but I've resumed the series (starting from Carnivorous Carnival) and I love it more than ever. Sunny POV, and Sunny making her own decisions, makes me squee. Sunny POV is a phrase which here means "Lemony POV focused on Sunny."

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Yes! A little slow to start, but it ultimately kept up the twists and turns just like Six of Crows. And I wound up loving the ensemble even more in the conclusion to the series. All six main characters are so well drawn, and all six had my heart. Don't make me pick favorites (okay, fine, Inej and Wylan).

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Again and again, Kaz and the team emphasize the importance of developing new strategies when old ones fail, and of refusing to play someone else's game. "When they backed you into a corner, you cut a hole in the roof," he thinks. That's the thinking we need for our real-life resistance. #allisnotlost @Liberty

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Lumberjanes Vol. 5: Band Together | Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters
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I love Lumberjanes as a whole, and the issue where our quintet first arrives at camp is a standout. I ❤ Jo and her dads, and I liked seeing Mal and Molly meet, and and and. If only the rest of the volume had carried that momentum through, since I didn't love the band storyline. Eagerly awaiting volume 6!

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Red Hots: A Valentine Anthology | Caitlyn Lynch, Liadain Douglas, V T Charbonneau
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I enjoyed this anthology of Valentine's Day stories. Most of them are contemporary romance, with some historical fiction, a bit of science fiction and fantasy, and even an appearance from Eros. Somewhat of a slow read because these stories were pretty sexy!

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"Who else would be so frank with him? Who else loves him enough to tell him the truth? . . . Jan van Eck had done his best to care for his son, and if he'd failed, then the defect lay with Wylan."
?okay Wylan is my new favorite character after the scene when they visit his mother and if anything happens to him I will throw this book out the window

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Does my desire to keep reading this book outweigh my desire to stay home? The book is currently at my office, where I dropped off things that were weighing down my bag prior to the Women's March.

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The Girls: A Novel | Emma Cline
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I enjoyed the themes about defining yourself by someone else, and how that changes you. But I felt like something was missing in the pacing, especially in the denouement.

66655321 Totally agreed. I also did this as an audiobook and the narrator ruined it 3y
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Lumberjanes Vol. 5: Band Together | Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters
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#libraryhaul My ebook checkout on The Girls expired, so I'm finishing it in print. And more Lumberjanes! 🤗

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I enjoy reading about baseball and what strategies teams are doing to advance the game. This book gets into sabermetrics in a way that's easily readable and shows how defensive shifts and pitch framing are impacting baseball. Plus, it's a great underdog story. Maybe my team is next and that 15-year playoff drought will end? #goms

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I'm used to the portrayal of Elizabeth managing everything perfectly, but here, she's very flawed. I didn't like her as much as I usually do. Then, I realized that the primary sources are men who were often irritated by her, and who held her to a higher standard than other monarchs. Besides, the circumstances of Elizabeth's reign were so difficult, yet England came out so far ahead.

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#libraryhaul I'm looking forward to finding out what happens to the team next! But I have to get through my two e-books that expire in 3 days first.

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I used to name Queen Elizabeth I as the historical figure I'd most like to meet. Now she's not on that list anymore. I'm terrified of her temper! 😬

TrishB Lol 😄 she certainly had one! 3y
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Boy Meets Girl | Meg Cabot
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I read this years ago, in my Princess Diaries phase when I read everything by Meg Cabot. It's a cute #epistolary novel. #readjanuary

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I spent my plane ride today alternating between this book and The Girls. Too much of my knowledge of Elizabethan times comes from movies, so I'm glad to have insight into the actual daily workings of court, not to mention all the real intrigues afoot!

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The Girls: A Novel | Emma Cline
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January TBR: I checked out The Girls in Kindle format for traveling. Still have Big Data Baseball, a book about how the Pittsburgh Pirates ended their 20-year streak of losing seasons, out from the library. The Girl on the Train and Go Set a Watchman are also on my stack. I'm not sure what else is there... #readjanuary #thismonthstbr

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As for my challenge, I set it at 60 books. That calls for about the same amount of reading, but I may exceed this one as well. I'm lilycobalt on Goodreads.

OSChamberlain Same goal as me ☺ (edited) 3y
Reviewsbylola You got this!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 3y
lilycobalt @OSChamberlain Let's do it! 3y
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End of year tally: 61 books read 😊 Of those, 49 were new and 12 were rereads. The format breakdown is 4 audiobooks, 5 ebooks, and 52 print books.

Reviewsbylola Great job! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 3y
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I'm having trouble reading this book. On the one hand, I need to know my own history to better inform my existence in this world. On the other hand, it's hard to read about autistic people being institutionalized and murdered. How lucky I am, not only to be alive right now, but to live independently. 😢

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Superior Saturday | Garth Nix
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I suspect this perfume store is actually a portal to the House.