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literarymermaid

Joined October 2016

bringing together a few of my favorite things
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Gilded | Marissa Meyer
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Saw this today at the store while buying my new amanda lovelace collection. I loved the Lunar Chronicles and can't wait to get into this one.

Paperback.Propensity I put it on hold at my library. Can't wait to read it! 6mo
literarymermaid @Paperback.Propensity I did the same. I may end up just buying it but it's on hold for now. 6mo
KristiAhlers I just bought my copy yesterday. Library had a waiting list and I‘m impatient. I‘m finishing Dark Tarot and swan diving into that one next 6mo
literarymermaid @KristiAhlers I'm reading through the Lunar Chronicles with my son first and we're gonna read it together so it'll depend on if the hold lasts longer than it takes him to get through the others for me. I'm super excited about it! 6mo
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I love her so much. This is my feminism. So many great poems in yet another collection of hers.

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I have to read/listen to this a hundred more times. I had no idea the depth of the material covered but this is practically the entire history of trauma research in the US. So much good info here.

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Loved this book!! I'm a sucker for stories like this. Legends and ordinary people and the way their history/mythology makes their choices different from the way those same things help mine. Fun, fun, fun

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Just Dreaming | Kerstin Gier
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A nice finale to a fun trilogy! Not too serious but a little mystery and intriguing. Love the characters and the setting and all the little twists and turns throughout the series.
It's a great little YA getaway from reality.

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Dream On | Kerstin Gier
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This is a fun continuation of the Silver Trilogy. I'm looking forward to finishing the series soon.

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Dream a Little Dream | Kerstin Gier
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This was a lot of fun. Just the light hearted little fantasy book I need to get through a stressy time. This is the second series by Kerstin Gier that I've read (the other was the Ruby Red Trilogy) and both have been an easy and a bit addictive read.
She's also a great option for those who do WITmonth in August!

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Before We Visit the Goddess: A Novel | Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
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Loved this multigenerational story! It's layout and shifting perspectives is gorgeous. The writing is amazing. Love love love.
It's been ony TBR so long and I'm so glad I got a chance to get into this novel.

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I have a weakness for journals, but seriously, I could not just let one go with this magnificent mermaid on it! Went to the bookstore with my son and the rest are kind of his
He seems to have the same bookstore problem I do with not as much of a reading obsession. I'm convinced I just haven't found his genre yet. He did start reading What We See in the Stars on the way home, so I'm hopeful.

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I LOVE this whole series. It came to a satisfying end with not as much heartbreak as I feared. I did a reread of the whole series to prep for the finale and it definitely helped.

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♥️♥️♥️ On the last few #readharder tasks. This one is for task 18, a book with a human main character from marginalized community. This is a cute little story about the beginnings of public service.

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An Ember in the Ashes | Sabaa Tahir
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Relistening to the Ember series in anticipation of the final book that just came out today! I love this series. Sorry it's gotta end, can't wait to see who survives.

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The Siren | Kiera Cass
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Loved this adorable standalone from Kiera Cass! Predictable, but cute and fun and just the escape I needed. ♥️♥️

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Our Wayward Fate | Gloria Chao
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This was such a cute little romance. I picked it up for #readharder2020, a book that takes place in a rural setting. Its set in the middle of nowhere Indiana where there is just one Chinese student....until a second one shows up. I may not be Chinese or familiar with the cultural differences, bit I am quite familiar with being the sole representative of a given minority. It's funny how experiences can be really different and similar. Love it! ♥️♥️

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Just finished this fascinating account of mental illness. My #readharder task 21, main character with a disability. Saks chronicles her life with schizophrenia through discovering her illness, treatment, and relapses as well as getting an ivy league education, her career, and relationships.

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The Red Umbrella | Christina Diaz Gonzalez
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💝 💝 💝Such a great story. I was pretty torn sometimes, knowing a lot of this history and as a child of the kids in this situation. I grew up hearing stories about coming to America and learning to deal with being in a new country and there was a lot of pride around being refugees from communism. Reading through this gave those old stories a little more perspective. Great pick for Read Harder #19!

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Braiding Sweetgrass | Robin Wall Kimmerer
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❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤I love this so much!!
The writing is poetic and moving. I've been wanting to work on this area of my life, consumerism and waste, but hadn't really known much of what to do about it. This was really helpful in reshaping the way I looked at things. Of course, reading the Story of More right after was also super helpful. It's quite refreshing to have a scientist weave a little poetry into their work. Gorgeous.

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Wave | Sonali Deraniyagala
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Beautifully written but a heart-wrenching story. This was my #readharder2020 for a book about a natural disaster. I can't imagine.

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This book goes through every way that we have increased production and consumption over the last fifty or so years to our own detriment. It was fascinating and written well. I felt like something needed to change at the end, but I didn't feel utterly hopeless or like the task was so big that I was overwhelmed in that way that causes an absolute shut down. It's a great #readharder choice for task 15!

8little_paws Yeah I thought this was interesting too over all though I feel like she put a lot of the onus on individuals and very little on corporations or on govt. Which realistically w/o that this won't go anywhere. 2y
literarymermaid @8little_paws Agreed. I'm anticipating a lot of new information on people and corporate and government impact on the environment to follow the COVID-19 shutdowns too. The news on that has been quite interesting. Even if changes don't get made, I imagine there will be little hiding that it's a corporate problem following all this. 2y
8little_paws Yes! Good point!! 2y
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Girls of Riyadh | Rajaa Alsanea
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Sooooo late posting on this, but these were my WIT reads last month. Loved them all!

As soon as school came back and it was virtual, I just found all my stamina for hobbies fade out. I'm getting a second wind, though. How are my fellow Littens?

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💗Its #witmonth and time to #integrateyourshelf !! 💗

These books above are my favorites from WIT Month over the years. I've got Girls of Riyadh next.

ChasingOm Ooh, I‘m gonna have to look these up! 2y
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You Too? | Janet Gurtler
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A part of me wishes I could say this was eye opening, but the types of incidents here are too normal for any grown woman to say that. I don't say that against the book but for it. You Too? is a book about the indignities that we suffer on the way sexual assault, though sexual assault is included in some stories too. Women should read this to know they are in no way alone. Men should read this to know that this is in no way an isolated problem.

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This is a long but worthwhile book, especially for people looking for women in history. It has two women on each side of the conflict, but not necessarily in the locations you'd expect them to be. This makes the ups and downs of their efforts all the more interesting to listen to, especially when considering their reasoning for supporting their side and the little things that made the biggest differences. Don't underestimate people....

literarymermaid And yeah, took the picture before the screen book but never got around to posting about it. I have a few that are a little behind... 2y
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This is the second book in the Flame in the Mist duology and just as good as the first. This one adds even more court intrigue to an already volatile situation. There were a few surprises too, which I always love.

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Flame in the Mist | Renaee Ahdieh
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I dropped my phone and the screen shattered but everything still worked and I finished this amazing book! I loved every minute of this duology. I'm on a YA fantasy streak that is really making me fall in love with the genre.

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Break Your Glass Slippers | Amanda Lovelace, ladybookmad
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I have love all her collections! My fave this time were the poems that were advice from the fairy godmother.

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A great sequel to The Belles! This was so much fun and the world building just continued and got crazier than I thought it could. This is a brilliant series that showcases the power struggle that is the beauty industry in a fantasy setting that lets this story tells truths that aren't always easy to see. I especially love the way that loyalties are so unpredictable here! 💗

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The Belles (The Belles #1) | Dhonielle Clayton
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🌷I loved this book! It wasn't at all what I expected. The power struggle it sets up is rather insane and the world building is among my favorite. It's fantasy like this that's been making me a fan of fantasy these days. Also read and loved the second book in the series! 💗

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Rust Maidens | Gwendolyn Kiste
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This was a strange little horror that I picked up for #readharder this year. It kept me interested enough to finish but I didn't devour it like so many other books this summer this far. The end was just right but also a little disappointing by the time I came to it.

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I reviewed the other books in this series without realizing that I hadn't said anything about this one!! I enjoyed this start to the Firebird Trilogy. There's a hint of a love triangle but it's not the same as other because of the multidimensional aspect of the story. The guys don't have a stupid rivalry over it. There's work to do and they realize that. Our protagonist loses sight of it a little though.... it's a fun trilogy for a little escape.

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Ember Queen | Laura Sebastian
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Loved this finale to the Ash Princess Trilogy! It's a fitting end and I'll miss all the characters. All of them, even the villain. She turned into a great villain. It actually turned into an interestingly feminist trilogy about the perils of underestimating women.

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A fun finale for this series! It's not exactly a series I'll gush over and reread forever but I had a lot of fun with this one. Also, this one is the #lastbookinaseries for those working on #readharder this year. There are a few good options on that front. So many good series ending this year. Anyway, this was a fun series for a little escapism.

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I enjoyed this series! This sequel is pretty fun, giving a little perspective on options in the lives of the characters and the price of making someone else's choices for them.

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I am dreadfully behind on sharing reviews here but this was a great book and perfect for #readharder as a #yanonfiction! It's terribly sad for a lot of it, but that comes with the striking similarity to Cinderella, though turning it all around was not done the same way.

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Listen, Slowly | Thanhha Lai
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Listen, Slowly is perfect choice for #readharder2020 task 20, a middle grade book not set in the US or UK. It's not normally the kind of book I'd pick up but I loved it and that cover is so gorgeous. ⠀

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Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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Amazing! A full review is up on the blog too. So good.

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Accidentally posted this under another book once but couldn't stand to not fix it....

This book is a great help in understanding the yamas and niyamas as I've been trying to grow my practice and understanding of yoga.

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This was the perfect graphic memoir for #readharder task 4. Everything about it was great. The story, the art, an interesting perspective.

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Break Your Glass Slippers | Amanda Lovelace, ladybookmad
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I love this poetry collection. amanda lovelace is one of my favorite poets. I've been going back through the work of hers I enjoy and reading what's new for #nationalpoetrymonth.

Graciouswarriorprincess I loved this one as well. 2y
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This was horrifying but good. I can't believe what these girls had to go through to be heard but also not surprised at all. I'm grateful for their perseverance and the legacy of occupational health and safety that came after them. It's a great book. I love that Moore never loses sight of the girls themselves in the telling of their story. It never turns into the story of the legal case or the company or anything else. Just the girls.

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My new reading spot! My husband extended the pond in our backyard and added a little ledge for me to sit on and read sometimes. It's so big that we can probably put a few more fish in there too....

This is my bit of positivity for #keeplitsypositive today!

BiblioLitten Lovely!😍 2y
LoverOfLearning Gorgeous!! 2y
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Ash Princess | Laura Sebastian
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I love this book! I'm not usually one for fantasy but Ash Princess is really well done. There's a full review up on the blog today (www.allmybalancingacts.com). I love fairytale retelling, but this is NOT a Cinderella retelling or sequel or anything. I can't wait to get my hands on the next two books in the trilogy!

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Anthem | Ayn Rand
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The world is interesting and the main character, Equality 7-2521, is equally interesting. I love the way he paints the world and his discontent with it and the path his discontent takes him on. In a world where you cannot make your own decisions or be your own person, what happens when disagree with your path?
Picked this one up for #readharder, a sci-fi novella.

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I loved this book in so many ways. Funny memoir, great history on the experience of living in the Soviet Union as a whole, plus recipes for some delicious sounding Soviet food. Walking through the decades of that era was a fun way to do it. This was perfect for Read Harder 13 this year, a food book about a food I've never eaten.

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The Other Americans is an amazing book. Its about the craziness that is America and the way that all of our quirks, biases, experiences, cultures, and backgrounds can either interconnect us or splinter us. I found it for Read Harder (task 13, mystery with a victim that is not a woman) this year and books like this are one of the reasons I love doing that challenge. A full review is up on the blog today. ⠀

canbku Just brought this home from the library! 2y
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I love this herstory of the internet! It covers a lot of ground, going as far back as Ada Lovelace all the way to the internet we know and love today.
Full review of Broad Band up on the blog today! https://buff.ly/2tNatHU

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Persuasion | Jane Austen
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Persuasion is my favorite Jane Austen and has my favorite love letter. Wentworth may not be the most swoonworthy love interest, but he sure can write a love letter.
I have few favorite romance stuff up on the blog today too. (www.allmybalancingacts.com)

Happy St. Valentine's Day!

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I love books that remind us of the powerful women who came before us, successful or not. I especially love Cooney's telling of it. She ties these women of the past to women today and the ways that women have become heads of state and the result of their leadership in their countries. She reminds the reader that women have always had to tread carefully when in power.
The rest of the review is on the blog today: https://buff.ly/2tNatHU

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The Bride Test | Helen Hoang
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Recently finished task 14 for Read Harder this year! The Bride Test is a fun romance starring a single parent! Honestly, I think Helen Jiang is my favorite romance author. A full review is up on the blog: buff.ly/2tNatHU

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The news today reminded me of this book. Anyone else got a book that can give insight on what's going on in Syria?