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mdemanatee

mdemanatee

Joined May 2016

Build me a lush world and I'll come over to play https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLvqT_eNt-7S4UGcxeRnKog
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Imaginary Friend | Steven Chbosky
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Will I finally finish this today? I don‘t know; I feel like I have been listening to if for so long.

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Courting Darkness | Robin LaFevers
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FINALLY getting to this one

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Bringing Down the Duke | Evie Dunmore
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Last non-work eve sleep of staycation 😭

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“Writing that survives the bodies that produced it is always haunted, I guess.” Karen Russell is perfect for fall days, and I‘m glad I saved this one.

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Capturing the Devil | Kerri Maniscalco
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The pacing in this one could feel a little off (We didn‘t even get to Chicago for over 200 pages in.). Still, I enjoyed this series and was glad to go on one final adventure.

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I went to a book event for Saeed Jones‘ memoir last night and it was lovely.

britt_brooke Awesome! His book sounds good. #stacked 5d
mdemanatee @britt_brooke The book is so excellent. The level of vulnerability on the page. And the poetry background shining through in the use of language. I adored it. 5d
britt_brooke @mdemanatee I‘m looking forward to reading it. 💚 5d
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Capturing the Devil | Kerri Maniscalco
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I‘m just trying to enjoy the end half of my vacation I did not need to be called out like this.

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Well Met | Jen DeLuca
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Man. I moved away from my small town and this was always my fear if I stayed. And the thing I think about when contemplating if there is a life for me there in the future. Not that I am vastly different. But even in HS I was defined by who I was as in middle school and grade school, etc. (K-12 for the win). I love a good small town insight.

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Well Met | Jen DeLuca
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Ok giving this one a go

Litsi Me too. 4d
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Mehso-so

Super unpopular and disappointing opinion time. After seeing raves about this one for the better part of six months, if not a year, this disappointed me. The pacing felt slow. The world building just throws you in, which I do appreciate, but never really makes sense of itself. And the narrative, for all its snark and bite, kept me at a distance. I wanted to like this one so much more than I did. And now I am also behind on vacation reading.

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Gideon the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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I‘m off work for the next week. More non-reading plans than I anticipated have cropped up but gonna readathon as much as possible.

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The Penguin Book of Mermaids | Cristina Bacchilega, Marie Alohalani Brown
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I have the Penguin Book of Witches so obviously I also needed the Penguin Book of Mermaids. Shoutout to the Barnes and Noble coupon and Barnes and Noble bookseller who went to the back when it wasn‘t in mythology yet that made this possible.

MrBook That‘s so cool! @TheReadingMermaid , do you have this? 2w
TheReadingMermaid @MrBook that IS cool! No I do not have this one. 2w
MrBook By the way, @mdemanatee , your October 3 video is spot on. Well done! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2w
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mdemanatee @MrBook Thank you! I feel like was trying so hard to be diplomatic instead of just raging. 2w
mdemanatee @TheReadingMermaid It just came out on the 8th! The cover is so good! 2w
TheReadingMermaid I will have to look into it sweetie thank you so much! 2w
MrBook @mdemanatee 😎🙌🏻🍻 1w
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American Royals | Katharine McGee
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Must not think too hard about why the royal seat is in Washington without the political maneuvering to move the capital to D.C.

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”Our ghosts are with us everywhere ‘cause we live in a haunted house” Libba Bray briefly speaking on the Diviners and our country is everything.

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The Diviners | Libba Bray
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I am in a room with Libba Bray and all my Gemma Doyle books are 2 hours away in my childhood bedroom. 😭😭 I need people who understand my pain.

Come-read-with-me @mdemanatee the pain is real!!!! ❤️ 2w
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Serpent & Dove | Shelby Mahurin
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Season of the Witch

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Rereading this on audio for book club because I am in the middle of another book I am enjoying and don‘t want to pause. Also as I count this as one of my favorite shot story collections of the last five years or so I figure I can always throw more money at it and I am interested in how it translates to audio.

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Wayward Son | Rainbow Rowell
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It has a 2 ‘cause gosh-darnit that was written like a middle not an end (a good middle but a middle still).

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Over the Top | Jonathan Van Ness
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Wayward Son | Rainbow Rowell
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Reading Wayward Son before going to the Chicago Jonathan Van Ness book tour stop tonight. What a good chilly, fall day!

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Gods of Jade and Shadow | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Got a little crazy at the library yesterday.

Maike What a great haul! 1mo
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Aurora Rising: The Aurora Cycle 1 | Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
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My friend was working at the fancy juice place on the walk home from the library so now I am reading with fancy juice.

Clwojick Ooh! Looks fancy😉 Jealous 1mo
mdemanatee @Clwojick the price was also fancy if that helps you feel less jealous. 😂 but it was super yummy! 1mo
Clwojick Ha hahah! Touché ? 1mo
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Opioid, Indiana | Brian Allen Carr
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Listening to an advanced libro.fm copy based on @Megabooks ‘s review. So far it throws Indiana around a lot but doesn‘t feel like it fully illustrates rural Indiana beyond cliche (despite the comparing every winter to the blizzard of ‘78). Also it talks about getting snow days when a lot of Indiana schools now utilize e-learning days for weather.

Megabooks And having lived in Southern Indiana in this decade and growing up in northwestern Kentucky, there is not nearly as much snow now as in the 80s in general. 🤷🏻‍♀️ #climatechange 1mo
mdemanatee @Megabooks yeah I am going to agree with you on this one. What a disappointment. 1mo
Megabooks @mdemanatee I feel like there is a book on the deindustrialization and subsequent poverty and opioid addiction of the working class in the Midwest, but this wasn‘t it. I felt like the book I‘m tagging was a mess too, but some people liked it. It was sort of going for a similar goal. 1mo
Megabooks Honestly, the best book I‘ve read tying these things together is the nonfiction I just read for the third time. 1mo
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I talk about audiobooks I have listened to in the past week or so and try to process my feelings on She Said https://youtu.be/Zn-r7rPeNgI

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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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Fellow romance lovers: I paired LOVER tracks with lovers for ALA‘s Booklist Reader. https://www.booklistreader.com/2019/09/17/books-and-authors/lover-tracks-belong-...

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This was one my favorite romances last year, so I snapped up the audiobook when it was on sale. Definitely read it. The audiobook‘s cadence is odd and the narration just feels distant.

mdemanatee If you do do the audiobook, 1.5 seems to be the sweetest spot 1mo
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Just me or does that not sound all that arcane and specific?

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Trying my hand at getting in on the booktube conversations with a good old fashioned book haul. Excuse some of the roughness of this video as I get into the swing of things, but if you‘d like to join me check it out https://youtu.be/uQYTF7Ek5fs

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Didn‘t know about this ‘til yesterday and immediately downloaded on Libro.fm to listen to at work today.

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I tried to save this for closer to pub, but I wanted to read it. So I am. (I regret nothing)

chaoticgoodhufflepuff Life‘s too short to not read the books you want! I hope you‘re enjoying it! 1mo
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The Downstairs Girl | Stacey Lee
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I have been at one of my regular bar and grills for two hours, so I can drop this by the library on the way home. 😂

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Trick Mirror | Jia Tolentino
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This lived up to the hype for me. Would have liked a few more essays or some more connective tissue but really solid and that‘s nitpicking.

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The Nightjar | Deborah Hewitt
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Oops I bought some more books.

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A Treason of Thorns | Laura E. Weymouth
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Alright. I‘m a Weymouth fan.

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Magic for Liars | Sarah Gailey
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Back to school

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The Light Between Worlds | Laura E. Weymouth
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I won the Libro.fm Summer Listening Challenge and got a year‘s worth of audiobook credits!!! 😭🤩 (I NEVER thought I would win this and just wanted an extra audiobook credit, so if you see an awful photo of me know I had worked 11 hours that day). Then I just bought YA Club titles anyway, because they were such a good deal. 3/4 of these titles I got on sale. 3/4 I have already read. 🤷‍♀️

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Carry On | Rainbow Rowell
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Prepping for Wayward Son

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I wish this weekend would never end

Bookjunkie57 Same. 2mo
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Bunny: A Novel | Mona Awad
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Bless this holiday weekend.

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Pumpkinheads | Rainbow Rowell
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Is it fall yet?

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I have a giant stack of library books, many purchased books I haven‘t read yet, and many anticipated releases in the next couple months....but B&N is having a bookhaul so I had no choice really.

LA_Mead Yay for bookhauls! 2mo
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Pumpkinheads | Rainbow Rowell
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Any other littens gonna be at the Chicago event?

MelissaSue81 I‘m way too far away but I‘m so jealous! 2mo
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We Hunt the Flame | Hafsah Faizal
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Just another treat yourself Sunday

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Hamilton: The Revolution | Lin-Manuel Miranda
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I went to the Hamilton Exhibition today. As a dramaturg, it was really interesting to be paying a premium price for what was is essentially dramaturgy when my career has been hindered by lack of dramaturgy budgets. Also, I wish the interactive dramaturgical elements had been a little more expanded/dynamic. But it was absolutely gorgeous and they were so thoughtful about the information they presented.

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Ways to catch me: start with a Buffy essay

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Stopped by my indie to grab a pic for the Libro.fm summer reading challenge extra credit toward a free audiobook. Left with a book 🤷‍♀️

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We Hunt the Flame | Hafsah Faizal
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Lunch on the roof at work today.

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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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So far I am liking this better than Dark Matter. I struggled with the portrayal of women in that one (though I know i was in the minority and still hand sold the heck out of it).

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Mehso-so

Unpopular opinion time: I was only meh on this. I thought it was two separate books that weren‘t tied together completely. And while I like to Kill a Mockingbird, I am not a Harper Lee fangjrl. The bits about her were interesting but didn‘t feel pointed to or tied in with the case she was studying. This may have been a limit of the sources but 🤷‍♀️

Redwritinghood Just finished this one and felt absolutely the same way about it. 3mo
IamIamIam I'm zoning out so badly but I've got 2.5 hrs left and Lee hasn't even started talking to people about the case yet!! I want to see what she does with it but I should have quit at the life insurance lesson! 😴 1mo
mdemanatee @IamIamIam From my recollection, not much of that happens 1mo
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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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I know I have been super MIA because of work lately. And while I don‘t think anyone really cares—I am sorry and I have missed everyone over here. But also I just finished The Nickel Boys and dang.

TheBookStacker I‘m about to go MIA for awhile when I start grad school. So I feel you, trying my best to read a ton now before I can‘t read much. :( (edited) 3mo
mdemanatee @TheBookStacker gah I missed replying to this earlier. Has grad school started? Best of luck! I am sure you are/will rocking/rock it but I know that‘s such a drastic shift. 1mo
TheBookStacker @mdemanatee I‘m over halfway through now and it‘s going really well. Still finding a balance and try my hardest. 1mo
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