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Joined December 2018

reading : language learning : illustration : dinosaurs
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Harry Potter: fun book | J.K. Rowling
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@gaylagal2 @Endowarrior21 on its way, estimated delivery Wednesday this week!! #springathogwartsswap

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This Little Art | Kate Briggs
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"Still in the library, in the small arena of translation, I remember sitting for a long time with the found poem, the book hinged between summer and autumn, looking around at all the quiet readers (finger still in my mouth), not yet quite ready to make up my mind."

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@Wonderwoman89 I got the #springathogwartsswap package yesterday!! Thank you!!! Sorry for the absence, Imy life has been insane recently.

@Endowarrior21 My package will be going out soon!

Endowarrior21 Yay that you received yours and yay for sending out soon 5mo
Wonderwoman89 I‘m glad you got it. I hope you like it 5mo
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Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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Andrew65 This looks interesting. 👍 6mo
Linsy Loved this one! 💕 6mo
Aimeesue ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️Oyeyemi❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 6mo
Wonderwoman89 @nudibranch can you email me your mailing address for your Harry Potter box? I can‘t find it 6mo
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Midnight's Children | Salman Rushdie
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I'm sorry, I can't, this voice is driving me crazy!!

BookwormM That‘s a shame I loved this book but if it doesn‘t speak to you you can‘t force it 6mo
CarolynM I read this for my book group some years ago. Some of it was interesting but overall I wasn't a fan either 6mo
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Midnight's Children | Salman Rushdie
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Next up: Midnight's Children. Taking my third crack at this book, nearly a decade after my second bail. In the intervening years, I finally branched out from reading nothing but Dostoevsky and Tolstoy. 🤪 Hopefully I now have a broad enough literary perspective to appreciate what Rushdie brings to the table.

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Judas | Amos Oz
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*proceeds to rush out and find every book Amos Oz has ever written*

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Judas | Amos Oz
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(PSA: This technologically-illiterate millennial can't figure out how to get two focus bars on one image, so you get a clumsy finger-painted blackout instead.)

Naj It's cooler this way. Looks like blackout poetry. 6mo
nudibranch @Naj oh good, Haha. 👍 6mo
Lauram I like it! 6mo
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The Sympathizer | Viet Thanh Nguyen
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Carolyn11215 I reserve one at a time and still end up with 13 checked out at latest count! 6mo
megnews You can never have too many options! 6mo
madamereadsalot1 Pachinko!! 6mo
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EmilyM The Sympathizer is on my TBR! Pachinko is one of my favorites. 6mo
TheSpineView When you are talking books and squirrels the more nuts the better!🤣 6mo
Crazeedi I've done that before.... 6mo
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Judas | Amos Oz
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This whole book is written with metaphors like this. They're everywhere. And Oz has somehow written them in such a way that I am delighted to find yet another one, instead of rolling my eyes at their excessive use. 🤯

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AAAAHHHHHH!!!!! @tdrosebud your #HappilyEverAfterSwap box is mind-bogglingly amazing!! The goodies, the Moroccan Folktales book I've wanted for EVER, AND a new-to-me author?? You've outdone yourself! (And yes, the coffee smells super amazing!) Thank you so much!!

@Chrissyreadit thanks for organizing this swap!

Chrissyreadit ❤️❤️❤️ 6mo
tdrosebud I'm glad you like everything. Cinder popped into my head as soon as I saw you had checked Princess with a side of sci fi. It's the first of a series, so if you like it, there are more. 6mo
heikemarie Cinder is going to blow your mind, so good! 6mo
Chrissyreadit Loved Cinder! And I‘m completely curious about the Moroccan fairy tales. 6mo
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I'm sorry, but I HATE deckled edges. "Why yes, I love interrupting the flow of my reading by having to futz with five gradated page edges at the same time!" ?

OrangeMooseReads 🙌🏽 yes! 6mo
HufflepuffGirl90 Agreed!!! 6mo
scowler1 I'm guessing you all know why they do this, but for anyone who doesn't: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deckle#Deckle_edge 6mo
KarynGood They are the worst! 6mo
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2666: A Novel | Roberto Bolao, Natasha Wimmer
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Guys. What started as a hilarious commentary on academic culture has since spiraled into one of the bleakest books I have ever read. What this book is ABOUT is the unsolved mystery of a mass femicide happening in a region of Mexico. I'm a third of the way through the book, slogging through part 3 at the moment. And it's an important book, I won't deny it; but it is SO hard to read. I don't know how much more I can stomach.

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The author built his career on becoming an expert of dinosaur "genealogy," so he probably has one of the clearest ideas of current paleontologists about how they evolved and thrived. Plus he uses plainspeak, so it's like a readable documentary.

TL;DR: If my kids like dinosaurs, (and they better) this will be their bedtime story for a month.

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#nonfiction2019 (something with science) @Riveted_Reader_Melissa

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I love dinosaurs!! 7mo
AnneFindsJoy I definitely want to read this 🦕 🦖 📚🙌 7mo
nudibranch @AnneFindsJoy yeah, it's a super fun read! 7mo
nudibranch @Riveted_Reader_Melissa right??! They're so cool! 7mo
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Behold...the brain of Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Crazeedi Wow so cool! 7mo
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Ah-ha! I always wondered how the dinosaurs survived the extinction events. This makes a lot of sense! 🤔

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I dont think I know enough about Yuri Herrera's Mexico to understand what he was doing here. Embarrassing, but I suppose it just means I need to get educated on immigration and all the socio psychological elements that go along with it. Any recommendations to help me get started? #readdiversebooks

ohyeahthatgirl The best recent book I've read on immigration is 7mo
nudibranch Thanks! Adding it to my list. 👍 7mo
nudibranch Also, apologies; this is my "new to you" author choice as well for #booked2019, @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft ...how do you tag someone outside of the text box on litsy?? 7mo
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Infinite Jest | David Foster Wallace
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Guys, why in the heck am I only apparently interested in reading books that are 800+ pages long??! 😭🤦‍♀️😅 #doorstoppers

Graywacke You have quite a theme there 7mo
nudibranch @Graywacke right?? The more into books I get, the more dense I like them...apparently... 7mo
Reviewsbylola I love buying chunksters but I have to be in a certain mood to actually read them. 7mo
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britt_brooke Infinite Jest makes you work, but it‘s brilliant. I haven‘t read the others. 7mo
Branwen Because you're awesome! 7mo
Crazeedi A challenge to be had! I love them. I usually don't read a book less than 300 pages unless it's been highly recommended 7mo
nudibranch @britt_brooke good! I'm doing the #INJT2019 challenge this year, so I'm glad to hear it :) 7mo
nudibranch @Branwen aww geez, you're making me blush!! Do you like them too? 7mo
nudibranch @Reviewsbylola oh totally! what other ones have you found? 7mo
nudibranch @Crazeedi you know, I might unintentionally be the same way... 7mo
britt_brooke @nudibranch I read it with a group read on here a couple of years ago. It‘s definitely the way to go because you all can really analyze and discuss. Hope you enjoy! 7mo
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Understanding Comics | Scott McCloud
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@Riveted_Reader_Melissa finished my second book for the #nonfiction2019 challenge! An excellent discussion of what goes into comics and how to make the most use of them, based on the history of communication through visual media, from cave paintings and codexes to engravings and comic books.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I had not heard of this one before, it sounds excellent though. I‘m stacking that one. Have you read this one @Gezemice 7mo
Gezemice @Riveted_Reader_Melissa No, it sounds really good! Thanks for tge tag! 7mo
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I have been waiting for this book since it came out in early 2018, and it was never at the library, BUT it was half off at Barnes and Noble yesterday, yaaaasss! SO excited to dig into this one! (Pun absolutely intended 😜)

RamsFan1963 I LOVED this book!! One of my top 5 reads of 2018. 8mo
nudibranch @RamsFan1963 awesome! I'm really liking it so far. 8mo
Weaponxgirl I really enjoyed this book last year 🦖 7mo
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GingerAntics 💙💙💙 8mo
nudibranch After this, I GOT DYSENTERY but I didn't die (!!). Then I lost everything in a fire. Then I got stranded in the middle of nowhere. #^!*@%$&@*!! 8mo
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The Oregon Trail | Jesse Wiley
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YOU GUYS THEY MADE THE OREGON TRAIL COMPUTER GAME INTO A CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE SET OF BOOKS I AM LOSING MY MIND AND I FEEL SO OLD BECAUSE IT'S CALLED CHILDRENS FICTION BUT I DONT CARE THIS IS EVERYTHING

SW-T There‘s a book about life lessons learned from the game out also called (edited) 8mo
nudibranch @SW-T agghh that's perfect! Lol!! 🤣 8mo
RaimeyGallant Cool. 8mo
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mdm139 Omg i will have to get these for myself I mean for my son 8mo
kellyann28 Oh I absolutely need this! 8mo
nudibranch @kellyann28 I dont know whereabouts you are, but it is 50% off at Barmes & Noble right now! 8mo
kellyann28 @nudibranch Thank you! I have a Barnes and Noble! 8mo
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Sorry to Disrupt the Peace | Patty Yumi Cottrell
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#booked2019 @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage finished this book, my "reminds you of your happy place" choice because it occurs in Milwaukee, where I grew up.

I didn't feel the book really knew what it was trying to be. Mystery? Family study? Commentary on adoption, racism, and mental illness? And I felt the ending fit poorly with the story. But that might just be me.

Cinfhen Ugh!!! Sorry it wasn‘t a happy read ☹️but at least you completed a prompt 🥳 8mo
4thhouseontheleft Too bad your happy pick wasn‘t a happy read! It sounds like it covers a lot of heavy topics. 8mo
nudibranch @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft for sure! Ah well, good exposure? 8mo
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Sorry to Disrupt the Peace | Patty Yumi Cottrell
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I wish I could say I snorted with laughter, or cheered, but what I really did was let loose a grunt like a rhinoceros, from a diaphragm spasm, at the shock of insight this afforded me. #superattractive #readwoc #booked2019

4thhouseontheleft My daughter is currently writing a research paper on the piano and famous composers. I‘m going to show her this quote. 8mo
nudibranch @4thhouseontheleft yessss! Fantastic! 8mo
nudibranch @4thhouseontheleft hopefully her research brings her into contact with Clara Schumann. White, yes, but female, and unquestionably more influential than her husband in the composition scene 😊 8mo
4thhouseontheleft @nudibranch she plays the piano, and is a Clara Schumann fan. 😃 8mo
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Sorry to Disrupt the Peace | Patty Yumi Cottrell
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Well this is going to end well. #booked2019 #readwoc

RadicalReader @nudibranch definitely left me with the “ did I really just read this?!” Moment 8mo
nudibranch @RadicalReader yeah this whole book is like that!! 8mo
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First book for @Riveted_Reader_Melissa 's #nonfiction2019 challenge is complete!

Very mixed feelings TBH. Important simply because it describes U.S History without the typical "All Hail Old Glory!" that you find in other U.S. histories; but it obviously lacked the sort of journalistic precision with facts and consequences that I feel are necessary in history books...and the revising & editing were just plain awful, sloppy, and careless.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Great job! But bummer about the book, that stinks. 8mo
nudibranch @Riveted_Reader_Melissa thanks! Yeah, well, there you have it. At least I got a good u understanding for the Labor Movement's perspective... 8mo
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Gravity's Rainbow | Thomas Pynchon
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#24b42019 will not be completed for me, but my #readathon did result in me FINALLY finishing Gravity's Rainbow!!!

Definitely an amazing work of literature...but I don't know that I could recommend it to people generally. Long, difficult, straight-up disgusting, and very very dense. But what Pynchon has to say, he says very well, and I am glad to have read it.

@Andrew65 @TheReadingMermaid

Andrew65 A great result but don‘t forget you still have tomorrow 😊👍👏 8mo
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Gravity's Rainbow | Thomas Pynchon
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First day of #24b42019, and what a #readathon it was! Got through 210 pages of Gravity's Rainbow...have another 300 to finish the book. 😭

@Andrew65 @TheReadingMermaid

TheReadingMermaid Awesome! Keep it up sweetie 👍🏻 8mo
Andrew65 Brilliant! 🙌 8mo
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Gravity's Rainbow | Thomas Pynchon
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I'm 100% positive that it is no accident that the premise of the book--Slothrop being the legendary "Rocketman"--occurs with formal introductory fanfare almost exactly halfway through the book.

julesG It's missing an N though. The word should be "Raketenmensch". ? 8mo
nudibranch @julesG right?? This edition has an absurd number of typos. 🤦‍♀️ 8mo
julesG It could just be a translation mistake, or not knowing German grammar. Unless it's spelled correctly in other cases. 8mo
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Ruthiella My companion guide by Steve C Weisenburger notes the error in German but also asks why “Mensch” and not “Mann”? 8mo
LaLecture Why is this character called acid (Säure) ?? It looks so funny to see German words in the middle of an English text ?. 8mo
LaLecture @julesG Do you know the TV show “Grimm”? It‘s based on Grimm‘s fairy tales and all the magical creatures are called by German names but almost every name has a grammar mistake in it, much like this one. So cringy 😅. One wonders if they didn‘t know a single German speaking person to ask for help. Anyway, what I wanted to say by that is that mistake like this are apparently common ^^. 8mo
LaLecture @Ruthiella I don‘t know the context in this book but in general there are several instances where “man” or “men” in English would be translated as “Mensch” in German. “Caveman” is “Höhlenmensch“, for example, maybe because “men” is also used in a broader sense in English, referring not only to men but to humans in general. (edited) 8mo
julesG @Ruthiella Man can be both, Mensch or Mann. Depending on whether it's related to like mankind - that's Menschheit not Mannheit (the latter sounds real crazy, hinting at potency). 8mo
julesG @LaLecture I was also wondering about the Säure character. 8mo
julesG @LaLecture Only saw a few episodes of Grimm. Was annoyed by the wrong German. I mean, as you just said, is it really that difficult to find someone to check these tiny German bits? (also my issue with some things in The Book Thief). It can be done well though. Just watched Brannagh's Murder on the Orient Express. The German was accurate, even if the pronunciation had an English accent (especially the character who was supposed to be German). 8mo
LaLecture @julesG That‘s another thing that bothers me (not only with German). If you don‘t have any actors who can speak that accent believably, why not hire an actor who is actually a native of that language? 8mo
julesG @LaLecture Or give them a pronunciation/diction teacher. Actors learn to pronounce crazy alien languages, like Klingon, why not teach them those few sentences properly? 8mo
nudibranch @julesG @LaLecture Säure is a nickname given to a guy who deals opium, who Carrie's a bottle of whiskey in his coat, and pretends its acid that he is willing to use as a weapon if a deal goes bad. 8mo
nudibranch *carries. Ugh silly autocorrect. 8mo
jmofo 🖤 (edited) 8mo
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Gravity's Rainbow | Thomas Pynchon
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#24b42019 starting this morning, and nothing else is planned for the rest of the day!! Hoping to make serious dents in these two beasts. #readathon @Andrew65 @TheReadingMermaid

Andrew65 Good luck 😊 8mo
TheReadingMermaid Very nice!😍 8mo
Susanita Godspeed 8mo
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Gravity's Rainbow | Thomas Pynchon
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I have been picking and picking and picking away at this book, since July. Do you think #24B42019 is sufficient for me to finish? 😬🤯

Andrew65 Hopefully! Good luck with it. 😊👍 8mo
nudibranch @Andrew65 thank you! 😁 8mo
jmofo Welcome! I love this book but I also had to start it over a few times. It‘s perfectly okay to bail, too, if a book‘s not speaking to you. Are you enjoying it at all? 8mo
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nudibranch @jmofo thanks! It's a brilliant book, no doubt, and I'm learning a lot about the craft of writing from reading it...so I would say I'm enjoying it. It's just really densely charactered, and occasionally is quite the stomach churner. 8mo
jmofo @nudibranch haha yep. He did not make a fluffy read. I sort of picture these kinds of books to be mountains authors felt they had to climb to write and the books, in turn, are mountains for us to climb to read. 8mo
jmofo @nudibranch are you interested in the craft of writing as a writer? 8mo
nudibranch @jmofo Haha yeah that's a pretty accurate description. And yes, I very much am! I feel like this sums me up pretty perfectly: https://bit.ly/2BHwWX6 8mo
Graywacke I worked through it last year, but used a guide and let myself go really slow. I was going to read all his books last year, but eventually decided it was more work than fun. But this one is both - work and fun. Wish you well. 8mo
nudibranch @Graywacke thanks for the well wishes! I couldn't imagine trying to slog through pynchon's oeuvre in a single year. Just thinking about it makes me exhausted, haha! 8mo
Graywacke @nudibranch it was fun and fascinating. But M&D was just too frustrating with out any normal prose anywhere. So that was where I stopped. 8mo
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First crack at the #nonfiction2019 challenge with @Riveted_Reader_Melissa is going to be Howard Zinn's "People's History of the United States." Tells the history of the US, from the beginning, from a Laborer's perspective, instead of a capitalist/governmental perspective. I hear it's a real mind-bender...can't wait!

Riveted_Reader_Melissa That sounds like a great book. I can‘t wait to see your review later! 8mo
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Year's Happy Ending | Betty Neels
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wanted to get down a list of my completed 2018 reads 😊 My focus was on trying to read diverse authors, since historically I've been pretty entrenched in literature written in the 1800s by white European men. The result: two immigrants, two first-gen authors, five AOCs, one LGBT author, two female authors, and authors from the US, New Zealand, Britain, Iran, and Japan.

Next year's goal: more of the same, hopefully with more nonfiction, too!