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short_soprano

Joined May 2016

Literature major at PHC // INFJ // 2.6k books read // IG: short_soprano
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After hearing my lit professor talk about this book for months, I couldn‘t resist buying it at Blackwell‘s on my trip to Oxford!

catsandclothbounds Very cool!! I‘m slowly making my way through this book right now! 6mo
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“We clung to books and to friends; they reminded us that we had another part to us.”

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The Life of Elves | Muriel Barbery
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Long time no see, Litsy! I‘ve been off at college reading and writing and reading and writing and a whole lot more of reading and writing. Looking forward to having time to read books for fun this summer! Starting off the season with this enchanting story 🍃

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Rose Daughter | Robin McKinley
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I finished Rose Daughter before I went to bed last night and I've been trying to think of how to describe it since. It's the author's second retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I read the first retelling, Beauty, years ago and loved it. The whole book has a dream like quality to it, especially the last 100 pages. Parts of the book are heartwarming, and parts of it are disorienting and uncomfortable.

short_soprano Beauty has always had a reoccurring dream of walking down a long, dark corridor, knowing that something was waiting for her at the end. That's how I felt reading this story, except I had this intuitional feeling that the ending would be a good one. However, once I reached the ending, I only felt confused. Now that I've had time to think about it, I appreciate the ending. 2y
short_soprano It shows that knowledge comes with a price, and that even though sad changes can be permanent, it doesn't mean that happiness is impossible. This book wasn't my favorite, but I appreciate the lessons it taught and the story it told. 📚🌹✨ 2y
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Counting by 7's | Holly Goldberg Sloan
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Counting by 7's is the story of an extremely gifted twelve year old named Willow Chance. Willow sees the world in an extraordinary way. She's beyond brilliant. She's odd, she's eccentric. She's one of the most lovable characters I've ever encountered. Through a series of life-altering, heart-breaking experiences, Willow changes the lives of a diverse group of people who in turn, enrich and save hers.

short_soprano This book offers you a window into the mind of an exceptional child and into the beauty of friendship, loyalty, growth, and sunflowers. It's a heart warming journey. 🌻 2y
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Inkheart | Cornelia Funke
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Inkheart is one of the most touching books I have read in quite some time. I love stories that have the foundation of a love of books. Meggie, Mo, and Elinor love and cherish books, all in unique ways. The adventure that they embark on, due to a fantastical talent, is one that will be treasured in my heart. I can't wait to read the sequels! 📚❤️

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Inkheart | Cornelia Funke
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"Meggie took her books whenever they went away. They were her home when she was somewhere strange. They were familiar voices, friends that never quarreled with her, clever, powerful friends - daring and knowledgeable, tried and tested adventurers who had traveled far and wide." ? I'm only a couple chapters into Inkheart, but I already love it! ✨

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The Egypt Game | Zilpha Keatley Snyder

"The best thing we can do is to make wherever we're lost in look as much like home as we can."

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Beren and Lthien | J. R. R. Tolkien
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Beren and Lúthien was a long anticipated book for me. My best friend calls my Luthy, short for Lúthien. Her character has always resonated with me because of her bravery, loyalty, and her strength in the light.
This book is truly a masterpiece. Christopher Tolkien weaves his fathers drafts and poetry into a comprehensive tale. (Continued in comments)

short_soprano It shows the evolution of Lúthien and Beren's story and gives us a glimpse into Tolkien's creative genius. And unlike the majority of beloved stories, this book gives you the chance to determine, in your own heart, the story of Beren and Luthien. With so many alternate stories and character and endings, some happy and some sad, and none exactly being set in stone, it gives you the chance to determine what *you* think happened. 2y
short_soprano You can begin to comprehend the complexity of Tolkien's Middle Earth; a history just as complex and changing and unsure as our own histories.
Beren and Lúthien is a treasure; a book that every person with a bit of their heart in Middle Earth should own. ❤️✨
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Instagram | Joanne Mattern
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I made a bookstagram tonight! Make sure to give it a follow if you're on the gram 😉💕📚

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Beren and Lthien | J. R. R. Tolkien
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I am the most excited.

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The Golden Compass | Philip Pullman
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Okay, now that I'm reading over this review I wrote, I see that it's a little hard to follow. But y'all get what I mean, right? 😅😂

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The woman in white | Wilkie COLLINS
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What a spectacular book. Definitely a new favorite.

I made this speculation less than half-way through the book, and I turned out to be half right. Hehe.

Now to decide what to read next. . .

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“It is as though in solitude the soul develops sense which we hardly know in everyday life. Therefore, I have not felt lonely or abandoned … What is happiness and unhappiness? It depends so little on the circumstances; it depends really only on that which happens inside a person.”

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The woman in white | Wilkie COLLINS
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I am crying.

Only about 150 pages into this book and it's already one of my new favorites.

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The woman in white | Wilkie COLLINS

"'I hope Mr. Hartright will pay me no compliments,' said Miss Fairlie, as we all left the summer-house.
'May I venture to inquire why you express that hope?' I asked.
'Because I shall believe all that you say to me," she answered, simply.
In those few words she unconsciously gave me the key to her whole character; to that generous trust in others which, in her nature, grew innocently out of the sense of her own truth."

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"... And I couldn't turn my head this minute, not even to look at a rainbow, for my head is heavy with the weight of my dreams."

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The woman in white | Wilkie COLLINS
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I've been trying to decide what to read next... heading to Florida on Monday, so need an engaging, but fun read. What do you guys suggest?

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Right Ho, Jeeves | P. G. Wodehouse
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This was my first P. G. Wodehouse book and boy, I loved it. The plot was engaging in a relaxing way and the characters were hilarious. I told my parents that if they're ever bored while I'm in college and in need of a laugh, to pick up this book!

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Dubliners | Joyce James

This is the next book on my British Literature list. But the first two chapters left me feeling... disgusted.
When you're reading a book that you dislike, should you keep plugging through to finish it or just leave it?
And if you are of the opinion that you should do the latter, what if it's a classic?

amandacatherine There comes a point where I have decided that there are too many great books in the world to waste time on a book that I dislike, classic or no. Maybe you can try it again later but If your word is "disgusted," I say bail. 3y
short_soprano @amandacatherine I agree! Thank you for your advice. I think that's what I'll do. 😊 3y
Jono Every book deserves 100 pages. A Tale of Two Cities was a hard read for me but it was worth pushing on. Same with War and Peace. You have to push yourself or you'll end up one of those middle aged people who only read Harry Potter and other YA novels and think it's literature. 3y
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short_soprano @Jono I agree. I can count on my fingers the number of books I've started and not finished. However, I don't know if you have read Dubliners, but the first two chapters were about creepy old men hitting on little boys. And I'm sorry, but classic or not, that is not something I'm interested in feeding into my brain. 3y
Jono In Afghanistan peace is sealed between tribes with a trade of young boys to each village elder. These young boys are the youngest of their families so they have no inheritance. Their value now as a sex slave for another village elder so the tribes keep peace. This is a terrible and disgusting world we live in. Books that show us that ugliness can be difficult to read. Don't give up on it. Maybe put it on the back burner for a bit & return later. 3y
short_soprano @Jono There's a difference between awareness of terrible things in the world and choosing to read an entire book about them. One of the books I've never been able to finish is All Quiet on the Western Front. I've extensively studied WWI, but I couldn't continue to read it. Just because I couldn't bring myself to finish it doesn't mean I'm not aware of the horrors of WWI. I just don't want to torture myself reading about it. 3y
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"For, you see, so many out-of-the-way things had happened lately, that Alice had begun to think that very few things indeed were really impossible."

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A Tale of Two Cities | Charles Dickens

I'm really struggling with this book. Almost 50 pages in and I just don't like it... ☹️

BookishMarginalia Have you tried the audiobook? That often helps. Dickens is also a bit of an acquired taste. 3y
short_soprano @BookishMarginalia I haven't! That's a really good idea, though!! Thank you! 3y
amandacatherine I have found that it took me a while to appreciate his work. I hated him when I was in high school and it was only after college that I found I enjoyed his work. 3y
Sophoclessweetheart Such a shame. I've heard only good things about this one 2y
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A Severe Mercy | Sheldon Vanauken

"Golden streets and compulsory harp lessons may lack appeal- but timelessness? And total persons? Heaven is, indeed, home.”

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A Severe Mercy | Sheldon Vanauken

"No omen warned me... that I should be implored
By God to wear my girlhood like a sword
So edged with mercy men would freeze in fear."

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A Severe Mercy | Sheldon Vanauken

"... The knowledge that Jesus was in truth Lord would not be merely pleasant news gratifying some of our rare desires. It would mean overwhelmingly: that Materialism was Error as well as ugliness; ... that ones growth towards wisdom - soul-building - was not to be lost; and, above all, that the good and the beautiful would survive."

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A Severe Mercy | Sheldon Vanauken
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Next on my list... I've read a lot of mixed reviews. I can't wait to see how I like it!

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Wuthering Heights | Emily Bront

" I wish I were out of doors - I wish I were a girl again, half savage and hardy, and free... and laughing at injuries, not maddening under them! Why am I so changed?"

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Wuthering Heights | Emily Bront

“‘Why canst thou not always be a good lass, Cathy?‘
And she turned her face up to his, and laughed, and answered, 
'Why cannot you always be a good man, father?‘”

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The Awakening of Miss Prim: A Novel | Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera
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"You say you're looking for beauty, but this isn't the way you achieve it, my dear friend. You won't find it while you look to yourself, as if everything revolved around you. Don't you see? You mustn't be careful, you must get hurt. What I'm trying to explain, child, is that unless you allow the beauty you seek to hurt you, to break you and knock you down, you'll never find it."

Oh, this book. This book. My new favorite. Please read it. ❤❤❤

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The Invisible Library | Genevieve Cogman
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This book was enjoyable and fast paced. I felt like more explanation was needed at several points, and I felt the use of swear words degraded the overall classic and mysterious nature of the book. It also had a lot of overused words, i.e. "Bibliophile". But I enjoyed it nonetheless, and recommended it.

MrBook Nice review & pic! 3y
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The Invisible Library | Genevieve Cogman

"The atmosphere of the [library] soothed her automatically; the rich lantern-lights, the sheer scent of paper and leather, and the fact that everywhere she looked, there were books, books, beautiful books."

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Sparkling Cyanide | Agatha Christie
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I think this is my new favorite Agatha Christie book! 😍

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Emma | Jane Austen, James Kinsley, Adela Pinch
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It's been so hard for me to find time to read the past few weeks- between the holidays, working, and my chronic illness. I sort of enjoyed this book... I certainly enjoyed the second half more than the first. I like Jane Austen books how I like my coffee- in small amounts, a couple times a year, with lots of sugar. I think Pride and Prejudice will always be my favorite of her works.

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Emma | Jane Austen, James Kinsley, Adela Pinch
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I'm in such a reading slump. Hoping some Austen will get me out of it, even though I'm very aggravated with Emma right now.

MrBook Awesome pic! 3y
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Bailedbailed

I tried with this book. I honestly did. Some parts were funny and well written, but overall, it was flat and dull. I just couldn't finish it. Life is too short to read dull books.

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Panpan

This book was weird.

MrBook 😂👏🏻🙌🏻 3y
MrBook Love this review. 3y
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"Beware, for I am fearless and therefore powerful."

This book was so excellently written, but so incredibly tragic. ? A flawed human could only create a flawed beast. I pitied them both.

Jono I love this book. Its language is so beautiful. 3y
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Tolkien on Fairy-Stories | John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, Douglas A. Anderson, Verlyn Flieger

"Fantasy is, I think, not a lower but a higher form of Art, indeed the most nearly pure form, and so (when achieved) the most potent.
Fantasy, of course, starts out with an advantage: arresting strangeness. But that advantage has been turned against it, and has contributed to its disrepute. Many people dislike being 'arrested'. They dislike any meddling with the Primary World, or such small glimpses of it as are familiar to them."

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Peter Pan | J M Barrie
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The ending had me crying a little bit. What an odd, but sweet story.

short_soprano Also, just read that Peter Pan is supposed to be a parody of Moby Dick... thoughts??? 3y
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Peter Pan | J M Barrie

"On these magical shores children at play are for ever beaching their coracles. We too have been there; we can still hear the sound of the surf, though we shall land no more."

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The illustrated Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets is so lovely ✨✨✨

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The Problem of Pain | C. S. Lewis

"If the universe is so bad, or even half so bad, how on earth did human beings ever come to attribute it to the activity of a wise and good Creator?"

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This play is a gem, I'm telling you.

Merethebookgal Love this play! 3y
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Hamlet | William Shakespeare
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Everyone died.

MrBook Well, everyone does 😂😜😉👍🏻. 3y
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Oh, gosh, I just loved these stories. If you're a fan of mysteries, this book is a must read.

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"My life is spent in one long effort to escape from the commonplaces of existence."

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Canterbury Tales | Geoffrey Chaucer
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Not my favorite, but something you should read if you want to be familiar with British Lit.

Mcoun Wasn't one of my favorites either. 3y
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Recouping from surgery yesterday. Not feeling so good, but I need to read to distract myself from the pain. Hopefully this book will do the trick! #endowarrior 💛

Merethebookgal I feel ya, I had surgery for my endo last year and it's made a huge difference! Hope you're starting to feel better, too! 3y
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My number one favorite book is Till We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis.

Miracles comes in as number two. Please read this book. It is magnificent.

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"It is Reason herself which teaches us not to rely on Reason only... For Reason knows that she cannot work without materials."