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silverlocusts

Joined September 2016

BA in Comparative Literature, PhD in being a know-it-all
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It took eleven days into the year, but I finished my first book of 2017 and it was fantastic so I don't feel bad. This book was just beyond amazing, and I am so excited to read the final installment soon. This is also my first book completed for the 2017 #readharder challenge (for the fantasy book challenge, since that's an easy one for me.) Five stars all the way.

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Currently reading. I ignored Litsy for a long time, but now I am excited to be back. Happy Belated New Year to everyone who still follows me!!! 😜

MatildaBaggins Welcome back! 3y
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For #allhallowsread. I think that I don't really get scared of books and stories that easily. I took a class on Lovecraft, and I found his work fascinating to study, but the only thing scary was how accepted his xenophobia is/was. I expected to be scared, but I never got more than slightly creeped out.

James Awesome picture! 3y
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I feel like I need some lighter reading after what I have been reading lately, and I know this isn't really going to be lighter, but whatevs. I adore Le Guin, she is absolutely one of my top five authors all time whose grocery list I'd read if it came to that. A lot of people know her novels, but I honestly believe that her short fiction is better.

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Annabel Lee: Poem | Edgar Allan Poe
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I think this poem is kinda spooky and sad. It seems appropriate for #allhallowsread to me!

Mcoun Oh Poe! So dark and creepy! 3y
Nebklvr It is my favorite! 3y
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I Am Legend | Richard Matheson
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Good luck to everyone doing #deweysreadathon today!

I would love to join, but I have to work. This photo is my husband's view of San Francisco Bay from his job. My work experience will be nowhere near as nice. #idratherbereading

MandaChittles This one was surprisingly different to the movie! 3y
silverlocusts @MandaChittles I have heard that they are very different, and I am hoping the book is better since I did not love the film. 3y
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Bird Box: A Novel | Josh Malerman
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I am not sure I would call this book scary, more like creepy and psychological and atmospheric, I guess. This book, like the previous one I just read, is much recommended. It was a compelling and fast read, I got through it in about 3 hours. The story is pretty original, and it packs a lot of gut punches that leave you reeling and praying that Malorie does what she needs to do. 4.5 stars, but I did expect it to be scarier.

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Costco has books of rum. What a time to be alive.

Cooincidentally, I have this book on my TBR and I need to get to it soon. Paired with copious amounts of rum, right?

#lushesoflitsy #litsytikibar

Bookish_B Awesome! 3y
BeththeBookDragon Not in Pennsylvania, they don't 😑 3y
silverlocusts @bethfriedman906 sometimes I do forget that I live in the land of plentiful booze and wine (California,) where even drug stores carry liquor. 😰 3y
BeththeBookDragon I will never get tired of buying wine at Walmart when I'm out of state! PA girl, born and bred... we get our kicks how we can! 3y
BeththeBookDragon By the way, I'd love a book of rum! 3y
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The Martian Chronicles | Ray Bradbury
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Y'all want to talk about The Martian Chronicles? The first time I ever read anything by Ray Bradbury was "There Will Come Soft Rains" in my AP English class in my junior year, 2000. It touched me on such a deep level that I still cannot fully articulate it. This book, and F451, have left indelible marks on me physically & emotionally. Ray's writing changed my life. #funfridayphoto

Gabypen I would no doubt mind collecting such amazing editions, that's for sure! 3y
RanaElizabeth That is such an awesome collection. Bradbury's death several years ago was the first time I felt really emotional at the passing of a celebrity. 3y
silverlocusts @Gabypen I have lucked into finding most of them, but they are among my most prized possessions. I think there are a couple I forgot. I have a pretty decent Bradbury collection, about 100 books in total. Litsy is the only place where this doesn't make me seem like a raving lunatic. 3y
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silverlocusts @RanaElizabeth I got a text from my husband that morning telling me, and all I could do was just lay in bed and cry. I will never forget it. He lived a long life, and he was prolific, and we are all the better for the work he left behind. 3y
StaceyKondla That explains your Litsy name ❤️❤️ Ray Bradbury was simply amazing 3y
silverlocusts @StaceyKondla Yep, it has been my twitter/Instagram handle for a few years, so I saw no reason to not use it here too! I agree that he was amazing, allowing even for my bias. 😁 3y
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The October Country | Ray Bradbury
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I don't have a book that features Dia de los Muertos, exactly, but I can't help but think about Ray Bradbury's story about los momias de Guanajuato (the mummies of Guanajuato, Mexico) called "The Next in Line." Ray wrote a lot of eerie, creepy stories, and this one stands out as one of the best and one of the scariest. #allhallowsread

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Station Eleven: A novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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I stayed up until 2:30 am to finish this book, which was part of my #allhallowsread TBR. I put off reading this for a long time, convinced that it could never live up to the hype. I was mostly wrong. The story is moving, beautiful, sad, and frustrating at turns, and the characters are layered and dynamic. Mandel's writing is impeccable as well. 4 stars.

If you read and love this, I recommend On the Beach by Nevil Schute to #giveascarybook.

Bluestocking I read this last summer and it wrecked me. I was absolutely bound up in this world. I finished it feeling so much love for this big messy noisy world we inhabit. I'm a bookseller at an indie and I basically wouldn't let people leave without buying a copy! 😄📘 3y
silverlocusts @Bluestocking it was very devastating, but still quite beautiful. I read a lot of post apocalyptic fiction, and I am glad that a book like this got to be popular way outside of genre lines. 3y
onthebookside I think about this book all of the time. 3y
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Bunnicula | Deborah Howe, James Howe, Alan Daniel
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For #allhallowsread, my first horror book was probably Bunnicula. I believe that I read all of the books in the series, but the first one is the best. This was one of my favorite books as a wee child, and I was surprised that my husband had never even heard of it.

BeththeBookDragon My son and I just started it! 3y
silverlocusts @bethfriedman906 I remember the books being so funny and engaging, I hope you both love it! 3y
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Wuthering Heights | Emily Bront
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This is my cat. She has nothing to do with the book, except, like Heathcliff, she probably spends all of her time plotting revenge.

I am glad I have this book under my belt now, and I see why it is considered a classic. I feel like Bronte probably read a lot of Greek tragedies, because this book is all death and revenge and sadness and insanity. 4 out of 5 stars.

Bookzombie 💕🐱 3y
CherylDeFranceschi 😻❤️ 3y
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Bird Box: A Novel | Josh Malerman
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My #allhallowsread TBR. I have read Something Wicked This Way Comes a couple of times, and I invite all of you to come visit this twisted, dark carnival so I can virtually #giveascarybook.

I can't wait to see everyone else's spooky TBR!!

BookishJess I've had Something Wicked This Way Comes for years and have not read it yet. I will definitely add it to my TBR list! 3y
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Wuthering Heights | Emily Bront
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I wish every day was a Monday.

🦀🦀🦀

Hornsby78 Oh to be able and read that book for the first time. It was TOTALLY not what I was expecting either. Hope you continue to enjoy it. 3y
silverlocusts @Hornsby78 it is not unlikable, it is a crazy soap opera that I am enjoying way more than I should 3y
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Wuthering Heights | Emily Bront
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Somehow, I have never read this book. I am in the process of remedying this now. I distinctly remember a copy at my grandma's house--she was my main book supplier as a kid--that I picked up but never read. With the rain howling and the satellite going out, it seems appropriate to do it now.

What are some classics you have always meant to read, but never have?

wildfireheart Farenheit 451 has been recommended to me several times but I just haven't got round to reading yet. 3y
silverlocusts @wildfireheart that's my favorite book and I have a large tattoo from the cover, so you'll hear more of the same from me. The good news is that it's a relatively short read. 😉 3y
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The premise is interesting, and the writing is pretty good. There are a few spoiler-y reasons for why I can't rate it higher, but overall it was a decent, quick read. I think I got this on my Kindle from Prime Reading. 3.25 stars

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Hag-Seed | Margaret Atwood
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I had very high expectations for this book--which I pre-ordered back in March, before it even had a title--and Atwood did not disappoint. She put enough of The Tempest in, plus twisted it around in interesting ways, so it felt like a nice homage without being... cheesy? At times I laughed out loud, since both Shakespeare and Atwood imbue their writing with wit. 5 spectacular stars.

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Hag-Seed | Margaret Atwood
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Now I really have to re-read The Tempest. Oh no. 🤓

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Station Eleven: A novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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I just accidentally bought more books. Oops.

Two are continuations of series I have already begun, so I see it as necessary.

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Hag-Seed | Margaret Atwood
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Who else is currently reading this or starting it soon? I am starting it tonight, as soon as the #hockey game is over. 😎

Margaret Atwood is forever my queen.

CherylDeFranceschi It's on my TBR for sure, but Rocktober is all #witchlit. Not sure if this qualifies. 3y
silverlocusts @CherylDeFranceschi Caliban's mother is the titular hag, so ... kinda? LOL maybe you can start it on Nov. 1. 3y
CherylDeFranceschi I know. Probably will wait, as I have a ludicrous amount of #witchlit...🙄 3y
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Lola It's in the TBR... 3y
Marchpane Just finishing up my current read then this one is next! 3y
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Jurassic Park | Michael Crichton
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Today is my doggie's first birthday! She is an honorary Litten, I think, since she is named Ellie, after a smart, brave, caring, strong female character from a book that both my husband and I love.

Who are your literary pet name inspirations? We also had a cat named Lyra, after Lyra from His Dark Materials, but she had cancer and we lost her a few months back. #dogsoflitsy #honorarylitten #happybirthday

Hornsby78 I have a cat named Church from 3y
the_hibernator I had a cat named Othello. I have two kittens Puck and Hero. All are Shakespeare names. 3y
silverlocusts @Hornsby78 😱 I have never read the book, but that movie terrified me as a child! I hope your cat is less possessed by evil, as much as a cat can be. 3y
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silverlocusts @the_hibernator that is awesome! I suggested Miranda for the dog but my husband didn't like it. 😞 3y
Bookzombie 💕🐶 3y
LauraBeth 🐶❤️ 3y
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Sabriel | Garth Nix

Spooky fantasy book for fall? Check! Actual autumn weather? No check. I don't want to feed in to California stereotypes but it is just sunny and mild every day and I am so over it.

CherylDeFranceschi Do you actually have an Autumn there? 3y
silverlocusts @CherylDeFranceschi we do! I live in the Bay Area, and most years we get an extended (but late!) autumn and very little actual winter. I can't complain too much, since the weather is nice for 90% of the year. 3y
CherylDeFranceschi I know. Wish I lived there! Especially in February... 3y
silverlocusts @CherylDeFranceschi October through April is seriously the best around here! 3y
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The Halloween Tree | Ray Bradbury
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They have a Halloween Tree complete with a plaque dedicated to Ray Bradbury every October at Frontierland in Disneyland. Ray & Walt Disney were friends, and Ray had a working relationship with the Disney company as well. I have seen this in person several times and I cry each time. #raybradbury #halloween #disney #disneyland

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Dark Triumph | Robin LaFevers
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The second book in the #hisfairassassin series is indeed dark, as the title implies. Sybella, the second of Death's handmaidens, is hardened because of abuses she has suffered, and many parts of her story are difficult to read. Ultimately, though, she does triumph over the demons in her past, literal and figurative. 4 dark, brooding stars.

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Grave Mercy | Robin LaFevers
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Another that I believe would be an awesome autumn read! If a book is about young female assassins, I will probably read it. I don't remember how I found #hisfairassassin, but I am glad I did since it became one of my favorite series. Each book follows a different Handmaiden of Death, and Grave Mercy (bk 1) is Esmae's story. LaFevers is a great writer, and I recommend the entire series. 5 stars

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Angel Catbird, Volume 1 | Margaret Atwood

I met my reading goal for the year already, and I feel like I am in a bit of a slump. I might try to get through some of my comics backlog, and this one shall be on top of the stack.

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The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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Even though I read this rather massive tome over the summer, it would also be a great #spooky read for fall! It is very long, winding, and atmospheric, with some nods to Stoker and lots of non-boring academia. I wish" Research Horror" would have caught on more after this book. 4 blood-curdling stars.

the_hibernator This was a great book with such a perfect atmosphere 3y
silverlocusts @the_hibernator it really does have the best atmosphere. I feel like I learned a lot about the Dracula myths and Turkey, Romania, France, etc as well. 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage One of my all-time favorites! 3y
8leagueboot "Research Horror" needs to become a thing. 3y
silverlocusts @NorthEastofEden I agree 100%, and not just because I am a huge nerd. 🤓 3y
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It took me a month to read this book. I put it down several times and read other books. I think the pacing was off for me. Interesting things happened, but I never got truly hooked into the story, with the exception of Hermoine's different arcs. So far, this is my least favorite HP book. However, people who read this as children/adolescents probably like it more. 3.5 stars.

BeckyK I read them all so quickly when I was younger, and when I've come to read them as an adult it's much more difficult! It makes you realise how well they are targeted to children, although they are for everyone, it takes a IT more patience! 3y
BeckyK Lot* 3y
silverlocusts @Beckykearns I think it is just easier for readers of a similar age to the characters to relate to the angst in this book. Or something. I did really like the ending though, I wasn't expecting that. The ending definitely earned the extra .5 star. 3y
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The Haunting of Hill House | Shirley Jackson
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I always plan to read this book during October and then I chicken out. I really am not good at reading scary books.

Also, there is a tiki bar in my house, and there are books on it. #winning

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The most interesting part of #bannedbooksweek is that so many books are challenged for basically the same things over the years. Media in general is so oversaturated with sex, sexuality, and violence, yet it sparks more outrage when said media is in the form of a book. With the reading I have done about #bannedbooks I am no closer to understanding why this is. (I meant to post this yesterday but I was hella busy!!!)

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Flowers for Algernon | Daniel Keyes
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Another sci fi favorite that has been challenged, again for explorations of sexuality. #bannedbooksweek really opens one's eyes to things. This book is beautiful and brilliant and amazing and gut-wrenching and emotion-smashing and perfect. I think everyone should read it in order to learn more about how to treat others, it could make you a better person. 5,000 stars. #bannedbooks #scifibannedbooks #sadbooks

silverlocusts Full disclosure: I have an Algernon tribute tattoo on my thigh so I am very, very biased when it comes to this story. 3y
Shortnnerdy I adore this book it makes me cry and feel philosophical at the same time. 3y
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The Shadow of the Wind | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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The Shadow of the Wind will probably be my next read. Maybe. Possibly. I suck at planning what to read next. Is anyone else like that?

Also, check me out! I feel like I will never rate all of the books I have read, but I felt like that when I started on Goodreads too. I am really that I finally got to get on Litsy! 😁

DuckOfDoom I always have a couple of books that I want to read next, and sometimes i forget a release of a sequel or something so it is absolutely impossible to plan :D 3y
silverlocusts @DuckOfDoom that is basically how I am too. Sometimes it goes as planned, but TBR stacks are notoriously wily and unpredictable. 3y
sprainedbrain The Shadow of the Wind. 😍😍😍😍😍 3y
silverlocusts @sprainedbrain I am excited for it, it sounds so good! 3y
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"Miss will please leave Dobby out of this," Dobby said, looking scared.

I never read Harry Potter as a child/adolescent, and up until last year I had only seen the films. I really did not like Dobby at all, even after reading Chamber of Secrets. Now I am starting to warm up to him, I guess. I legit laughed out loud when I read this.

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Feed | M.T. Anderson
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I think Anderson did some very interesting things here, and the story was entertaining to read. I didn't really care for the abruptness and finality of certain aspects of the story, but overall I did not hate it. 3 stars

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Stranger in a Strange Land | Robert A. Heinlein
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Here is a science fiction classic that has been challenged because of *gasp* sex. There are two versions of the book, the one modeled by my dog Ellie and then a more abridged, censored version that removes the offensive dirty parts. It isn't my favorite Heinlein, but it is a good pick for #bannedbooksweek. #bannedbooks #scifibannedbooks #scifi #heinlein

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Feed | M.T. Anderson

I decided to start this one last night to read for #bannedbooksweek since it has been challenged. I accidentally bought it on my Kindle some time ago, and it has been patiently sitting there, waiting for me to break down and read it. Imagine Neuromancer but with teenage surfer bros?? #bannedbooks #scifibannedbooks #scifi #yascifi

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1984 (School & Library) | George Orwell
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Are you looking for a reading list of sci fi and fantasy during #bannedbooksweek? Check out https://www.worldswithoutend.com/lists_banned_sff.asp! It features the no-brainers like Brave New World and 1984, but a lot of things that would surprise most readers too. #scifibannedbooks #bannedbooks

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"It was a pleasure to burn."

One of my literature professors once said that you could figure out what an entire book was about from its first line. I am not sure there is a more appropriate example of that theory than this book.

Also, here is my arm, done in 2008ish?

MrBook Cool! 😎👌🏻 3y
Merethebookgal Very cool! 3y
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Man, this book will kinda mess you up, but in a good way. It makes you ask yourself a lot of questions about ethics and humanity, which I always think is a pretty good thing for a book about zombie children to do. To say that I did not expect that ending is an understatement. Now I need to muster the courage to watch the film. 4 stars

OutlandishLit I still need to read this one! 3y
silverlocusts @OutlandishLit I highly recommend it, it is nicely written and compelling in that depressing way that all post-apocalyptic fiction should be. (Imho obviously but post apocalypse and dystopia are my favorite subgenres.) 3y
MrBook @BookBabe and I liked this book. Welcome to @Litsy ! We hope you enjoy your stay, I think you'll like it here 😎👍🏻. 3y
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