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thatotherlisa

thatotherlisa

Joined March 2016

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Matrix | Lauren Groff
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Women act counter to all the laws of submission when they remove themselves from availability.

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Blue Castle | L M Montgomery
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Valency Stirling, 29 year old spinster, receives shocking news from a doctor, breaks with her overbearing family to set off and find some happiness. Ultimately, it‘s rather a silly book, but I adore it for Valency‘s rebellion and path to self-discovery. Also made me want to live in a shack on a small island in Canada.

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Mehso-so

Like... it's fine. I enjoyed it well enough. Gave is three stars, added the next book in the series to my TBR, would recommend to others. But, I can't bring myself to click the “Pick“ button. There's an excellent book in here somewhere: Chambers has built an interesting world and given us a few really compelling characters, but it all just felt so...slapdash.

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I love books about books. I love books about food. But what about books about books and food? Nicoletti pairs short essays about books that mattered to her with recipes inspired by the book, her memories, or both. I enjoyed the essays, but the recipes, while often very clever (e.g., a pig‘s head for Lord of the Flies), were beyond my modest abilities as a cook. A fun, fast read that left me wanting to re-read old favorites.

Nute I always wanted to read this book. I thought that the hardback edition was pretty. I enjoy books about cooking, eating and food!😁 2y
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A solid ending to one of the funnest, filthiest comic series I‘ve ever read. I think it would‘ve hit harder if it hasn‘t been so long since I read volume 5 (or if I did a re-read), but it was definitely worth the read to finish out the series. I‘ll miss these characters.

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The Duke Who Didn't | Courtney Milan
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Courtney Milan is by far my favorite romance author. This one started a bit slow for me, but things picked up considerably. I love how Milan plays with expectations by upending tropes. I also absolutely adored the village of Wedgeford and hope to see more books from Milan set there. ETA: I didn't even mention the list-making! Chloe is a heroine truly after my own heart.

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House of Mirth (Reissue) | Edith Wharton
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Ugh, this was so good. I‘ve had it on my TBR shelf for ages and only picked it up to make more room. So glad I did - Wharton really is masterful.

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SAPPHIC HISTORICAL HEIST ROMANCE?!?!?! Sign me up.

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Bailedbailed

This one makes me sad. I was really excited to read this book, which purports to be a “Journey through African American Culinary History in the Old South.”

This book is severely in need of editing, and, quite frankly, I‘m mad that the publishers didn‘t do their job. It‘s such an important, interesting topic, and Twitty is clearly very knowledgeable, passionate, and compelling. Very disappointing.

ValerieAndBooks Hmm. I had this stacked. Maybe I‘ll try borrowing rather than buying. 2y
thatotherlisa @ValerieAndBooks I feel so bad because I want to support the author and his work, but.... 2y
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First book of the year was a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ read.

I was obnoxious about this book, bringing it up to everyone in a not-so-subtle attempt to get people to read it. The way Wilkerson brilliantly reframes American history through the lens of caste had me looking at the world in a new way.

My full review is here: https://abookishmess.wordpress.com/2021/01/14/caste-by-isabel-wilkerson/

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I Shall Wear Midnight | Terence David John Pratchett

That was the thing about thoughts. They thought themselves, and then dropped into your head in the hope that you would think so too.

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In the UK, when lawmakers were revising the laws that criminalized gay sex to further discourage homosexual behavior, it was determined best not to outlaw sex between women. This is not because it was condoned, but because lawmakers—men—believed that if sex between women was so much as mentioned in the law, it would alert women to the possibility and encourage women to have sex with each other. Best to keep as many in the dark as possible.

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Incidental Inventions | Elena Ferrante

What perhaps should be feared most is the fury of frightened people.

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How to Do Nothing | Jenny Odell
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JamieArc I read that book of Buber‘s, and while I‘m sure much of it was over my head, there were some concepts that have really guided me and gave me a different perspective. 2y
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Hat Full of Sky | Terry Pratchett
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Knowing things is magical, if other people don‘t know them.

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Rage Becomes Her | Soraya L Chemaly
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A woman with internalized misogyny is the most likely to have self-directed anger.

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Cantoras: A Novel | Carolina De Robertis
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It was something gentler than lust, and more essential: a connection so instinctive it almost seemed an extension of herself.

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Cantoras: A Novel | Carolina De Robertis

It was strange, she thought, how you could live all your life in a home defined by people who loved you and took care of you and shared ancestors with you and yet did not entirely see you, people whom you protected by hiding yourself.

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Rage Becomes Her | Soraya Chemaly
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A 2017 survey found that only 37 percent of men believe affordable birth control for women makes a difference in their lives.

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Trick Mirror | Jia Tolentino
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Writing is either a way to shed my self-delusions or a way to develop them.

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Duke and I | Julia Quinn
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Starting out #24in48 by finishing up this audiobook. Does it count when I fall asleep while listening?

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This section makes me feel very seen. Questioning your sexuality? Find some books!

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This book made me very, very hungry.

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If on a Winter's Night a Traveler | Italo Calvino, William Weaver

“...the position books occupy in your life, if they are a defense you setup to keep the outside world at a distance, if they are a dream into which you as if into a drug, or bridges you cast toward the outside, toward the world that interests you so much that you want to multiply and extend its dimensions through books.”

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If on a Winter's Night a Traveler | Italo Calvino, William Weaver

“Long novels written today are perhaps a contradiction: the dimension of time has been shattered, we cannot love or think except in fragments of time each of which goes off along its own trajectory and immediately disappears. “

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If on a Winter's Night a Traveler | Italo Calvino, William Weaver
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If on a Winter's Night a Traveler | Italo Calvino, William Weaver
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“[H]aving your feet up is the first condition for enjoying a read.”

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Eve's Hollywood | Eve Babitz
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“Taquitos are much better than heroin, it‘s just that no one knows about them and heroin‘s so celebrated.”

#truth

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Eve's Hollywood | Eve Babitz
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“So it turned out that power was the quality of knowing what you liked. An odd thing for power to be.”

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Written on the Body | Jeanette Winterson

There are, too, simple picnics on the beach which only work when you‘re in love because otherwise you couldn‘t bear the sand in the brie.

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Written on the Body | Jeanette Winterson

“She was a committed romantic and an anarcha-feminist. This was hard for her because it meant she couldn‘t blow up beautiful buildings.”

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Count of Monte Cristo | Alexandre Dumas Pere
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"True, if the two women had gone alone, people would surely have considered thus very bad behavior; while no one could object to Mlle Danglars going to the opera with her mother and her mother's lover. One must take the world as it is."

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As I read all the "I should go to Canada" posts elsewhere on social media, I couldn't help but laugh..."I was tired of being Canadian...In Canada, it seems that you are either mindlessly optimistic of depressingly realistic. Having swing from one end to the other, I finally decided to bail out. I ran away, and for this I apologize."

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Bailedbailed

Felt a bit too much like author needed some money and figured he'd shove q bunch of stuff he already wrote together and called a book. #crankybookreview

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The Wind in the Willows | Kenneth Grahame
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I did not expect such delightful writing about food when I opened this book! "...he took care to include a yard of long French bread, a sausage out of which the garlic sang, some cheese which lay down and cried, and a long-necked straw-covered flask containing bottled sunshine shed and garnered on far Southern slopes."

LauraBeth This is one of my childhood favorites and you're making me want to re-read it 😀 6y
thatotherlisa Somehow I went through childhood without ever reading it! I'm a little sad I didn't read it as a child, but I'm so glad I can come to it as an adult and still enjoy. 6y
Gezemice Lol, I just quoted the same passage! Just love the writing. 6y
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American Gods | Neil Gaiman
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Because I just watched the trailer for the Starz show, and I wants it now...time for a re-read!

moranadatter It looks like it will be good. 6y
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Dealing with Dragons | Patricia C. Wrede
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Next up for the #24in48 #readathon!

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Sag Harbor: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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First (and possibly the only?) book finished in the #24in48 readathon. And it's...ok? Whitehead can write, for sure, and he really, really wants you to know it. There's great humor and insight throughout and it's a fascinating glimpse at a community I don't read enough about, but it was just too meandering to ever really engage me.

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Imprudence | Gail Carriger
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Alexia Macon discussing the "precautionary arts" with Prudence after finding her smooching a boy is EVERYTHING! So glad this came out in time for the #24in48 readathon.

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Sag Harbor: A Novel | Colson Whitehead

Quick #24in48 question! Is it kosher to start at midnight in a time zone that is not my own?!

MyBookLife From the website they say we can do however we want. They have the official time, and we can join that, or we do it after our own timezone. I just woke up, so I'm not sure which I will do. Which will you do? 6y
thatotherlisa I'm thinking I'm going to start in Mountain Time, which isn't the official time zone or my own time zone, but it's when I want to start! I'm thinking they won't hunt me down for cheating? 🤓 6y
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A Little Princess | Frances Hodgson Burnett
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I just couldn't with Sara Crewe. It was all just too precious.

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RBG is EVERYTHING. Part biography, part inside the Supreme Court gossip, part light legal history, and part women's magazine profile. Frankly, I could have used a little less of that last bit.... It's charming at first, but a whole chapter devoted to her slightly creepy personal trainer? That said, this book was fun, light, engaging and educational. And it's got me looking to reignite my inner civics nerd. Highly recommended.

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Imprudence | Gail Carriger

Can't wait to start listening to the audiobook this weekend during the #24in48 readathon!

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This book has been worth reading if for no other reason that I now know somewhere in this world exists a photograph of RBG and Antonin Scalia on an elephant.

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I find the connections Wharton draws between the heroine's social climbing and her dad's Wall Street dealings so fascinating. Undine has her father's ambition and skills, but bc her only outlet social climbing, she's maligned. She's still completely heinous, but it's fascinating to think about.

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Anyone know where I can find a doctor to prescribe a "dash to Paris or London" to help deal with anxiety attacks? Cuz...if I could get my insurance to pay for this, that'd be grand.

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House on Mango Street | Sandra Cisneros
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Perfectly lovely.

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House on Mango Street | Sandra Cisneros
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"My mother says when I get older my dusty hair will settle and my blouse will learn to stay clean, but I have decided not to grow tame like the others who lay their necks on the threshold waiting for the ball and chain."

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Sweetbitter: A novel | Stephanie Danler
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"...masticated me with his eyes." This is probably just my being cranky, but I just cannot with this writing.

Megabooks Ick! 6y
KilgoreTrout I got completely distracted by that sentence as well! 6y
thatotherlisa @KilgoreTrout I'm glad it wasn't just me! 6y
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