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xicanti

xicanti

Joined February 2016

I read a little bit of everything because genre snobbery ain't cool. 🇨🇦 She/her‘s okay; they/them is better.
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I still can‘t decide which fiction flavour I feel like, so I started my Friday with another chunk of ALL OF THE MARVELS. I‘m up to the bit where Wolk discusses his experience with Hickman‘s Avengers, which I‘ve read and found very cool, and his enthusiasm‘s bringing it all back for me.

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Breakfast with Ruth Ozeki. I‘m not entirely sure I‘m in the right mood for her, but I‘ll give it a go anyways. If the book and I don‘t click, I can always return it and try again a couple months down the line.

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Ring | Andre Alexis
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November stats. Look at that TBR reduction!!!!! I‘m gonna knock those two books off in December and start 2022 without anything hanging over me.

It wasn‘t a spectacularly memorable month, aside from the TBR milestone, but I did find a 5-star read (tagged) and a 4.5er (PRINCE LESTAT by Anne Rice). Good times.

Well-ReadNeck 🙌🏼👏🏼🎉 3d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome 👏🏻 📚 3d
Avanders Woot!🥳 I literally cannot imagine…. 3d
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I woke up hungry and decided to break my date omelet recipe out of hibernation. It paired well with the start of my first holiday read of 2021.

Emilymdxn This looks like such a gorgeous meal and time to read! 4d
xicanti @Emilymdxn it was absolutely lovely! 4d
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PRINCE LESTAT has such a low Litsy rating that I went in with tons of trepidation and was all the more delighted when I loved the hell out of it. Rice takes a series of deep dives into characters who floated along the periphery of the main cast‘s stories. Many of them never even got names before. Now we know who they are, what they want, and how they react to this current crisis. It‘s exactly my jam. I‘m so glad I read it ahead of schedule.

Angeles I always take book ratings with a grain of salt, because I often find I disagree with the majority opinion about lots of books. I have come to believe that when a lot of people post they love/hate a particular book, most folks who disagree feel they should not post their opinion. 5d
xicanti @Angeles when a book‘s part of a long-running series, though, I‘ve gotta assume the people who pick it up have some investment in and fondness for the material. That gives their opinion a bit more weight with me, especially since I‘ve had a few disappointments of my own with Rice‘s work. 4d
Angeles That is true, I had not thought about it 4d
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Em: A Novel | Kim Thuy
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Some authors write books I never want to shut up about. Others write books that carry me along so thoroughly I never want to discuss my response. I only want to tell others to read them so they can experience the sensation too, with as little outside input as possible.

Kim Thúy‘s like that. You should read her. She‘s worth it.

(I‘m sure she‘s also infinitely discussable, if she hits you that way.)

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This book makes so many cogent points that it‘s easier for me to just tell you to read it than to quote ‘em all, but I‘ve got to share this one because it‘s important. It sets my teeth on edge when I see people talk about the “illustrations” in the comics they read. “Art” (or “artwork” if you wanna be fancy) is more appropriate when you discuss comics, AND it uses up less of the character limit on social media platforms where that‘s an issue.

tenar As just a casual comics reader, I‘ve never thought about these word choices before. Thanks for sharing! 7d
xicanti @tenar any time! 7d
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I planned to leave PRINCE LESTAT on La TBR until I finished my slow-ass Vampire Chronicles reread, but I‘m in the mood for some Anne Rice I‘ve never read before, and hey, I‘ve got an obvious craving-buster on hand. And I mean, if I still remember THE TALE OF THE BODY THIEF super well sixteen years after I last read it, it‘s not like I‘ve gotta worry about feeling lost.

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Today‘s excellent library haul. I‘m especially excited for the tagged book, which I requested after Jay & Miles talked to the author, but this‘s a pretty great bunch all around. I‘m glad to have new(ish) stuff from Ruth Ozeki, Jordan Ifueko, and Kim Thúy, I‘ve anticipated Jesse Wente‘s story for a long time, I‘m hoping to find some recipes for Sinterklaas, and I couldn‘t resist grabbing a Christmassy Jenny Colgan off the shelf.

sarahbarnes I just started the Ozeki! 1w
xicanti @sarahbarnes I hope we‘ll both enjoy it! 1w
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Last Argument of Kings | Joe Abercrombie
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1. I‘m on track to finish LAST ARGUMENT OF KINGS tomorrow! Maybe I didn‘t love these books the way I expected to, but I‘ve enjoyed them a lot. I‘m glad I finally read them.

2. This Roasted Marshmallow Lager was too weird to leave at the store. Luckily, it was also delicious. I guess I DO like the occasional sweet beer.

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Last Argument of Kings | Joe Abercrombie
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This week‘s goal: finish the First Law Trilogy. I wasn‘t sure I felt like reading Joe Abercrombie right after I finished something by K.J. Parker, but I‘m 50 pages in after my breakfast session and I‘m really feeling it.

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I baked roasted garlic & dill challah while I learned about fungi. This book is fascinating so far. #audiobaking

monalyisha Oh, wow! 😍🤤 2w
xicanti @monalyisha it was a successful experiment! 2w
Eyelit 😋🤩 2w
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BkClubCare I am horrible at audiobaking 😔 I can‘t be interrupted and yet I am very very slow. 2w
BkClubCare And that looks tremendous (gonna have to send you another f-bomb card. Wondering if any cover jealousy…. 🤔 (edited) 2w
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Coffin Road | Peter May
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I got my #NewYearWhoDis list last night, and I‘m SO READY to go all in on @Laughterhp ‘s picks! I‘ve already read one (BLACK SUN by Rebecca Roanhorse), but the others are all new to me AND available at my library. I had a lot of fun this morning requesting the ones with holds lists (and suspending those holds so I don‘t get the books until January). Now I‘ve just gotta resist immediately nabbing the ones that‘re checked in…

monalyisha I love a reader who knows how to utilize their local library so effectively. 😍 I hope you enjoy! Ambitious list! 😅 💯 2w
monalyisha Oh, and I‘m so thrilled you haven‘t yet read Addie LaRue! I *loved* that one (it was on my list, too — & a LOT of #NYWD lists this year)! 2w
xicanti @monalyisha Addie LaRue‘s the one book I might not get in time; I‘m 209th on the list. They do have some Express copies, though, so I‘m hoping I luck into one of those in January! 2w
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monalyisha @xicanti It‘ll come in time, anyway (even if it‘s not for January). 🖤 No pressure. You‘ve got so many great ones! 📚 2w
Laughterhp Oh yay! I was so worried you were going to have read all the books on my list! I‘m glad they‘re all mostly new to you. Checking my email now for your list. 😊 2w
xicanti @Laughterhp I‘m especially excited for the mysteries on your list. I‘ve spent the last couple years really focusing on my TBR, and I blew through all the unread mysteries I owned ages ago. It‘ll be fun to get back into the genre! 2w
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Colours in the Steel | K. J. Parker
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Time for some K.J. Parker! I‘ve sat on this one for a looooooong time because I haven‘t been able to find the last book in the trilogy. I almost bought it used once, but I decided to come back the next day with some books to trade. By that time, it was gone. Poop. If I get invested enough in the first two, I guess I‘ll have to buy #3 new.

I ate sausage & barley soup while I started COLOURS IN THE STEEL. It looks like nothing but it‘s delicious.

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Playing House | Ruby Lang
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I just read the first chapter of PLAYING HOUSE, the first novella in Ruby Lang‘s Uptown Collection, and I‘ve got a really good feeling about it.

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Out of Character | Annabeth Albert
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The Megan Lindholm novel I started earlier today had such purple prose I couldn‘t even stand to read three full chapters. Sigh. I‘ve switched to OUT OF CHARACTER, which is off to a very good start.

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Out of Character | Annabeth Albert
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Library haul! Two of my In Transit holds didn‘t arrive before I did, so I nabbed Ruby Lang‘s real estate romance trilogy off the shelf to go with the Annabeth Albert novel I had waiting for me. I also got vols 4 and 5 of HONEY AND CLOVER in the (perhaps vain) hope the person who‘s got vol 3 returns it nice and soon.

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Another 4am wake-up means more reading time, I guess? (Also, even poorer lighting than I usually get at breakfast.)

I had an ARC of GRUDGING back in the day, but it was through Edelweiss and the site refused to let me download it. I felt bad and bought it during a $0.99 sale, then left it unread for years because Past Me was bad at reading stuff in a timely fashion.

It‘s the last ebook on La TBR. I‘m so, so close to conquering this thing.

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Ring | Andre Alexis
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In other hands, RING could‘ve been a flat, distanced meditation on human interactions and the role magic (real or metaphorical) can play in people‘s lives. André Alexis makes it a story to fully inhabit. I couldn‘t look away from Gwen‘s perspective, desperate to drink in her every observation on the people in her life and the things she experiences alongside them. It‘s bloody magnificent. I could yammer on about it for HOURS. 5 stars.

xicanti I will say: the jacket copy makes it sound like Alexis set out to reinvent and/or interrogate the romance genre, and if that was his aim, he failed. This is a damned good book, but it doesn‘t challenge any aspect of romance I regularly see on the page. I dunno. Read it for the story, not because you expect it to redeem (or drag) a much-maligned genre. (edited) 3w
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Ring | Andre Alexis
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I started RING yesterday and didn‘t willingly put it down until I was too tired to carry on. It‘s got all André Alexis‘s usual gripping elegance, and now I‘m at the part with the ring it‘s pretty unsettling to boot. I can‘t wait to wallow in it today.

I do wish I hadn‘t read the rest of the books in this Quincunx so far apart. I‘ve spotted plenty of references to the other four, but I know I‘ve missed a lot more.

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Kate in Waiting | Becky Albertalli
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Who woke up at 4:30 and couldn‘t fall back asleep? Me!

Who started to like this book because of the cool friendships, but now wonders HOW there‘re still over a hundred pages left? Also me!

Seriously, y‘all. I like Kate‘s friend-group, but the stereotypes are intense and I don‘t care how the crush turns out and maybe it‘s the lack of sleep talking but I DO NOT UNDERSTAND why this story requires 387 pages instead of, like, 263.

xicanti With some writers, I‘ll gleefully read anything they throw at me. With others, I‘m slavishly devoted to certain books but I don‘t really care about the rest of their stuff. I think Becky Albertalli may be the latter. (edited) 3w
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Kate in Waiting | Becky Albertalli
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That pile of white is my front walk. Never talk to me about how much you love winter.

So, I started KATE IN WAITING last night, and it immediately ran up against my current low tolerance for American high school stories. Blah. It‘s tough to say whether my great love of the theatre will carry me through the USian tendency to reduce stuff to stereotypes (there‘s a BIG anti-jock vibe here) and those nicknames for grades that grate on me like whoa.

DrexEdit I don't mind winter but I hate clearing snow! 3w
readingjedi If I never experienced snow again it would be too soon! 3w
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Ophie's Ghosts | Justina Ireland
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This was an excellent way to spend a gloomy day. Justina Ireland never shies away from the terrible things her Black characters deal with in 1920s Pittsburgh, but there‘s also a lot of hope here as Ophie searches for ways to help the ghosts she encounters. I loved her and wanted so much on her behalf.

I also solved the mystery way ahead of her, but as per usual I‘m not sure whether it was obvious or I‘m just THAT GOOD at guessing.

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Ophie's Ghosts | Justina Ireland
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It‘s a middle grade breakfast on this dismal morning. Whenever I read MG, I imagine how I‘d feel about it if I were the target audience. Adult Me likes OPHIE‘S GHOSTS a lot as of page 80, but I think Kid Me would‘ve been totally glued to it.

IndoorDame I do the same thing. I think do I like it, would I have liked it as a kid, and would my students like it? 3w
xicanti @IndoorDame sometimes I find that MG is SO focused on its target audience that I can‘t enjoy it on my own account, but this one‘s good for any age group. 3w
IndoorDame @xicanti I love Justina Ireland. I haven‘t read her MG yet, but I have that one on hold. 3w
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Lest we forget.

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This gem arrived right before the Readathon, and I forgot to share it in all the excitement! Some time back, @BkClubCare announced she had these postcards and asked which bird was my favourite.

“The bird with the foulest mouth,” I said.

She did me one better and sent me the RUDEST foul-mouthed bird! I love it! 😍

xicanti The Bird Fact on the back states: “The contrite sparrow does not try to dodge its responsibility: it knew you were an asshole before it started talking to you.” 3w
vivastory I 💙 effin' birds 😂 3w
Patchshank That's pretty great 😂 3w
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AmyG Hahahaha! I have a few people I‘d love to send that to. 😂 3w
BkClubCare I aim to please? 3w
sharread Oh my! 🤣❤ 3w
Laughterhp I love that! 3w
xicanti @vivastory @Patchshank @AmyG @sharread @Laughterhp this postcard is my new favourite decor. 3w
xicanti @BkClubCare I am so very, very pleased, my friend. 3w
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego That's hilarious. 3w
BkClubCare They are ALL foulmouthed and the ones I have yet to send are extremely cringe-worthy rude! 3w
xicanti @BkClubCare these rude-ass birds are my new favourite. 3w
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The novellas are another reason I‘ve let my last few F&SF back issues languish unread for so long. The digital edition is organized by length, and it can be pretty durned daunting when you open a casual read and discover the first story is 295 screens long. I‘m between novels right now, though, so I finally dove into the May/June 2014 novella (“Bartleby the Scavenger” by Katie Boyer). It‘s pretty good so far, with about 100 screens to go.

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A Court of Silver Flames | Sarah J. Maas
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I‘m still not wild about every bit of ACOSF, but I‘m super emotional about Nesta‘s progress and her friendships. There‘ve been TEARS, friends.

Two of the things I dislike:

It‘s CREEPY how SJM uses female and male instead of woman and man. I get she‘s being ACCURATE since they aren‘t human, but sometimes not being creepy is more important than accuracy.

She‘s totally addicted to the word “savour.” Poop.

KristiAhlers I personally loved this book! But yeah I can see your point on the things that bother you. 4w
BehindthePages I didn't really enjoy this one :( 4w
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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow | Washington Irving
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Audible gave me a free copy of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” ages and ages ago, and I finally listened to it today on the first chunk of a good, long #audiowalk. The story was just okay, which I expected from my previous attempts to read it, but the walk was great. I went 6.25 miles, drank a free coffee, bought cheap butter, and found a ninjabread person cookie cutter at the thrift store! Whee!

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A Court of Silver Flames | Sarah J. Maas
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I‘m limping along through ACOSF, partly because it‘s so dammed awkward to hold (hardcovers; UGH) and partly because I‘m divided on the story. I‘m invested in Nesta‘s emotional journey, but I don‘t care about the romance or the quest for the Stupendous and Magical Thingies. That‘s made it tough to sit down with it—and, as per usual, I‘m enjoying its good bits less because of this slower pace. Blah. I might take a break.

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A Court of Silver Flames | Sarah J. Maas
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Then I cooked dumplings and read a massive book. Y‘all know I hate hardcover chunksters, but this one‘s engaging enough that I don‘t mind it TOO much.

Clwojick Mmmmmmm dumplings 🥰 1mo
xicanti @Clwojick they were mighty good. 1mo
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I liked the first volume of HONEY AND CLOVER just fine, but this second one has hooked me! It‘s a great portrait of a friend group at art school in Tokyo. Don‘t let the jacket copy fool you; the love triangles it touts are super low-key. This is way more about friendship than romance.

tenar This is one of my favorite series! The show is a really nice adaptation, too. 1mo
xicanti @tenar ooh, I‘ll look for it once I‘ve read the manga! 1mo
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At the Queen's Command | Michael Stackpole
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Another dark morning means another poorly-lit breakfast with my second-to-last digital freebie. I‘m 25% in and I dunno whether I‘ll take a break from it or just drift away. It‘s probably not a bad book, but it hasn‘t gripped me. That‘s typical of the stuff I got from Night Shade Books way back when, so I think their editor(s?) and I have pretty different taste.

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I passed page 800 on today‘s clear, windy #audiowalk. The end is nigh! (Well, nigh-ish.)

I‘m excited I‘m now at the part where Egwene‘s badassery really kicks in. The stuff she does from here on out is why she‘s one of my faves.

The_Penniless_Author Loved this one. Probably still my favorite of the series so far (I'm halfway through book 11). 1mo
xicanti @The_Penniless_Author it‘s so good! 1mo
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A Game of Cones | Abby Collette
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I had a lot of fun with Abby Collette‘s first ice cream parlour mystery, but this one felt choppy and random. At first, it struck me as something that‘d land better for me on screen than on page, but the randomness eventually ramped up so high I‘m not sure even the film treatment would‘ve worked for me.

I‘ll read Collette‘s next book as a tie breaker, but I‘ll start it with plenty of trepidation.

Laughterhp I had the same exact response to this one. 1mo
xicanti @Laughterhp I feel like she was trying to play up how awkward it‘d actually be for random civilians to investigate murders, but it came out muddled instead of funny or insightful. 1mo
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A Game of Cones | Abby Collette
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It‘s a good day for savoury porridge and a cozy mystery, with ice cream to follow this evening. Can‘t read a book about an ice cream shop without eating some.

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Stats time! After a longish drought, October gave me a couple of new-to-me 5-star reads: the tagged book and FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST VOL 27 by Hiromu Arakawa. Hurray!

I also reread one of my ultimate faves (CORAMBIS by Sarah Monette) and found 3 4.5-star reads: FMA Vols 25 & 26 and THE BRIDE TEST by Helen Hoang.

Oh, and I hit my TBR reduction stretch goal like it was no big deal.

October was a pretty good month for books.

Charityann Nice!😄 1mo
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We tried for costumed walkies today, but Casey‘s shark outfit didn‘t play well with his harness. Oh well.

Between walkies, sewing, and Candy Crush, I‘m now halfway through my LORD OF CHAOS reread! I‘m enjoying it a lot, but I‘ve REALLY noticed all the unnecessary repetition this time around.

Graywacke Casey so cute! Good luck with WoT. Series starts soon. 1mo
QuietlyLaura Aww! Casey looks a bit grumpy! But still cute. 😍 1mo
xicanti @Graywacke I think I picked the wrong moment for my reread. I decided to go audio this time, for variety, and the show‘s generated so much interest that my library‘s got looooong waiting lists for each book. I‘m enjoying them as they arrive, though! 1mo
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xicanti @QuietlyLaura this is his, “Ugh; they dressed me up as a shark AGAIN,” face. 1mo
Graywacke @xicanti I hadn‘t considered audio. Huh. I picked up book one recently and read the beginning…then put it back on the shelf. I remember when I first read it in December of 1990. I was so taken in, and taken so far away from the real world. 🙂 1mo
xicanti @Graywacke I was really disappointed with the first book when I reread it in 2014. I mostly kept going because I was reading for the Hugo Awards, and I enjoyed the next few so much that I‘m very glad I did. The series had a LOT of flaws, but when it‘s on it‘s totally transportive. 1mo
Graywacke @xicanti I completely agree. For what it‘s worth, when I read book one, which was lent to me on a vacation, I wasn‘t a reader. Then i got carried away, which was something new to me, and that‘s the book that converted me to a reader. (I was 17) So i have a lot of affection for the series and all it‘s flaws - slow, repetitive - which also is maybe how it reinforces its reality. And he was a decent writer. (Sorry, got a little carried away here.) 1mo
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The Cloud Roads | Martha Wells
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Yesterday I ate my mum‘s Hungarian mushroom soup and started THE CLOUD ROADS. It‘s lingered on La TBR for years because Martha Wells is kind of hit-or-miss for me, but I‘m really enjoying it. Whew. I‘ve got a bunch of trusted people who love this series and I always feel a bit like I‘ve let the team down when I‘m not into their recs.

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I rolled out a substantial number of hand pie crusts while I listened to LORD OF CHAOS. Most of them are now beef & bacon pies, but I did experiment with Montreal smoked meat & mustard in one of them. It was delish.

The reread‘s going well, too, and I‘m glad the narrators have started pronouncing Moghedien‘s name more or less the way I do. I‘ve always called her Mo-gideon (#somanygideons) but they said Mo-gih-dean throughout FoH. #audiocooking

BiblioLitten They look so good! 1mo
xicanti @BiblioLitten they were lovely! I‘ve got lots more of them tucked in my freezer, too. 1mo
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I took a wee break from THE BLOODLINE FEUD once I got the end of what used to be the first book. (This is supposedly a revised mash-up of two shorter books, but there‘s enough recap at the start of what used to be Book Two that I dunno how much revision actually occurred.) Now I‘m back in and excited to finish it. It‘s a cool blend of portal fantasy and social SF with an emphasis on economics.

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Ophie's Ghosts | Justina Ireland
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Library haul! I‘m especially excited for the tagged book. I loved Justina Ireland‘s YA novels.

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Fullmetal Alchemist 26 | Hiromu Arakawa
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My heart‘s still all full of FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST, and I‘ve gotta share the Al Funko Pop with you because he‘s just so gosh-durned cute.

Cheshirecat913 Yes, that is so cute ! 1mo
xicanti @Cheshirecat913 right? I want one. 1mo
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OF COURSE I had to tear right on through to the end.

What a great series. I cried. Hell, I‘m still crying a little bit.

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Fullmetal Alchemist 26 | Hiromu Arakawa
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Today I accepted that FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST is never gonna go on sale. I shelled out a full $9 for Vol 26, even though that‘s a LOT more than I normally pay for manga and WHY is it so expensive when Hiromu Arakawa must already have GOBS OF MONEY from adaptations and games and merchandizing. Sigh.

(Y‘all know I‘ll also eventually give her money for Ed and Al Funko Pops, because HOW CUTE ARE THEY??? Especially Al.) #LaTBRrevealed

Cheshirecat913 I have been slowly buying the 3 in 1 sets. Slooowly. Why must they be so expensive! 🙃 1mo
xicanti @Cheshirecat913 I‘m really grateful my library owns all but one volume. Collecting a longer manga series gets expensive fast! 1mo
Cheshirecat913 Yes! My library had 1-25 of Fairy Tail and I was super excited. I know it is much longer but it was a good start. 😅 1mo
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I finished vol 1 of HONEY AND CLOVER over breakfast, with the usual amount of help from my lazy dog. I found Chica Umino‘s style pretty busy and I‘m not totally hooked yet, but I‘ll give it at least one more volume.

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The Duke Who Didn't | Courtney Milan
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I had SUCH a good (if unphotogenic) supper, y‘all: tofu steaks topped with everything oil on a bed of braised chard, with roasted asparagus on the side. Put that together with a great book and I‘m a happy diner.

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My Side of the Mountain | Jean Craighead George
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Okay, I‘m awake again.

1. Really good. I got through most of my library pile and a bit more besides, and I logged 12 hours of reading time!

2. I went in with loose goals this time.

3. Cheese popcorn!

4. I feel like I stacked a couple things, but I don‘t remember if they were from Readathon participants.

5. I loved revisiting the tagged book for the first time since I was 11! It‘s gonna stay in my permanent collection.

#deweyoct #readathon

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I put THE BLOODLINE FEUD aside for the Readathon because I still had 2/3 left and I didn‘t think I‘d want to binge it—then the two long chapters I read right at the end of the event set up some TOTALLY BINGEWORTHY developments.

Guess I know what I‘m doing tomorrow.

Tonight, I‘m at just over 12 hours of reading time for my 27th Readathon. I can live with that. I‘m gonna try to sleep. #deweyoct #readathon

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Fence Vol. 3 | C S Pacat
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Well, I had to cancel my usual midnight sausages because it‘s a pain day and things got pretty bad this evening and I had to take to my bed for a while. Standing at the stove didn‘t seem like a great option after that.

I finished MY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN, though, and I tore through vol 3 of FENCE! This was my favourite one yet. It took me to 10:36. #deweyoct #readathon