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AshleyHoss820

AshleyHoss820

Joined November 2016

I‘m tall…for a Hobbit. She/her. INTJ. Enneagram 5, with a 6 wing. Nebraska, 🇺🇸. 1,001 Books List Adventurer.
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It‘s the last month of #BookSpin for 2022!? HOW DID THIS HAPPEN!? Did we time travel because it feels like we time traveled…anyway, I really surprised myself by sticking with the challenge all year! It saw me through a couple of slumps, and I was able to knock off some long-standing titles from my TBR! Here‘s to 2023!!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! I also can't believe it's the end of the year already!!! This year went by in a flash! 1d
AshleyHoss820 @TheAromaofBooks It really did! 20h
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Reveries of the Solitary Walker | Jean-Jacques Rousseau
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What I love about this is that there are literal centuries separating me from Rousseau, yet so many of his musings were surprisingly relatable. Is he a bit of a drama queen & kinda whiny? Yeah, but I think he was going through it. Some of his writing made me think he had anxiety because I do & boy have I said some of the same things. Anyway, books like this remind me why I read: to see through someone else‘s eyes. 223/1,001 #1001Books

BarbaraBB Fantastic review. I want to read this book NOW 😀 4d
AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraBB 😂 Thank you!! I just went along for the ride on this one! Im glad I read the introduction too. I might have been annoyed with him if I wasn‘t aware that he was at the end of his life and feeling a little isolated. I hope you enjoy it! ☺️ 4d
AshleyHoss820 This was my #BookSpin for November! @TheAromaofBooks 1d
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Downpour | Nick Holmes
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These poems were absolutely haunting and beautiful. I cannot BELIEVE I‘m all alone in the comment section. I *think* this is featured on the #RoryGilmoreChallenge list (probably included in the revival?) and that‘s how I stumbled on this. I was savoring every poem. Im looking forward to Time Spent Falling. I had to take a screenshot of my GoodReads update, just so I could always remember this one.

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The Water Cure | Sophie Mackintosh
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I wish there had been a bit more background on this one, but I‘m not too mad about it. This was an interesting read. We‘re never really sure if King is crazy or correct. It reminded me of all the ways we hurt/are hurt in the name of love: “I‘m doing this for your own good,” “I do this because I love you,” etc. It made me think about the power of abuse, the vulnerability of women, and the fact that we can never really *know* anyone.

BarbaraBB I read this a few years ago but still remember the atmosphere of the book. 4d
AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraBB YES!! That is definitely what sticks to you the most. There are so many layers to this that I will probably think of new insights for a long time to come. Like water is usually seen as life-giving and renewing, but in this novel it is often dangerous, unknown, and hostile. It‘s interesting. ☺️ 4d
BarbaraBB That was exactly what made the book stand out to me!! 4d
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I was wavering on so-so with this volume, but I think this ties everything up well. There were bits I adored and things I could do without. That‘s the game, though. I was definitely not sorry I revisited this series. It‘s always a treat to go for a magic carpet ride with the Master. ☺️🧡

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The Sandman Vol. 9: The Kindly Ones | Neil Gaiman, Frank McConnell
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I may be on my own here, but I think the series could have ended with this volume…it is so masterfully done. Everything is woven together like a tapestry and when you step back, you can see how all the parts make a whole.

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Stories within stories within stories within….This is heavy lifting by Gaiman. He builds and swirls together his universe. There is so much to notice in this volume. There is some foreshadowing and I already know I‘m not ready. This isn‘t my favorite, but I do appreciate the journey. Also, it wouldn‘t upset me to spend an eternity working in the World‘s End Inn and hearing the travelers‘ tales.

Clare-Dragonfly I would love to work there and hear everyone‘s tales forever! It would be like spending the rest of your life reading books n 2w
AshleyHoss820 @Clare-Dragonfly Yes!! It would be so interesting! Never a dull moment, yet a cozy familiarity too! ☺️ 2w
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Delirium misses Destruction and tries to recruit her siblings to find him and bring him home. Dream is the only one who joins her. At first, it‘s for selfish reasons. The trouble is, Destruction does NOT wish to be found. This volume covers their journey and reveals more of the Endless‘ backstory. It‘s interesting to see the changes in Dream. Poor little Delirium. I love her character.

DaveGreen7777 If the Netflix series makes it to this story, I really hope they cast Tori Amos as Delirium, since Neil has confirmed he originally based the character on her! 👩🏻‍🦰🎹🎶 2w
AshleyHoss820 @DaveGreen7777 Oh, yes! I always forget she is one of his muses! If I remember right, she either inspired or asked him to write short stories that went with one of her albums? Anyway, that would be really cool! I need to watch the series, but I want to finish my re-read first. 😄 2w
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Sandman - Fables and Reflections | Neil Gaiman, Bryan Talbot
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I enjoyed this one, not as much as I liked the other volumes, but still…There are 9 stand-alone tales that still belong to this universe. Side note: The next tattoo I get just may be Lil Death and Lil Dream from Abel‘s story. 😄

Clare-Dragonfly That would be a great tattoo! 2w
AshleyHoss820 @Clare-Dragonfly Wouldn‘t it!? I love that it would be a niched reference! ☺️ 2w
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This comic was written in the early 90‘s and I don‘t think it gets enough credit for that. I really hope we get to see Wanda again. I loved this little group of humans and the importance of found family. I loved Wanda for her strength, sass, and her vulnerability. At one point, I was a smidge bored with Barbie‘s dream world, but not so much that I wanted to quit reading. It‘s not the main plot, but we do see some of Morpheus‘ power at the end.

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Gaiman has this gift. He takes a story that is head canon, widely known and accepted and he says, “Okay, but ✨WHAT IF✨” It‘s absolute magic. What if Lucifer said, “Nah, fam, this ain‘t the vibe for me,” and QUIT. Sure, he‘s trying to stick it to Morpheus, but also…he has a point. To use an inhuman vehicle to say something about humanity? Gorgeous.

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Dream Country | Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg
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I think what I like most about Morpheus is that Gaiman avoids the temptation of making his main character this great guy. He‘s kind of an ass, he‘s stubborn, has a temper, but he also cares in his own way. Morpheus is truly a complex character. While these stories aren‘t central to the plot, they do give us important background information to the Endless, to this world that they inhabit.

Clare-Dragonfly I agree, I love what a deep and complex character Morpheus is! He‘s not quite a hero… but he‘s not an antihero, either. 2w
AshleyHoss820 @Clare-Dragonfly Exactly! He‘s just…real! And it‘s interesting because, as an immortal character, he could be this high-and-mighty being, but he isn‘t. In many ways, and he would never admit this, he‘s almost human. ☺️😄 2w
Clare-Dragonfly Ha, he would hate to be described that way, but yes! 😆 2w
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The Doll's House | Neil Gaiman, Mike Dringenberg
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This was maybe my least favorite, but I really loved the inclusion of the “minor” characters in Rose‘s storyline. I really appreciate the willingness to tie in previous stories, to “tie up loose ends” you didn‘t even know were still unraveled. As always, Gaiman‘s sense of humor keeps me coming back. Also, this side plot of Hob Gadling. Proof Morpheus really does care sometimes, even if that fact pisses him off. 😂

Clare-Dragonfly I ❤️ Hob 2w
AshleyHoss820 @Clare-Dragonfly I do too!! I was so worried because early in his immortality, he struggled a bit. But that was so important. It *would* be horrible to see everyone you‘d ever loved age and die and you remain. He has such a wonderful, underrated story arc! ☺️ 2w
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I will never not revisit this comic. Gaiman lives on another plane and he gifts us his musings. An occultist tries to trap Death, but ensnares her little brother, Dream. For 70 years he is held captive. When he gets free…well, good luck. I absolutely LOVE the issue at the end of this volume: The Sound of Her Wings.

batsy I recently started revisiting this series from scratch since the library has digital copies. I think I stopped at vol. 3 and need to continue. The way this whole world is constructed is pure genius. 2w
AshleyHoss820 @batsy I feel that way, too! It‘s just so intricate. Just when I think I have things figured out, Gaiman reminds me why he‘s the master. It‘s amazing. ☺️ 2w
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The Sandman: Overture | Neil Gaiman, J. H. Williams III
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My GOSH. The art in this volume has no business being this stunning. It is an absolute feast from start to finish. It took me longer to read the story than usual because I kept pausing to take in the art. Did you ever wonder why Morpheus was so worn out when he was trapped by Burgess? This story answers that.

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I realize that not every story needs to give me a complete backstory, but being utterly confused the majority of the time isn‘t a good idea either…I *really* wanted to love this. The premise is great, I enjoyed her writing style, it was just a little too silly for me. I dunno. Maybe I‘ll try it again someday when I can appreciate it more?

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Snakes and Earrings | Hitomi Kanehara, David James Karashima
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I‘m torn about this one. I really dig the characters‘ fight against tradition, swimming upstream, that fight for individuality/identity while being completely empty inside. I really liked that. But this just fell a little short for me, and I can‘t figure out why…I wonder if the movie version would be better. My #BookSpin for October! ☺️

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Novemberschokolade: Roman | Ulrike Sosnitza
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I am farther behind than I would like, but it‘s been a rough few months. Thankfully, I‘ve kept with the same list all year, so here is my November list. ☺️ #BookSpin

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3w
BarbaraBB Hope you are feeling better ❤️ 3w
AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraBB Thank you so much, Barbara! I had a very bad fit with my student teaching. I had been in contact with my supervisor through the whole process, thankfully. Last week, we decided I needed to be removed and to try again with a different teacher in the Spring. 3w
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BarbaraBB That sounds like a good solution. And it‘ll give you time to take care of yourself 🤍 3w
AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraBB Exactly!! ☺️🧡 3w
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Night | Elie Wiesel
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This is a tough book. It is also a necessary book. I used a personal connection with my own students to help them understand that this is still affecting people in so many ways. (I have ancestors I can‘t trace too far because the church where our records were kept was ordered to be burned down.) We shall never forget, and we MUST never forget.
📷: Yiddish Book Center

AmyG Never Forget. I am happy to hear you are teaching this. Eapecially now with what Kanye and Kyrie have said about Jews, men that young people listen to. 3w
AshleyHoss820 @AmyG I don‘t know what Kanye said (I can‘t stand him), but I have heard that he‘s been making some stupid remarks. While that‘s not surprising, you are right. We HAVE to counteract those derogatory viewpoints. It is SO imperative that we NEVER let this memory slip. 3w
vivastory I read this around this time last year & it deeply deeply impacted me 3w
AshleyHoss820 @vivastory It is definitely one of those stories, Scott! I had read it many years ago, when my oldest was only two. I had to keep pausing to hold him to remind myself he was safe. He‘s 19 now, but going through this with the students…I was surprised how much I remembered. 3w
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Romeo and Juliet (Updated) | William Shakespeare
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There‘s nothing I can add about the plot that we all don‘t know. I‘ll tell you this, if you want me to teach irony and inference to students, I can find other ways. The only good time we had reading this was when they acted out the final scene and we had “dead bodies” laying all over the classroom. 🤣 This is a good way to teach caution in relationships, though…I‘ll say that…

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Nutshell | Ian McEwan
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Hamlet, but if Hamlet were in utero. Stay with me; it‘s amazing. Even though the plot of Hamlet is so well-known to me, I was still hoping against hope that it would change in this story. It‘s so interesting and insightful. McEwan is one of those authors who, even if you‘re not sure about the book, still manages to get under your skin.

Clare-Dragonfly What. 🤯 I haven‘t read McEwan since Namesake, but that was so great and I love Hamlet. I‘ll have to give this a try. 3w
BarbaraBB Great review! 3w
AshleyHoss820 @Clare-Dragonfly I really enjoyed this one! I have had a love/hate relationship with McEwan for awhile…like, I hate how much I love him…😂 I read Enduring Love years ago and I *still* think I about it. I hope you enjoy this! ☺️ 3w
AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraBB Thank you!! ☺️ 3w
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I‘m late, but since my list isn‘t changing anytime soon, who cares! 😂😂😂 Here‘s my October #bookspin list!

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The Sesame Street treasury. Vol. 1: Starring the number 1 and the letter A | Jim Henson, Children's Television Workshop, Tom Cooke, Linda Bove, National Theatre of the Deaf
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When life gets a little stressful, you need to get your serotonin on. I always find something nostalgic to bring back my smile. ☺️ It‘s no secret how much I love Sesame Street. I bought volume one as a depression purchase and I am so grateful to past me! 😂 The little story about Grover and Prairie Dawn figuring out how to tell a good story was so sweet. Just such well-produced educational tools. 🧡

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Oscar Wilde is one of the greatest wits of all time. I was reading this play, laughing the entire time, and scheming lessons/activities I could do with future classes. This is an absolute riot from start to finish.

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Hag-Seed | Margaret Atwood
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If you think I‘m not going to do this absolutely perfect assignment with my students, you are wrong. 😂 This is a modern re-telling of Shakespeare‘s The Tempest. Felix (Prospero) has been ousted from his job. To get revenge, he becomes a theater teacher at a prison. This was a fun read. I may be biased, though, because I haven‘t found an Atwood I don‘t like. My #DoubleBookSpin for September! I ordered my #bookspin book and it just came in today!

ChaoticMissAdventures In college one of my classes had us read the Tempest and then watch the old Forbidden Planet movie. Still one of my favorite assignments! 2mo
AshleyHoss820 @ChaoticMissAdventures Oh my gosh, I love it! I‘m going to tuck that away for future reference! Thank you! 😄 2mo
vivastory I have a poster of Shakespeare insults 😂 2mo
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AshleyHoss820 @vivastory YES!! That is amazing! I did a Shakespeare insult battle during my observations with a class of Seniors. It was a great time! 😄 (edited) 2mo
vivastory That's fantastic 🤣 2mo
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How to Enjoy Shakespeare | Robert Thomas Fallon
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The description says that this is for those with no prior exposure to Shakespeare. I can see that. I was hoping for some insight to get my freshmen students to get into Shakespeare, but this came up empty. The answer is jolly ranchers, in case you were wondering…Also, SparkNotes‘ twitter puts the lit in literature.

rabbitprincess Excellent use of Flight of the Conchords there 😂 2mo
AshleyHoss820 @rabbitprincess SparkNotes‘ meme game is top tier! 😂🤣 2mo
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I Must Betray You | Ruta Sepetys
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Honestly, after sitting on this one for a bit, my review can only be positive. At first, I was thinking, “Man, a lotta tell and no show.” But I think that‘s the point. No one in this novel could tell anyone anything. It‘s claustrophobic and you begin a mad spiral of distrust. I don‘t know much about this period in history (Romanian Revolution). Such a fascinating read. I will read this author again.

IuliaC Great review! I was only 7 when the revolution took place and I remember these were everyone's exact feelings during those days, fear, mistrust, nobody knew who to believe. I like this author and I'm really curious about this novel 😊 2mo
AshleyHoss820 @IuliaC That would be so terrifying, especially for such a young age! I definitely suggest this book! It‘s YA, so it‘s engaging and informative while not feeling over your head. I‘ve been told that Salt to the Sea is one of her best, so that‘s where I‘m headed next! Enjoy and happy reading!! 2mo
IuliaC @AshleyHoss820 "Salt to the Sea" is next on my list too. I've just finished "The Fountains of Silence". I liked that the novels are documented and very informative on bits of history I knew little about 2mo
AshleyHoss820 @IuliaC Yes! I like that too! I‘ll have to add Fountains of Silence to my list! 2mo
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The Most Dangerous Game | Richard Connell
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I‘m not sure how I have never read this delightful short story, but I‘m glad I have now! Is it a bit ridiculous? Sure. That doesn‘t stop it from being a fun little look at civility and savagery. That‘s right, I said “and” and not “versus.” 😂☺️ Rainsford is washed ashore on an island with a host who is interested in hunting the most dangerous game. What could he mean? If you haven‘t read this one yet, enjoy!

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The Spinster Book | MYRTLE REED
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I‘ve had this list saved for a while, but this semester has been busy! I‘m enjoying student teaching so far! ☺️ I will say, this is a different kind of busy than my usual! As always, this mood-reader is staying with the same list. I will say, though, it is making me read books that have been languishing on my TBRs for years! Yay!! #BookSpin #DoubleBookSpin

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The Stone Diaries | Carol Shields
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The writing in this book alone is worth it. This book follows Daisy Goodwill from her birth to her death. The way life can sometimes just happen to us, the way it can just slip right through our fingers. I love the addition of letters and snippets of dialogue from other characters to fill in Daisy‘s story. 222/1,001 #1001Books

BarbaraBB Happy to hear it is still as good as when I read it in the 90s 👵🏼 3mo
AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraBB 😂🤣 The 90‘s still feel like just a few years ago… 3mo
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Dr. Knox | Peter Spiegelman
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I really did enjoy this one. After knocking out The Nix earlier this year, this book was on my GoodReads TBR the longest. It‘s a thriller involving a doctor working at a skid-row clinic. When a woman & a young boy show up at his clinic, and the woman disappears, it dives Dr. Knox and his friends into a web of greed and high-power. The end got a *little* silly, but I loved the characters, so I didn‘t mind. My #doublebookspin for August. 📷: NYTimes

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Zorrie | Laird Hunt
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I would have to agree with this blurb about Zorrie. It‘s beautifully written and, as a Midwesterner, I felt at home in these pages. I appreciated the contemplative, lazy-river ride through Zorrie‘s life. (If you need a lot of action and climactic events, this one isn‘t for you.) Lovely read that will stay in my mind for a long time. My #BookSpin for August ☺️

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! 3mo
vivastory One of my favorites of the year. I also enjoyed Hunt's equally short, yet very different 2mo
AshleyHoss820 @vivastory Your review was the reason I put this on my TBR! ☺️ I have the book you tagged on my list too, and I am really looking forward to reading it! I really like his style! Thank you for the recs!! 2mo
vivastory Thanks! I'm glad that this was a winner for you. I agree about his style. 2mo
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Silent Wife | A S A Harrison
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This book was done a disservice by its marketing company. I'm going to start with that. This is not a thriller. It's a fascinating look at two psychologically flawed individuals, the chaos and harm they inflict on each other and everyone around them through their reckless/passive aggressive decision-making. There was a subplot involving Jodi & her brothers that needed more or to be left out. This was not a bad read, just not what I was expecting.

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All the President's Men | Carl Bernstein
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Had to make myself a little Who‘s Who packet for this book…😂🤷🏻‍♀️

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So, this was interesting. This came up on my Scrib‘d app as something I might be interested in, so I gave it a go. The cover led me to believe it would be something akin to Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, but it wasn‘t. Instead, this collects stories and folktales from the Jewish community. There were a couple stories that I didn‘t like, but overall it was an interesting read. ☺️

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Anthony Bourdain's Hungry Ghosts | Anthony Bourdain, Joel Rose
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I was leaning towards a so-so rating. I felt like the stories could have used more space to grow. The different styles of artwork worked well for me. I went with a pick because Bourdain explained that he wanted to pay homage to the pre-comics code era of Tales From the Crypt et al. It definitely fits the bill. I wish he knew how much we appreciated him. I found this because I was looking for Kitchen Confidential on Scrib‘d. This was a nice bonus.

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I can hardly believe this is true, but since AUGUST is right around the CORNER, here‘s my #BookSpin list! I begin student teaching this month, so I‘m keeping it the same all year to suit my mood reader‘s heart.

BarbaraBB What/Who is RM? 4mo
AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraBB He is Rap Monster, or Namjoon Kim (western form of his name), a member of the K-Pop group BTS. ☺️ He‘s a massive reader, so ARMY (their fan-base) has compiled lists of books that he has read/been seen reading, or that he has recommended! 4mo
BarbaraBB Cool. I googled him, and it‘s fascinating that he trade that much. Also he got taste! 4mo
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AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraBB He does! So I decided to add him to my BookSpin challenge! ☺️ I have a GoodReads shelf for him too. 4mo
BarbaraBB Are you a fan of his music too? 4mo
AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraBB Definitely! My favorite is Suga (Min Yoongi) and his solo work as Agust D. But I enjoy BTS‘ work! I‘m a pop music person. Actually, my musical tastes are fairly eclectic. Rap, pop music, 90‘s country, classical…😂 4mo
BarbaraBB That is quite a range! I have a rather broad taste in music too (rap, alternative, funk, Dutch, triphop) but I never listen to K-pop though I know it‘s quite popular. I will check out a playlist at work today! 4mo
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AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraBB You have a nice range of music too! I love it! I hope you enjoy it! If not, I‘m glad you gave it a try! ☺️☺️ 4mo
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“‘Are you cold?‘ Duck asked. ‘Shall I warm you a little?‘ Nobody had ever offered to do that for Death.” I was just going through my GoodReads WTR list and sorted it by page length. I am so glad I stumbled upon this adorable little story. Death isn‘t a malevolent entity. It‘s just there. Sometimes when we‘re ready, more often when we‘re not. It‘s a part of life, however. These illustrations beg to be decorations.

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Death is a difficult topic because it is so abstract. It often raises more questions than it answers. It is especially difficult to face the loss of someone we love. These 4 grandchildren try to keep Death awake by plying him w/ coffee. Maybe he‘ll go away and forget about taking their grandma. But Death tells the kiddos a story about the importance of grief and sorrow enhancing our joy and delight. A tender, delicate story w/ lovely illustrations

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Flatland | Edwin Abbott
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This is a fantastic bit of satire! I have no idea how I found it, but I am glad I did! It‘s a scathing indictment of how social structure, women, & the sciences were treated at the time (1884) which are depressingly familiar. I especially loved the interaction between the Sphere and the Square. We always think we‘re the principal view when we are so much smaller than that. Also, not me looking at this & wondering how the hell he got to his room…

wanderinglynn I‘ve had flatland on my TBR shelf for ages. I really should read it. 4mo
AshleyHoss820 @wanderinglynn It‘s just under 100 pages, so it goes fast! I read it in one sitting. There were mathematical bits that were over my head but, oddly, it didn‘t take away from my enjoyment of the book! ☺️ 4mo
wanderinglynn Good to know! It was the math bits that had me hesitating. 👍🏻 4mo
AshleyHoss820 @wanderinglynn I definitely read them, but I just enjoyed the ride and didn‘t try to make it make sense. 😂☺️ I don‘t think he‘s heavy-handed with it. I think the point is that, even though something is “obvious” or “clear” to you, that doesn‘t make it so for others. 4mo
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Regeneration | Pat Barker
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A look at how PTSD (or shell-shock, if you like) is treated during WWI. This is so interesting b/c it delves into subjects that are often quite touchy: mental health, toxic masculinity, treatment of women, the realities of war. It does so in such an introspective, tender way. The agony of a war doctor, to treat his patients simply to send them back into the machine that chewed them up & spit them out in the first place. 221/1,001 #1001Books

AshleyHoss820 This was my #DoubleBookSpin for July! Yay! 🎉☺️ 4mo
BarbaraBB I loved this one. It‘s one of those books that I still think about at times. 4mo
AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraBB Absolutely! I can see that happening with me as well! It‘s so gentle and yet so deep. I‘m looking forward to the rest of the trilogy. 4mo
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TheAromaofBooks Great review!! 4mo
CarolynM I love this book so much and I still think about it too @BarbaraBB There‘s a film about Sassoon called Benediction that isn‘t based on this book, but deals with his time at Craiglockhart in a similar way. 4mo
AshleyHoss820 @CarolynM That is fascinating! Thank you for the recommendation! I‘ll add it to my viewing list! ☺️ 4mo
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Absolute Rage | Robert K. Tanenbaum
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You know when you‘re packing for a trip and you‘re like, “There. I have everything I need.” But then your Midwestern Panic hits and you start shoving random crap in your bag b/c sure, you‘re only going for 3 days, but if you need those rhinestoned-to-hell stilettos and you don‘t have them, you‘re gonna look so silly. That‘s this book. It‘s a good plot, the characters are interesting. There‘s just SO👏🏻MUCH👏🏻SHOVED👏🏻IN👏🏻 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻

AshleyHoss820 This is the 14th book in the series & that may be the issue. There‘s always that need to “up the ante” as a procedural ages. Often, I was hooked, but then the author would divert to yet another plot (coal union corruption in WV, an angsty teen romance, precocious twin boys, a Vietnamese gangster) and we‘d start the dance all over again. The best part of the book, for me: the dogs, Gog and Magog. I‘ll try some others in the series before giving up. 4mo
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AshleyHoss820 @fredthemoose Thank you! 😂🤣 I love your username! ☺️ 4mo
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Absolute Rage | Robert K. Tanenbaum
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I don‘t even know what‘s happening with this book. If you cut out these weird asides that have nothing to do with the narrative (or maybe they do but they take me out of the plot), this book would maybe be half as long. There‘s just been some weird plot points/diversions. Has anyone else read this, or this series, cuz I‘m all alone in the review section. It was on a PDF I found for the #RoryGilmoreChallenge

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You could say that DFW is an acquired taste. I happen to be among those that love him. He‘s a lot like having a friend who is far smarter than you, but doesn‘t *know* they‘re far smarter than you and so does not talk down to you, but as an equal. Which is both confusing and wholesome. DFW has an acerbic wit. He‘s funny, intelligent, thought-provoking, and self-deprecating. I‘m glad I chose this for July‘s #BookSpin & the #RoryGilmoreChallenge

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
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This is from “Host,” the last essay in this collection. I very nearly bailed b/c Ziegler‘s attitude about saying the N-word “bEcAuSe ThEy SaY iT tOo,” & as some F-you to political correctness is so mind-numbingly stupid/arrogant. As someone who will be teaching English, I think DFW makes such a compelling argument about the difference between PC & being mindful about our speech & how it affects others. Words have power, else we wouldn‘t use them.

AshleyHoss820 I didn‘t really intend to have a soap-box moment, but I do have two sons on the Autism spectrum and when I hear the R-word casually thrown about, I wince. Stupid PC-stuff is like saying “economically challenged” instead of “poor.” It doesn‘t really matter what you call me, it doesn‘t change my financial situation. BUT, saying words that people won‘t even say/spell out b/c they are so painful, is downright despicable. End rant, I guess… 4mo
TrishB Rant away. You have a valid point! 4mo
AshleyHoss820 @TrishB ☺️ Thank you! I‘m usually a non-confrontational person, but there are a few things that get me heated: the use of derogatory language and banned books/censorship are just a couple…😄 4mo
Bookwomble @AshleyHoss820 I really think that the only people who say things like "economically challenged" are anti-woke polemicists with an axe to grind in the so-called culture wars. PC language is just about being empathetic and respectful. I also support your rant ✊? 4mo
AshleyHoss820 @Bookwomble Yes! I think you‘re right. ☺️ This essay was from 2005, which makes sense why he used that particular example (which I latched onto, apparently😂). I remember multiple debates in the early 00‘s about this and people freaking out on both sides for multiple reasons. I think my main goal is to be mindful of my speech, but to also actively work to make a difference in people‘s lives/situations. I‘ll be teaching by January, so 🤞🏻🤞🏻☺️ (edited) 4mo
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Not all ghost stories need to be guts and gore. Sometimes, it‘s what‘s left to the imagination. Perhaps you‘re just overthinking it. There‘s no way a skull, locked away in a hatbox, can scream…right? I bought this collection after seeing ShiningNathan reading it on TikTok. So glad I did. There‘s not much that can beat a Victorian-era ghost story. ☺️ #TikTokMadeMeBuyIt

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Man, I don‘t know. Once upon a time, I wrote a paper about female representation in superhero comics. I spent some time talking about the “Women in Refrigerators” phenomenon: violence enacted upon women for the sole purpose of furthering a male character‘s storyline. Without its presence, this would have received a solid 4 stars from me. I don‘t know if I‘ll read the rest of the series. I am befuddled. Well, June‘s #bookspin is done, anyway.

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 5mo
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Portable Dorothy Parker | Dorothy Parker
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My July #bookspin and #doublebookspin are a Rory Gilmore book and a Litsy TBR, respectively. Both the tagged book and DFW‘s Consider the Lobster are on the Gilmore list. I couldn‘t decide between them, so I‘ll read them both for a while and see which one I finish first! 😂 Regeneration is on the #1001books list, but unbeknownst to myself, I also put it on my Litsy stack, so…two birds, one stone. 😂 I think this will be a good reading month! 🤞🏻

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Good luck!! 5mo
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Deep Rivers | Jose Maria Arguedas
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I think, culturally, this book is important. Arguedas so fully and lovingly depicts Peru, I really want to visit. Ernesto, the narrator, is a boy at the center of a whirlpool, surrounded on all sides by violence and death. A boy caught between two cultures. Ernesto often waxes nostalgic, like a man close to death instead of a 14-year-old boy. It‘s an overwhelming, fascinating read. This was my #DoubleBookSpin for April. 220/1,001 #1001Books

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How often have you done it? You catch yourself seeing something for the first time, even though you‘ve walked past it a million times, seeing yet unseeing. Did something just move, ever so slightly, in your direction? Did it move because you noticed? Or did you notice because it moved? I love the thought of a world existing within our world, visible and invisible, the comfortable, safe world we think we know so well. Until we look too close.

BarbaraBB Intriguing review!! 5mo
AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraBB Thank you!! 🤗☺️ 5mo
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