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Auntynanny

Auntynanny

Joined May 2016

I'm so happy to be back on litsy!
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Fledgling: A Novel by Octavia E. Butler
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Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood
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Will of the Empress | Tamora Pierce
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Library haul 😊

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The Bar Code Prophecy | Suzanne Weyn
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I liked this series. I didn't find that the books went very in-depth with the main characters, but they were fast-paced and entertaining.

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Strike | Delilah S. Dawson
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This was a great sequel! I wish there were more in the series!

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I did some more Christmas shopping! Two are for me and four are gifts 😊

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Fledgling: A Novel | Octavia E. Butler
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Book haul from yesterday. 3 are for me and 2 are Christmas presents 😁

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The Bar Code Rebellion | Suzanne Weyn
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I liked this book a bit better than the first in the series. It's kind of surprising that it was written in 2006, a few years before the YA dystopic craze.

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I liked this book for the most part, but I wasn't completely satisfied by the ending. I didn't realize before I read it that it was written in 1999.

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Neverending Story | Michael Ende
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I enjoyed reading this and I put the movie on hold at the library. I'm forty-fifth in line 😄

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Bar Code Tattoo | Suzanne Weyn
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I accidentally got the third book in this trilogy from the library, so I decided to get the first and second as well so I could read them in order. I enjoyed this book, but I found it didn't really go very in-depth. It was a fast paced story and would be appropriate for kids 12 and up.

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Railsea | China Miville
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I didn't love this book the way I expected to. It was very original and the world-building was fascinating. I'm not even really sure what else I wanted from it, but I just wasn't blown away. I definitely plan to read more of his books, though.

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Jonny Appleseed | Joshua Whitehead
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What a beautiful novel! I can't wait to read his other book: “Full Metal Indigiqueer“. I really want to read more Aboriginal and LGBTQ literature 💖

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I Hunt Killers | Barry Lyga
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This book was exciting and fast-paced. Barry Lyga is one of my favourite authors.

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I think I might have liked these poems better if I had read them in print instead listening to the audio. The poems were read by the author, and I just wasn't crazy about her voice. Some of the poems were quite moving, though.

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High School | Tegan Quin
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I loved this book! It's funny how a book about someone else's high school experience brought my own high school memories into sharper focus.

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Nickel Boys | Colson Whitehead
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I was so excited to see Colson Whitehead on The Daily Show! I can't wait to read his latest novel!

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The Bar Code Prophecy | Suzanne Weyn
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A modest library haul 😊

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What a fascinating book! This is the first book I've read by Colson Whitehead and I can't wait to read more!

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Cold Cereal | Adam Rex
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I loved this book! It was fun and unique and so very entertaining! I look forward to reading the rest of the series!

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This was a really interesting collection. I listened to it as an audio book and I liked that it alternated narrators throughout. I felt a lot of empathy for the writers of these stories.

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Thunderhead (Reprint) | Neal Shusterman
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I am loving this series! I had planned to wait to buy the final book in the trilogy until it was out in paperback, but with that cliff-hanger ending I don't know if I'll be able to!

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I bought this book in Vienna. It's been a long time since I've read a book in German. I'm sure that I didn't get every nuance, but I think I understood it pretty well. I would be interested to read more about Vienna after World War I.

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Unicorns 101 | Cale Atkinson
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This was a fun picture book. My girls especially enjoyed looking for fairies on this page.

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Room 5608 | Haley Macleod
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I don't know much about poetry, but I really enjoyed this. I hope to see more from this author in the future.

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This was an amazing sequel. I can't decide whether I want to read the third book in the trilogy right away or save it so that it's not over for me!

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Dreamers | Yuyi Morales
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This book definitely gave me the warm fuzzies. An immigrant woman and her child find themselves in a library. They learn English from books, as well as discovering art and literature. 💖

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Mrs Dalloway | Virginia Woolf
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This is the first book I've read by Virginia Woolf, and I'm sure it won't be the last. She had an unusual storytelling style. The entire book takes place over the span of one day in 1923. The narrative shifts between various characters.

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Europe: A History | Norman Davies
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I finally finished this mammoth audio book. I enjoyed it and I think I learned a few things, but it was 60 hours long, so it took a really long time to get through.

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I enjoyed this comic, and I'll probably read the second book at some point. It just didn't really grab me, though.

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The Hive | Barry Lyga, Morgan Baden, Jennifer Beals, Tom Jacobson
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I was pretty excited to get to see Barry Lyga compete in a literary deathmatch.

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Jonny Appleseed | Joshua Whitehead
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I went to my first Wordfest Literary Deathmatch on Wednesday, and I managed to restrict myself to only buying three books 😁

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This book was so beautifully illustrated, and I really enjoyed the retelling of these fairytales. I'm excited to read the next volume. Also, I have a bunch of new artists to look up! 🎨

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Heads You Win | Jeffrey Archer
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It's been a while since I've read a Jeffrey Archer book. I always enjoy his storytelling style. This one was a bit different, because there were two parallel stories, of two different versions of the same person. I liked this novel, but I wasn't as satisfied with the twist at the end as I have been with his previous stories.

Shamzi I agree, up until the last few pages it was very enjoyable. The ending was so abrupt, it didn't make sense to me! 2mo
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For Whom the Bell Tolls | Ernest Hemingway
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This is the first Hemingway novel I've read. I was a bit apprehensive, because I wasn't sure if I would like it or if it would be too difficult for me. I was pleasantly surprised. Also, I don't know much about the Spanish Civil War, so I was glad to learn more. It was informative as well as disturbing.

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High School | Tegan Quin
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I can't wait to read this!

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I've had both of these on my TBR for a while. Looking forward to finally reading them!

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I went clothes shopping at Value Village yesterday and figured I should pick up some kid's books as well. There are three little free libraries near where I live that I've taken books from. The kid's books always seem to go first, so I thought these would be good additions.

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Bombshells Vol. 1: Enlisted | Marguerite Bennett
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I read this to fulfill Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge #21: A comic by an LGBTQIA creator. I really liked it! It's a sort of superheroine retelling of World War II. The artwork is gorgeous as well.

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Neverwhere | Neil Gaiman
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Billy's not sure how he feels about posing with books.

I really enjoyed Neverwhere. I'm very curious to see the tv show as well. In the introduction, Gaiman explained that he first wrote this story for a tv show, and decided to write it as a novel so that he could fix things he didn't like about the show, or things that had been changed by other people working on it.

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Istanbul Noir | Amy Spangler, Mustafa Ziyalan
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I'm not sure why this picture ended up so blurry. The book kind of matches Billy :) This is the fourth book I've read in the Noir series. I think it's my favourite so far. The stories are creepy and entertaining.

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I went to Chapters to buy a new book of kakuros and I couldn't resist picking up a couple of novels 😁

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A modest library haul 😊

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Pickwick Papers | Charles Dickens
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This was an enjoyable, rambling story.

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This book was really interesting. Unlike many of Michener's books which span centuries, this one took place entirely in 1946. I learned a lot about the geography and culture of Afghanistan at this time.

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White Cat | Holly Black
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I really enjoyed this! The world this story is set in is mainly like our own. The big difference is the existence of “Curse Workers,“ who are able to perform various types of magic through the touch of their hand. For this reason, everyone in this world wears gloves and Curse Workers are looked upon with suspicion.

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Iron King | Julie Kagawa
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I read a later book in this series years ago, and I've been meaning to read the first book since then. I quite liked it and look forward to reading the rest of the series. It has an interesting blend of old faery tales with new elements. The “Iron Fey“ are a new type of faery, immune to iron, that are taking on the Seelie and Unseelie kingdoms.

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This was such a bizarre story. It would be difficult to believe if it weren't a true story. A man broke into a branch of the British Natural History Museum in order to steal rare bird skins. He sold these to fellow fly-fishing lure-making enthusiasts, as well as using some in his own work.

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She of the Mountains | Vivek Shraya
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This book alternates between a very personal story and a retelling of Hindu mythology. I was excited to find out that Vivek Shraya is from Edmonton, Alberta (Canada). It's rare for me to read books that reference places near where I grew up. Raymond Biesinger illustrated the book. I love the simplicity and symbolic elements of his work. I now follow both Shraya and Biesinger on Instagram and look forward to seeing more of their work.

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The Glass Palace | Ghosh, Amitav
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As always, Amitav Ghosh is amazing. This book starts off in 1885, when British forces overthrew the Burmese king and exiled him and his family to India. The story spans three generations and goes back and forth between Burma/Myanmar, India and Malaysia. I always especially enjoy Ghosh's books because they revolve around parts of history that I wasn't previously aware of.

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I enjoyed this book, I didn't love it. It was an entertaining read and I liked the unusual storytelling format. I felt a bit disappointed with the ending, though.

Allthebookclubs Yes! I felt cheated on the ending. It happened so fast. Plus I want to know MORE!!! 2mo
Auntynanny That's exactly how I felt! 2mo
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I bought this book in the train station in Krakow, while I was waiting to catch the train to Warsaw. I needed a new book and this seemed like an appropriate one to read while I was in Poland. It is based on the fascinating true story of Dita Krauss, who became a guardian of books while imprisoned in Auschwitz.