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Clare-Dragonfly

Clare-Dragonfly

Joined September 2016

Writer, reader, mama, knitter, baker, editor, Hufflepuff. she/her
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The End of Policing | Alex Vitale
Mehso-so

To my surprise, this doesn‘t lay out a comprehensive vision of a world or country without police. It does go through arguments for policing and tear them down one by one, offering more humane alternatives. I was already familiar with most of the anti-police arguments, but it was good to get more information, though the writing is quite dry. I am no more convinced than I was going in, but I was already pretty convinced.

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The Burn | Annie Oldham
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Bookish serendipity! #PemberLittens

nanuska_153 "I have never held a book in my hands; all of our text are digital" #hell Go and sniff that Jane Eyre! (Yes, I'm one of those book smellers 1h
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A Closed and Common Orbit | Becky Chambers
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I went to the library to pick up my hold on A Closed and Common Orbit (finally!) and… well, they had a Halloween display… 🧙🏻‍♀️🦇👻🎃

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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront

St. John: Jane, will you do X?
Jane: Yes, if Y.
St. John: Y is impossible.
Jane: Then no X.
St. John: OK, I‘ll leave for 2 weeks so you can think about it.

St. John: *doesn‘t leave*
Also St. John: HOW DARE YOU NOT DO X LIKE YOU PROMISED. NOW YOU WILL GO TO HELL

#PemberLittens

quietjenn 🤣 he is the worst 1d
shanaqui ...This does make me tempted to reread Jane Eyre, all the same! 15h
Clare-Dragonfly @shanaqui I‘m definitely enjoying the reread! As before, I love Jane and hate all the men. 😂 15h
BarkingMadRun 🤣🤣🤣 11h
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The Burn | Annie Oldham

So this is turning out to be a post-apocalyptic Little Mermaid. Yes, I see why I needed to have it 😂

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The Burn | Annie Oldham
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And here‘s my #bookspinbingo card for October. My #bookspin is The Burn and my #doublespin is The Glory. I don‘t remember anything about either of them which makes them great choices for my goal of reading books that have been on my Kindle for a long time 😂

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Evernight | Claudia Gray
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Bailedbailed

I was enjoying this for a while. No work of genius, but a cute teen paranormal romance. Dark and mysterious boarding school! Mysterious sexy men! Mysterious cliques! And then… it‘s not mysterious at all. Bianca, the POV character, has known what‘s going on the whole time. 🙄🙄🙄 I‘m out.

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Northanger Abbey | Jane Austen
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My copy of Northanger Abbey is this free Kindle one that I downloaded many years ago. I tried to open it in the Kindle cloud reader yesterday and it told me it could only be opened in the Kindle app! It‘s working in my iPhone app and I‘m curious what will happen if I try to open it on my Paperwhite, but that‘s on airplane mode so I won‘t do that soon 😂 This is my third time reading. #PemberLittens

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And here‘s my #bookspin list for October!

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A Psalm of Storms and Silence | Roseanne A. Brown
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My #bookspin board for September… I came so close to a bingo. But The End of Policing is such slow going 😭

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Elatsoe | Darcie Little Badger
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Pickpick

Such a fun, sweet book! I love Ellie, Jay, Kirby, and all the other characters in this book (even the bad guys). The worldbuilding is delightful and I love the way Little Badger uses Lipan Apache folklore and experiences without shying away from the hard stuff, as much as feasible in an MG/YA book. This did feel a little younger than my preference for books, and there is a chapter near the end in another character‘s POV that really jarred me.

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A Psalm of Storms and Silence | Roseanne A. Brown
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Damn, this gets DARK. Not like “grimdark, everybody dies,” like “manipulation, gaslighting, and abuse; you can‘t trust your own mind and no one else can either.”

Also it‘s got Ife.

It‘s great and you should read it.

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My haul from the Renaissance festival this weekend. I wasn‘t sure about Wild Witchcraft but it seemed really compelling so I‘m pleased to see I had already stacked it from a post by @slategreyskies 😁 there was no signal so I couldn‘t check Litsy at the time of consideration!

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Professor Kirke‘s house. It sounds like a great house on its own… and it has a portal to Narnia inside! 😁

#SundayFunday @ozma.of.oz

ozma.of.oz That was one I was considering too! Thank you for posting! 2w
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A Psalm of Storms and Silence | Roseanne A. Brown

OK, Dedele is great, especially in the first book, but Ife is now MY FAVORITE.

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The Fervor | Alma Katsu
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Bailedbailed

I didn‘t get along with the writing style. I tried to give it a shot in hopes it would become scary, but it just wasn‘t working for me. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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A Song of Wraiths and Ruin | Roseanne A. Brown
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Wow!!! This started out slow and ended with a bang… or more accurately a series of bangs, like a spectacular fireworks display. I LOVE Karina (so tortured, clever, and resourceful—more than she realizes) and Malik isn‘t too bad either. So many twists I didn‘t see coming! I put the second book on hold right away. Excited for more Dedele and Afua 😁

Also, JKR is awful but there were clear HP references in this book and I am here for it. 😂

tokorowilliamwallace Nice Maryland! I loved the Baltimore County system event calendar. 2 author talks with free food, a punk concert, a jazz concert, are some of them I was able to attend. 3w
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The Mermaid | Christina Henry
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What can I say but that this book is like its protagonist, who is like the ocean? I really enjoyed reading this along with the #LMPBC notes from @KristiAhlers and @wordslinger42 . @ozma.of.oz I‘ll have it off to you soon!

KristiAhlers Yay! I‘m glad you enjoyed it! 4w
ozma.of.oz Sounds lovely! ❤️ 4w
wordslinger42 I'm glad you liked it! 💙 4w
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Another great #littlefreelibrary haul!

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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront

“What do I want? A new place, in a new house, amongst new faces, under new circumstances: I want this because it is of no use wanting anything better.”

Oh, Jane. 💔

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The Lost Girls | Sonia Hartl
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What a fun revenge romp! It‘s a little silly, and the way the vampires work seemed a little too “different for the sake of being different,” but I loved the characters, the way the very different women banded together to get revenge on the man who hurt and formed them—and to keep him from doing it to others. Plus, sapphic romance! This was indeed very cathartic and satisfying to read.

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Nona the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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Yessss

My brother got Ianthe. He is not pleased 😂

https://www.riddle.com/view/394383

shanaqui I reaaaally need to read this series, don't I? 4w
Clare-Dragonfly @shanaqui Yesssss! Book 3 (of 4) is coming out shortly! 4w
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The Mists of Avalon | Marion Zimmer Bradley
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#basicwitchswap Favorite Things
1. Pink! Not very witchy, perhaps, but I can be both Glinda and the Wicked Witch of the West.
2. Herbal and floral: lavender, rose, mint, rosemary. And pumpkin spice, of course.
3. Tagged
4. Queen of Swords
5. Fluorite
6. Dark chocolate
7. Lavender
8. All of it! The costumes, the candy, the thinning of the veil.

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Mehso-so

I waffled between a pick and a so-so for this book. It‘s well-written with a powerful, meaningful story, but it‘s way more character than plot and didn‘t really grab me. I felt like the epilogue was a little pasted on—I wasn‘t sure whether to believe it, like it was the product of Gifty‘s imagination rather than her actual life, but I wasn‘t in deep enough to feel much about it. I did appreciate that Gifty‘s sexuality wasn‘t a source of angst.

lirahlu Her first book "Homecoming" was sooooo good. The premise of this one seemed meh to me. 1mo
Clare-Dragonfly @lirahlu Yeah, I really liked Homegoing! I admit I didn‘t know anything about this book going in. I just saw Yaa Gyasi in the #littlefreelibrary and went “gimme” 😆 1mo
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For the Wolf | Hannah Whitten
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August #bookspin board. I forgot to fill in the squares for Owl People and The Heartbreak Bakery but I still wouldn‘t have gotten a bingo. I totally thought I would get one but my hold on A Closed and Common Orbit never came in! It‘s my #doublespin for September, though, so 🤞🏻

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September, September | Shelby Foote
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Coming in just before the end of the month, my #bookspin list for September! @TheAromaofBooks

Um, just noticed a typo. That last one should of course be “A Closed and Common Orbit” 😅

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
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The Lost Girls | Sonia Hartl
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Oh, I just BET he did.

I have a feeling reading this book is going to be very cathartic.

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The Lost Girls | Sonia Hartl
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I‘m out supervising the little boys (4 and 6) while they play in the sand. Vacation is nice.

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The Heartbreak Bakery | A. R. Capetta
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Pickpick

Delightful, heartwarming, magical. I‘ve been having a rough week and this was the perfect anecdote. I need to read more by A. R. Capetta!

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(Not in Litsy‘s database) This creepy faerie story felt a little slow at first… maybe because it started off with human characters. But it quickly leaves them behind and focuses on a fox fairy, an owl person, a hive of pixies, and a trio of witches. The story is delightfully creepy and intriguing. My brother (who is friends with the author) loaned this to me and I‘m really hoping he has the next book to lend as well!

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The Heartbreak Bakery | A. R. Capetta
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Oh yeah, this book is exactly what I need right now. Thanks to @CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian for the recommendation! I was so tempted to make these brownies today but I don‘t have the appropriate chocolate or any dried cherries.

KateReadsYA Hahaha that's great! I love the emphasis of the chocolate 1mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian Yay I'm so glad you liked it! 1mo
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For the Wolf | Hannah Whitten
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Pickpick

For most of this book I liked it a lot but wasn‘t sure it would live up to the hype… but then things started coming together, and exploding, and WOW, it totally does. I love all the characters, the setting, and the twists on fairy tales so big they leave the original stories in the dust. I want to play a video game set in the Wilderwood (I don‘t even play video games)! Of course I put For the Throne on hold immediately.

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Bailedbailed

I really thought I would like this but the writing style… it‘s just absolutely not working for me. I tried. #doublespin

KristiAhlers I couldn‘t be bothered either. Borrowed it from a friend who bailed as well. (edited) 1mo
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One of Us Is Next | Karen M. Mcmanus
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Mehso-so

This was interesting, but not as compelling as One of Us Is Lying. I didn‘t fall for the characters either, though I found Phoebe surprisingly relatable. The mystery was nice and twisty but overly dramatic. The twist at the end shocked me, but I didn‘t like the characters‘ reaction to it… maybe it would have worked better for me if I‘d been prepared for it? Spoilery discussion of it in comments…

P.S. This is my August #bookspin.

Clare-Dragonfly It‘s hard for me to believe that the lawyer would believe Phoebe and Emma saying they didn‘t know anything after their reactions when they read Owen‘s comments, and then it would have fallen apart, so the drama at the end doesn‘t seem sustainable. Though thinking about it, I do like (in a chilling way) the thought that shielding Owen from consequences is just what happened with Brandon… 2mo
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A Fantasy Medley 3 | Kevin Hearne, Laura Bickle, Aliette de Bodard, Jacqueline Carey
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On the way home from the post office yesterday I stopped at the #littlefreelibrary. So I left the house with one book and returned with another 😁

ravenlee Maintaining equilibrium - good for you! 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly @ravenlee Of course, the book I shipped was for #LMPBC and I already have the next one in the round, plus my original book will be returned to me, so… equilibrium was already maintained 🤣 2mo
ravenlee Ssshhh! Not the point - your personal book equilibrium was at risk, walking around without a proper book chaperone! 2mo
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Thorn | Intisar Khanani
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@ozma.of.oz On its way to you!

I continue to be amazed at the cheapness of Media Mail.

ozma.of.oz Yay! I‘m so excited to get to this one! 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly @ozma.of.oz I hope you love it! 2mo
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For the Wolf | Hannah Whitten
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If I‘d known this hold was going to come in today, I would‘ve worn this pendant! I guess I‘ll wear it tomorrow 😆

I‘m loving this so far. It is absolutely giving me chills. Rory Power vibes. (And just like with Power‘s latest, I long for a map.)

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Cards of Grief | Jane Yolen
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Mehso-so

A strange story about anthropologists studying an alien culture. I think I would‘ve given it a pick if the anthros hadn‘t reinforced the culture‘s racism, or if they‘d been better at the whole “don‘t mess with the culture” thing, or if it weren‘t for some biological weirdness (convergent evolution?). It is a really interesting and different alien culture.

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One of Us Is Next | Karen M. Mcmanus
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Took advantage of my son wanting to go in the backyard to get a few pages read in the beautiful afternoon weather!

Chelsea.Poole Great photo! 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly @Chelsea.Poole Thank you! I was pleasantly surprised by what I managed by just holding the phone at arm‘s length 😂 2mo
tokorowilliamwallace I like the hat. Quality. 2mo
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Thorn | Intisar Khanani
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Mehso-so

I really liked the way this took a simple fairy tale and expanded it into a much more complex novel. Unfortunately, I didn‘t much like the protagonist. She was a lovely person but too wishy-washy.

@ozma.of.oz I‘ll probably send this off to you next Saturday, since that‘s the only day of the week I can get to the post office while it‘s open! #LMPBC

ozma.of.oz I‘m so excited for this! 💖 2mo
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The Siren of Sussex | Mimi Matthews
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Bailedbailed

I picked this up because I heard it had lots of descriptions of fashion and fabric. It had some, but not to the level of detail I wanted (at least not so far). I was looking for Bernadette Banner, and this is… a historical romance. I feel like I should have liked the characters but I just wasn‘t interested in their romance. Not a bad book, but not for me.

shanaqui Ooh, sounds like I might be interested though! 2mo
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The Jasmine Throne | Tasha Suri
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I greatly enjoyed this sweeping fantasy romance. The worldbuilding is beautiful and expansive, and all the characters are fascinating. It felt quite long, because it‘s first in a trilogy and the things I thought would be in the second book happened in this one… and it looks like even bigger things await in book two! It‘s not an unmitigated pick, as it leaned a bit on one of my pet peeves, but I‘ll be reading the next book anyway.

slategreyskies Oh, I‘m glad it ended up being good! I‘ll have to move it up my TBR. :) 2mo
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#bookhaul
I don‘t normally buy hardbacks unless it‘s an author I absolutely love, but this sounds right up my alley, the cover is gorgeous, and it was on a table at my local indie bookstore… so I got sucked in.

shanaqui Ooh, let us know how it is! 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly @shanaqui Of course! 2mo
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The Jasmine Throne | Tasha Suri
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“But some men dream of times long dead, and times that never existed, and they‘re willing to tear the present apart entirely to get them.”

I am greatly enjoying this book. The South Asian-inspired fantasy world is wonderful (with such a gorgeous map), and I‘m fascinated by all the intertwining, conflicting loyalties and motivations.

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Of course, the first thing I did was find and read my awesome friend Embry‘s wonderful essay! If you are interested in historical and/or genderqueer garment sewing, you should check out their YouTube channel, Be Queer Make Stuff!

AshleyHoss820 Embry looks like a super fun person! I love this! ☺️🎉 2mo
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YAY, my copy of Make, Sew and Mend finally arrived! 😍🪡

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The Witness for the Dead | Katherine Addison
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I got a #bookspinbingo in July! Will I ever make a bingo without liberal use of free spaces? Um… perhaps 😂

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Thorn | Intisar Khanani
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Excited to dive into this #LMPBC book!

shanaqui I've been meaning to read Thorn for aaages. 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly @shanaqui It‘s been on my list for a long time too! 2mo
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The Jasmine Throne | Tasha Suri
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One thing that is sort of fun and sort of annoying about my habit of putting ebooks on hold and then continually delaying the hold until I get around to reading the book is that I forget what the book is about or where I heard about it. Scrolling back quickly through the posts about this book, it looks like I put it on hold when @slategreyskies posted about it. What‘s it about? No idea, but I look forward to finding out! 😂

slategreyskies I don‘t remember what it‘s about either! 🤣 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly @slategreyskies Well, that‘s not very promising! 😂 I‘m really into it so far! 2mo
slategreyskies Well, I didn‘t read it yet. I think it was a deal on kindle or something, since I‘m fairly certain I have a copy of it. 🤣 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly @slategreyskies Oh, that makes more sense 😆 2mo
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