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Clare-Dragonfly

Clare-Dragonfly

Joined September 2016

Writer, reader, mama, knitter, baker, editor, Hufflepuff. she/her
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How to Be an Antiracist | Ibram X. Kendi
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Wonderful find at the #littlefreelibrary!

marleed Yes it is!! 49m
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Mehso-so

I found this book kind of frustrating! I appreciate Oster‘s approach to making decisions and I think I can use it. However, she spends a lot of time talking about having a “big picture” for your family and using that to guide your decisions. But I don‘t understand how to come up with a big picture, what that looks like, or—outside of a few examples—how to apply them to decisions. In the studies at the end, big pictures are not referred to.

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The Rules of Magic | Alice Hoffman
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Why has it taken me so long to read Alice Hoffman?! This is a delight so far. And I enjoyed encountering a kindred spirit in some past borrower who corrected a typo 😆

Amiable Love that edit! 🙌🏼 1w
monalyisha Love everything about this post! 1w
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Emily Oster: “Most kids don‘t read until first grade.”
My not-quite-four-year-old: “Does that say ‘on the moon,‘ Mama?”
Me: “Yes, it does. Very good reading!”

#raisingreaders

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Anxious People: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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Bailedbailed

Nope! This is stressful!

Third book for #newyearwhodis @HOTPock3tt @monalyisha

monalyisha Oh, wow! I‘ve heard this is funny! 1w
Clare-Dragonfly @monalyisha It is, I guess? But I wasn‘t enjoying it. 1w
monalyisha @Clare-Dragonfly Fair! 1w
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shanaqui I saw a review of this which said everyone acts like “bumbling idiots“ and knew it would not be for me -- second-hand embarrassment is a killer. 1w
Clare-Dragonfly @shanaqui Yes—I think the secondhand embarrassment is a big part of why I didn‘t like it! 1w
fredthemoose This is not my best quality, but it makes me happy knowing other people couldn‘t stand this book 1w
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The City We Became | N.K. Jemisin
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Mehso-so

I can see why people love this. I liked the concepts and the character relationships. But it just didn‘t do it for me.

2nd book for #NewYearWhoDis @HOTPock3tt @monalyisha

monalyisha Oh, bummer! I still need to read her. Planning on starting with The Fifth Season when I do. 1w
Clare-Dragonfly @monalyisha I bailed on The Fifth Season! But I‘m glad I gave her another try. 1w
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Gravemaidens | Kelly Coon
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I really wanted to like this book, which seems to be set in a Sumerian-inspired world, but I simply cannot. Both the romance and the mystery feel utterly forced, like the protagonist knows the problem and just refuses to actually say it, instead going to great lengths to look for other solutions.

shanaqui Huh. That's a pretty unique (in my experience) setting inspiration. Shame it doesn't work out. 2w
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Wayward Witch | Zoraida Cordova
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Loved this conclusion (?) to the Brooklyn Brujas trilogy! Rose is such a fantastic character and her adventure is an exciting ride. The thread of family that connects and enhances all three of these books is wonderful. I‘m hoping we‘ll get a Nova book soon!

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Legendborn | Tracy Deonn
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Wow! What a fantastic start to my reading year! 🙌🏻 I loved every bit of this book. It has all the YA tropes in all the right places to make it feel comfortable and familiar, but it goes out and deep in all new ways. I loved the fancy European high magic, the use of Arthurian legend, the dark academia setting, and the way Deonn did not shy from confronting all that colonizer history. Plus the inclusion of African syncretic magical traditions!

Clare-Dragonfly First book for #newyearwhodis – thanks @HOTPock3tt and @monalyisha ! And it‘s my #bookspin as well! 3w
monalyisha Oooo may have to add this one to my list, too! Thanks @HOTPock3tt & @Clare-Dragonfly! 3w
shanaqui Good to hear this one knocked your socks off! I've been meaning to read it for sooo long now. 3w
Clare-Dragonfly @shanaqui If it helps, this also has an important secondary character who is non-binary! Plus, Cymraeg! 3w
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The Bone Maker: A Novel | Sarah Beth Durst
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I couldn‘t get a very good picture but I did get a bingo in December—diagonal from the bottom left! And $16.55 for #pennyperpage. That was a fun experiment—I think I‘ll make sure to budget myself a minimum amount for books each month so that I know I‘ll be able to buy books when I want them.

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Legendborn | Tracy Deonn
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I LOVE that this world has not only the Basic Important European Ceremonial Magick, but also acknowledges that other cultures have their own magical traditions!

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I finally scraped together enough brain cells to put together my #bookspin #bookspinbingo list! Looking forward to the new game in the new year!

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Legendborn | Tracy Deonn
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Yay! I am in the middle of a couple of other books but I think I‘ll be focusing on this #NewYearsWhoDis pick for this New Year‘s Day 😁

monalyisha Hooray! Happy New Year! And happy first day of #NYWD22! ✨🎉📚 3w
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Wayward Witch | Zoraida Cordova
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I love this! And I love how comfortably everyone seems to accept Lin‘s gender—or lack thereof.

shanaqui Ooh. Is Lin a main character? (Though I'm interested in finally reading a book by this author anyyyway, I'd be extra curious if Lin is a significant part of the book.) 3w
Clare-Dragonfly @shanaqui I‘d say Lin is an important secondary character, but not a main character. This is also the third book in a trilogy but I do highly recommend 3w
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And, of course, I loved it! I love Murderbot, and ART, and their developing relationship, and all the humans. I found the conclusion difficult to follow, but that may have more to do with being sick than the book—and the emotional aspects are certainly clear enough.

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Season of Mists | Neil Gaiman, Kelley Jones
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Great, as always. Love the decision to torture someone by giving them something that everyone wants and they don‘t. Also, love Nuala and Princess Jemmy.

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After two DNFs and a book that should have been, I decided to read something that I know I‘ll like!

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This book was quite stupid. I think I kept reading just to see how stupid it would get. The answer is: incredibly stupid. (I‘ll put the stupid conclusion in a spoiler comment.)

I heard there might be witch knitting cozy mysteries and I found them. I think I can definitively say that cozy mysteries are not for me 😂

Clare-Dragonfly The villain threatens to kill the protagonist, says no one will ever know what she knows about his guilt in the other murders, then shoots her… all being recorded by cameras THAT HE HIMSELF HAS JUST INSTALLED. 4w
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It‘s a bit difficult to review this book when I haven‘t gone through any of the exercises 😆 But it is clearly written, though I had some difficulty following the last couple chapters, which build on those that go before. I feel confident that if and when I do go through the exercises, I will develop my psychic ability and improve my magick.

hannah-leeloo I love this cover 😍 4w
Clare-Dragonfly @hannah-leeloo There are quite nice illustrations in the book, too! 4w
hannah-leeloo I'll have a look thank you 🤗 4w
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Mercury Boys | Chandra Prasad
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Bailedbailed

A book about teen girls who discover they can travel back in time using daguerreotypes sounds right up my alley, but I couldn‘t stand the writing style (I don‘t need to be told every little step in Saskia‘s morning routine) and kept rolling my eyes.

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The Bone Maker: A Novel | Sarah Beth Durst
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I loved this! 25 years after they defeated the Big Bad, the heroes suspect he has returned. It‘s time to hand this over to the younger generation… right? This had some tropes I love and twist after twist, most of them just the right side of predictable for me. Zera reminded me of Zoya from the Grishaverse. The romances were perfect and I LOVED Kreya‘s little rag doll constructs! @HOTPock3tt – if you like, consider this added to #newyearwhodis!

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The Devil Comes Courting | Courtney Milan
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It‘s amazing how light Milan was able to make this book feel considering how very much of it was about racism. I enjoyed the characters and the twist on actual telegraphic history. It did drag on a bit in the middle and I feel like Grayson was being a bit of an idiot—a point on which I‘m sure Amelia agrees with me!

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I definitely enjoyed this follow-up for the solitary practitioner! I‘m not Wiccan, and I appreciated that Cunningham more clearly delineated between what is Wiccan and what is other religion or other magic. Also, I appreciated the gentle snark 😆

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Becoming Crone | Lydia M. Hawke
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I didn‘t love this but it was fun! It was like a YA fantasy novel with an older protagonist—not to say that Claire isn‘t believable as a 60-year-old grandmother, but that it‘s light, a bit tropey, and made me roll my eyes more than once. I‘m looking forward to my book club‘s discussion and I‘m considering buying the sequel. I want to know more about the midwitches!

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“If hating one‘s body effectively motivated change, do you really think there would be many heavy people in the world?”

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You Love Me: A You Novel | Caroline Kepnes
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I forgot to put this book in one of the free squares 🤨 Oh well—I wouldn‘t have a #bookspinbingo anyway!

Pretty good but not great reading month. $15.28 for #pennyperpage.

tokorowilliamwallace How do you decide the placements for books/numbers and free squares? It doesn't look like the numbers from the list are in order? Are you supposed to place the first number picks from your list first on the board in a certain order? 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly @tokorowilliamwallace @TheAromaofBooks runs #bookspinbingo! She posted the December board yesterday—go check out the post on her page and all shall be revealed! 2mo
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Here is my list for #bookspin #bookspinbingo!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
tokorowilliamwallace Nice, it looks like you have Verso London publication on there! It's my favorite publication house (because philosophy, psychoanalysis, feminist theory, cultural studies, critical theory/cultural criticism, economics, justice, radical theory, post-colonialist thought, &c.) (edited) 2mo
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“When is the last time you ate a meal made without opening a can, bag, or jar or handing over money at a drive-through window?”

Um… right now. This very minute as I read. 😆

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Becoming Crone | Lydia M. Hawke

This was picked by one of my book club members. I was hesitant because it‘s not at the library and I don‘t like spending money on books if I‘m not sure I‘m going to like it, but this is a lot of fun so far! And it‘s definitely refreshing to have a heroine who‘s 60 instead of 16, much as I love YA fantasy.

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My #newyearwhodis list from @HOTPock3tt ! I‘ve already read some of these (One Last Stop almost made it onto my own list), and I‘m excited to read some of the others! Legendborn has been on my TBR for a while so I‘m definitely starting with that one—it sounds right up my alley! Plus I see that @AbigailJaneBlog , provider of last year‘s fantastic NYWD list, loved it too! 😄

AbigailJaneBlog YES IT WAS SO GOOD! I'm actually sending it out as part of one of my holiday swaps 🔥🔥🔥 2mo
TheKidUpstairs One Last Stop is on so many lists! @monalyisha put it on her list too, and it's available at my library so I'm excited to read it! The hardest part is waiting until January to start! 2mo
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You Love Me: A You Novel | Caroline Kepnes
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I liked this one a lot more than Hidden Bodies—it felt like a return to the Joe we hate to love and things not going weirdly, irrationally well for him. The only things that go well are because he‘s managed to convince people that he‘s such a great guy… and some things go very badly for him because of that. And so many characters that are so delicious to hate, just like in You!

I still feel like Love makes no sense though.

Clare-Dragonfly But… Joe didn‘t kill anybody in this book?! It was hilarious how many people “just happened” to die around him, but for a Joe book there was a distinct lack of murder. 2mo
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Magick and salad for lunch!

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I remember this being my favorite of the Sandman books, though I‘m not sure it is anymore! I really enjoy the Calliope script at the end, though I noticed several places where Gaiman‘s descriptions are deviated from in the art to make it more sexual (note: TW for rape)—which is pretty disappointing.

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If I Was Your Girl | Meredith Russo
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I had a tough day yesterday and the day off today (thank you, veterans!) so I indulged in some retail therapy. #bookhaul I was wavering on whether to buy the candle, but once I found a book I wanted, I figured I might as well go for both!

398.2 Good choice on the candle! 2mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego That candle is perfect. 2mo
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You Love Me: A You Novel | Caroline Kepnes
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Oh, Joe. Never change 😂

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Another fun story in Clark‘s alternate-history-fantasy world. It speeds toward a fairly predictable ending, but I love the world and characters. I‘m looking forward to reading A Master of Djinn, which I believe is the first full-length novel in this world.

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This book is definitely not what I expected! The first third or so goes over some basics of Wicca and witchcraft. (I never grasped the “intuitive” part—it‘s very prescriptive.) Then it spends a good chunk going over the traditional Wheel of the Year. I did like some of the spells and rituals provided in this section. Then there are two short chapters on creating your own wheel—which is what I thought the whole book would be! That was… 👇🏻

Clare-Dragonfly … my favorite part and definitely could have used more depth. I‘m keeping it for the rituals, that section, and the great bibliography, though! Thank you again, @slategreyskies , for sending it to me! ❤️ 2mo
slategreyskies I‘m glad you got something out of it! I was happy to send it to you! :) 2mo
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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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Here is my October wrap-up post, finally! I finished five books, including my #bookspin (though not my #doublespin…). $9.13 for #pennyperpage.

ravenlee I thought this was your current month and thought, “Dang!” 😆 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly @ravenlee Hahaha! If only! 😆 3mo
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Next up! I‘m much more confident that I‘ll like this one 😁

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Bailedbailed

Good lord, I could not stand the POV character. Among other things, she managed to insult me, personally—including twice on one page! I think there was supposed to be witchcraft but I didn‘t get far enough.

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I have no idea what this book is about 😂 I‘m 90% sure I put it on hold after Rachael Herron interviewed the author on her podcast, so presumably it sounded great. And it came up on my hold list today when I had finished Anti-Diet, so here goes!

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Very thought-provoking! I sort of knew that dieting didn‘t “work” but the way it is presented here is very comprehensive. There were a few things that didn‘t convince me, but I‘ll definitely be looking more into intuitive eating, and I‘ll probably check out her podcast.

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The Golden Bough | James George Frazer
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Finally finished this! 🙌🏻 I really enjoyed all the comparative mythology, all the different and similar myths and legends and magic from around the world… though it did get repetitive. Frazer‘s conclusions about the common threads and their meanings were a lot more suspect.

ravenlee I think, like a lot of that era‘s scholarship, it‘s useful and important to know what they discovered/researched, even if it‘s just as a starting point for what came after. Have you read any Joseph Campbell? I find his work to be just as well-collected and his conclusions to be a little more reasonable. 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly @ravenlee I have! It‘s been years but I remember liking his works very much. 3mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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@bibliobard Thank you so much for this awesome #basicwitchswap!!! I‘m looking forward to trying the tea and I looooove the bisexual witch hat pin! And I am super excited about both books. You are awesome!

bibliobard The hat pins were so cute! I am glad you like it — you will have to tell me about the tea. They were both neat finds on Etsy 3mo
monalyisha The tea looks delightful! ✨☕️ 3mo
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Time to give this one a try! With seasonally appropriate produce 😆

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Hob, Gilbert, and the spider ladies are just as delightful as I remember. The cereal convention is just as delightfully horrifying as I remember.

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“…telling people they ‘should‘ be eating ‘whole, minimally processed‘ foods didn‘t differ much from telling them they ‘should‘ be eating low-fat, low-carb, or low-calorie foods. It was all part of the larger system of policing what people are under the guise of improving their health—and it was harming all of us.”

This book is definitely thought-provoking!

Amandajoy I used to listen to her podcast, it‘s great for an intuitive eating and anti-diet perspective. 3mo
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#basicwitchswap finally shipped! It‘s fedex and should arrive Thursday. @sprainedbrain @mklong

sprainedbrain Yay! 🖤 3mo
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I am bored 🤷🏻‍♀️

@TheAromaofBooks This was my #doublespin for September, I think.

TheAromaofBooks At least it's off the list... along with the rest of the series! 3mo
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