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Clare-Dragonfly

Clare-Dragonfly

Joined September 2016

Writer, reader, mama, knitter, baker, editor, Hufflepuff. she/her
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Royals | Rachel Hawkins
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Mehso-so

This is tropey and kind of fun and cute. Not as fun and cute as I hoped. I guess the whole royalty and famous-people-behaving-badly trope isn‘t really my thing.

And honestly, I mostly wanted to read this book so I could get to the sequel, which is gaaayyyyy 😆 so bring it on!

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The Testaments | Margaret Atwood
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Pickpick

This is pretty much everything I could have asked for in a sequel to The Handmaid‘s Tale.

LaurensLibrary I loved it, too! 5d
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Hey, iPhone users—make sure you update to the latest version (13.2.2)! Apple FINALLY fixed the problem with oversensitive links on Litsy!!!!!

RvnclawWhovian Finally, that‘s been so frustrating! Thanks for the heads up 7d
Wife Yes! 😊 6d
LiteraryinLititz That‘s really helpful to know! Thanks!! 6d
Megabooks 👍🏻👍🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🥳💙🎉🎉🥳📚 6d
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The Testaments | Margaret Atwood
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I‘m not doing any readathons this weekend (too busy with #NaNoWriMo!) but I finally got this from the library and I hope to read a lot of it. Barely twenty pages in and my heart is already broken.

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Check out this awesome display my library has up!

Amiable That‘s so neat! 2w
Tamra Amazing! 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So beautiful 🦋 2w
LiteraryinLititz That is huge! 2w
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The Graces | Laure Eve
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Panpan

The first half of this book is like the author was dared to squeeze every cliche and stereotype about YA and paranormal novels into one. Then it seemed like it was going to get interesting! But no, it relied heavily on the POV character at the end knowing what was going on all the time, but hiding it from the reader. Some big reveal!

Also, it‘s not gay enough.

readingjedi Shame, I was intrigued by this one. The cover's nice though. 2w
Clare-Dragonfly @readingjedi I know, right? The blurb sounded great and the book is beautifully produced. I‘m trying to come up with an appropriate metaphor. Pearls before swine? 2w
LibrarianRyan I was so disappointed in this. It‘s like the author wanted to mix up The Craft with We were liars and just gave everyone blahhhhhh 2w
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Sweetkokoro Awww, I‘m sorry it turned out to not be good.... At least it looks pretty right? 2w
Clare-Dragonfly @Sweetkokoro It is that! 😂 2w
sprainedbrain That sounds like an eyeroll-a-rama. Thanks for the warning! 2w
MidnightBookGirl That is sad, because that cover is gorgeous. I like an unreliable narrator, but I'm okay skipping this one. :) 2w
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The Graces | Laure Eve
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This book is kind of teetering on the edge, but if Summer and River get together, it might scrape a pick.

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The Graces | Laure Eve
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This book is gorgeous!

Reviewsbylola Beautiful! 3w
Sace 🖤🖤🖤 2w
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Mehso-so

This books purports to destroy the myth of gendered brains. Mostly, it goes through the history of neuroscience and psychology of gender, showing that even studies that claim to show big differences between the sexes show that we are more alike than different. I learned interesting things and the book was funny at times, but I was disappointed that it gave a couple of pages of lip service to trans people, and never mentioned genderqueer people.

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The Graces | Laure Eve
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@Sweetkokoro — Wow! You totally get me! What a great #basicwitchswap package. I‘m intrigued by the books. I‘ve never heard of the novel but it sounds right up my alley. I love the tea. I‘m crazy about the Luna and Halloween socks. And THAT POSTER!!! I gasped so loud when I opened it, my husband came in from the other room. I wish I could have fit the whole thing in the picture so the other Littens could see it. It‘s gorgeous! Thank you so much!

Meaw_catlady Wow !! That is so beautiful!!! Happy Halloween !! 🖤🎃🧡 3w
Clare-Dragonfly @Meaw_catlady Happy Halloween! Thank you for running this swap! 3w
sprainedbrain Gorgeous! Happy Halloween to you! 🎃 3w
Sweetkokoro I am so glad you like the poster. I spent hours looking for the perfect print and this particular one just called to me and I was like “this is the one, this is it” I feel like we are very intuitive to each other and that really helped our swap!! I hope you enjoy the novel!! 3w
Clare-Dragonfly @sprainedbrain To you too! Happy Halloween! @Sweetkokoro ❤️❤️❤️❤️🎃🎃🎃🧙🏻‍♀️🧙🏻‍♀️🧙🏻‍♀️🧙🏻‍♀️ 3w
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Got my #basicwitchswap packages today! Yay! I am super intrigued by the long skinny package. I made my husband put them up where I can‘t reach them so I‘m not tempted to open them before Halloween.

@Sweetkokoro did you get yours from me? (Looks like we were a matched pair!) And does it matter which package I open first?

Sweetkokoro Ahh so glad you got them both! And nope it does not matter which is opened first! And yes I got your package last week It‘s been crazy over here so I totally forgot to post it! 3w
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I forgot to take a picture of the package itself, but my #basicwitchswap package has mounted its broom and is flying off to its intended recipient!

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Gather the Daughters | Jennie Melamed
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The upside of being sick is that it took me just over two days to finish this very good novel. The horror of this society is keenly drawn, and I almost cried several times. It is shocking but believable the extent that the men will go to in order to protect their power. I did find the ending disappointing, however; none of the girls really find their own agency.

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Gather the Daughters | Jennie Melamed
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I have company. #catsoflitsy

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Gather the Daughters | Jennie Melamed
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Sick day reading

JenFowler I'm sick too. On my day off..ugh. Get better soon! Read lots, rest lots. ❤ 1mo
LiteraryinLititz Reading is the best medicine! 💜 1mo
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“The arrival of Daughter #1 was my own firsthand experience of the newborn brain at work… It was rapidly clear that I had produced a tiny but extremely loud transmitting device, programmed to continuously signal some kind of deficit associated with her digestive system and/or the state of her nether regions, or just to offer a spontaneous demonstration of her sound-generating capacity. Her timer was set for maximum activity during… 👇🏻

Clare-Dragonfly “the hours of darkness and rebooted every thirty-five minutes or so; random checks would be carried out to ensure a constant state of readiness on the part of her workforce. She didn‘t appear to be much of a receiving device apart from some highly effective monitoring of sounds such as receding tiptoes or tentatively closing doors, the perception of which would immediately trigger her alarm system…” 👶🏻 1mo
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Well, that‘s disappointing. I was looking forward to this book blasting apart the binary but I guess that impression was wrong. It‘s 2019! You can use “they”! 😡

shanaqui I had the same reaction when I read that bit! She very much treats gender as male-or-female, overall -- she doesn't think there's much difference between them, but I don't think she ever acknowledges people identifying outside the binary. 2mo
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“If, for example, being male means that you have much greater experience of constructing things or manipulating complex 3-D representations (such as playing with LEGO), it is very likely that this will be shown in your brain. Brains reflect the lives they have lived, not just the sex of their owners.”

I basically want to quote this whole introduction so far. NEUROPLASTICITY. IT‘S A THING.

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History of Wolves | Emily Fridlund
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Pickpick

A solid pick, though the ending seemed to go on for too long and left me a little puzzled. I loved the way Fridlund kept up the suspense and eeriness without making me feel stressed or led on, despite the fact that the main event is pretty much revealed on the first page (it reminded me of The Secret History in that way). I feel like I understood most of Madeline but there was something that just never quite clicked for me.

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History of Wolves | Emily Fridlund
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I wish I could read this faster! I really want to know what happens! I‘m sometimes confused by how the timeline skips around, but the author is doing a good job keeping up a sense of dread without making me impatient.

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History of Wolves | Emily Fridlund
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I love that too! What I don‘t love is this creepy teacher dude. What‘s up with him?

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Glass Houses | Louise Penny
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Bailedbailed

I was right. Not my cup of tea.

I was going to give it 50 pages, but I opened page 35, read two sentences, and mentally went “oh my god I DON‘T CARE.” 😐

Louise Oh, that‘s too bad. I have found that some books in the series really catch my interest and others don‘t; but over time, I have come to enjoy getting to know the characters. 2mo
Amiable The thing with this series is that there is an overarching storyline that stretches across all of the books. Each book is a standalone mystery, but it‘s also a continuation of the story that began with book 1. It‘s difficult to jump into the middle of the series and understand the details of the back story. Just for FYI. I love the series. 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly @Amiable I knew it was a series, but I guess I had the impression it should be easy to jump in anywhere. I‘m sure I would have been more interested if I‘d already known the characters, but I also really disliked the writing style. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
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Glass Houses | Louise Penny
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I‘ve never read a Louise Penny book before. Didn‘t sound like my cup of tea. But my friend says there‘s a character in this book whose entire job is to follow people around silently while dressed as the Grim Reaper. I, too, love dressing up, walking, and not talking to people, so I‘m hoping to pick up some career tips.

Also pictured: my breakfast sandwich on a homemade sourdough bagel (the others in the batch have holes). #booknbreakfast

Avanders 😆😆 2mo
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Central Station | Lavie Tidhar
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Mehso-so

I knew this book would be mostly composed of connected short stories, but I‘m disappointed that though all the characters are connected, it didn‘t come together into a complete narrative for me. It primarily felt like a group of interesting and beautifully-written character studies without a lot of depth and with a lot of missing endings. The “magic” mentioned into the beginning didn‘t really come to anything, to my disappointment.

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🎃 Yes!
♎️ Not really
🔮 It‘s been a while…
🤷🏻‍♀️ No
🌠 Of course, whether it‘s Mercury retrograde or not!
📚 Heck yes
🌱 Depends on the problem, and the friend!

#basicwitchswap

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Gandalf is here on a trial basis, to see if he and Ophelia can learn to get along. But I‘m pretty sure he and my husband will not be parted even if Ophelia hates him forever. #catsoflitsy #notbookrelated #exceptforthename

gossamerchild 😻 😻 2mo
LauraBeth awwww - look at that bitty baby! 😻 2mo
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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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There are almost three times as many holds on the regular edition, and fewer than twice the number of copies! I don‘t mind reading large print but it does feel like a bit of a cheat to cut in line 😆

freyaheart Holy crap!!! I mean it's worth the wait either way. I just finished my copy. 2mo
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Central Station | Lavie Tidhar
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1. Tagged
2. Can‘t I have pumpkin spice flavor with maple for sweetener?
3. “Weiwei didn‘t stop, but kept going until he reached, at last, the place where the Oracle dwelt.”
#weekendreads

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Color: pink
Tarot card: The Moon and the Three of Cups
Crystal: fluorite and moonstone
Witchy book: The Mists of Avalon
Herb: lavender
Candy: dark chocolate
Essential oil: lavender

#basicwitchswap

Meaw_catlady 🖤🖤🖤 3mo
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Central Station | Lavie Tidhar
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Second book in a row with both magic and advanced technology? I‘m not mad about it.

Mandigolightly It‘s hard to mix them, I think. I‘ve never seen it done well 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly @Mandigolightly Then I recommend my previous post! 3mo
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All the Birds in the Sky | Charlie Jane Anders
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Pickpick

I loved this book! It‘s hard to go wrong when you start with a six-year-old girl speaking to birds and discovering that she is a witch, though I was a little skeptical when the next chapter was about a boy who desperately wanted to see a rocket launch. But this book is all about science and magic being two parts of one whole, and it‘s about massive world-changing events and creations while being focused tightly on these two people.

Aimeesue I saw Charlie Jane at the National Book Fest today, and she read a piece from this book. Sounds great! 3mo
Mandigolightly Added! Thanks for the rec! 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly @Mandigolightly I hope you enjoy it! 3mo
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Bookateria Two | Ocean City, New Jersey (Bookstore)
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#bookhaul – combined choices of me and my dad! Not pictured: two board books for my kid 😄

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Sensible Witchcraft | Pomegranate Magazine
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1. Herbal and floral scents—lavender, rosemary, rose! And I can‘t leave out pumpkin spice in a fall swap 😉
2. Popcorn and dark chocolate
3. Potion bottles
4. I‘m super excited to take my toddler trick-or-treating this year! Dressing up might be my truly favorite part.
#basicwitchswap

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Which Witch? | Eva Ibbotson
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☕️I prefer tea—but a nice light-roast whole-bean coffee for my husband to make cold brew is also lovely!
📙Fiction
🌓There are two sides to every witch.
😺Cats
📒Tarot
📚Story
🔮Crystals
🍁West for the element of water, the suit of cups, and the season of autumn

#basicwitchswap

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All the Birds in the Sky | Charlie Jane Anders
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“You know… no matter what you do, people are going to expect you to be someone you‘re not. But if you‘re clever and lucky and work your butt off, then you get to be surrounded by people who expect you to be the person you wish you were.”

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All the Birds in the Sky | Charlie Jane Anders
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Loving this book and this beach! Until my feet got sunburned 😭

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All the Birds in the Sky | Charlie Jane Anders
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“She‘d tried to make friends, because she‘d promised her mom (and witches kept their promises, she guessed)”

Really liking this so far!

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OK, question. Does anything ever happen in this book other than Theo meeting up with a series of strange and interesting characters and going along with whatever they are doing?

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I could not finish this one... 3mo
Sarz I didn't get very far in before I bailed on this one. 3mo
batsy Not really... 3mo
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sprainedbrain Ummm. That pretty much sums it up. I wasn‘t too impressed with this book. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Sarz @batsy @sprainedbrain Well, I guess it‘s unanimous 😆 My bestie agreed with my opinions, too, and she finished the book, so I‘m going to bail. 3mo
Jason7 I thought this was the Best book ever..... 🤷🏻‍♂️ 3mo
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If you loved last year‘s #witchpleaseswap and were, like me, hoping that someone else would take on the swap, your hopes have been fulfilled! Check out @sprainedbrain or @Meaw_catlady to sign up for the #basicwitchswap!

sprainedbrain Thank you for sharing! 🖤 3mo
Meaw_catlady Thanks for joining! And sharing ! 🖤 3mo
RaimeyGallant Super fun! 3mo
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Midwives: A Novel | Chris Bohjalian
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Amiable My favorite Bohjalian book of all. 👍🏼 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly @Amiable That‘s good to hear! I had a vague idea that I‘d heard good things about him on Litsy, and I love reading about midwives, so I figured it was a good bet 3mo
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“No disrespect to Maryland. I mean, they do have the Applied Physics Laboratory and the Space Telescope Science Institute at Johns Hopkins, to say nothing of the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt.”

Gosh, thanks, Andy 🙄😂

Amiable My youngest son graduated from UMD with a degree in aerospace engineering! Maryland has great schools. 🙂 3mo
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The Witch Boy | Molly Knox Ostertag
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Mehso-so

This is a cute story with a heavy-handed allegory that didn‘t quite work for me. It bugged me that, while Aster could learn the girls‘ witchcraft by spying on their lessons, there didn‘t seem to be any way for an interested girl to learn shapeshifting. I didn‘t like the villain‘s motivation. And the grandmother could have spoken up earlier! I really liked the art, especially when depicting witchcraft, and the younger characters are delightful.

ShyBookOwl Sounds like valid complaints, but it's still on my TBR 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly @ShyBookOwl I would never discourage you from reading it! It certainly isn‘t a bad book. 3mo
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The Witch Boy | Molly Knox Ostertag
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I‘ve never read a graphic novel with a family tree in the front before! This is off to a great start!

monalyisha Cute! Also, how good of a name is Vervain?! Damn. 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly @monalyisha I know, all the names are amazing! 3mo
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Wilder Girls | Rory Power
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Read this book if you‘ve ever been a teenage girl, fierce and ready to be wild, knowing you are sharp.

Ericalambbrown A couple of years ago I got my husband a chocolate heart that looked just like this picture for Valentine‘s day 🤣 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly @Ericalambbrown Nice! Maybe someday my husband will do the same for me! 😄 3mo
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Wilder Girls | Rory Power
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“That canister? It‘s the end. Whatever‘s inside is designed to kill us.”

No. No, she‘s wrong. They wouldn‘t do that to us. They said they‘d help. They promised.

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Wilder Girls | Rory Power
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Loving this so far!

glamhobbit This is on my TBR list! Now I‘ll have to place a hold for it :) 4mo
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Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns | Archie Bongiovanni, Tristan Jimerson
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Pickpick

As I expected, nothing new to me in this book (though one minor detail might have been new if I hadn‘t already read @shanaqui ‘s Goodreads review…), but it was a cute, funny, quick read!

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Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns | Archie Bongiovanni, Tristan Jimerson
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I don‘t think I‘ll learn anything new from this book, though if I do, I‘ll be pleased. But I love Archie‘s comics, so when I saw this at the library I had to pick it up. So far it‘s making me giggle!

LiteraryinLititz I thought this book was great, though as you said if you‘re choosing to read it you probably already know most of the contents. 4mo
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The Things She's Seen | Ambelin Kwaymullina
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It feels wrong to describe this book as “fun” considering the dark, heavy subject matter it ultimately deals with, so I guess I won‘t. But I will describe it as lovely, moving, with a melancholy lightness. It draws on Australian Aboriginal storytelling and history for a tale about a terrible crime and a terrible vengeance. Plus ghosts!

KarenUK I loved this one too 💕 4mo
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The Things She's Seen | Ambelin Kwaymullina
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“Maybe all hopeful thoughts were just someone who loved us, reaching out from another side.”