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Crystallinegirl

Crystallinegirl

Joined September 2016

Hufflepuff. Housewife. Baltimore transplant from Oregon. Gamer Geek. Devourer of libraries. Blog: goddessinthestacks.com
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Inheritance Trilogy by N K Jemisin
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Oh man, I have been neglecting Litsy terribly. I'm going to try to be better. Got these three signed by Ursula Vernon at the con where I bought them, but haven't cracked them open yet. Too many library books ahead of them! (Kingfisher is her pen name for adult books)

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How to Be a Woman | Caitlin Moran
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My eclectic #bookhaul from The Book Thing of Baltimore this weekend, with bonus kitty! #catsoflitsy I've read the tagged book and enjoyed it, decided to pick up my own copy when I saw it on the shelf.

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When Katie Met Cassidy | Camille Perri
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Another winner from Book of the Month! This was an adorable, sweet lesbian romance. It was a very quick read, but it was perfectly paced. I loved it. #pridemonthreads #botm

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The Book of Essie: A novel | Meghan MacLean Weir
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WOW. This was an amazing read. There were some parts that were really hard to read, but just..... Wow. #bookofthemonth

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The Book of Essie: A novel | Meghan MacLean Weir
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Well damn, that's weird to see on the page. I wasn't raised quite as cultish as this character was, but still very conservative Christian, and my now-husband was instrumental in challenging those bigoted beliefs. I knew this book would stir up some family history for me. It's still weird. #bookofthemonth

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This dude is so cheerfully pervy about anyone attractive, lol. Reminds me of my husband! #pridemonthreads

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Sunshine | Robin McKinley
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@bookriot Here's my (rather random) #rainbowbookstack for #riotgrams!

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The Animators: A Novel | Kayla Rae Whitaker
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Just finished up my @LitsyBuddyRead - saving most of my thoughts for the discussion post, but I really enjoyed this book overall!

Jess7 🤗🤗🤗 2y
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The Kiss Quotient | Helen Hoang
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AAAAAHHHH! I didn't get an email that they'd shipped, so I wasn't expecting my box yet!! Two #lgbt books, and an #autism book, by an #autisticauthor! Thank you @bookofthemonth!

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Red Clocks: A Novel | Leni Zumas
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I suppose I should finally read this. The library wants it back today....

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You want me to pick ONE? Why are you asking bookworms this question?! #favoritetitle #riotgrams @bookriot

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Libraries | Umberto Eco, Candida Hfer
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One corner of my personal library! #librarylove #riotgrams @bookriot

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Seriously... I'm Kidding | Ellen DeGeneres
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#readingselfie for the #riotgrams challenge. (I know it's not my face, but there's parts of my "self" in it so nyah. XD Also bonus cat! #catsoflitsy

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Seriously... I'm Kidding | Ellen DeGeneres
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This book was published in 2011.....

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The Kiss Quotient | Helen Hoang
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You know you're a book nerd when you wake up on the first of the month like it's Christmas - there's new #bookofthemonth selections! And after skipping last month, I'm getting three this month, lol! Kiss Quotient has been on my TBR, and I can't resist the other two, especially since it's Pride Month!

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The Dirty Girls Social Club: A Novel | Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez
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Starting the first of my "Wronged Women" list - instead of reading Sherman Alexie or Junot Diaz, I'd rather read the women speaking up about their behavior.

bunny Love this idea! 2y
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Little Bee | Chris Cleave
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WOW. JUST WOW. I'm not sure what else I can say. I read this for the "refugee main character" prompt for #Booked2018 - and it's amazing. Little Bee's voice was enthralling from the very beginning. She talks to the reader like you're there and able to respond, rather than just telling her story to the air. Some scenes are extremely difficult (content warning, rape) but it's worth it. I might need to buy my own copy. #faves2018

Cinfhen One of my favorite books💕💕 2y
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Little Bee | Chris Cleave
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"We must see all scars as beauty. Okay? This will be our secret. Because take it from me, a scar does not form on the dying. A scar means I survived." I'm less than ten pages into this book about a Nigerian refugee girl and I am HOOKED. #PopSugar2018 (book mentioned in another book) #Booked2018 (refugee MC)

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My #steampunk pick for #Booked2018. So far it's a rollicking good time. (What's not to like about a book with chapter titles like "The Turd Tanks" and "The Gasbag and Gondola"?) Bonus kitty in the background! #catsoflitsy

Cinfhen Glad you‘re enjoying 2y
GypsyKat This series has been on my TBR list forever! I think I need to move it up on the list! 2y
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Traitor to the Throne | Alwyn Hamilton
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I walked to the library because I only had one book to pick up. I really should have known better! #libraryloot #bookhaul #cantgetjustone

Ruthiella 🤣🤣🤣🤣 2y
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It's always weird reading #childhoodfavorites as an adult. They're simplistic and....idk. Innocent, I guess. #Booked2018

collegecatlady I always remember so differently than how they actually are if that makes sense. I always imagine them these colossal works of writing that were so important when they‘re pretty mediocre as an adult. 2y
Crystallinegirl @collegecatlady I'd actually never read this one! My husband suggested it for the PopSugar prompt "childhood classic you never read" - I figured it could work for both challenges. 2y
Cinfhen I used this book too 2y
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Star Wars: Ahsoka | E. K. Johnston
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May the Fourth be with you! I need to repaint my rebel symbol, it has faded in the window I keep it in. Ahsoka was good, just not quite as good as I had hoped. #starwarsday

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Reusing this picture. Went to the B&N book club today and really enjoyed it! Met a few awesome women and had some great discussions. One of the women was from my home state, Oregon, which is crazy because we're in Baltimore! I really enjoyed the book, and I don't read a lot of contemporary fic. It's really only tangentially about feminism, though. The characters are flawed in realistic ways.

Reggie I went to the one at one of the Albuquerque stores and had a great time. I‘m glad you did too. 2y
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Ha. Ain't that the truth. I was a little hesitant about this book - I don't usually like contemporary fiction. But I'm about 80 pages in and LOVING IT. I can't wait for book club!

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We're bored today, so we took a trip to the bookstore! I'm picking up the book club edition of The Female Persuasion so I can read it before the Barnes & Noble book club meets on Wednesday! And an interesting looking debut novel just for fun. XD

Reggie I took off of work Wednesday so I could go. Hope you have a good time. 2y
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I'm reading this for the PopSugar 2018 prompt "favorite color in the title" (and to find a "book mentioned in another book" for another prompt) and this jumped out at me. The weird world rolls on. It does indeed.

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Queens of Geek | Jen Wilde
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This was a great, feel-good read with lots of minority representation, including an autistic girl and a bisexual girl. I really enjoyed it, and it's one from my #ActuallyAutistic reading list for #AutismAcceptancemonth. (Also I made my husband take this picture, because that's my hair behind the book! XD) Oh! It's also my "friendship" book for #Booked2018, the Litsy Reading Challenge.

Reggie Lol, nice pic idea!!!! 2y
Crystallinegirl @Reggie We just redyed my hair, the previous purple was pretty faded, and when I saw the cover for Queens of Geek I knew what needed to be done, LOL. 2y
Cailey_Mac Oooo I‘ve been meaning to read this! 2y
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Cinfhen Sounds like a great read and your hair 😍 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great pick!! 👏🏻📚🎉 2y
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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Aaaaahhhh! My #botm came! I was so excited to see this as one of the choices!! I love this subscription so much!

Reggie Have you read her other one? The one with Achilles and Patroclus? 😭😭😭so good. 2y
CharissaWeaksAuthor OMG. I've been checking my front porch and my mail daily. WHEN WILL IT BE HERE?! Gah! Lol. *Slightly impatient* 2y
Crystallinegirl @Reggie I have not, I didn't actually know it existed! Thanks for the rec, I'll be checking my library for it! 2y
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Crystallinegirl @CharissaWeaksAuthor LOL, mine ships out of Harrisburg, PA, just under two hours away, so I think I have a quicker shipping time than some? 2y
CharissaWeaksAuthor @Crystallinegirl Probably. Maybe tomorrow. *sigh* Song of Achilles is fabulous, btw. 2y
The_Heeler_Booklife My copy should be here tomorrow with my other two books! 2y
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Cruel Beauty | Rosamund Hodge
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After thoroughly enjoying Bright Smoke, Cold Fire, I looked up more Rosamund Hodge, because she writes my favorite micro-genre so well! (Fairy-tale and Shakespeare retellings.) Cruel Beauty was another gorgeous, lyrical tale that puts an entirely different spin on Beauty and the Beast. Excited to dig into Crimson Bound (Little Red Riding Hood, I think) next!

Nicki_McCall These books sound wonderful, I need a book like this to escape into. 2y
Crystallinegirl @Nicki_McCall just be warned they are dark retellings, lol. They're great (I'm several chapters into Crimson Bound now) but they are a bit dark. 2y
Nicki_McCall I definitely need read them then :) 2y
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Beasts Made of Night | Tochi Onyebuchi
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Gorgeous cover. Fascinating premise. Terrible execution. Ends on a massive cliffhanger but also didn't make me care enough about it to be mad. Just confused. Skip this one.

TommieMarie74 That‘s disappointing. I had high hopes for this one. 😕 2y
Crystallinegirl @TommieMarie74 Me too! I wanted to like it so bad. The main character is just dumb and makes stupid decisions. Also wonders if he should fall in love with every. single. girl. that he meets. No consideration given to how they feel, of course. The geography felt like it was constantly changing - the city is close! No it's far away! Suddenly he's in an ivy maze! Just frustrating to read. Don't get me started on the "ending" if you can call it that. 2y
Mommamanzi I was so in love with the cover. Only got a couple chapters in and just couldn‘t. 10mo
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So I miiiiiight have made the mistake of going to The Book Thing again. But when the books are free, how do you NOT walk out with a box?! My husband was super excited to spot The Rookie; it's the first book on a series he's been wanting to read for a long time. I found a lot of non-white authors, so I'm excited about that. And what looks like a book on the science of bisexuality, which could either be interesting or really dry. We'll see!

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Holy cow, this debut was gorgeous. It's about a teenage girl dealing with her mother's depression and suicide, and learning old family secrets. #botm #ownvoices #taiwan

YouReadMyEyes Great pic 🧡 2y
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Do you read with the slipcover on or off? I always take mine off so they stay nice. Also lookit that gorgeous #botm stamp! I really like that added touch. #nakedbooks

Lovesbooks87 I always take mine off too. Don't want to miss up the cover and I love the Book of the Month stamp on the front too! 2y
PenguinInFlight I always take mine off, too. I read in bed a lot, and tend to fall asleep with a book on my face, so I want to minimize damage to the slipcover, LOL. 2y
TheLibrarian I take mine off too for the same reason! 2y
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Crystallinegirl @PenguinInFlight @TheLibrarian I don't usually hold books over my head to read, so I don't drop them on my face. I did, not long ago, chip a front tooth when I dropped my phone on my face while falling asleep, though.... 2y
PenguinInFlight @Crystallinegirl Ouch! To be honest, I don‘t know how I haven‘t broken my nose, because I‘ve whacked it pretty hard with a a few different thick hardcovers, my ereader, and my phone because I‘ve fallen asleep and dropped them on my face. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 2y
Crystallinegirl @PenguinInFlight LOL! I'm glad I'm not the only one that does that! 2y
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Bright Smoke, Cold Fire | Rosamund Hodge
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Well, I know what I'M doing on this gorgeous day! (I'm a snow lover, I have been terribly sad at not getting any real snow this winter, so this makes me very happy!) Also, this book, a reimagining of Romeo and Juliet, is REALLY GOOD so far!

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I finally signed up for #botm and my first box came today! I chose Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine for my second book, after seeing all the great reviews on here. Can't wait to dive into these two!

Lovesbooks87 Welcome to the club! I love Book of the Month! 2y
TheReadingMermaid Welcome! I 💙💚💗💛💜 BOTM! Hope you do too! 📚 2y
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The love of a cat certainly can save the day, as this floofball (shown here stealing my pillow) has proved in her time. This book (told from the cat's viewpoint) is a beautiful tear-jerker. Keep tissues handy! #catsoflitsy

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The Essex Serpent | Sarah Perry
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Did you ever read an opening paragraph that made you go "that's a beautiful piece of writing, also, I don't think I'm going to like this book"? This is an amazingly evocative paragraph. But I hate the style of writing! A whole novel of this....well. I'll give it a chapter or two and we'll see.
Edit: nope. Four more pages and bailed. I just can't keep my attention on this. Need slightly less flowery description and a little more substance.

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I finally signed up for Book of the Month! These are the two I'm getting, since they were running a promotion for an extra, free book, and Eleanor Oliphant has some preeeetty long hold lines at my library! So excited to join the fun with this subscription! #botm

Jess7 I loved Eleanor!!! 💙💙 2y
Crystallinegirl @Jess7 it's been on my TBR list for a while. I've seen so many rave reviews here on Litsy, I'm really excited to get it! 2y
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This windstorm knocked out our power almost 4 hours ago. I could read on my Kindle, but I have this book to read and review by the 17th, so I'm reverting to childhood and reading by flashlight. Husband (who is sitting in the dark listening to podcasts off his phone, lol) is laughing at me. XD #forlackofelectricity #StPatricksDay

Cortg We lost power around 1:30. I‘m doing the same thing. 2y
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Dust Tracks on a Road | Zora Neale Hurston
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19 hours down in my personal #24in48. I might just make it. Leftover pizza for breakfast!

RebelReader I love leftover pizza for breakfast! 😋 2y
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14 hours into my personal #24in48, I've finished three books and I'm starting How the States Got Their Shapes. Enchantress was good. A little slow at times, a little dry, and some events happened out of order (at least according to Wikipedia) but it is historical fiction, so I can give it some leeway.

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Tomboy Survival Guide | Ivan Coyote
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This book was fantastic. Each chapter is a different vignette in Ivan's life, and while it's not really linear, it's also not hard to follow at all. I didn't know they'd written other books, but one is called Gender Failure and I definitely need to track it down now!

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Tomboy Survival Guide | Ivan Coyote
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Moving on to a book from #Canada for my Read Canadian Challenge! This is a memoir from a non-binary person, and so far is really good.

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Reign of the Fallen | Sarah Glenn Marsh
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3 hours into my personal #24in48 and one excellent book down! I'd heard there was a GLBT romance in this one, but there's more than one! Excellent representation in this book, a fascinating world, and a pretty good plot. Happy I finally got around to reading it.

GondorGirl I have this waiting for me when I get home. I can't wait to read it! 2y
Crystallinegirl @GondorGirl There were definitely a few rough patches; I saw the reveal long before the main character did, and there were a few points where I was very confused about where a character was or how they did what they did, but she's a fairly new author. And the book was good enough otherwise to make up for the few technical mishaps. 2y
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Reign of the Fallen | Sarah Glenn Marsh
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4pm and I'm starting my personal #24in48 with Reign of the Fallen, mostly because I know it has holds on it and I won't be able to renew it, LOL.

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Reign of the Fallen | Sarah Glenn Marsh
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These are all the books I have out from the library at the moment. I know there isn't a scheduled one this weekend, but my husband is going out of town so I'm going to do my own personal #24in48 since I'm never able to participate in the community ones! I'd like to see how many of these I can knock out.

Cortg Wow! Good luck! 2y
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I actually bought this puzzle before I read Drowning Deep, but it's pretty fitting to break it out now! DD was awesome - fully lives up to the promise of Rolling in the Deep, the novella that preceded it. Predatory Lovecraft-esque mermaids are fascinating, and I can't wait for a sequel!

Reggie I just started this tonight and by page 3 I knew I was hooked. 2y
Reggie Nice puzzle. 2y
Crystallinegirl @Reggie I thought it was a little slow to start; but it just lets the foreboding sense of doom build more and more. Which is part of why it felt very Lovecraftian to me. (and thanks! The puzzle is proving to be very frustrating, lol, because all the colors are so similar!) 2y
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Hot Stories for Cold Nights | Joan Elizabeth Lloyd
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Black Heart Loa | Adrian Phoenix
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#hearts for #riotgrams! I'm surprised I don't have more books with heart in the title, actually. @bookriot #bookstagram #bookphotochallenge