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FernsAndFairyTales
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Mehso-so

Hmm, this was a tough one. I couldn‘t stand the first two narrators but liked the third. I understand that was what the book was going for, but it didn‘t make for an enjoyable read. And the violence was difficult to take. The writing was captivating at times, though, so I have mixed feelings in the end.

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Excited to read this one!

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Pickpick

Oh my goodness. I completely get the love for this graphic novel now. It‘s weird and endearing and sad and gripping and surprising and so lovely. It had a hold on my heart from the get-go. I absolutely cannot wait for the second volume to come out.

And the art is just beyond words.

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The Complete Maus | Art Spiegelman
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Sometimes you need to be reminded. You need to re-confront the details of the Holocaust so it doesn‘t get compartmentalized into the “that was bad” part of your brain and left there. This book is full of so much humanity - good, bad, and a whole lot in between.

ApplesandSpindles Maus...❤❤❤ The Pulitzer was well earned. 10mo
FernsAndFairyTales @ApplesandSpindles Totally agree. It‘s amazing the balance of different things he was able to accomplish in writing the story. 10mo
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What a great book to end 2018 on! I‘ve never read China Miéville before, but I‘ve become an instant fan. These stories are weird and trippy and a few were way over my head, but I enjoyed them so much. There were several that were so captivating I wanted them to be full novels.

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What weird timing to come across this mention of Boston‘s Great Molasses Flood in this short story! The 100-year anniversary of the disaster is next month.

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We exchanged gifts at work yesterday, and look at the book my coworker got for me! I‘m so impressed - she knows me well!

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A Golden Age | Tahmima Anam
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Mehso-so

This tells the story of a single mother during Bangladesh‘s war of independence in the ‘70s as she tries to protect her two children while allowing them to fight for the country they believe in. The personal story wrapped up in the political movement is done beautifully. However, there were two characters whose relationships to the main characters are pivotal, and I felt they were underdeveloped, which made the entire arc a bit less satisfying.

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The Far Field | Madhuri Vijay
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Don‘t get me wrong, the synopsis of this book sounds really good and I‘m excited to read it, but I was already sold on it the instant I saw the cover, without knowing anything about the plot.

abbielistenstobooks Yeah that's a super pretty cover 12mo
lizpr_28 Last month I got Unsheltered and just realized how similar the covers are haha 12mo
FernsAndFairyTales @lizpr_28 Oh, you‘re definitely right! That‘s funny. It also reminds me of the endpapers in my copy of The Signature of All Things https://goo.gl/images/UPjqYC 12mo
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Rainbirds | Clarissa Goenawan
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Mehso-so

I have mixed feelings. It was well-written but confusing. On one hand, it explores the main character‘s grief over losing his sister and how growing up in a broken family affected both of them, but on the other hand it‘s a mystery about who killed her. I don‘t think the two elements were blended well. The reading experience was off-putting because I wasn‘t sure which of those two elements different characters/events were supposed to play into.

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And the Harvard Book Store warehouse sale never disappoints.

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Hot Dog, Cold Dog | Frann Preston-Gannon
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Our library was having a $6 bag sale on children‘s books today, so my boyfriend and I picked up a bunch of gems for his classroom. (He‘s a music teacher.)

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Pickpick

This was a little bit more of a thriller than I expected, but it was balanced out by many quiet and internal moments. The beginning was a bit slow, but I really enjoyed it overall.

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The Unquiet Dead: A Novel | Ausma Zehanat Khan
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Mehso-so

The negatives: the writing disappointed me at times. The characterization of the MCs/their relationships told me it was deeper than the interactions earned on the page. The positives: the story was fantastic, difficult, complicated, affecting. I couldn‘t put the second half down. I appreciated the endnotes. They gave explanations for the testimony quoted throughout and recs for books on Bosnia, which I was thinking the whole time I needed to find.

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A Ladder to the Sky | John Boyne
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This Book of the Month is a little outside of my usual lane, but I couldn‘t resist. It sounds so good, with a balance between scandalous and substantive.

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Colum McCann‘s writing is so enchanting. This is a collection of two short stories and one novella. Centering around the Troubles, they‘re quiet explorations of the ripple effects of the conflict on the citizens on the peripheries.

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Oh my goodness. This paragraph is like a knife in the heart.

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Fables Vol. 20: Camelot | Bill Willingham
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Things are looking more and more dire. I‘m not sure this series is going to end happily.

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Fables Vol. 19: Snow White | Bill Willingham
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Things are getting serious now. On to the next one!

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Lethal White | Robert Galbraith
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Is this supposed to be foreshadowing for the next book, or am I completely missing a reference back to something that already happened?

sprainedbrain I just finished it... and I‘m wondering the same thing. At the beginning during the wedding photos, there are two swans that refuse to be together (foreshadowing?)... and at the end, now that Cormoran and Robin are both free of their relationships, maybe the two swans together is a happy sign? Or, maybe I‘m just a nerd reading too much into it, and she‘s just teasing the next book. 🤷🏻‍♀️😂 14mo
FernsAndFairyTales @sprainedbrain Oh right, I forgot about those swans! Good catch. You‘re definitely right about the symbolism. It still seems weird to me, though, that it specifically mentions her not noticing a mansion. Especially because I wouldn‘t think Robin would associate the swans with her and Cormoran, it was the photographer who was paying attention to the swans. Maybe it‘s supposed to play double duty as a literary device AND a clue to the next book? 14mo
sprainedbrain @fernsandfairytales I can‘t wait until the next one! 14mo
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Pickpick

Well, that was dark.

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Lethal White | Robert Galbraith
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Loved loved loved it! Definitely my favorite of the series so far. It wasn‘t as dark as the last few books, which is good because with the political climate of the past month, I don‘t think I could have handled a plot like the previous book.

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I have to say, the back of this dust jacket caught me completely off guard when I flipped the book over.

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Pickpick

Definitely a volume with a lot of set-up for whatever‘s coming next, but still lots of fun. And that cover art is gorgeous.

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A guy saw me reading What Truth Sounds Like during my lunch break today, and recommended this book about the busing crisis in Boston. It sounds promising.

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Lethal White | Robert Galbraith
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It‘s been a while since my last Barnes and Noble trip, so I splurged a bit.

Reviewsbylola The March trilogy is a great buy! 1y
bedandabook I‘m two-thirds of the way through Lethal White at the moment and loving it. Enjoy! 1y
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Fables Vol. 16: Super Team | Bill Willingham
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Mehso-so

I‘ve got to say, I really enjoy Fables, but Snow White‘s arc has been increasingly bothering me. She was such a strong, smart badass in the beginning, but once she became a mother she just faded into the background. This was her longest scene in this volume. I really hope she comes back to play a bigger role by the end of the series.

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Saw DeRay in conversation with Ayanna Pressley tonight! They packed the pews at Old South Church in Boston.

Notafraidofwords Anyone there protesting him? 1y
FernsAndFairyTales @Notafraidofwords Not that I saw. He did mention that this book tour is the first time he‘s made public where he‘s going to be ahead of time, which is a bit of a security risk for him. Usually he just shows up unannounced. 1y
Notafraidofwords @fernsandfairytales oh okay. His own people from Ferguson are protesting his book because he‘s misinterpreted his activism. 1y
FernsAndFairyTales @Notafraidofwords Oh really? I hadn‘t heard that, I‘ll have to take a look. 1y
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Fables Vol. 15: Rose Red | Bill Willingham
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A fall-like day curled up with Fables. Not a bad way to spend it.

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Fables Vol. 14: Witches | Bill Willingham
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It‘s been a while since I picked up the last Fables installment. It‘s good to dive back into the story!

ApplesandSpindles I LOVE Fables! 10mo
FernsAndFairyTales @ApplesandSpindles Me too! I‘m almost done but can‘t bring myself to finish them yet. 10mo
ApplesandSpindles @FernsAndFairyTales I do that too! Savor the read. 10mo
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While this isn‘t a book, this article is all I can think about right now, and quite literally the least I can do is share it. Trigger warning for sexual assault.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2018/opinions/arlington-texas/?utm_term=...

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By knitters, for knitters. This book of essays was a gift from my mom, and it was quite lovely.

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The Book of Essie: A novel | Meghan MacLean Weir
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Don‘t you love when a book takes you by surprise with how good it is? This one blew me away. It dealt with heavier issues than I was expecting, but in a way that gave the story more gravity and made it more compelling. It wasn‘t 100% perfect, but I loved the characters and couldn‘t put it down. Bonus points: it quoted one of my favorite poems at the end. (Variation on the Word Sleep, by Margaret Atwood)

Reviewsbylola Every so often I see a review of this book and remember how badly I want to read it. And then I promptly forget. 😂 Soon though, I swear! 1y
ErinSueMreads I‘m almost done with it now. What did you think of the first person present perspective??? Im still not adjusting to it. 1y
FernsAndFairyTales @Reviewsbylola It‘s worth it, I promise! I hope you love it too! 1y
FernsAndFairyTales @ErinSueG You know what, I actually didn‘t get hung up on it at all. Maybe a personal thing, but I thought it worked! 1y
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American War | Omar El Akkad
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This book is filled with the echoes of so many issues that the US (and the world) is facing today: climate change, refugees of war, the tensions between the north and the south that date back to before the Civil War, radicalization, and more. It‘s told through the eyes of a young girl named Sarat, who humanizes a depressingly realistic and well-imagined work of speculative fiction.

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The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock | Imogen Hermes Gowar
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Look at that gorgeous cover.

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Fun fact: This was my first Book of the Month selection when I joined two years ago. (Yes, I‘m just getting around to reading it now.) Lillian was a compelling character, and I thought it captured NYC in the 20s to the 80s well. In the second half, though, some of the dialogue/character interactions grated on my nerves as too convenient and unbelievable. I was crazy about the first half, so on balance, I‘d say this was solidly enjoyable.

celtichik I loved it...love letter to NYC! 1y
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The Air You Breathe: A Novel | Frances de Pontes Peebles
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Hello there, Book of the Month.

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YES, I am digging the opening of this book.

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Before the Feast | Sasa Stanisic
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This was quite alright, but it never really captivated me. It tells the story of Furstenfelde, a village in Germany, over the course of a night, with many village legends sprinkled throughout. Fantastical elements pervade the story, but it‘s also very rooted in the place and history of the village.

monalyisha I might have to grab this despite your lukewarm review! So pretty! And that concept. 😍🤞🏻 1y
FernsAndFairyTales @monalyisha Definitely go for it! Maybe it just wasn‘t the right time for me, because on paper it sounds right up my alley. 1y
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Florida | Lauren Groff
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What to say about this story collection? I feel such a strong connection to the way Lauren Groff writes about the world. In short: I loved everything about this book. Can‘t say much more than that.

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TransAtlantic: A Novel | Colum McCann
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I am absolutely in love with Colum McCann‘s writing. Plot-wise, this one never picked up enough momentum for me to fall in love with it, but it was still a really enjoyable read.

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Florida | Lauren Groff
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Saw Lauren Groff speak about her new book at Harvard Bookstore tonight. (And they gave out temporary tattoos of her book cover.) I‘m dead now.

L_auren I was there too!! My tattoo looks awesome 👏🏻 ❤️ 📖 1y
FernsAndFairyTales @L_auren I just saw your post - you‘re right, it does look awesome! I can‘t wait to try mine out! 1y
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The Book of Essie: A novel | Meghan MacLean Weir
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Looking forward to reading this Book of the Month pick!

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Last night I got to see Michael Eric Dyson discuss his new book and the state of activism today with DeRay Mckesson. Let‘s just say it was incredible and inspiring.

CoffeeK8 That sounds like a really amazing evening 2y
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Sourdough | Robin Sloan
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Well that was lovely. Just the pick-me-up I needed.

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The Mars Room: A Novel | Rachel Kushner
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This cover looks angry, but I‘m excited to read it.

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Simple and sad and lovely. I appreciated that this book ended when it did. It was willing to leave some questions open and didn‘t feel the need to extend the story into an epic quest for answers.

sofiaga I really enjoyed this book too. 2y
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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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I thought the middle was really good, but it lost me in the end. The writing sometimes grated on my nerves; it felt lazy and cliched at the beginning and ending. And the last third was way too melodramatic for me. I thought the plot could have been much quieter and achieved the emotion she was going for. Instead, I lost the attachment I had formed to the characters up to that point, and just became annoyed when I was supposed to care the most.

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I see what you did there, Garden Design magazine, and I like it. I like it a lot.

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Zone One: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Great tension throughout. This was a slow burn that did not drop its ominous sense of foreboding for a moment.

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