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Hushlander

Hushlander

Joined August 2016

Evil librarian double-agent whose weapon of choice is YA literature. Feminist. She/her.
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In the Woods by Tana French
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The Assassin Game | Kirsty McKay
Bailedbailed

Boooooooring and wooden. Other reviews mentioned it picks up 3/4 of the way through, but I do not have time for that!

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House of the Scorpion | Nancy Farmer
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Great world building and some solid food for thought! Interesting and complex characters round out this stand-out modern classic. Not perfect, but definitely recommended!

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Under the Never Sky | Veronica Rossi
Mehso-so

This book felt so derivative to me! I know it came out several years ago, and actually was toward the beginning of the dystopian trend, but it still felt like well-trod territory. Recommended only for the most die-hard love in a hard land teens and adults.

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The Ex: A Novel | Alafair Burke
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Mehso-so

Eh. The mystery wasn't that mysterious, and I felt like all the characters were caricatures instead. The ending was both predictable and felt like it came out of nowhere, which isn't a great combo. Not terrible but there are better thrillers out there.

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Full of Beans | Jennifer L. Holm
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I'm not usually a huge fan of historical fiction, but this was great! Super-fast middle grade read set in Key West during the Great Depression. I loved how Holm showed the dire straights the town and residents were in, without being too, well, depressing. Lots of local color included too.

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Super great! Very Squirrel Girl-ish - funny, with competent and interesting female characters. You definitely don't need to know about the thee goings ons in the Marvel universe to enjoy this.

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Mehso-so

Eh. I felt obligated to read this. I feel if it wasn't a Harry Potter story, it would have fallen completely under the radar. I think The Force Awakens did a much better job of revisiting characters and showing them older and dealing with parenthood and changes. Glad I checked it out from the library and didn't buy it.

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Mr. Splitfoot | Samantha Hunt
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This is a strange book, but imminently readable. Interesting and, at times, confusing, writing, but the true shining jewel here are the characters.

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You | Caroline Kepnes
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Terrifying. This book isn't even really a thriller - it's just some straight up horror. There are horror books that have ghosts and the supernatural, and then there are books like this - books about the monsters that could be living next door.

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You | Caroline Kepnes
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Dude, this book is terrifying already.

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Replica | Lauren Oliver
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Mehso-so

Interesting premise/gimmick, but ultimately not that different from a lot of other dual protagonist YA out there. I didn't realize this was a series, so it felt like there were a lot of things unresolved (which, obviously, there are to set up for a sequel).

Wasn't crazy about the "fat" protagonist aspect for several reasons, but mostly because it felt like an afterthought part of her character.

Worth a read, but not my favorite of the year.

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Mehso-so

I found this book strangely flat. Reacher is one of my all-time favorite characters, and I wouldn't skip a book, but this one was kind eh. I wonder if it's because of the scale of the plot/being set in the past? How high can the stakes really be? We know Reacher is alive and well thirty odd years in the future! Not recommended as a jumping off point for the series, for sure.

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Sleeping Giants | Sylvain Neuvel
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Interesting concept, solid (if not outstanding) writing, unique format, quick read - what's not to love! Grab this to enjoy the last bit of Summer reading!

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Bailedbailed

Stopped listening when he referred to an article about trans rights as "an excuse to show Bruce Jenner in drag". Are you kidding me?!?

Eyelit 🙄 that's so disappointing 3y
Hushlander @Eyelit I know! It's like seeing a childhood hero do something cruddy - makes you realize many people suck. 3y
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Dragon Was Terrible | Kelly DiPucchio
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These Greg Pizzoli illustrations are 👌

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Sleeping Giants | Sylvain Neuvel
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Some Kind of Happiness | Claire Legrand
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This is one of the best descriptions of anxiety/panic attacks I've read in fiction. I'm really glad that there are kidslit books in the world that are telling the stories of anxious kids, shy kids, weird kids. I think there are lots of people who never get to see themselves in books, and think they are the only ones who feel stuff like this.

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Gold Fame Citrus: A Novel | Claire Vaye Watkins
Mehso-so

Eh. This felt over-written, and it felt like other books I've read many times.

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Some Kind of Happiness | Claire Legrand
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Ain't that the truth.

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Bad Feminist | Roxane Gay
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Good stuff. Not everything was new to me, but a really solid and interesting book nonetheless.

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So cute I can hardly even stand it! Seriously, the expressions on Bambang's face are perfect and a amazing. Very Dahl-esque, although sweeter and nobody dies.

This book also has some nice things to say, I think, about social anxiety and that it's okay to be who you are.

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I guess Bill Bryson is pretty casually racist? And fairly sexist? This book is bumming me out.

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How adorable are these illustrations? I feel that way too when a lot of people are yelling at me, Bangbang.

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Bailedbailed

This book was not a good fit for me! Heffernan was very journalist-y, and I wanted and was expecting something more academic-y. Also I get that you're quoting someone else who is talking about how poor people love their phones, but the digital divide is a real thing and maybe you could address it? Instead of talking about how it made you feel sad to think you might have something in common with poor folks?

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Is the only reason that more women are playing games because of the "explosion of mobile games that have drawn in the crossword and Sudoku crowd"? That's pretty reductionist, and implies that the majority of women gamers are Johnny come lately casual gamers. I would disagree - lots of female gamers I know play FPS, or adventure games. I think the Wii and 3DS, with their low price and glut of games, did way more. ?

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Pickpick

I quite enjoyed this!

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Mehso-so

Some insightful and interesting stuff, but tends toward repetitive (I get it - weddings and marriage bring a lot of cultural baggage - you don't have to keep reminding me!) A nice read for someone who is planning or has recently planned a wedding. Or those who have but been witnesses to the madness.

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Also how I date.

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Mehso-so

This book is mostly just filling in backstory and hinting at things to come. The art is incredibly expressive - both the facial expressions and body language are right on. I'll definitely continue reading!

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The Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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I've inadvertently been on a bit of a feminist reading kick lately. After reading Everyday Sexism, The Handmaid's Tale is more frightening than ever. This quote could have come from an Everyday Sexism participant; instead, it comes from a terrifying dystopia! 😰

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Mehso-so

Definitely not my favorite. Surprisingly, the school for teenage assassins thing is starting to feel kind of overdone to me. I found the art unexceptional, but inoffensive and pretty easy to follow.

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I'm just going to confess that my knowledge of history is spotty at best and nonexistent at worst. The Vietnam War era is an especially blank spot for me. Maybe because this is a book written for your adults, but I found it so compelling and interesting! It includes enough back story and information about the player's lives to be relevant, but doesn't ever get bogged down. Pretty freaking relevant to today, too.

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The writing in this book has been effortlessly artful. Historical fiction is not my jam, but this is 👍

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We Should All Be Feminists | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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It's not that this book (which is a reworking of one of Adichie's TED talks) says anything new about feminism. It's that it sums up the basics of the matter so eloquently and with such an economy of words. So good!

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We Should All Be Feminists | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Have you been putting off reading this book? It's only 50 pages, you know. Probably you could read it on your lunch break. It's pretty wonderful.

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Descender Vol. 2 | Jeff Lemire
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Pretty classic sci-fi themes in this series, although that makes it no less enjoyable. I enjoy the watercolor/lo fi look of the illustrations - I think the contrast with said themes makes this feel more unique.

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Velvet Vol. 1 | Ed Brubaker
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I like the spy-thriller aspect of this, and I really like that Velvet is an older woman who still kicks ass (I mean, she's not elderly, but how often do we see a woman out of her 20s who is able to take out half a dozen men?)

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Velvet Vol. 1 | Ed Brubaker
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I do love a lady-centered, historical fiction, spy graphic novel.

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Scary and interesting. I love horror comics!

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Asylum | Madeleine Roux
Mehso-so

Just not scary enough for me! Good for younger teens or tweens who are dipping their toes in the horror waters.

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I got this as my Book of the Month selection several months ago and still haven't gotten to it! I gave in and got the audio. One disc in and it's 😍

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Asylum | Madeleine Roux

Just started this for the fifty book challenge at my library. It's also insanely popular for an older book - my copies are consistently checked out. I'm excited!!

MrBook @BookBabe read this one . She like Miss Peregrine too 😊. 3y
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One of my favorite picture books this month! Amy Young did a great job with the illustrations - the faces are all so expressive!

cmeissrun Ptoot!😂 3y
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Super original and interesting! I liked the adventure aspect, and I'm dying to read more. Also alarm cat is da best.

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Welp, this is pretty badass so far.