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Indydancingbookworm

Indydancingbookworm

Joined September 2016

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Vintage Details: A Fashion Sourcebook | Jeffrey Mayer, Basia Szkutnicka
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Pickpick

This was a pretty picture book. If I had all of the time in the world to pursue my hobbies, I would learn to make clothes with such perfect details.

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Mehso-so

I think I would have enjoyed this one more read aloud. The story is cute, the characters are just slightly less than flat (but likable for what they are anyway), and it‘s just long enough to be engaging.

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Pickpick

It‘s not leisure reading (at least not for me), but it is full of good information if you‘re into this sort of thing. Bonus: It wasn‘t as difficult of a read as I thought it would be.

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Pickpick

I can‘t decide which amused me most, the cats, the odd, real-life characters, or the author trying to make sense of it all, in his own way.

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Pickpick

It‘s been a long past few months of having just enough time to function, and not enough time to focus, but I can finally say that I finished another book. There isn‘t a plot to this one—it‘s a collection of personal stories? essays? Something like that. It felt like a written version of the long walks the author takes. He‘s often funny without being over the top about it, but I did giggle to myself more than once because I could totally relate.

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Except for Me and Thee | Jessamyn West
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This is a companion to The Friendly Persuasion. As much as I enjoyed the first book, I liked this one better, and wish the two had been published as one work.

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Make Do and Mend | Imperial War Museum (Great Britain)
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This book was mentioned in a different book I read a few months ago. It would be much too long, but I think a more accurate title would be “Things your great grandmother probably knew, your grandma might have known, your mom might have heard in a story one time, and you probably wouldn‘t have ever considered” (with proper title capitalization). It‘s an interesting read, and it makes me sad that so many clothes today aren‘t worth the effort.

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Pickpick

My husband and son are hardcore baseball guys. Me? Well, I love them, but I don‘t speak the language, so my husband got me this for my birthday. It‘s not a long read at all, so I finished it in just about one sitting on this not quite snowed in kind of day. I don‘t feel any more versed in weird baseball terms than I did before I read it, but now I have a reference book.

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Pickpick

You know how, when you have a fresh from the oven pan of brownies (or whatever your temptation of choice may be) and you know you should only have one, but you finish the whole batch in one sitting? That was this book for me. I might end up taking this one to the office and keeping it at my desk for the stressful days/weeks/months that we have been promised for the first half of the year.

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Mary Poppins Comes Back | P. L. Travers
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Book #2 in the series... I think I have book #3 waiting on my shelf, but I‘ll have to put the others on my Christmas list, I guess. This one seemed to align itself pretty well with the first book, only Mary Poppins seems even sassier. ♥️

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Mehso-so

I finally finished this one! It‘s been my read-while-waiting book forever, so I started and stopped many times. I wanted to like it. I didn‘t hate it. I just never felt that I was getting close enough to the characters to stay engaged.

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Mary Poppins | P. L. Travers
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It‘s not very often that I get excited about movies, but Mary Poppins Returns is coming out in December, so I‘m getting ready!

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Outlander | Diana Gabaldon
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I was sitting at Sky Zone w/ a miserable migraine, waiting for my daughter, who was there with a friend. I forgot my book (because migraine), so I looked to see what was available through Libby. Outlander? My bookish girlfriends gushed over it & I‘d never given it much thought, so why not? I enjoyed it up until the journey after the wedding. After that? Meh. I was getting annoyed by Claire and lost my will to continue. Don‘t revoke my reader card.

BookNAround I‘m sorry this didn‘t work for you. I loved it but it clearly came along at the right moment in my reading life. 1y
Indydancingbookworm I wondered about that. I was engaged enough that I might try it again down the road. 1y
keys_on_fire I loved the first two books, but even I can say that the pace ebbs and flows. Take your time and come back to it when the mood strikes you, even if that mood is several months/years down the road 😂😂 1y
GingerAntics That‘s about the time I bailed, too. Don‘t feel bad. I don‘t think it was the migraine. 1y
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I was starting to think that all I would accomplish today for #bookloversday would be work and yard cleanup, but I managed to squeeze in enough me-time to finish this one. Now, after I get the rest of the yard back to presentable and the house picked up, I will be ready to work through my repair stack and my to-upcycle heap. This book was like Pinterest without being a rabbit hole—I want to remake all the things!

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May B. | Caroline Starr Rose
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The weather is lousy, I feel as if I‘ve been hit by a truck, so it‘s a day of sleeping on the couch and catching up on my TBR for me. I didn‘t realize this was a lyrical prose book when I picked it up. It adds to the story in many places and limits it in a couple. It‘s a good, quick read, though, and it makes me wonder how many children found themselves in similar situations in those days, as well as how many survived them.

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My high school-aged daughter has taken an interest in costuming, so I‘ve been picking up books, patterns, and other odds & ends to help her along. This one was interesting. I‘m sure it‘s not comprehensive, but it was fun to look through. The upper class must have spent hours getting dressed and undressed every day... so many layers!

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I picked these up for the dance studio where my daughter and I take classes. They‘re cute. They‘re not quite Elephant and Piggie cute, but they‘re fun all the same.

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Mehso-so

(What I actually read was the 1962 Betty Crocker‘s New Good and Easy Cook Book, but that wasn‘t in the list.) If you like recipes made from Bisquick, gelatin, pickles, and monosodium glutamate, this is the cookbook for you. Some of the recipes might be worth a try, but a few of them left me a little bit dumbfounded.

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The Birchbark House | Louise Erdrich
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I‘ve seen so many posts from different sources about this book that I finally had to read it myself. It‘s interesting, after a childhood when Little House on the Prairie was all the rage on TV, to see a children‘s book that treats Native Americans as (gasp!) real people and not as some sort of exotic enemy or primitive former occupant of the land where our great-great-great grandparents settled.

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Dragons in the Waters | Madeleine L'Engle
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A friend asked to borrow A Wrinkle in Time so that she could read it before she sees the movie. Of course, I loaned her the quintet and the other books that go along with it, except this one, which I‘ve had in my TBR for some time. It started a little slower than I‘d hoped, but the last third or so was satisfying.

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Hocus Pocus | Kurt Vonnegut
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I‘ve been carrying this book in my busy bag for a few months, reading it here and there when I was able to find a quiet place. I finally finished it—distraction-free zones are hard to find lately.

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This was a very quick read from my Christmas present stack. I chuckled most of the way through it & wondered why I didn‘t come up with this idea myself—we used to spend hours at the fabric store when I was little. I guess I was more focused on fancy, impractical dresses instead of the drawings. (Pardon the weird shadows and bright blue chair. It‘s swim practice time for my older kid, and it‘s too cold & snowy to sit in the car while I wait.)

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I️ bought a bunch of childhood classics at thrift shops when my kids were younger. As fate would have it, they don‘t care much for my taste in books (they must be their dad‘s kids). Too bad, they‘re for me now. At any rate, I‘d forgotten how fabulously wicked Roald Dahl‘s stories could be.

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Leafy Rivers | Jessamyn West
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I need a level between Pick and So-So for this one. I was caught up in the story and sympathizing with the heroine for about the first 2/3 or 3/4 of it. Then the end... I don‘t know. I didn‘t want to not finish it, but it felt forced to go in a certain direction, which, thinking about the characters‘ lives, seems kind of fitting, but it‘s frustrating at the same time.

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It's a collection of short stories, compiled from short stories first published in magazines, that covers forty or so years of a Hoosier Quaker family in the late 1800s. The vignette format made it an easy read, but I found myself constantly trying to fill gaps in the storyline as I moved from one chapter to the next. That doesn't mean I enjoyed it any less--I just wish there had been a few more chapters to pull it all together.

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Mehso-so

This book was really well-written and easy to pick up and put down because each chapter is a different tale, but it was kind of dark and a little uncomfortable at times.

Megabooks I've avoided this one even though I'm a Sedaris fanZ 2y
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Sonnets from the Portuguese | Elizabeth Barrett Browning
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It's been a busy spring. I'm trying to squeeze in some reading time in a relatively quiet space that doesn't include foul balls. I started back with this one because it's one of my favorites, and it's short enough to read in one sitting, even if I get distracted a half dozen times.

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I would rate this between "Pick" and "So-So" if I could. It's a good choice for an experienced Vonnegut reader, but I wouldn't suggest it to someone who hasn't read any of his other works. The last work of his I read, prior to this, was Slaughterhouse-Five. It got under my skin in a painful way. This was a good reset button. Though I struggled with some of the humor (is it dated? just unfunny?), I did enjoy the chaos and weirdness of the story.

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Massacre at Fall Creek | Jessamyn West
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I picked this up on a whim at a library sale, and I'm glad I did. West did a good job presenting the issue of the massacre from the different viewpoints of the characters, and that keeps the story interesting. The sites of the actual events that inspired this story are within a reasonable drive, so the local history aspect captivated me, too.

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Phantom Tollbooth | Norton Juster
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I don't remember if I read this as a kid or maybe just a selection from it, but it's funny how my reading on a whim lined up with my very crazy week.