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Mandigolightly

Mandigolightly

Joined July 2018

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Auburn Public Library | Auburn, IL (Library)
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Three beautiful Galleys I got from Harper Collins at the Illinois Library Association conference! 😍

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Waiting to Be Read | Jonika Antoinette Haynes
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Twitter user mosslamb calling us all out

ravenlee Only since 2017? That won‘t even put a dent in it... 2mo
Ruthiella @ravenlee I have books purchased in the previous CENTURY that are on my shelf 😬 2mo
NeedsMoreBooks I am in @Mandigolightly 😁😂 2mo
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julesG @Ruthiella Me too. 🙈 2mo
Susannah Me too, @Ruthiella, me too. 2mo
CoffeeK8 Oh I like this idea! 2mo
rather_be_reading yesss 👏👏 1mo
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Auburn Public Library | Auburn, IL (Library)
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The cover of the super old book that lives on my boss‘s desk

wanderinglynn How beautiful! ❤️ 2mo
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Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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It‘s Banned Books Week 2019! Time to subvert censorship and read a book “they” tried to keep you from! Intellectual freedom is a fragile, vital thing even today, and we have to protect it.

I‘ll be reading Lolita by Nabokov this year

ElizaMarie Lolita was a tough read for me but the writing was amazing! 2mo
Mandigolightly @ElizaMarie that‘s what I‘ve heard! I‘m looking forward to it 2mo
ElizaMarie Do you mind if I steal your pick and your blurb about banned books (to post on my Facebook so as to encourage others to read banned books?) 2mo
Mandigolightly @ElizaMarie the pic belongs to the ala office of intellectual freedom, so it‘s fair use, but you‘re welcome to the blurb! 2mo
ElizaMarie Thank you!!! 2mo
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I was genuinely pleased to read this. Short fiction can be such a mixed bag, but I find that I‘m increasingly obsessed with it, and obviously Neil Gaiman is an absolute master at it

madamereadsalot1 It's probably my favorite collection of short stories by anyone! 2mo
Mandigolightly @madamereadsalot1 for me it‘s probably a toss up between this one and 2mo
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Monarch of the Glen: I haven‘t read American Gods yet, and I feel like I would probably have gotten more out of it if I had, but it was still so solid and moving. Plus I was glad to see the return of Smith and Alice. 4/5⭐️

(Fragile Things is a short story collection, and that‘s always weird for review, so I‘m rating each story separately)

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Inventing Aladdin: Moving and thought provoking and perfect. I loved this one 5/5⭐️

(Fragile Things is a short story collection, and that‘s always weird for review, so I‘m rating each story separately)

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Sunbird: You could really see where this one was going, but it didn‘t take away from how enjoyable the story was 4/5⭐️

(Fragile Things is a short story collection, and that‘s always weird for review, so I‘m rating each story separately)

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The Day The Saucers Came: light and funny, reminded me a lot of a child wiggling out of something 3/5⭐️

(Fragile Things is a short story collection, and that‘s always weird for review, so I‘m rating each story separately)

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How to talk to girls at parties: vaguely trite but a lot of fun 3/5⭐️

(Fragile Things is a short story collection, and that‘s always weird for review, so I‘m rating each story separately)

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Pages From a Journal Found in a Shoebox... : lovely story about longing and travel and Americana, I thought 4/5 ⭐️

(Fragile Things is a short story collection, and that‘s always weird for review, so I‘m rating each story separately)

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Goliath: As far as I‘m concerned, this is the perfect short story. I love the narrative style here, love the jarring way the story buffers and starts over, and the bittersweet way it ends

(Fragile Things is a short story collection, and that‘s always weird for review, so I‘m rating each story separately)

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In the End: had a lovely circular feel to it, and reminded me a bit of Good Omens

(Fragile Things is a short story collection, and that‘s always weird for review, so I‘m rating each story separately)

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Diseasemaker‘s Croup: so-so story-wise but I liked the medical-journal style here

(Fragile Things is a short story collection, and that‘s always weird for review, so I‘m rating each story separately)

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Horrorology | Stephen Jones
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JackOBotts “It” is probably one of my top (though I haven‘t read a lot of King.) A more recent read - and especially terrifying because it‘s nonfiction: (edited) 2mo
madamereadsalot1 The Deep by Nick Cutter was creepy and gross. Misery by Stephen King was the most stressful, anxiety causing book I've ever read. Both of them have things I'm actually phobic over, so that's probably why the got under my skin so much. 2mo
sprainedbrain Ooooh I can‘t wait to see all of the answers! Mine are Pet Sematary by Stephen King and most recently, this one: 2mo
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Mandigolightly @sprainedbrain penpal terrified me. We had a raccoon in the crawl space while I was reading it and I made someone go down there and making sure nobody was living down there living on tuna 2mo
BookwormAHN Darkfall creeped me out for quite a while 2mo
sprainedbrain @Mandigolightly omg that would have put me over the edge. 😱 2mo
Reggie The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum. This book made me feel horrible after reading it. I felt I was complicit in a tortuous murder just by having read it. I can‘t recommend it. He‘s a great writer though. 2mo
JaclynW Lord of the Flies because it broke humans down to survival mode where it shows how easily/ not far off we are from being animals. Creepy! 2mo
eri.reads This one definitely is on my reread list even though it was pretty creepy and made me hear sounds every time I read it after dark. 2mo
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Had an after-hours Friday the 13th event at work, and it had to end with a lights-on freeplay session because I may have genuine terrified some kids enough that they were afraid to go outside in the dark 👀

BethM These books scared the sh** out of me as a kid. I had nightmares for months. 2mo
Susannah I had these books and had to keep them in a box in a closet. Look at this cover! How can it be a kids‘ book? 😳(Also, I‘m a super duper weenie when it comes to scary stuff. I have no idea why I ever got these books.) 2mo
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Gotta read it one more time before it goes back to the library

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Feeders and Eaters: Pretty good, in that creepy old lady way, and it had quite a solid ending...but then added something random at the end that didn‘t seem to fit 3/5⭐️

(Fragile Things is a short story collection, and that‘s always weird for review, so I‘m rating each story separately)

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All is Lost | J. C. Chandor
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Brandon_Lee_Hayes I add books faster than I can read them. I don't think I'll ever catch up. 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks All is lost!!!! 🤷🏼‍♀️ 2mo
Lovesbooks87 All is lost for me too! 2mo
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Prairiegirl_reading All was lost a bookcase ago. What‘s beyond all is lost? 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
TheSpineView Dido!🤣 2mo
Caffeinated_Reader Totally 🤗 2mo
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Lilac Girls: A Novel | Martha Hall Kelly
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I have the devil‘s own headcold right now, but I‘m leading the library‘s book club on this book tomorrow evening…so I had better actually read it.

Palimpsest Hope you feel better soon! 2mo
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Fifteen Painted Cards from a Vampire Tarot: super fresh, great ambiance for such a start-stop style 5/5⭐️

(Fragile Things is a short story collection, and that‘s always weird for review, so I‘m rating each story separately)

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Nooks & Crannies | Jessica Lawson
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TFW you‘re reading with your nook plugged in and it STILL DIES 😥😥😥

esurient Aww. 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly Time for a new one? 2mo
Mandigolightly @Clare-Dragonfly nah, didn‘t let it charge enough from dead before I was trying to use it 2mo
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My Life: Eh, I think this is another one that‘s just...meant for a different target demographic. 1/5⭐️

(Fragile Things is a short story collection, and that‘s always weird for review, so I‘m rating each story separately)

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How Do You Think It Feels?: this one was likable because it was so unlikable. I enjoyed that contrast 4/5⭐️

(Fragile Things is a short story collection, and that‘s always weird for review, so I‘m rating each story separately)

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Instructions: it was so-so, but I kind of felt like it wasn‘t saying anything 2/5 ⭐️

(Fragile Things is a short story collection, and that‘s always weird for review, so I‘m rating each story separately)

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The Problem of Susan: The whole reason I picked this book up was to read this story, and it was definitely not what I expected. In the intro, Gaiman talked about wanting to write something that was as problematic as Lewis‘s treatment of Susan and he certainly achieved that. I‘m left not knowing whether I like it or not

(Fragile Things is a short story collection, and that‘s always weird for review, so I‘m rating each story separately)

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Pumpkinheads | Rainbow Rowell
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This was a delightful Halloween story. It would be especially good for people feeling festive but who don‘t dig spooky stuff

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Pumpkinheads | Rainbow Rowell
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IamIamIam Love that!!! 3mo
Mandigolightly @IamIamIam right? True friendship! 3mo
Megabooks 🙌🏻🙌🏻 3mo
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Slightly Shady | Amanda Quick
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I‘m such a child
(It‘s true though, I‘m slightly shady)

julesG 😁 3mo
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30 Days of Night | Steve Niles
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The art style was…smudged and weird, and the story was almost nonexistent. There‘s so much promise in the “vampires attack town in a month of darkness” premise, but 30 Days of Night delivered none of it

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30 Days of Night | Steve Niles
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This is past due, so I had better get to reading it 😬 🧛🏻‍♂️🧛🏻‍♀️

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Hamlet (Revised) | William Shakespeare
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Words, words, words

I‘ve been in such a Shakespeare phase lately, and so I‘m watching the 2009 RSC production of Hamlet with Patrick Stewart as Claudius and David Tennant as Hamlet.

And Tennant‘s usual boneless, insane delivery is never as amusing as this scene

Clare-Dragonfly How are you watching this? Is it streaming somewhere? I‘d love to see it. 3mo
Mandigolightly @Clare-Dragonfly Oh, on DVD. I got it from the library. But I think you can rent it on Prime. You should definitely watch it. It‘s a great take 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly Thank you! I don‘t have a way to play DVDs but my parents have Prime 😄 3mo
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Auburn Public Library | Auburn, IL (Library)
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(Side note: we can tag libraries now?!?!)

Clare-Dragonfly We‘ve been able to tag bookstores for a couple months—I guess some libraries are included with that? 3mo
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Macker11 Scream this from the rooftops!! 3mo
Megabooks 👍🏻👍🏻 3mo
BethM I waS/am a reader because of my mom. If she not instilled that in me, school would‘ve stamped it out. 3mo
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JacqMac Yes!! 3mo
KathyWheeler I only partially agree with this. How do you teach literature when everyone is reading something different? I also think it‘s important to have a core frame of reference for literature — things everyone gets taught. Those classics don‘t have to be taught in a boring way. If you don‘t challenge people, they will stick with what they know they like and never grow as a reader. (edited) 3mo
Mandigolightly @KathyWheeler I think that it‘s true on a classroom reading basis—particularly in JH and HS, but here in the library I see that teachers are assigning them out of classroom reading BUT ONLY between x Lexile and z Lexile—which is a highly suspect algorithm that has been known to put Barenstein Bears in 5th grade and Hamlet at kindergarten—and takes away their interests 3mo
Mandigolightly @KathyWheeler especially when you have a kid who tests high. My 9 year old tests in the HS Lexile...but he can‘t be expected to emotionally connect with characters so far above him developmentally, with problems that he doesn‘t face in the 4th grade, so making him ONLY read at his Lexile would crush his interest in reading 3mo
KathyWheeler @Mandigolightly Now on outside reading, I completely agree! I tested pretty high when I was a kid too, but, like your son, was probably better off reading about people and issues I could relate to. 3mo
Mandigolightly @KathyWheeler In a classroom setting, the teacher can show the kids where it‘s relatable, why it matters, etc. it‘s usually not an issue with classroom reading—though, arguably, classes that read Shakespeare have this issue still—but outside reading should be just whatever imo 3mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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I am weak

Smrloomis 😂 3mo
JacqMac 😂 Me too! 3mo
KathyWheeler Love this! It‘s me. 😄 3mo
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Christy2318 Just added that book to my TBR a few minutes ago. 🤣 3mo
RaimeyGallant I would have caved, too. 3mo
ReadingSusan Yessss!! 3mo
Ruthiella You can do both!!!! 😀 3mo
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I have to wait for the new season of GBBO, because I‘m American, so I‘m filling the hole with Mary Berry‘s autobiography

CarolynM Love Mary Berry! 3mo
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The story I took to read at the retirement home last week...it‘s surprisingly hard to find short stories that work in that atmosphere, so thank goodness for this one. I read a lot of short story collections but in retrospect, they seem to all contain sex, violence, swearing or social commentary on like, antisemitism, and exactly none of that plays when I‘m reading there

BirdsandBelles Love Ray Bradbury! 💕 3mo
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First day of school this morning, and we had time to finish the last two chapters of this before we left the house (I‘d like to pretend I just have this motherhood thing down pat, but honestly, it‘s probably a sign of the apocalypse)…9 year old loved it, really related to Odd. Great read aloud book, with so few characters that you can really go nuts with voices

Caroline2 Sounds great, I‘ll order it for my 8yr old. 👍🏻 3mo
Mandigolightly @Caroline2 you absolutely should! 3mo
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Locks: By far my favorite of the poems he‘s included here. It captured perfectly the experience of telling stories to your children. 5/5⭐️

(Fragile Things is a short story collection, and that‘s always weird for review, so I‘m rating each story separately)

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Harlequin Valentine: Not my favorite, though very descriptive. 2/5⭐️

(Fragile Things is a short story collection, and that‘s always weird for review, so I‘m rating each story separately)

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Shatter Me | Tahereh Mafi
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Strange Girls: this one wasn‘t my style, but I wanna point out how I absolutely dig that Gaiman doesn‘t describe women in the same boneheaded, anatomically bizarre way that many other male writers. 2/5⭐️ really, with a bonus ⭐️ for the absence of misogyny

(Fragile Things is a short story collection, and that‘s always weird for review, so I‘m rating each story separately)

Clare-Dragonfly That‘s a sadly low hurdle to jump! 3mo
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The Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch: Fun and mysterious, and delightfully descriptive 5/5⭐️

(Fragile Things is a short story collection, and that‘s always weird for review, so I‘m rating each story separately)

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Destroy Me | Tahereh Mafi
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Mehso-so

Marginally more interesting

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Destroy Me | Tahereh Mafi
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Shatter Me | Tahereh Mafi
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Meh. My friend SWEARS that it‘s just a matter of sticking to this series, but honestly I could not be less interested. Nobody can touch Juliette...except the only two men she‘s interacted with in 4 years, who are both madly in love with her. Everything is just…too convenient

KatieDid927 IMO a successful series doesn‘t start with a book that you have to suffer through before the story gets interesting. If the first book can‘t stand on it‘s own merits and leave people wanting more then it‘s not a solid series. 3mo
xxjenadanxx Oh wow, I loved this series! I agree though just because it's popular doesn't mean you should suffer through reading it! 3mo
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