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Phlamboyant

Phlamboyant

Joined February 2018

Mother, knitter, shameless shelf lurker.
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The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers
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As a familiar brand, “Kool-Aid” proved more memorable to the public than “Flavor Aid.” “Don‘t drink the Kool-Aid” became a jokey catchphrase for not foolishly following deranged leaders. “It . . . still hurts every time I hear it,” says Juanell Smart, who lost four children, her mother, and her uncle in Jonestown. “I hated that people laughed when they said it, like what happened was somehow funny.”

SqueakyChu This cult remains alive to my memory because a friend of a friend was a victim of the Jim Jones cult. Message to heed (even today): Never follow a leader mindlessly! 11mo
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City of Stairs | Robert Jackson Bennett

“And while removing the glass—a full three pounds of glass—and shrapnel from his wounds, they discovered …” The crackle of paper as he pulls out a list. “… four bolt tips, one bullet, five darts—some kind of exotic, tribal things …” From Qivos, thinks Shara. I told him to get a doctor that time. “… and six teeth that appear to be from some kind of shark . . .

*Sigrud is my kind of badass.*

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She used to like monsters, so me and her were best friends, but now she likes boys instead (a bad mistake).

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City of Stairs | Robert Jackson Bennett

" . . . Jukov played tricks with his mortal followers, turning them into animals—wolves, sometimes, but most frequently brown starlings—and sometimes even going so far as to impregnate them, regardless of gender, if you can believe it.”

*Wait. What?!*

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But even if the only thing your kids give a shit about is getting their hands on your money or your Holden-Wakefield end tables, even if all your kids want is for you to drop dead, at least someone is giving a specific sort of shit about you. And if you have more than one kid who wants your end tables, you can have fun drafting and redrafting your will.

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Critical Failures | Robert Bevan

Tim knew he was going to have to collect himself and get the rest of the excitement out of his system the best way he knew how. He'd throw up.

*Obviously. That's a normal reaction to stress, right?*

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" . . . For I think belief in God is not a matter of reason at all; I think it finally is a matter of love: of accepting the possibility that God could ever love us.”

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The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins | Clint McElroy, Griffin McElroy, Justin McElroy, Travis McElroy, Carey Pietsch
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Reading and coffee-ing while I have the chance. #babiesoflitsy

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The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins | Clint McElroy, Griffin McElroy, Justin McElroy, Travis McElroy, Carey Pietsch
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Finally diving in and it's making me want to revisit Balance. I sure hope they continue making these.

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Love me some #bookmap.

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Thus, in between the foot and the mile came the furlong, equal to 660 feet. (It was the old measure of a standard plowed field's length, i.e. one "furrow long".)

*I'm not going to remember most of this, but this book has tons of fascinating tidbits and I imagine is a great reference when delving into Victorian literature.*

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Summer Children | Dot Hutchison

After double-checking that it‘s my personal phone—identical to my work phone, except for the Hufflepuff case—I turn it off and feel a palpable sense of relief.

*❤Hufflepuff❤*

Clare-Dragonfly I want a Hufflepuff phone case! 💛🖤💛🖤💛🖤💛🖤 Actually, I have a clear phone case with stickers on it… I may have a Hufflepuff sticker or two I could add. 1y
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Roses of May | Dot Hutchison

Those pictures get plastered everywhere because we‘re a culture fascinated with crime, because we think the families‘ private pain is for public consumption.

introvertedbooks Ah I just started this book!!!! 1y
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Roses of May | Dot Hutchison

For once it's not the baby keeping me up at night. At least I can get some extra reading in while the fireworks are going off.

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As one former senior U.S. intelligence official put it, “It‘s one thing to say, ‘Hey, take a look, if you don‘t mind.‘ It‘s another thing entirely to say, ‘God damn it, these men are in danger and may even be dead. Let‘s find out immediately! I mean now!”

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“Going to a refugee camp might help,” National Security Adviser Anthony Lake notes. “But not having gone to a refugee camp is not an excuse for not having an imagination.”

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When the muscles become relaxed they have a tendency to flap (like a sail not pulled taut in the wind). Snoring is the sound of the muscles flapping.

*I can't get this visual out of my head. 😯*

GondorGirl So, I can now complain that my husband kept me awake with his flapping muscles? 😂 1y
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Some people‘s snoring is so loud that the noise they generate exceeds government standards for noise in the workplace.

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Your baby needs a happy and functioning mother more than she needs to see you at 3:00 in the morning.

*Maybe I should keep little quotes like this posted around the apartment.*

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Yus! Can't wait to pick up my bingo card tomorrow. Something fun to focus on while gearing up for sleep training, which will be not so fun.

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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo

I regret telling my husband's best friend to just throw my night stand stuff in any box. Now I can't find this library book and I'm out of renews. #moving #perilsofbeinglazy #badlibrarypatron

Debiw781 😳😳😳 good luck! 1y
tammysue Oh no 🤦🏼‍♀️ 1y
Clare-Dragonfly Oh no! I‘m glad I don‘t have any library books right now! 1y
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The Wolves of Winter | Tyrell Johnson

He gave me a book of Walt Whitman's collected poems, and I still have it. I read it often. I can't say I really appreciate or understand it. Sounds like the rantings of a guy who may or may not think he's a tree.

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City of Stairs | Robert Jackson Bennett

Thus it was quickly decided that Pitry—being young, cheerful, and not in the room at the time—would be the best man for the job.

*😂*

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As one senior U.S. official remembers, “The first response to trouble is, ‘Let‘s yank the peacekeepers.‘ But that is like believing that when children are misbehaving the proper response is, ‘Let‘s send the babysitter home,‘ so the house gets burned down.”

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Writer: A Dark Thriller | D W Ulsterman
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Trying to wrap up this first San Juan Islands Mystery while still on Orcas. I think I need to read location driven selections more often.

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Writer: A Dark Thriller | D W Ulsterman

Three large seals were laid out upon the rocks like wet, glistening sausages . . .

*Wait . . . What? 😂*

wanderinglynn 🤣🤣🤣 that‘s one way to look at seals I guess. 2y
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Little Sister Death | William Gay

He knew the house was awake now, he could stand in its center and feel its heart beating around him, synced with his own breathing when he breathed, feel its attention on him, alert and focused as a cat watching a broken-winged bird.

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Little Sister Death | William Gay

Procrastinating on Litsy because I'm afraid to finish a haunting book alone with the baby on what's turning out to be a dark and dreary evening. 😨

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Alone | Lisa Gardner
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Sleeping Beauties | Stephen King, Owen King
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I wanted to like this book. I liked the concept, the writing was great, but I got so tired of all the horrible men. When the monsters in a book are men, men you've known and experienced, it's not fun or scary or enlightening. It just made me weary and sad and so, so tired. (But I guess I shouldn't give in to the tiredness? Someone might set me on fire.)

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It's just me and the babe up here until Sunday evening and the babe is finally asleep.

Blueberry Jealous. Have fun :) 2y
Cinfhen Lovely spot 🧡 2y
FeatherV That looks like heaven! 2y
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Came across this while searching for the Iron Druid books. A spin-off series featuring dog detectives? The Squirrel on the Train? I think I need this in my life more.

xicanti I haven't read this one yet, but the first Oberon mystery was super fun! 2y
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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo

Besides, old women must know something, or they wouldn't live to gather wrinkles and yell from their front stoops.

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Authority: A Novel | Jeff VanderMeer
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One more month of reads closer to summer vacations. (And I don't yet know if that means more or less reading. We'll see.)

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Pre-order accomplished!

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The Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood

A rat in a maze is free to go anywhere, as long as it stays inside the maze.

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Mehso-so

Beautiful writing, but I just couldn't bring myself to care about the main character.

SqueakyChu Yeah. I totally agree with you. I didn‘t care for any of the characters except for Hobie. It was only the author‘s descriptive writing that carried me through the 771 pages of this book. Have you read The Secret History by Donna Tartt? I liked that novel so much more. 2y
Wife I felt the same🌹 2y
Phlamboyant @SqueakyChu I loved Hobie! This was my first Donna Tartt. Maybe I'll give The Secret History a go. 2y
SqueakyChu @Phlamboyant Definitely do it. It‘s very mysterious and completely different from The Goldfinch. 2y
dragondrool Yep. I, too, loved Hobie. He's what kept me reading. 2y
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Sleeping Beauties | Stephen King, Owen King
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The Beard is much better at making time for himself.

Even though I know he'll reciprocate, taking the baby so I can slip away for a few hours, this is the first time I've taken advantage of it.

And what am I doing with my newfound freedom? I'm reading in my dusty car. 🤣

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Micro | Michael Crichton, Richard Preston

One of these authors doesn't want you to forget that the characters have last names. Just in case you do, they are mentioned several times a chapter, if not several times a page.

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I knew my library's search algorithms were off, but really? This is what pops up when you search for Does It Fart? 😡😂

Swe_Eva 😂😂😂 2y
SqueakyChu Hahahaha! 2y
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My husband suggested this as my next read. Thanks, Science Friday. 😂

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As a result, pain does not much bother me anymore; it gives me evidence of my ongoing existence, has saved me from those times when, otherwise, I might have stared so long at wind and rain and sea as to become nothing, to just disappear.

*Thanks for the sudden flashback to my teenage years. So glad those are more than a decade behind me now.*

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Bel Canto | Ann Patchett
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1. Ann Patchett's Bel Canto
2. Nomeansno
3. James Brown
4. Janelle Monae's Make Me Feel

#ManicMonday @JoScho

JoScho James Brown! I bet that was amazing ❤️ 2y
Quasifesto A Nomeansno fan. Does that mean you also like their alter-ego band? 2y
Phlamboyant @Quasifesto I'm ashamed to admit I'm not familiar. 2y
Phlamboyant @JoScho It was! It was my first concert. I was the only one of the kids who wanted to go with our dad and it is one of my best memories. 2y
JoScho That makes it even more special ❤️ 2y
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This was yesterday's children's story during service and it was thoroughly charming. Or maybe it was the preschooler that kept shouting, "O. M. G!" I highly recommend both story and preschooler.

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Quick! While he's distracted!

#25inFive #babiesoflitsy

MrsSpencer Awww how sweet! 2y
asiriusreader Cute!! 2y
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Resorting to audiobooking. I struggle with focus when it comes to audio anything, and logistics are a bit fuzzy when it comes to timing (I'm working wave solder this week and often have to pause to answer questions or make quick phonecalls to support staff), but it's kind of working.

#25inFive

Andrew65 A good total. 😊 2y
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They were deep in their own world. For all the attention they were paying to me I might as well have been in Idaho.

*Oh, hey. An Idaho reference that doesn't involve survivalists or white nationalists. Not that we don't deserve those other references from time to time.*

#25inFive

SqueakyChu Haha! 2y
SqueakyChu How are you liking this novel? I just finished reading it. 2y
Phlamboyant @SqueakyChu I'm roughly a third of the way through and can't decide. There are times when I find the writing compelling and get completely sucked into the story, and times when I become impatient with or disinterested in Theo. 2y
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SqueakyChu @Phlamboyant Interesting! I never liked Theo throughout the whole book. This is one of those novels that gets a whole range of ratings from the worst novel ever to the best novel ever and everything in between. I like Tartt‘s writing very much even though I only liked one character (not Theo!). 2y
Phlamboyant @SqueakyChu I really don't like Theo, either. I want to, knowing what he's been through, but I just don't. 2y
SqueakyChu I predict that you won‘t like him much later in the book either! 😊 2y
Phlamboyant @SqueakyChu Thanks for the warning. 🤣 2y
Phlamboyant @SqueakyChu You were right. I liked adult Theo even less. 2y
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