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SaunteringVaguelyDownwards

SaunteringVaguelyDownwards

Joined October 2016

PhD English student procrastinating with more books.
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The Book of Yaak by Rick Bass
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Day 14: #time

I am grateful for all the time the fellow members of my virtual thesis/dissertation accountability group spend working with me, commiserating with me, and supporting me!

#gratitude30 #studentsoflitsy #dissertationsarehard

Eggs Isn‘t that the best when others lift us up?!! 2d
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Read for curriculum review project. A very accessible explanation of major concepts in economics, clearly organized and repeated for retention. The last section on personal economics should be required reading for every high school senior!

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Battle of the Blue Lanterns | Michael Vincent Acampora
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Day 13: #color

I am grateful for being a year of light blue, and the wonderful college community I had! Anassa kata!

#gratitude30 #mawrtyr

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Day 12: #beauty

I love flowers, but my late kitty had a habit of chewing on them (Subject seen here studiously pretending to be a still life painting until I go away), so I rarely got them. I'm grateful for seeing them in nature--and for the rare times my husband gets them for me!

#gratitude30 #flowers

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A great study of the ways in which instant digital access promotes the practice of marathoning (a nicer way of saying binge-watching, because it also takes into account people who marathon book series, like us!) The first half traces the behavioral, emotional, and cognitive aspects of marathoning, mirroring my study of immersion. However, the last half falls into the trap of trying to map out common textual features, and was unconvincing.
#diss

MayJasper Sounds interesting 6d
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Day 6: #creativity

I am grateful to live in an arts district and watch creativity flourish!

#gratitude30 #ridetheselfiehorse

Cinfhen Love that 😍 6d
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Rocky Mountains | Jan Mader
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Day 5: #nature

The one advantage of our cross-country move last summer is that I get to be regularly astonished by the beauty of the mountains!

#gratitide30

RachelO Stunning! 1w
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Day 4: #music

My entire family sings and has played instruments, and I've been so grateful for the gift of music in my life. Even though my church choir is much smaller than the Mormon Tabernacle Choir shown here (from my visit to SLC this summer), I still love making a joyful noise!

#gratitude30

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A lovely meditation on interpersonal relationships, set during the Japanese internment during WWII. When a hotel discovers lost belongings of Japanese families, Henry sees a familiar parasol. It prompts him to search there for his rare record of Oscar Holden. In reality, the search leads to a better relationship with his son and a reunion with his childhood love Keiko.
#PopSugar: a book with title containing "sweet", "salty" "bitter" or "spicy"

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Hauppauge Public Library | Hauppauge, NY (Library)
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Day 3: #love

My grandfather, who passed away last month, was one of the most loving people I have ever met. And everyone loved him in return: his students from the high school he taught math and coached football at for 30 years, his friends, and the immigrant women he taught English to after he retired. I am so grateful I got to know him as my grandfather.
Tagged is the library he was a founding board member of!

#gratitude30

Ddzmini Sorry for your loss 🙏 2w
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#growth

I sometimes struggle to feel like I'm actually accomplishing anything because I've taken so long on my dissertation, but putting this message up in the study room at my library to celebrate the 1 year anniversary of their new building made me realize just how much I've done!
(I actually wrote over 60,000 if you include notes)!

#gratitude30

SaunteringVaguelyDownwards I'm actually going to combine this with day 2: #knowledge! 2w
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I really enjoyed doing the #gratitude30 during the month of November last year, and I haven't seen anyone post it yet. So here's my invitation to join me in being thankful for all the good things in our lives--especially Litsy! (It's like number 18 was made for us!)

Rachel.Rencher Love this! I got so behind last year, I'll try to keep up with it this time. Thanks for posting. 🤗 2w
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Burial Rites | Hannah Kent
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Unexpectedly fascinating. A good character-driven story that also reveals a great deal about Icelandic farm culture in the 1800s. I'm also impressed at the author's research and translations!

#PopSugar Reading Challenge 2019: a book set in Scandinavia

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Haunted Houses | Alex Summers
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Hey, @4thhouseontheleft -- here's a picture of the Molly Brown House living room all decorated for Halloween!

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Wonderful Wednesdays | Eddie Robertson, Sylvia Robertson
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*Just had my 3 year Litsyversary a few days ago--I didn't realize it had been that long.
* @silentrequiem invited me!
*I think I read more since joining, though that's as much due to my freelance curriculum review project as to sharing on Litsy.
*Sci-fi and fantasy, both adult and YA.
* @silentrequiem, of course. I think I've also been following @Ddzmini and @MrBook the longest!

#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

Eggs Hi 👋🏻 thanks for playing 💕📚🤗 3w
MrBook I‘m honored! 😳☺️🤗 3w
Ddzmini As am I 🙏 I love Litsy and have to agree wit you about reading more... or maybe it‘s because there are so many different reviews on Litsy that makes it so easy to get more books to read 🙌🏽📖😋 3w
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The Sugar Queen | Sarah Addison Allen
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I got my Goodreads goal for the year ?, so now I'm just trying to finish out the PopSugar goals. Picked this solely for the title and wasn't thrilled (NAF of romances)...until one of the characters has books relevant to her life just appear when she needs them, stalking her. Then I was sold.

PopSugar Reading Challenge 2019: a book with "pop," "sugar," or "challenge" in the title

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The Sugar Queen | Sarah Addison Allen
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😱 Books aren't clutter, they're my primary household decoration!

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This book felt a little clunky and heavy-handed, presenting direct statements on the themes of race, culture, and adolescent discovery of the fallibility of one's parents that are deftly and indirectly presented in To Kill a Mockingbird. What I appreciate most is seeing how Lee created the narratorial voice of the adult Scout that is so complex in TKOM.

PopSugar Reading Challenge: a book posted posthumously

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Winter of the Witch | Katherine Arden
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A fitting end to the series, with Vasya finally coming to terms with her identity. It's amazing how well Arden translated historical events into this lyrical version of Russian folk tales! I read this as a library ebook but will definitely need to buy the hardcover to complete the trilogy on my shelves.

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Boxers & Saints | Gene Luen Yang, Lark Pien
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Day 6: #7days7covers #covercrush

7 days, 7 covers, no explanations.

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Day 5: #7days7covers #covercrush

7 days, 7 covers, no explanations...and yes, each book's text is printed in the color of the cover.

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Day 4: #7days7covers #covercrush

7 days, 7 covers, no explanations.

@Hollie's post with the Between Shades of Grey cover reminded me of this one!

silentrequiem I really liked this book! 2mo
SaunteringVaguelyDownwards So did I! It was the first book my husband ever recommended I read, and got me hooked on Max Barry. Then again, I got him hooked on Neil Gaiman with Good Omens. 😁 2mo
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Battle Bunny | Jon Scieszka, Mac Barnett, Matt Myers
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Day 3: #7days7covers #covercrush

7 days, 7 covers, no explanations...but I have to say I love the detail they put into these "altered" covers!

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The Girl with the Silver Eyes | Willo Davis Roberts
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Day 2: #7days7covers #covercrush

7 days, 7 covers, no explanations. Join in if you want!

silentrequiem Omg this book!!! I read my copy to pieces. 2mo
SaunteringVaguelyDownwards This and Matilda were my favorite childhood books. Clearly I just wanted telepathic powers. 😉 2mo
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Milestones | Marina Tsvetaeva
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1000 is such a nice round number! 😁🎉

Liatrek Congrats 🎉🎉 2mo
britt_brooke 🙌🏻🙌🏻 Nice catch! Hope you‘re loving Litsy. 💚 It‘s such a great community! 2mo
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Day 1: #7covers7days #covercrush

7 days, 7 cover, no explanations. Tag a friend!

Calling anyone who wants to join!

@silentrequiem

gossamerchild I LOVE this edition-amazing! 2mo
julesG 😍😍😍😍 2mo
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Delta-V | Daniel Suarez
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😲 😃 When your undergraduate capstone project designing a space station gets cited not in academic journals, but shows up in a science fiction novel!

Props to Suarez for naming the students and their advisors in his acknowledgements!

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Gearing up for research on the Wizarding World transmedia franchise for my dissertation!

#scholarsoflitsy
#ilovemylibrary

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Storm Breaking | Mercedes Lackey
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1. I've been on a Valdemar rereading kick for the past month. I think my brain needs something light and familiar to balance out my dissertation!
2. Forging ahead on my dissertation before my adjunct class starts on Tuesday. And checking out the Heart of Art festival nearby on Saturday!
3. Death by Chocolate
4. Saxophone! I really need to find a new community band to play with here in CO.
5. ✌️

#friyayintro @howjessreads

Bookgoil Dissertations are no fun! One reason I won‘t get a doctorate ever! 3mo
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My husband decided to curate his bookshelf while on vacation, so we spent an afternoon travelling around to several Little Free Libraries to redistribute them, including taking some with us on our road trip into the mountains!

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Pushed pause on my reading last week so I could entertain my parents visiting me from PA. Museums, galleries, and mountain views! Favorite "read" was the plaque explaining that this water wheel was built in 1893 by miner Charlie Tayler, who claimed his long life was due to his never shaving, bathing, or kissing women (guess we know why they didn't want to kiss him!) ?

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I love when I'm reading a book & someone's Litsy handle clicks! Just started Good Omens. 😊 3mo
SaunteringVaguelyDownwards Ha! I'm glad to contribute to your amusement from the book. Enjoy it--it's one of my favorites! 3mo
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Read for my dissertation...and made me very paranoid about whether I'm critiquing in my writing! Instead of reading with suspicion and detachment, trying to ferret out the secrets or expose the gaps in a book, Felski advocates for a postcritical reading that embraces affect and the cocreation of meaning between text and reader. Will work perfectly in my chapter about the emotional aspects of immersion not being opposed to scholarly reading!

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1. I have to start on my next set of JHU project reads, so either Pride and Prejudice or The Fault in Our Stars.
2. Juliet Takes a Breath, by Gabby Rivera. It is amazing and passionate and I highly recommend it!
3. Just came back from seeing the tour of Fiddler on the Roof!! The musical is based on the tagged book, and I won't be able to get the music out of my head for at least a week.

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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Love Is Love | Phil Jimenez
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My library celebrates Pride with this cute and clever installation made of freeze pops!

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A Raisin in the Sun | Lorraine Hansberry
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Read for JHU project. A stirring look at the aspirations and struggles of an African-American family in Chicago. I actually see some echoes of this play in Danai Gurira's play Familiar (which I highly recommend to anyone who gets the chance to see it!)

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Good Omens | Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
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1. Just finished my reread of Good Omens, and I have Great Expectations and A Raisin in the Sun on deck for the JHU project.
2. Good Omens - I loved it!
3. Season 2 of American Gods. I also need to watch Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald for my dissertation.

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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I live in the arts district within walking distance of a bunch of small galleries, all connected by the "Art Line," which links works of public art. It's fabulous! This is one example, which combines a don't-step-in-the-lava game with a prompt to decode the words in between.

#LitsyNeighborhoods #BookTalk

Heideschrampf Brilliant! 5mo
Zelma 😍😍😍 5mo
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1. My husband occasionally calls me "Kitty" for my tendency to curl up on comfy furniture.
2. I once bought Sons and Other Flammable Objects from a neighborhood book sale simply because of the title. Haven't read it yet, though!
3. I wouldn't say ruined so much as set me up for disappointment.
4. As a fantasy/sci-fi lover, please just show you've actually read the book/character descriptions!
5. @Eggs

TobeyTheScavengerMonk Good answer for 4. That always bugs me. 5mo
Eggs Great responses!! And love #4 🤗 5mo
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Good Omens | Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
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I am LOVING the Good Omens Amazon tv series so far! They're doing an excellent job of translating all the footnotes into dialogue or narration by God, keeping all the humor. I also really appreciate Gaiman's involvement to honor Prachett's vision of this book as a show. Can't wait to see the last 3 episodes!

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A Monster Calls | Patrick Ness, Siobhan Dowd
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I love the way Ness credits Dowd for the ideas that became this book, and the brutal honesty and emotions in the plot. I would love to teach this in a YA lit class. The illustrations are also haunting and perfect for the story.

Rachel.Rencher I taught this book to 7th graders last year and I was really impressed at how they picked up on the themes in the book. They had some really meaningful discussions. 6mo
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In the Woods | Tana French
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Read for JHU project. I appreciate mysteries, especially psychological ones, but this just didn't do it for me. Rob Ryan survives the disappearance of his two best friends as a child, and then has to investigate a child murder in the same location 20 years later. Most interesting part was the protest of a motorway being built over an archaeological site.

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Juliet Takes a Breath | Gabby Rivera
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“Read all the books that make you whole. Read all the books that pull you out of the present and into the future. Read all the books about women who get tattoos, and break hearts, and rob banks, and start heavy metal bands. Read every single one of them.“

Man, this book packs a gut-punch! I didn't want it to end, and now that it has, I'm still sort of overwhelmed by it.

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The Witch's Boy | Kelly Barnhill
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Read for Children's Literature class. I really appreciated the world-building in this middle-grade novel; the way in which the magic was presented as an enticing, corrupting force was interesting. Strong female characters in Sister Witch, the Queen, and Aine herself are compelling. I just feel like the pacing was a little bit slow; it picked up once Ned and Aine met.

#PopSugar Reading Challenge 2019: a ghost story (but not like you expect!)

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Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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Reread for JHU project. It's amazing how my understanding of this book has changed since I first read it in high school. However, I saw in the back that she's planning on releasing a sequel called The Testaments this year!

I am so conflicted about this. Far be it from me to deny Atwood the pleasure of working in this story world again. But it just seems like she's cashing in on the success of the Hulu series. What do you all think?

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Macbeth | William Shakespeare
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For JHU project. This is the first time I've read this since teaching it at high school, and I'm surprised by how much of the soliloquies I remember. Also, since I researched all of Leverage the past few months, now I hear Lady Macbeth in Gina Bellman's voice!
#popsugar reading challenge 2019: a book that inspired a common phrase
(Take your pick! "Screw your courage to the sticking place", "something wicked this way comes", and "lay on, Macduff"!)

SaunteringVaguelyDownwards *re-watched all of Leverage! 6mo
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The Hate U Give | Angela Thomas
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I've been mostly gone from Litsy for a while due to end of semester craziness, but I'm catching up with this box of books I read for a project for JHU. My favorite was The Hate U Give - best explanation of systemic racism I've seen, and all the more impressive in a YA book.

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Happy birthday to me--Litsy's on the web!

...on second reflection, this just gives me a new avenue to procrastinate writing my dissertation. At least I could banish my phone to another room.

...on third reflection, anyone else thinks Litsy just looks weird online? It's so...big! 😅

#Litsy

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Looking for Alaska | Green, John
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It was interesting rereading this 10+ years after I first did. I still think the uniqueness of a teen male perspective on guilt and loss is notable, bit the philosophical musings on "the Great Perhaps" and the Labyrinth of suffering seem much more shallow.

Read for JHU project.

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Introducing my husband to the Cadfael TV series (free on Amazon Prime Video) reminded me that I never finished reading the books. This one is way more political, dealing with a murder that happens during an attempt at a peace conference between Empress Maud & King Steven. Cadfael risks excommunication from the Abbey to rescue his son. Prose is a bit dry, but still a decent showing.

PopSugar Reading Challenge 2019: a book set in an abbey

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The One and Only Ivan | Katherine Applegate
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Read for children's lit class. This book endearingly portrays Ivan the silverback gorilla as he attempts to save baby elephant Ruby from being trapped in the roadside attraction/mall her whole life. With child Julia's help, Ivan gets the art materials he needs to get the humans' attention. Thoughtful about the depth of animal thoughts and emotions and the nature of humanity.

PopSugar Reading Challenge 2019: a novel based on a true story