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alexa_d

alexa_d

Joined August 2019

Climbing Mount TBR, like, eight books at a time. (#OctoberTBR: #AllHallowsRead #ScreamAThon #SpookyReads #spoopy)
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Gallows Hill by Lois Duncan
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Three Witches by Paula Jolin
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Advise and Consent by Allen Drury
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A Confederacy of Dunces | John Kennedy Toole
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1. Just read for the first time last month, wish it hadn't taken me so long to get to it!
2. Bare feet (my one slight inclination towards hobbitness)
3. I guess Berchtesgaden? I basically stay towards the US coasts, have never been to the Rockies, so Hitler's hidey-hole is basically it.
4. IDK, I love too much food to even know what food I hate 🤷
5. I am literally wearing my Crowley (Good Omens) costume right now.
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Dime Store Magic | Kelley Armstrong
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OMG Lucas, you're not supposed to sleep with your clients! Model Rule of Professional Conduct 1.8(j) is very clear!! 😆😆😆 #OctoberTBR #AllHallowsRead #SpookyReads #ScreamAThon

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“Nostalgia for old fictions is the strongest nostalgia of all.“

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It is just lovely being read to by Fenris 😁😁😁 #audiocommute #Audible #OctoberTBR #AllHallowsRead #SpookyReads #ScreamAThon

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Graveyard Book | Neil Gaiman
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I'm a simple person: I see that The Graveyard Book is trending, I want to let everyone know that Neil Gaiman read the entire book on the book tour and it's available legitimately on the HarperKids YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLiYzMwyBPG97VarHw_ArMo17X36_tJ84O

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A Dirty Job: A Novel | Christopher Moore
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LOL snap

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Le Petit Prince | Antoine De Saint Exupery
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I bought a vintage copy of Le Petit Prince and legit gasped when I saw the cover under the dustjacket 😍

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Oh wow - that is an amazing find 🤩 2mo
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"You are my shadow. I am bigger than you! And I am stronger too. I am not afraid of you, do you hear me? I am not afraid of you!"

I…may have needed this about now ? #mentalhealth

#OctoberTBR #AllHallowsRead #SpookyReads #ScreamAThon

ju.ca.no Powerfull quote! 2mo
Come-read-with-me @alexa_d Beautiful 💗 2mo
4thhouseontheleft 😍😍 2mo
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So many books, so few status updates! Here's my progress on my prose #OctoberTBR. #AllHallowsRead #ScreamAThon #SpookyReads

4thhouseontheleft 🧡👻🖤 2mo
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North 40 | Aaron Williams
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Once upon a time, you could just walk up to Fiona Staples at a convention and get her to autograph your books, no problem. No line. No tickets. Just walk up to her table. #OctoberTBR #AllHallowsRead #ScreamAThon #SpookyReads

4thhouseontheleft 🧡👻🖤 2mo
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Mystery Society | Steve Niles
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Once upon a time, Brian K. Vaughan asked his buddy Steve Niles if he knew a really amazing artist to collaborate with on a science fiction epic. Steve Niles was like "Hell yeah, once I did a book with Fiona Staples, she's awesome." And that's how Saga happened. #OctoberTBR #AllHallowsRead #ScreamAThon #SpookyReads

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Other Ones | Jean Thesman
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This book's level of “Adults Are Useless“ is just about at my breaking point. First there's the teacher who does literally nothing as the class bully starts, no exaggeration, an all-out brawl in the classroom. Now the MC's parents are giving her shit that their UNEMPLOYED, ALCOHOLIC NEXT-DOOR NEIGHBOR *totally* wouldn't just abandon his kid, because who even does that? Certainly not unemployed drunks! 🙄 (This book came out in the '90s!)

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Witchcraft | James Robinson
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Hex Hall Book One | Rachel Hawkins
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Let's see how long I can stand the narrator mispronouncing "Hecate". It's only the name of the school this book is set at, I'm sure it won't come up that much ? #AllHallowsRead #ScreamAThon #SpookyReads #spoopy #audiobook #Libby

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Beautiful Darkness | Fabien Vehlmann, Kerascot
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This book is really fucked up. A+, would recommend.

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alexa_d @4thhouseontheleft Haha, I'm not actually going to get through all them, I'm sure. It's just aspirational. (edited) 2mo
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My final #SeptemberTBR count: 29/40, and I even got a bingo! (7th column)

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*mic drop*

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The last chapter was mostly about the first week of September, one star 😉

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Underground Railroad | Colson Whitehead
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Updating the #SeptemberTBR bingo board before the end of month marathon this weekend 😉

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So even though it's #Pulitzer month here, I thought I'd save The Underground Railroad (Fiction, 2017), which I bought last Friday, for February since September is almost over. But it's also the *shortest* of my currently unread Pulitzer books, so…

alexa_d I read The Intuitionist in college, and while the story didn't do it for me, Whitehead was undeniably a great writer with a unique perspective, so it was awesome to hear he won the prize for another vaguely sci-fi story about the deep roots of US racism. 3mo
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A Confederacy of Dunces | John Kennedy Toole
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This is the first book in a long time that I wanted to start re-reading immediately after I finished. And keep in mind, I read (and LOVED) both Watership Down and To Kill a Mockingbird for the first time this summer.

emilyhaldi LOVE this book ❤️ 3mo
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A Confederacy of Dunces | John Kennedy Toole
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Dorian Greene is my new favorite fictional character ever 😍😍😍 (art by Matt Dawson: http://mattdawsonblog.blogspot.com/2008/10/confederacy-of-dunces-ignatius-meets.... )

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A Confederacy of Dunces | John Kennedy Toole
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And THIS is where I first regretted listening to the audiobook at work. The rest is funny, sure, but this had me with both hands clasped to my mouth, shaking so hard trying to keep quiet. #SeptemberTBR #Pulitzer (Fiction, 1981)

LauraJ Hmm...maybe we should start labeling audiobooks nsfw 😹 3mo
alexa_d @LauraJ TFFW — Too funny for work! 3mo
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Arrowsmith | Sinclair Lewis
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The fuck was that ending, Sinclair Lewis??? "Gonna leave my wife and kid to do science in the woods with my bro (and we're not even gay for each other just for science)"???? Yes, he and Joyce were fundamentally incompatible BUT THAT'S YOUR FUCKING KID, ARROWSMITH!!! He's going to grow up knowing that his dad loved him less than a fucking chemistry set in the woods.

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A Place to Stand | Jimmy Santiago Baca
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"I wonder how long I've had this book without reading it…

…oh right, high school writers' workshop. His speech made me cry." ?

#SeptemberTBR #LatinxAuthors #signed #memoir

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Arrowsmith | Sinclair Lewis
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Advise and Consent | Allen Drury
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Oh, Brig. I'm gonna need to take a break for a few days.

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Arrowsmith | Sinclair Lewis

"His dissecting partner was the Reverend Ira Hinkley, known to the class by a similar but different name."

Okay, I'm going to need help with whatever this probably-obscene pun from the 1920s might be.

ETA: They say it outright later. It's "Stinkley". I'm revoking your Nobel Prize, Sinclair Lewis.

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Oh my poor gay heart 😭

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Advise and Consent | Allen Drury

What's really bothering me about the second half of this book is why is every single Leffingwell supporter in such a rush? It's been a while since there were Cabinet appointments that I was in support of, but I think I don't even remember the hearings etc. because I figured, "It'll happen in due course." It's the Cabinet appointments you don't support that you have to stay on top of.

alexa_d There's just no practical urgency, the incumbent Sec of State is still in office, he's just "retiring". I understand the President, who is secretly dying, wanting it done, but I don't see why everyone else is like "IT'S BEEN THREE DAYS WHY HAVEN'T YOU CONFIRMED HIM???" 3mo
alexa_d I understand that with later books in the series, Drury gets particularly deranged in his anti-Communism, but I can't imagine that the Pulitzer board give the prize to a book with an ending that's less subtle than The Manchurian Candidate (which is literally the only way the rest of this book makes sense, if every single Leffingwell supporter is a Soviet plant). 3mo
alexa_d ESPECIALLY since we the reader know for a FACT that Leffingwell, even with his ~dodgy college associations~ ISN'T a Soviet plant! WE saw the Soviet ambassador check his files and be all "nope, not ours"! 3mo
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Advise and Consent | Allen Drury
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Oh snap, I'm going to have to finish this book and watch the movie ASAP!

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Olive Kitteridge | Elizabeth Strout
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I finished Olive Kitteridge, and was looking at the copyright page to see where the stories were published originally, and, um...does this mean that Seventeen magazine can claim to have won a Pulitzer? (I can't believe they beat Teen Vogue, tbh)

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Advise and Consent | Allen Drury
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I know someone in this book is gay, and it's taking a lot of willpower for me not to just look up on Wikipedia who it is. (I'm pretty sure it's the Mormon guy though. Those longing gazes at the paperboy and references to wartime camaraderie must have been REAL subtle for 1959.) #SeptemberTBR #Pulitzer (Fiction, 1960)

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Olive Kitteridge | Elizabeth Strout

I like Olive Kitteridge, but it's not exactly what you'd call a page-turner, so I'm having trouble finishing it. Mostly I just remember that Frances McDormand played her in the miniseries, and she was also in the Good Omens miniseries, and what I'm saying is I'm imagining that Olive Kitteridge is God. #SeptemberTBR #Pulitzer (Fiction, 2009)

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Realized I could tick off another five books on my #SeptemberTBR “bingo board“, so voilà!

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Keeping the #CDaudiobook of "This Is How You Lose Her" in the car exclusively for the #audiocommute worked so well, I'm doing it again. This time it's part of my #Pulitzer #SeptemberTBR challenge (Non-Fiction finalist, 1995).

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This "oldest of the pessimistic philosophers" sounds *nothing* like Baudrillard, Saramago you hack ?????

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How appropriate that I started reading this book on September 11th… (which since this book was first published in 2005, I kind of assume the resemblance was intentional.)

(Also TIL that the flagpole outside my office building was literally erected after/for 9/11, so yeah.)

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So first I learned that Spain Rodriguez was not actually Latino, because his dad was a Spaniard, but whatever, still Hispanic, that's fine. Now I'm finding out that José Saramago was not Brazilian, but just plain old Portuguese. And MY Portuguese-heritaged ass knows all too well that we are not considered either Hispanic OR Latinx (oh well, I'm still reading his book during #LatinxAuthors month 😝)

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And here's my #SeptemberTBR progress so far!

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Realized I could make something of a #SeptemberTBR bingo board with a screenshot of my #LibraryThing catalog 😁

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Even though I'm still working on The Road, I hit the library on the way home yesterday because the #CDaudiobook of another book on my #LatinxAuthors #SeptemberTBR list was there, and I figured I could probably knock it out this week just keeping it in my car for the #audiocommute, which has the double advantage of not giving me the chance to keep forgetting it at home long past the due date!

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Andersonville | Edward M Erdelac

In trying to find a legit free audiobook of MacKinlay Kantor's "Andersonville", a srs bsns Pulitzer-winning novel set in the hellish IRL Civil War POW camp, I found that someone has written a horror novel also set therein. Which is only in slightly better taste than setting it in Auschwitz maybe? (Seriously, if you want to Google Image Search "Andersonville survivor", go right ahead, but MASSIVE content warning, FYI)

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The Road | Cormac McCarthy
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Was able to finish Brida during work, so moving on to the next #audiocommute book. This one's part of my #SeptemberTBR #Pulitzer challenge (Fiction, 2007). #audiobook #RBdigital

Smrloomis For me this was super scary - but maybe that‘s just me. I could imagine this happening in the future 😱 so I was a little freaked out. 3mo
alexa_d @Smrloomis I'm about 2/3rds through it, and it has definitely had me gripping the steering wheel at certain moments! 3mo
Smrloomis @alexa_d I saw the movie and even though I knew what was going to happen, I still got scared in all the same places in the story 🤣 ! 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
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Brida | Paulo Coelho
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A nice short book for my #audiocommute, after the two tomes I just did back-to-back #cloudLibrary #LatinxAuthors

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Washington: A Life | Ron Chernow
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Same, George. Different foreign power, but the rest is 💯 on point.