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annamatopoetry

annamatopoetry

Joined September 2016

lots of nonfiction (history, linguistics, anthro) , but I also like historical and speculative fiction.
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I haven't sat down with a book and a cup of coffee for over a week, so this is really nice. Church history is also much more interesting than the doings of the lord of Councy. Is this book never going to end? Probably. I like it though, I'm just busy baking and cooking and crafting and cleaning and a little bit of writing to have time for anything else. Ah, christmas season.

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Goldenhand | Garth Nix
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Hey won't you look at that. I didn't even know this book existed until Thursday, but SPL actually had it with only a few holds. Still a gamble whether I'll hand Philip Pullman's second newest before my christmas holiday though.

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The coming insurrection | Comit invisible
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Book calender day 2! This is short but not a quick read, mainly because it's translated from French very badly. As in, the words are English but most of the sentence structure is French. Caused quite a stira a decade ago.
Mostly I don't read short books, it feels like cheating. #bookadventcal2k19

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Historien om ngon | Egon Mller-Nielsen, ke Lfgren
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Day 1: the first book. I had a couple of contenders for the first book I remember , including one I couldn't remember the title of (British, probably, about a an animal do that had a rock with a hole in it.) But this is the Story about Someone, a picture book about a cat that's hiding. #bookadventcal2k19

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Aaand here we go. Rules are as follows: one post per day (on that day or not is up to you). You're welcome to make your posts about whatever you associate with the day's key word. Tag a book. Tag people if you want. Please tag me ( @annamatopoetry) and the hashtag in every post so I can find all the post! Have fun! #bookadventcal2k19

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I have thoughts about Tuchman's portrayal of Isabella de Councy (English princess turned wife of the focal point French lord the book follows). It seem like she accepts her sources uncritically, and the sources said vain, spoiled, bitch. || I also have done my holiday decorating shopping for the year and am almost done decorating. Then I ate all the things.

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"Knights of Picardy, Artois, Vermandois, and Hainault came with their squires and men-at-arms to “advance themselves in honor” in Coucy‘s enterprise. “Honor” in the lexicon of chivalry meant combat against other knights /... / The elasticity of the human mind allowed honor to be unaffected by partnership with mercenaries and brigands." slow progress, as I haven't read this week. I've written 3k+ words though.

annamatopoetry I made it to page 300! Which means I am more than halfway done. 2w
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I didn't read at the coffee shop today. Instead, I wrote (about 700 words in 90 minutes). I actually had a fully formed story idea (based on a dream that I had a few nights ago) for an about 5k word story (it's mcu fanfic, an au set in wwii small town scandinavia). It's been a while, I always have ideas for beginnings but never for whole stories.

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1. I speak four languages, I have no siblings, I can't take ibuprofen
2. Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
3. At signings etc, not in ordinary life. Neil Gaiman is probably the most impressive one.
4. Too hot. I'm cold blooded and never melt even during a mild PNW winter.
#litsylearn @Alora

Alora Hello! 💙💙💙 3w
Alora I‘m going to guess the lie is that you don‘t have any siblings?! 3w
annamatopoetry @Alora nope! Zero siblings! 3w
Alora Ohh me too! Seems like there are a lot of only children on Litsy!! In person I never seem to meet a lot! Pretty neat! Haha 3w
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Stopping by coffee works after work because I needed to run some errands. Only have the ebook to read so that's what I'm doing. Looks like Italy is being difficult (to the Avignon pope)

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"Goat-footed priests, monkeys, minstrels, flowers, birds, castles, lusting demons, and imaginary beasts twine through the pages in bizarre companionship with the sanctity of prayer." medieval marginalia is the best. Also, fashion chapter. Also, also, peach tart.

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1. I'm back at A Distant Mirror. Approaching the halfway point. It's a long, dense book. Also Sakhalin Island, but it's longer, denser, and boring. I finished This Is How You Lose the Time War yesterday.
2. "When the château passed passed into the possession or Philip of Burgundy, the devices were kept in working order by a resident artist."
3. Oat caramel latte.
#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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"Evidence /... / indicates that women‘s death rate was higher than men‘s between the ages of twenty and forty, presumably from childbearing and greater vulnerability to disease. After forty the death rate was reversed, and women, once widowed, were allowed to choose for themselves whether to remarry or not." this is true for most of post-antiquity European history; the best position a woman can find herself is as a window.

rwmg Transparency has always been a virtue 1mo
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A weak pick - maybe a 3 if I assigned numbers (which I don't). The language is wonderful and poetic, and fortunately it's not an entirely epistolary novel, there's narration in between the letters. However, I have Demands on my time travel stories, and this is a little too soft - not much of the hows or whys. It makes sense as the main characters don't know. Still. Fast read, only 200 short pages.

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"trees fall in forests and make sounds." "The schooner's name is Queen of Ferryland". "Atlantis sinks. Serves it right. Red hates the place." Overall very quotable.

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1) the ONLY one I like is Trivial Pursuit
2) I don't have one but idk Paris?
3) didn't have one; ok on my TBR list although I just deviated
4) A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines by Janna Levin. Jeanette Winterson' The Powerbook
5) what's you'd favorite kind of book title? Long/short? Referencial, descriptive, quote from classics/ mythology etc.
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Balibee146 I like a cryptic title that pulls you in 1mo
Sace I can't say that I have a favorite title type, but I have to say that Harlequin romance series have some of the worst titles. (Yes, I read Harlequin 😊) 1mo
Sharpeipup Clever, puny 1mo
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annamatopoetry @Balibee146 my favourite of that type is We Have Always Lived in the Castle 1mo
annamatopoetry @Sace extra, yet boring, I know exactly the type! 1mo
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Lunch and time travel shenanigans! Now how the fuck do I add the bookstore? I know it's possible but I'm banging my head against the wall here.

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Heard about this book this evening and it seems someone wrote it specifically for me. Elliot Bay has it so that's my lunch tomorrow.

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Dracula | Bram Stoker
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Oh man. If you're near Seattle, take the chance to go see Dracula at ACT Theater, it was a great experience. The stage and costume design were super effective and minimalist true to ACT's SOP, a diverse cast, and this adaptation (by Steven Dietz) pared down the cast to a core of ~seven, which excluded van Helsing (always a win), plus Mina got to really shine. Great overall. Ninety minutes, no intermission.

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Dracula | Bram Stoker
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Going to see Dracula at ACT 🦇

Buechersuechtling That sounds interesting‼️🎭 Enjoy‼️ And let us know how it was. 1mo
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Sakhalin Island | Anton Chekhov
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1) A Distant Mirror, Sakhalin Island
2) I don't really do that, partially due to lack of time, but I also I don't read that many short books, not much fiction, and no YA /comic books these days. I think Jo Baker's Longbourn comes closest, only being interrupted by dinner.
3) the fashion, hot drinks, the colors in nature
#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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Saving for future writing endeavors

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"Events took a startling turn when King Jean himself, for whose recovery his country had sacrificed so much, voluntarily returned to captivity in England. The motivations of this curious monarch are not readily understood 600 years later;"
The fuck, Jean.
It's late and I'm going to the gym when I'm done with my coffee, because my back is ANGRY.

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1) after waffling about definitions: cookies, ice cream
2) not really. I like my audio music or podcasts. Maybe if Jamie Jeffers wrote a book and then read it himself. But that's basically BHP.
3) Work normalizing, ankle improving, some house fixes, GGC.
4) Too many but only two wrapped bought ones.
5) Saffron
#friyayintro @howjessreads

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Good Omens | Gaiman, Neal
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Bought this fantastic little good omens fanwork (originally a prop for a Nanny Ashtoreth cosplay) called The Infernal Alphabet ("an essential part of every hellspawn's education") a few weeks ago and it was delivered last week. So adorable.

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The Emigrants | Gustaf Lannestock, Vilhelm Moberg
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You know you've read a book a lot of times (and that it's well written) when you have a pretty accurate dream about reading a specific part. Last night I definitely dream-read the section on the ship on the Atlantic, when Kristina is so embarrassed to be visibly pregnant without culturally appropriate attire. (this book is labeled wrong in the litsy library, Lannestock is just the translator @litsy)

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... And when unconditional surrender is the only ideological option, they were fucking stuck, is what she's saying. The 1300s were interesting as fuck but pretty bad to exist in.

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"Though [Charles of Navarre's] promise was widely thought to be inspired by God, the King of Navarre could not live without plotting, and within months was engaged in a new plan to dispose of the Dauphin." or: Ms Tuchman is feeling salty again.

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Oookay. A day late. Because I was dead at the time.
1) need to reread this. It's about the parallels in the fictionalized lives of two geniuses who never met
2) that's the question! Ish. Details in comment
3) yes please. more so when I could still eat pineapple
4) 7.5 ish. Sometimes 7. In Euro sizes, a solid 37.
5) tagging friend @silentrequiem bc I have no idea how to figure out if someone is new or not
@howjessreads #friyayintro

annamatopoetry By American standard, I do. Smooth out the duvet and fluff the pillows. Done. By my my mother's standards? (remove cover, stretch bottom sheet, air out bed, fluff pillows, put covers back, cover bed with a throw blanket, tuck in throw, add deco pillows, add blanket at the end of the bed) no. 1mo
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Cleaning book stack! Some is being read by Lucas or me, some has been bought or otherwise accidentally acquired (the tagged book was sent to me by mistake and can't be returned without further havoc) and should be shelved. I'm sick and working from home.

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"but who will comfort Toffle, tell him 'Hush now, it's okay. // life's bound to seem much brighter when tomorrow comes your way'".
My copy from when I was three (r) and the one we're sending my husband's niece for her second birthday (l).

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I didn't have a single moment for reading yesterday, mostly due to the fact that I went to a Hozier concert in the evening (SO GOOD despite having to sit due to the Ankle Situation). Today I finished the too-short chapter on the Jacqueries and ate a cherry jam tart (ew) because the sign lied and said it was raspberry.

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Want this paperback? I found this extra copy. Let me know and I'll figure out a way to get it to you. It's one of my favorite pieces of fiction ever.

"The Home Office telegraphy department always smelled of tea. The source was one packet of Lipton‘s at the back of Nathaniel Steepleton‘s desk drawer. Before the widespread use of the electric telegraph, the office had been a broom cupboard..."

CaliforniaCay Sounds fascinating. I could help you out and take this off your hands! 😉 2mo
annamatopoetry @CaliforniaCay cool! Email me at sianna@onomatopoetry.com ! 2mo
CaliforniaCay Awesome! Thanks so much! 2mo
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Home from work today with really bad cramps. It was 11 before I made it out of bed (and mostly because my back hurt) but after 2pm I was up for heading out for more painkillers and a cup of coffee. Still reading this brick, approaching page 200.

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"These wall chimneys “in the French fashion,” as they were called in Italy, were the greatest luxury of middle-class homes. The only other warmth came from the oven and cooking fire and warming pans in bed at night. Like sanitation, heating was an arrangement that the age seems technologically equipped to have handled better than it did, were it not that man is as irrational about his comfort as about other activities."

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We hung the doors onto the bookshelf in the study and now most of the ugly stuff is hidden
I only adjusted the rest marginally, it's going to take some drawing and a whole day to get it really good, but at least it's less of a nightmare.

rather_be_reading 👏👏 2mo
Buechersuechtling It looks beautiful. Seems like a comfortable place/corner to read. 2mo
ju.ca.no Looks very pretty!! 2mo
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"The comparative ineffectiveness of French archery throughout the century is a puzzle. Towns and villages of France maintained companies of archers who were encouraged by special privileges, and men of the Beauvais /.. /considered themselves in individual skill the best in the world. Yet they were never properly combined in action with knights and men-at-arms, because French chivalry scorned to share its dominance of the field with commoners."

Buechersuechtling 🤭 Yes, that makes perfect sense *irony off* and – in my ears and life experience – sounds exactly like what the main body of men (in a military position) would bring forward as an argument. 🤦🏽‍♀️ 2mo
annamatopoetry @Buechersuechtling oh absolutely. You see it over and over in history - military and political strategy is so deeply steeper in social and economical structures that it can't change even when it has to. 9th c Wessex comes to mind too - they were getting their assets kicked by vikings for *decades* until Alfred the Great was like "fuck honorable combat, we're using guerilla warfare". And won. 2mo
annamatopoetry @Buechersuechtling I should add that it wasn't JUST a matter of ego. In medieval French society, the three classes were broadly Those Who Fight, Those Who Pray, and Those Who Farm. Being a nobleman was *synonymous* with being a warrior. No one else was allowed to own certain weapons, war horses, etc. Priests and nobility payed no/less taxes in exchange for prayers/armed defence. To let commoners play an important role would upend everything. 2mo
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My niece is finally old enough for Toffle! Ordering it for her birthday. It is without doubt one of the best children's books in the world.

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Umbria today. They had a sugar bun! The hundred years war... Well, it's continuing. Tbh troup movements isn't my favorite, but at least I'm reading.

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1) didn't read many, due to Circumstances
2) Black, but it's a dress
3) not much to others, but I walked 13000 steps this Tuesday which is more than I have since June 23rd
Still a ways to go to be back to normal, but improving.
4) on inhale. And yes, two different ways.
5) 👌
#friyayintro @howjessreads

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Today is cinnamon roll day! I baked 40 for work.

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Saturday lack of pastries hack: have it be sunny so you can sit outside and illicitly bring a pastry from starbucks. Hey, if they want me to buy shit here they have to have it be available for purchase.

I haven't read much this week, unsure why other than general sense of meh. Oh, and lots of Solitaire. In the book, it's France's turn to have an absurdly incompetent king.

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1) well, I didn't have a numeric goal, and objectively the numbers aren't great, but I've been p. good at following the list & reading order I assigned myself
2) tic tacs can be listed as sugar free despite consisting mainly of sugar due to regs defining

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For some reason Peter Chadwick's This Brutal World is not in the catalog? Why @litsy? Anyway, this is a Good Tweet™

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My coffee shop has jam tarts again!!!! I'm EXTREMELY excited about this. They also have new cups, which, while not as pretty as the old ones, are extremely photogenic. The book? Less uplifting, it's focused on the topic of the plague and antisemitism atm.

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Pretty Monsters | Kelly Link
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Day 6 of #7days7covers #covercrush. Anyone who wants to play, consider yourself tagged.

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The Book of Afternoon Tea | Lesley Mackley
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Didn't read this particular book, but wanted to tag something for the really excellent anniversary afternoon tea we had at the Georgian Room today. I wish litsy allowed multiple images.

Buechersuechtling Yeah, sometimes I wish Litsy would implement this … So, hey @Litsy – please consider to allow multiple images in one post. 3mo
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Day 5 of #7days7covers #covercrush
7 book covers, no explanation
Tagging @RvnclawWhovian, as always tagging is non-binding

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Rta - Korpringarna 2 | Siri Pettersen
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