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Joined March 2018

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Monstress Vol. 4 | Marjorie Liu
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That cracking sound you heard about an hour ago was just my heart breaking.

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Monstress Vol. 4 | Marjorie Liu
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4/5⭐ Yes, good, beautiful. I love how much more we get with every volume: more Kippa, more complexity, more danger, more stakes.

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Twisted Ones | T Kingfisher
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4/5⭐ I loved the humor in this book, especially between the main character and her dog (BEST PART). There were definitely very creepy moments. The explanation in the end diminished some of the scare factor (which the main character acknowledges is often the case with monsters), but it all came together in a very interesting and coherent way. It's basically the folkloric horror version of a common sci-fi dynamic, which I found intriguing.

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The Twisted Ones | T. Kingfisher
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I got up to get tea and happened to look at the book cover at an angle and realized THE CREEPY LITANY FROM THE STORY IS HIDDEN ON IT and I swear that freaked me out more than even the book has so far.

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Little Moments of Love | Catana Chetwynd
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5/5⭐ This panel doesn't have the same impact by itself, but it's the point (39 pages in) when I completely lost my shit and laugh-cried my way through the rest of the book.

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4/5⭐ Just as much fun as the first book. I like how Brennan weaves so many cultures and experiences together, including issues of colonialism.

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Before Mars | Emma Newman
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5/5⭐ This is the greatest mindfuck of a book I've ever read.

Settings It continues to be good. 👍 1w
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2/5⭐ This book is great if you're looking for a collection of profiles of creative people. But the subtitle on the cover should in no way include the words “style guide“ when the advice is just repeated variations of the ultra-generic “be true to yourself“ and “buy plants.“

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The best advice I ever received was from my mother. She said to pick your partners by people that you can grow together with. (Justina Blakeney)

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Give me dragons any day; I understand their ways far better than those of my fellow human beings. We make our world much too complicated.

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1.5/5⭐ So surface-level as to be useless. It basically just takes a handful of goddess correspondences & waxes fluffily about them. The biggest insult was glossing over the “ickier“ aspects of the goddesses in order to maintain the faux inspirational aesthetic (Callisto was not “seduced“ by Zeus, she was raped!). Overall you're better off doing a quick search on the goddesses' correspondences & making up related decoration ideas yourself.

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Bright We Burn | Kiersten White
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Radu wondered if Kumal was capable of cruelty. He hoped so, actually. It gave him hope to think that men like Kumal were the same as everyone else—they simply chose to be better.

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This is essentially how company mission statements are created, and why you need not give a fuck about memorizing or adhering to them. They are the products of untold man-hours of “brainstorming“ and “focus-grouping“ resulting in the blandest, most generalized, least-potentially-offensive, frequently asinine copy that could have been created by any group of monkeys in any boardroom in America.

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3.5/5⭐ I definitely enjoyed the humorous approach to shifting your mentality to make room for only the things that spark joy. I also appreciated the author's focus on not giving a fuck without becoming an asshole, making the book genuinely useful. It's a difficult mentality to shift, which the author fully recognizes, but I'm going to try to implement what she's laid out over time.

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Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness | Marie Tourell Sderberg
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Instead of it being smart to own something, it has become smart to know something.

Slajaunie Yes!! 💙💙💙 3w
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Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness | Marie Tourell Sderberg
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2.5/5⭐ If this book was meant to be an aesthetic tour, then it accomplished its mission. But it was very surface level. There were a few recipes/DIY projects, but I didn't get much out of the book beyond “Hygge is extremely important to Danish people because it's cold & dark most of the year.“ It seems to be best served as a coffee table book to occasionally be flipped to a random page for a quick quote/anecdote for basic hygge inspiration.

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Lex Talionis | R. S. A. Garcia
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4/5⭐ I really enjoyed the worldbuilding & characters. The plotlines seemed to fragment at the end & there was a clear setup for a sequel, which I'd really love but unfortunately it doesn't look like it's been written yet. I did get confused in some parts, especially regarding Oux's role (it seemed to be more of a deus ex machina at times). Overall though, the book was a solid sci-fi with tons of action & even some chilling horror elements.

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After Atlas | Emma Newman
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5/5⭐ Emma Newman's ability to craft a story just blows my mind. She weaves in the futuristic tech seamlessly so we don't just understand what exists but the context in which it's used. This feature is especially important when shit hits the fan & I, as a reader, feel the exact impact it has on the characters. At one point about 3/4 in the main character was basically going “WTF? WTF?!?!?!“ & I was caught up WTFing right w/ him. So goddamn perfect.

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4/5⭐ I can't pretend I understood most of the physics, but the author did an excellent job balancing the technical side with plot, characters, & tension. I felt invested in the story & thought it was very well written & paced, so I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. It brought up interesting & relevant issues of humanity, & Ye Wenjie's complex character especially made me put my thinking cap on. Science fiction at its best.

Emilymdxn I felt exactly the same! 2mo
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It was impossible to expect a moral awakening from humankind itself, just like it was impossible to expect humans to lift off the earth by pulling up on their own hair. To achieve moral awakening required a force outside the human race.

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If this was so, then how many other acts of humankind that had seemed normal or even righteous were, in reality, evil?

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Planetfall | Emma Newman
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4/5⭐ The last 20 mins of the audiobook took a MASSIVE turn. I really hope the other books in the series provide an explanation, because otherwise it's a cop-out from actually handling all the plotlines & character arcs.

The first 9 hrs 40 mins, however, were WONDERFUL. Newman hooked the reader by dripping clues in a perfect pace. Her voice narration is marvelous. The world she created feels so full, all balanced & shared without infodumping.

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Planetfall | Emma Newman
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He knew just what to say to make me feel safe, not only from the external but also my internal world. That scared me more than anything, sometimes; the noise of my thoughts, the sense that even the space inside myself wasn't safe.

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Planetfall | Emma Newman
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I think “majority” is one of my least favorite words. It‘s so often used to justify bad decisions.

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Damia | Anne McCaffrey
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1/5⭐ The men CONSTANTLY act to subvert Rowan's wishes, particularly as a mother. The moment I officially tapped out was when she caught her husband about to ship off their kids to ANOTHER PLANET without telling her! WTF!?!?!?! The romance between Damia and the guy who basically raised her does not sit well with me, especially with Afra gleefully telepathically putting Damia to sleep at will without her consent. So disgusted and disappointed.

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Bright We Burn | Kiersten White
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4.5/5⭐ I take back every doubt I had in the 1st 2 books, because White brought everything together BRILLIANTLY. This book was so action-packed & thematically sound that it made the previous books make complete sense. There was a point to the plotlines/motivations I struggled with previously, & significant, far-reaching points at that. The ending felt SO satisfying with Radu's family dynamics. Really such a strong ending to a series on all counts.

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*looks around* Can...can it be? Am I finally caught up on wrap ups? YES! Check out my reviews for books I read ONLY JUST LAST MONTH! https://youtu.be/iciRwoeD_Ls #NEWTsReadathon2019 #auguststats #stats #wrapup #augustwrapup #readingstats

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The Last of Us: American Dreams | Faith Erin Hicks, Neil Druckmann
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4/5⭐ I'm not familiar with the game so can't comment on that connection, but this prequel stands well on its own. It combined action, worldbuilding, and character arcs very well.

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The Traveler: A Novel | John Twelve Hawks
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1/5⭐ So much telling and info-dumping and useless information (we don't need to know a character likes sushi; it has nothing to do with what's going on). Based on the author's foreword and website, the book feels more like an indulgence in paranoid conspiracy theory than actual exploration of surveillance issues.

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Damia | Anne McCaffrey
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page 123/336: “As the Rowan hadn't heard about Damia's adventure with her 'wand,' it hadn't occurred to her to alter the sensors to touch-control plates.“

Why hadn't the Rowan heard? Because all the men in her life colluded to specifically not tell her! To over and over again interfere with her desires as a mother! The warning bells in this book, oh my god. The high school nostalgia keeping me reading is running on empty.

Tadams4 I love this series! 3mo
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Want | Cindy Pon
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2/5⭐ I applaud the author tackling the disastrous environmental situation we're in, & the book mostly flowed coherently. I enjoyed Pon's signature yummy food descriptions. However, EVERYTHING was telling instead of showing. The narrative stopped to go into detail about dynamics we've already learned about. Daiyu's motivation & trust regarding Zhou are built on the flimsiest of reasons & go into questionable Stockholm Syndrome territory.

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3.5/5⭐ The advice in this book is great if you're looking to break a writing block w/ a structured approach. It should be taken w/ a grain of salt & other books on outlining should be read as well. Hawker is very transparent throughout that this method isn't the only one out there; it's just what has worked for her. However, she does make grandiose claims using punchy marketing terms to convince the reader of her points, which I didn't appreciate.

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4/5⭐ The perfect book to read after Marie Kondo's books. I borrowed it from my library, but there are so many things I actually want to try/implement that I'm going to buy my own copy. It's a perfect Witchcraft 101 book as well. Feldmann does a spectacular job of contextualizing the actual how tos, making them feel achievable, and providing the flexibility to reach readers regardless of personal design preferences and goals.

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But my desire for knowledge was stronger than my religious sensibilities, which after all were more a matter of unthinking habit than real conviction.

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“We stared at each other for a moment, then burst into laughter that must have scared off every nonhuman animal for half a mile around.“

A perfect, heart-filling moment in the story, built up to from several equally perfect moments. Isabella and Jacob are one of my favorite literary couples. Such a wonderful meeting of minds.

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It‘s—it‘s as if there is a dragon inside me. I don‘t know how big she is; she may still be growing. But she has wings, and strength, and—and I can‘t keep her in a cage. She‘ll die. I‘ll die. [...] It‘s all right for women to study theology, or literature, but nothing so rough and ready as this. And yet this is what I want. Even if it‘s hard, even if it‘s dangerous. I don‘t care. I need to see where my wings can carry me.

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Normally “but you haven't heard the REAL/full story“ lines fall flat, but the build-up to it in this intro, combined with the signature from Isabella to make it feel more real, sent shivers of anticipation through me.

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One benefit of being an old woman now, and moreover one who has been called a “national treasure,“ is that there are very few who can tell me what I may and may not write.

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The Blue Place | Nicola Griffith
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Violence feels good. It's so simple and clear. There's no mistaking the winner. I like it, but I avoid going there, going to the blue place, because I think I could get lost, might not find my way back, I wouldn't want to find my way back because it's seductive.

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The Blue Place | Nicola Griffith
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Imagine a blood orange, torn open, and a highly polished mahogany desk. Smear one over the other and add a wash of light blue: dawn over Ireland; rich, unearthly colours that reached past my eyes and stole part of my soul. People were not designed to see such things.

hissingpotatoes I felt the cellular hum of four hundred people as they dreamed or worried or rehearsed speeches in their head in this steel and aluminium shell thirty-three thousand feet over the sea, hurtling through air that is just that, thin air, and knew we were remote from the world, separate, aloof, supported by nothing but speed and physical laws I could recite but have never really believed. 3mo
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The Blue Place | Nicola Griffith
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“I hit him. He came down the stairs and I hit him. I really hit him. I've spent years wondering if I could, wondering what I'd do if it happened to me, if I'd been the one in front of that theatre....“ She looked at her hand again, fascinated. “I hit him, and he ran away.“

The realization of what she had done, the exhilaration of her own strength rushed into her, like champagne rushing to fill lead crystal. She shimmered with it, she fizzed.

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The Blue Place | Nicola Griffith
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...the genius has always been able to leap obstacles as though they‘re not there while the plodder has, through necessity, learned patiently to climb walls. One day, [...] that genius will come across a wall so high even she can‘t jump it. But she doesn‘t know how to climb. The plodder, on the other hand, rubs his hands, checks his equipment, and starts hammering in the first piton. Who do you think will reach the top first?

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The Blue Place | Nicola Griffith
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5/5⭐ Griffith builds phenomenal tension & expectation. Few authors can pull off what she did. The entire book is sharp & smart.

I happened to read the climactic scene during my work lunch break & had to focus on calming down my adrenaline rush so I could get through the afternoon.

I loved every moment of this book. For my detailed gushing thoughts, see my Goodreads review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2978090666.

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Now I Rise | Kiersten White
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3/5⭐ The plot & characters are mostly still okay & interesting. I'm still invested in Lada & Radu getting a satisfactory ending. However, their respective obsessions (Lada w/ Wallachia, Radu w/ Mehmed) now feel very flat & lacking nuance. They & their circumstances are changing, but their main focuses & goals aren't evolving at all in tandem. I'm hoping events in this book have an appropriate complex impact on the conclusion in the next book.

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I'm in the middle of SO MANY SERIES. Why, self, why? See which ones I'll attempt to prioritize for #housebattles. https://youtu.be/O7_HW162XG0