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Joined April 2016

Milwaukeean Bookworm
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The ABCs of Women in Music | Anneli Loepp Thiessen
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There were an embarrassing number of women in music that I didn‘t know about. Here they are: Alexina Louie, Gaelynn Lea, Isabella Colbran, Jada Watson, Kassia, Mary Youngblood, Odetta, Quilla, Selena, Tanya Tagaq, Ulali, Valerie Capers, Wendy Melvoin, Xian Zhang, Yuja Wang, and Zenobia Powell Perry.

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🐈🐈‍⬛⚠️💩

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🚗🛣️🐄

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Crime and Punishment | Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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Whew, I made it. It was interesting for a while but then it just dragged. It almost seemed operatic to me in its melodrama and dialogue. I have enjoyed the philosophical musings in other Russian novels but the musings in this one did not keep my interest; I ended up skimming them.

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Cuuuuute. Nice manga version of her tidying up book. So funny when she gets mad in manga form because she doesn‘t get mad on the Netflix show. And that Chiaki referred to her as a fairy. I don‘t remember her explaining that clutter is often either holding onto the past or fear of the uncertainty of the future. Even though the idea of holding onto things that “spark joy” can seem silly, it works!

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Stranger Planet | Nathan W Pyle
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Awesome, very funny! Enjoyed it as much as the first. Obviously the author had a kid when writing this sequel.

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Unfamiliar | Haley Newsome
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Ahhhhhh it‘s Kiki!!!

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The author kind of throws you into this Inside/Outside world without much information at the front end. But it‘s quite fascinating. The Teacher Outsider creature is so nice to Shiva. Some of the illustrations were so dark I couldn‘t see what they were trying to show, so a little more contrast in some of the art would have been helpful since it‘s already all in black and white. But I want to see what happens next!

KristiAhlers I love this series. Shiva is such a sweet character. I liked going in blind and learning as I read. 3w
GondorGirl The artwork in this series is charming and the story just keeps getting better and better. 🥰 2w
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Robin | Dave Itzkoff
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Alright, I only got 39% of the way into this book, and I couldn‘t do it anymore. I didn‘t like the narrator at all. Robin William‘s life choices were increasingly upsetting. I only knew of him through his dramatic/comedic movie roles like Jumanji, Mrs. Doubtfire, Aladdin, What Dreams May Come, etc. So hearing about his cocaine and alcohol use, excessive infidelity with his wife, and depraved stand-up routines was too much for me.

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Books and Libraries: Poems | Andrew Scrimgeour
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Awesome collection of poems, one of my favorite in the series I think. I really liked quite a lot of the poems. My only hang-up was that the editor didn‘t include dates of the poets, so I didn‘t have a reference of their era, and they do that in all the other collections.

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Books and Libraries: Poems | Andrew Scrimgeour
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Awesome collection of poems, one of my favorite in the series I think. I really liked quite a lot of the poems. My only hang-up was that the editor didn‘t include dates of the poets, so I didn‘t have a reference of their era, and they do that in all the other collections.

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Books and Libraries: Poems | Andrew Scrimgeour
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❄️🛷🗻🪦

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Language of Flowers | Vanessa Diffenbaugh
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I really enjoyed how the main character communicated with flowers in her personal and professional life using the Victorian language of flowers. It was hard to understand Victoria‘s choices most of the time, but she came from a very unstable background, so I had to keep reminding myself of that. I was very annoyed how she handled (or didn‘t handle) learning she was pregnant and many decisions after that. I‘m glad it ended well.

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Baptism of Fire | Andrzej Sapkowski
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I think this one was the worst in the series so far. So transitional. Mostly about the Witcher and the people he travels with in the midst of war in search of Ciri. Very little about Ciri or Yennefer at all. Lots of boring travel, and only a bit of interest on the forming of a sorceress lodge and vampire background.

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Books and Libraries: Poems | Andrew Scrimgeour
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🤪 Hilaire Belloc

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Ooooooh 🥁😈👂🏻

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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter | Seth Grahame-Smith
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Interesting concept, of course. I saw the movie several years ago, and it was pretty good. The ending of this book really fizzled out for me. The narration style got really dry. It was also really gory, which I didn‘t particularly enjoy.

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Finally finished this one. I got stuck in the middle but finally got back to it. There were certain themes I enjoyed like the elves of Iceland, some Swedish and Norse stories, and several of the Finnish stories. A lot of trolls in Scandinavian stories.

SamAnne I‘m hoping to travel to Iceland this summer and want to read the sagas before I go. Might need to peruse this one as well. 2mo
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The Nutcracker Treasury | Mint Editions
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I think the original ETA Hoffmann was the best of all the versions. There were many typos in here, so it was not edited very well. Dumas‘ version started off with more religious overtones and changes the names of the children. It doesn‘t even say who did the play that was set to Tchaikovsky‘s music, but it was very awkwardly written. The only cute thing was that the Waltz of the Flowers was turned into a love song between Marie and Prince Charming

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Charmed Life | Diana Wynne Jones
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The writing was engaging but I really hated Gwendolyn, so that made it hard to get through. The plot really only grabbed me just before the very end when it all came together too quickly.

SayersLover Gwendolyn is annoying, but try “The Lives of Christophe Chant” you might like it better. 2mo
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Poems of Gratitude | Emily Fragos
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I really enjoyed this collection. A pretty high percentage of poems I liked compared to some other poetry books in this series. The groupings of poems mostly made sense. Perfect reading material for Thanksgiving. 🙏🏻🦃

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Poems of Gratitude | Emily Fragos
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😊

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Poems of Gratitude | Emily Fragos
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👯‍♀️

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It‘s still my least favorite of the series. Depressing, angsty. I have been buying all of these new illustrated editions for new and exciting visuals, but it felt like there were barely any illustrations in here. A lot of colored and textured backing to the pages that make it difficult to read and hardly any pictures. It makes it frustrating at how difficult it is to wield the book while reading without much to show for it.

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Aghhhhh 😭😭😭

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Poems of Gratitude | Emily Fragos
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kspenmoll I found this quote years ago in a magazine- my first intro to Mary Oliver. 3mo
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🤣🥄

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This was a great book! It‘s presented exactly as you would expect from the title; there are categories and then questions and answers within each. He writes in an empathetic way, and definitely confirms my feelings that not enough has been or is being done to support natives and atone for historical injustices. I‘m not sure why this is considered a young readers edition; it seemed grown-up enough for me!

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Jane Austen's Letters | Jane Austen, Deirdre Le Faye
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This is quite a scholarly collection. All of Jane Austen‘s surviving letters are here accompanied by ample notes and indexes. The biographical index was helpful as it was really hard to keep track of all the family members and friends‘ names. Many of the letters were tedious and confusing but there were some gems in there and definitely some amusing and quotable parts. She was closest with her sister Cassandra and her niece Fanny.

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Jane Austen's Letters | Jane Austen, Deirdre Le Faye
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The importance of being Aunt 😊

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Aww 🍎🍏🥧

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Jane Austen's Letters | Jane Austen, Deirdre Le Faye
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🤣👰🏼‍♀️🤵🏻📰🗞

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Jane Austen's Letters | Jane Austen, Deirdre Le Faye
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Woahhhhh, Jane Austen drank Twining tea 🤩☕️🫖 Me too!

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Jane Austen's Letters | Jane Austen, Deirdre Le Faye
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🤣 Sense and Sensibility was doing well in sales I guess. Funny.

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Jane Austen's Letters | Jane Austen, Deirdre Le Faye
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Jane Austen refers to Pride and Prejudice as her own darling Child 🥰📖

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This was so, so good. I was apprehensive about it, because I love The Nightmare Before Christmas so much. But this author does, too, and she really did Sally justice. Such an imaginative story, it was everything you‘d want from a sequel. Exploration of the other doors, a new villain, Sally married to Jack. To add to its legitimacy, Disney and Tim Burton gave it their blessing! My only complaint is some repetitiveness in wording/sentiment.

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Carrie | Stephen King
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The story is told in a very interesting way. It pops back and forth between characters experiencing the story in real time and news, academic, and court reports after the prom. I did not appreciate the vulgar parts, so I skimmed through those. But it‘s definitely a classic, scary high school tale of a telekinetic girl, poorly treated by her mother and classmates, who gets her revenge not just on her classmates that abused her but the entire town.

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Jamaica Inn | Daphne Du Maurier
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I didn‘t like the narrator of this audiobook, and I didn‘t like how weak Aunt Patience is.

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Jane Austen's Letters | Jane Austen, Deirdre Le Faye
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Turns out Jane Austen had trouble with the order of her i‘s and e‘s! She regularly misspells believe in her letters to Cassandra as well. I like this quote—as if you can just pick the guy you want and it‘ll work out like that.

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A quick 2-hour listen. A collection of letters between employees of the title British bookshop location and the author, an American screenplay writer with a penchant for well-bound secondhand books. Sad that the author never got over to London to meet Frank. The author is almost overly quirky in her letters to the point of rude but they all took it humorously. She was certainly kind in sending over food that was rationed in London at the time.

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Awesome, loved it! Beautifully, vividly illustrated story about a magical teenager of Coney Island figuring out her powers and her past.

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I wasn‘t expecting it to be black and white, but it‘s really cool to read the original story before the film was made with way more details than the film. Nausicaa seems like a pretty flawless character, which is an interesting contrast to Miyazaki‘s characters who often have some kind of relatable flaws to them.

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Excellent narrator. I watched the movie before reading the book, so my impressions are skewed. It was strange to me how it was written for young adults or children (Scholastic), but the themes felt very adult with graphic scenes. I appreciate the Peter Jackson made the movie feel more like it was for adults. The characters were alright but it was the settings that were most imaginative. And Shrike.

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Jane Austen's Letters | Jane Austen, Deirdre Le Faye
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🪑🔥😌

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😂💐🍇🤷🏼‍♀️

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😂 Sassy

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Awesome book. Topics still very much relevant today even though it was written in the 90s. I appreciate that it seems like it was written for educators, so I feel like there are more tangible things and concepts I can apply at school. A great balance of anecdotes to increase empathy with research to back it up. She also addressed all categories of racial experiences, not just black.