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short_soprano

Joined May 2016

literature alumni of PHC, current bookseller, and aspiring librarian // 2w1 & INFJ // IG: short_soprano //
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4/5 ⭐️s // a quaint little novel about a laid-off librarian who moves to Scotland. overall, I really liked it - but there were some things that irked me. naming books that don‘t exist, after giving incredible plot lines - rude. cussing - out of line with the character of the novel. hating on England - not my vibe. and the best friend was incredibly annoying.

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The Mind of the Maker | Dorothy L. Sayers
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5/5 ⭐️s // an absolutely incredible book, about not only God, but the creative mind and the very fabric of human nature and society. I‘ll be pondering Sayers‘ words for a long time; it definitely deserves a reread.

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Winterhouse | Ben Guterson
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2.5/5 ⭐️s // I like the first half of this book much better than the second. a neat storyline, but it dragged on and on, far more than it needed to.

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The Beatryce Prophecy | Kate DiCamillo
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5/5 ⭐️s // easily one of my favorite books of the year! absolutely enchanting and lovely in every way. if you‘re looking for a good christmas gift, I highly recommend giving this book!

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bailed ☹️ I really wanted to love this book, and I was so excited for it. however, I ended up not finishing it, which is very rare for me! it was just too dark, and the elements of the story were not strong enough for me to offset the depressing-ness. maybe I‘ll come back to it at some point.

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Howl's Moving Castle | Diana Jones
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4/5 ⭐️s // a delightful story, and so fun to read! however, I think I may like the movie even better than the book…. 🙊

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Dracula and Dracula's Guest | Bram Stoker, David Rogers
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5/5 ⭐️s // one of my new favorite classics! I wasn‘t expecting to like it as much as I did, but the writing is just superb! it‘s fascinating how we as a culture have come to make a mockery of darkness; this book is a grim reminder not to do so!

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Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman
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2.5/5 ⭐️s // I really wanted to love this one. the characters were amazing, but I found the writing and plot quite bland.

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A City of Bells | Elizabeth Goudge
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4.5/5 ⭐️s // what an absolutely enchanting story. I finished this book several weeks ago, and I find myself still missing the characters! perfect cozy, English atmosphere, engaging plot, and as I mentioned, incredible characters. one of my favorite reads of the year!

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Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman
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2.5/5 ⭐️s // I was really disappointed with this book. the characters were amazing, but the writing and plot were very meh. I almost didn‘t finish it, but I spent money on the book and couldn‘t justify not finishing it for that reason 😂

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I was impressed with Wilkin‘s willingness to discuss topics generally ignored by the Christian community, such as viewing the Bible as a work of literature (🤩)! however, I am extremely hesitant about her formulaic approach of reading the Bible. it‘s important to remember we are perusing relationship, not mastery of a textbook. that being said, she makes a lot of good points and I think it‘s an overall good read.

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such a sweet story about 4 women who live in rural England during WWII. a bit cliché and some overused words, but overall an enjoyable summer read!

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an incredibly thought provoking book about a woman who loses and regains hope. if I had to rename it, it would be “adult Ratatouille with a dash of Dante with a dash of college philosophy class with a dash of 2020 PTSD.” only 4 stars because I got sick of the unnecessary crude language sprinkled throughout. also, TW that suicide is a major theme in this book!

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The Shadow of the Wind | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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this was a tough book for me. the writing is incredibly engaging & I love the setting - Barcelona, Spain, one of my favorite cities in the world! the main characters are lovable & the mystery very intriguing. however, it felt almost as if the author gave up 3/4 of the way through & I literally guessed the two biggest plot points because of his carelessness. also - the crudeness & adult content dragged down the story. overall, I was disappointed.

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Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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easily one of my favorite books of the year, and one of my new favorite books. Piranesi is completely unique & compelling, and I hope we see a lot more from Susanna Clarke. I agree with many others that it‘s best to start reading it blind and let the mystery unfold, so even though I love spoilers and usually promote them, don‘t spoil this story for yourself!

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it‘s been several years since I‘ve read Lord of the Rings, and while I remember them fondly, this time around I‘m absolutely floored by their genius. I truly believe Tolkien was the greatest author of the 20th century.

Daisey Yes! I‘ve always loved Tolkien‘s stories, but rereading them more carefully has just made me appreciate his work more. 6mo
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A Canticle for Leibowitz | Walter M. Miller, Jr.
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4/5 ⭐️s // the only reason why I give this four stars instead of five is because I wasn‘t a fan of the writing style. however, the story itself is absolutely incredible. so much to unpack that my brain is still trying to sort out!

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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3.5/5⭐️ s // a neat retelling with a good ending that ties in with the beginning (which I‘m always a sucker for!). however, the story was definitely dragging at multiple points.

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a great introduction on how to read the Bible as literature - and why you should be reading it that way!

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even though this was my first read of 2021, it‘s undoubtedly going to be one of my very favorites. in fact, I think it‘s entered the top 50 favorite books list.

megnews #MGBuddyRead is discussing this this Sunday if you want to join us. I loved it too! 12mo
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Scythe | Neal Shusterman
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I really enjoyed this book and the way it made me think about life and death, just as a good dystopian novel should. I‘m excited to read the next two books in the series!

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honestly, the ending was frustrating - I want to know what happens, but not enough to read the whole series.

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French Women Don't Get Fat | Mireille Guiliano
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the title is eye-catching, so I understand why it was chosen, but honestly, a better title would be “the french philosophy of eating.” after several trips to europe, I‘ve always been fascinated by how differently europeans approach eating. this book well explains the vast difference between american & european psychology re: eating, and there‘s some good recipes thrown in, too. a bit dry at times, but overall, enjoyable.

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The Hobbit | J.R.R. Tolkien
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my mom always had me write my name and age in books. rereading the hobbit this christmas break really helped me to find some peace and comfort emotionally after an extremely trying year for a number of reasons. and this page now makes me emotional.

rachelsbrittain I love this so much-- what a sweet idea 13mo
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The Silmarillion | J.R.R. Tolkien
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No longer confused about the gods, but now confused with all the Elves. I suppose I should make another chart...

annahenke 😂 2y
oscarwhylde this is a big mood 2y
JazzFeathers 😂 Tough my suggestion to first-time reads is to disreguard the genealogies and just enjoy the story. 2y
short_soprano @JazzFeathers this is my second time reading it 😉 2y
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Lakeshire Park | Megan Walker
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Such a delightful romance novel! Very Austen-esque, cheesy and wholesome, and even encouraging.

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The Moving Toyshop | Edmund Crispin
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Mostly enjoyed this for the descriptions of Oxford and Brit Lit references. The characters were enjoyable, but the murder “mystery” itself fell flat.

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This book was such a joy to read. The 846 pages flew by. A couple chapters lagged and the ending didn‘t tie everything up as completely as I would‘ve liked (but hey, maybe that means a sequel?), but I loved the mix of British historical fiction and fantasy. You‘ll love it too!

veritysalter I feel I need to reread this. I read it when I was pregnant in 2004 (800+ pages is nothing when you‘re in your third trimester and desperate 😂) but all I can remember is a vivid description of a cathedral. 2y
short_soprano @veritysalter you should definitely reread it! there are so many beautiful descriptions... that may be one of my favorite things about the book! 2y
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The Buried Giant: A novel | Kazuo Ishiguro
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I can‘t say I “enjoyed” reading this book - it‘s tale is haunting. While it‘s not a story I will say I loved, I know it will stick with me for a long time.

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Body in the Library | Agatha Christie
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a lovely book for a lovely plane ride back to college. I read the whole thing in the airport! it reminded me quite a bit of the recent film Knives Out.

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Homer's Daughter | Robert Graves
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This book was quite enjoyable, however, I don‘t think it would be enjoyable to anyone not familiar with The Odyssey. It‘s a very clever retelling, and I enjoyed the main character. The first 60 pages are pretty slow, but it picks up after that.

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truly a lovely book. it is quietly convicting, showing how we so often fail at being authentic or generous, and I am so inspired to work more diligently towards obtaining “quieter virtues”.

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Royal Holiday | Jasmine Guillory
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all I can say is... yikes. forced myself to finish it. 😬

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The Bookshop | Penelope Fitzgerald
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such a touching, heartbreaking story. Penelope Fitzgerald mixes moments of everyday life with snippets of firework truth that leave the reader melancholy and satisfied.

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The Bark of the Bog Owl | Jonathan Rogers
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I was really excited for this book and intended to read the whole series, but felt very let down. perhaps it‘s because i‘m not a kid anymore, but the re-telling of the story of David felt too paralleled. it was trying to be fantasy, but didn‘t feel anywhere near unique enough.

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this book felt awfully redundant. it had some nice points, but overall, not worth the time.

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After hearing my lit professor talk about this book for months, I couldn‘t resist buying it at Blackwell‘s on my trip to Oxford!

catsandclothbounds Very cool!! I‘m slowly making my way through this book right now! 3y
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“We clung to books and to friends; they reminded us that we had another part to us.”

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The Life of Elves | Muriel Barbery
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Long time no see, Litsy! I‘ve been off at college reading and writing and reading and writing and a whole lot more of reading and writing. Looking forward to having time to read books for fun this summer! Starting off the season with this enchanting story 🍃

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Rose Daughter | Robin McKinley
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I finished Rose Daughter before I went to bed last night and I've been trying to think of how to describe it since. It's the author's second retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I read the first retelling, Beauty, years ago and loved it. The whole book has a dream like quality to it, especially the last 100 pages. Parts of the book are heartwarming, and parts of it are disorienting and uncomfortable.

short_soprano Beauty has always had a reoccurring dream of walking down a long, dark corridor, knowing that something was waiting for her at the end. That's how I felt reading this story, except I had this intuitional feeling that the ending would be a good one. However, once I reached the ending, I only felt confused. Now that I've had time to think about it, I appreciate the ending. 5y
short_soprano It shows that knowledge comes with a price, and that even though sad changes can be permanent, it doesn't mean that happiness is impossible. This book wasn't my favorite, but I appreciate the lessons it taught and the story it told. 📚🌹✨ 5y
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Counting by 7's | Holly Goldberg Sloan
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Counting by 7's is the story of an extremely gifted twelve year old named Willow Chance. Willow sees the world in an extraordinary way. She's beyond brilliant. She's odd, she's eccentric. She's one of the most lovable characters I've ever encountered. Through a series of life-altering, heart-breaking experiences, Willow changes the lives of a diverse group of people who in turn, enrich and save hers.

short_soprano This book offers you a window into the mind of an exceptional child and into the beauty of friendship, loyalty, growth, and sunflowers. It's a heart warming journey. 🌻 5y
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Inkheart | Cornelia Funke
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Inkheart is one of the most touching books I have read in quite some time. I love stories that have the foundation of a love of books. Meggie, Mo, and Elinor love and cherish books, all in unique ways. The adventure that they embark on, due to a fantastical talent, is one that will be treasured in my heart. I can't wait to read the sequels! 📚❤️

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Inkheart | Cornelia Funke
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"Meggie took her books whenever they went away. They were her home when she was somewhere strange. They were familiar voices, friends that never quarreled with her, clever, powerful friends - daring and knowledgeable, tried and tested adventurers who had traveled far and wide." ? I'm only a couple chapters into Inkheart, but I already love it! ✨

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The Egypt Game | Zilpha Keatley Snyder

"The best thing we can do is to make wherever we're lost in look as much like home as we can."

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Beren and Lthien | J. R. R. Tolkien
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Beren and Lúthien was a long anticipated book for me. My best friend calls my Luthy, short for Lúthien. Her character has always resonated with me because of her bravery, loyalty, and her strength in the light.
This book is truly a masterpiece. Christopher Tolkien weaves his fathers drafts and poetry into a comprehensive tale. (Continued in comments)

short_soprano It shows the evolution of Lúthien and Beren's story and gives us a glimpse into Tolkien's creative genius. And unlike the majority of beloved stories, this book gives you the chance to determine, in your own heart, the story of Beren and Luthien. With so many alternate stories and character and endings, some happy and some sad, and none exactly being set in stone, it gives you the chance to determine what *you* think happened. 5y
short_soprano You can begin to comprehend the complexity of Tolkien's Middle Earth; a history just as complex and changing and unsure as our own histories.
Beren and Lúthien is a treasure; a book that every person with a bit of their heart in Middle Earth should own. ❤️✨
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Instagram | Joanne Mattern
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I made a bookstagram tonight! Make sure to give it a follow if you're on the gram 😉💕📚

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Beren and Lthien | J. R. R. Tolkien
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I am the most excited.

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The Golden Compass | Philip Pullman
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Okay, now that I'm reading over this review I wrote, I see that it's a little hard to follow. But y'all get what I mean, right? 😅😂

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The woman in white | Wilkie COLLINS
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What a spectacular book. Definitely a new favorite.

I made this speculation less than half-way through the book, and I turned out to be half right. Hehe.

Now to decide what to read next. . .

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“It is as though in solitude the soul develops sense which we hardly know in everyday life. Therefore, I have not felt lonely or abandoned … What is happiness and unhappiness? It depends so little on the circumstances; it depends really only on that which happens inside a person.”