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Joined August 2016

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The Dollhouse: A Novel by Fiona Davis
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Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
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The Poor Mouth: A Bad Story about the Hard Life by Flann O'Brien, Patrick C. Power
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I feel like Momoko probably grew up to become Aggretsuko. She surely wouldn‘t work hard enough promoting her Lolita lifestyle to become an instagram influencer and would probably fall into some kind of basic work after school, when she finally ran out of knock-off luxury goods to sell on the underground market, earning just enough to support her luxury clothes habit, but also creating suppressed rage at her place in ‘the system‘ of work.

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Another adult fiction featuring a single-ish woman seeking a mystery to distract her from the scattered mess of her daily life - a fine alternative to the old trope of literally running away from your family, whether that's to find yourself through massage and restrictive diets or by recreating an iconic road trip that did not really happen.

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Bread and cheese, bread and cheese; when a man marries he lives in the trees. with apologies to John Steinbeck. #bread #cheese #grilledcheese #comfortfood #cozylunch #pickles #rubikscube

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Revolution | Jennifer Donnelly
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Theater kids, musicians, outsiders who want to be part of something, goodies who wonder what kind of adventures they might be missing out on - Ghosts, time travel, an unidentified piece of a possibly royal corpse, and a party in the Paris Catacombs. Revolution: come for the drama, stay for the redemption. #riotgrams #day5 #royalty #historicalfiction #hardcover #analog #france #bourgeois #paris #marieantoinette #revolution #archivistproblems

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Was going to throw this up for #nakedhardcovers yesterday, but as it's purple, I saved it for today. Wonderful adventure for everyone who wishes investigating hauntings could have gotten them extra credit in school.

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Everyman's Library 100 Titles Set | Various, Everyman's Library
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This might feel like a cheat since so many Everyman's Library and Library of America titles are sold naked, but many come with lovely jackets with thematic spine art. This copy of A Tale of Two Cities has a false front, with a face and front flap jacketed by plastic film rather than a full paper jacket. #nakedhardcovers #bookstagram #riotgrams #analog #oldbooks

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'Salem's Lot | Stephen King
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February Photo Challenge Day 2: current fun read in between all the required reads #riotgrams #currentread #horror #nottwilight #classicvampire #americana #ebooksarebookstoo #currentlyreading

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February Book Riot photo challenge, day 1 As much as I would have liked to offer a fancy angle of multiple shelves, they are too untidy, so here's your glimpse of the neatest shelf by my desk. #newbooks #backlist #riotgrams📚 #paperback #paperbacklove #discworld #theouroboroscycle #h2g2 #fairuse #deathpositive #loc #shelfie @bookriot #day1

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If you thought the 1993 film 'The Road to Wellville' didn't adequately address the wider implications of #wellness along with late 19th century English issues with orphans, serial killers, or scones, then this is the book for you! Whitechapel murders are a mere annoyance compared to the very real threats of violent gangs and yoghurt-obsessed Americans.

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The Hazel Wood | Melissa Albert
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I implore you all, if you appreciate fine books, get thee to ye bookery and acquire this glorious volume. Whether you define 'fine' as 'superior quality' or 'excellent' or even 'consisting of minute particles' this book fulfills every role. The matte cover and cut foil are a pleasure to the eye, the delicate pages a treasure to the fingertips, and the story is as richly satisfying as water to the parched tongue. #thehazelwood @flatironbooks

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Thoroughly enjoyed this - not a classically happy ending, but an altogether positive one, in spite of the mountain of unanswered questions. Some secrets die with the souls that lived them, and that may be for the best.

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Blue Fairy Book | Andrew Lang
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Embossed and painted cloth on board . . . an early Blue Fairy Book, full of the classic tales your nan might have told.

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' "infective material" from a dead body' is rather putting me off my treat.

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Every time I read this I think 'Dinah, Dinah, Dinah!' And how if everything is about that cat, what a peaceful life and dearth of chores she must have had.

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I don't know what I was expecting, as I haven't read True Crime in years, but wow these are awful people doing awful things.

tarabu42 Spoiler: The Wicked Boy grew up and made good, in spite of growing up as a child in that house. 3y
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Spoiler: there's no triceratops in the book.

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The card catalogs of the Library of Congress: a brief description | Barbara Marietta Westby, William J. Sittig
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I spent all my March book money on preorders and it was worth it!
#chroniclebooks #analog #library

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Today's mail call brought this beauty - thanks to forgotten preorders, any unbirthday can be a gift to myself! #chroniclebooks

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Time to say 'thank you' for this lovely chocolate!

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I cannot recommend reading the chapters 'The Dissector's Knife' or 'Hosts' during dinner.

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#recommendsday! For the first recommendsday in National American Indian Heritage Month I offer this title. No grand history of any particular region, this chronology is just that: a clear, concise timeline of central North American cultures from roughly 28,000 BCE through the mid-90s. A useful reference for maintaining perspective of cultural development over time.

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"I was strangely reluctant to return to the grayer raLm of the living."

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"I was strangely reluctant to return to the grayer raLm of the living."

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Enjoyable, rather sweeping history of a city told through the lens of an heir to a founding family. I read this by audio, and found the narrator to be an excellent fit for the story, with a gentle timbre and steady cadence.
Solid 3 stars, I found the author fair and even in her characterizations, the pacing mostly steady, and the timeline generally easy to follow between then and now.

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never got the hang of Thursdays

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A revolution with ten hands, four chords, and a groove.

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The Uses of Literacy | Richard Hoggart
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We have this concept, culturally, that literacy is what happens when you teach children to read; but if those children grow up to be adults who only use their literacy skills to write T.P.S. Reports or read the instructions on a microwave ready meal then we have still failed them.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jul/18/100-best-nonfiction-books-uses-lit...

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In many ways this is a study read, a bit slow going if you are not already familiar with the Bay Colony principal families; a well-researched and delightfully footnoted history of power politics, religious fervor, and the eternal struggles of society to isolate and persecute the 'other' in it's midst.

A tale of rage and shame that has come up often since 1692, as the social struggles of resentment and blame are as true now as they were then.

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Grave Tattoo | Val McDermid

Don't know where to begin with Val McDermid, but this seems like as good a place to start as any! http://mashable.com/2016/08/17/scottish-writer-sexist-troll-shut-down/

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The First Christmas: the onset of madness

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The Smell of Other People's Houses | Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
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A tale of love, loss, disappointment, betrayal, hope, fear, and despair; rage, anguish, and misdirected self-sacrifice; greed, poverty, and hopelessness. Lessons are spoken, unspoken, illustrated with the smooth hand of a narrator telling a tale with no judgment. The reader is left with a journey of broken lives stitched together with a waxed thread of coincidence, tenacity, and good luck, even if they don't see themselves as lucky at the time.