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willaful

willaful

Joined April 2022

Pretty sure my last words are going to be “where did I put my Kindle?“
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Boyfriend Material | Alexis Hall
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Fair.

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The Dud Avocado | Elaine Dundy
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#bookspin Sad to say, I DNF'd this. It looked exactly the sort of old-fashioned, young woman having adventures story I liked, but it didn't feel... wholesome. I didn't like the narrator or want to spend time with her.

willaful #doublespin I read a graphic novel, _Made in Korea_. It was very confusing, but interesting. It includes a main story and a number of related shorts, set in a future where fertility is very limited (reasons unknown) and people buy “proxys,“ lifelike android children. The main character, Jesse, is a new form of AI who could be said to have a soul, with is more of a curse than a blessing until a triumphant end. 2w
TheAromaofBooks Sad that your BookSpin didn't pan out!! Books from the 50s can be a little hit or miss for me - I'm not always a fan of the “edgy“ authors from that era. 2w
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Excellent Women | Barbara Pym
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Rather fascinated by this foreign language cover. Are they in a sit-com?

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Excellent Women | Barbara Pym

“Love was rather a terrible thing, I decided next morning, remembering the undercurrents of the evening before. Not perhaps my cup of tea.“

(I'm reading ahead because my library book expires in a few days!)

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Excellent Women | Barbara Pym

“I'm very fond of going to church, but I don't like doing anything before breakfast, you know. That's always seemed to me to be the great snag about religion, don't you agree?“

Sparklemn This may be true! 1mo
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Business As Usual | Jane Oliver

“The worst of earning one's living, Basil, is that it leaves so little time over to live in.“

CarolynM It‘s true! 1mo
willaful @CarolynM So true! The times in my life I had to work full time, I never felt like I had any time to just be. (Probably didn't help that I didn't earn enough to outsource anything, like cooking.) 1mo
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Business As Usual | Jane Oliver

This book has a footnote explaining what carbon paper is.

I feel 100 years old.

Leftcoastzen 😄 1mo
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Excellent Women | Barbara Pym

Let me hasten to add that I am not at all like Jane Eyre, who must have given hope to so many plain women who tell their stories in the first person, nor have I ever thought of myself as being like her.

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Updated list for July.

My #bookspin book was _Promise of Summer_ by Louisa Rawlings, which was enjoyable in an old skool romance way.

#doublespin was _the Iron Hunt_ by Marjorie Liu, chosen by random number generator from my library wish list, and I just wasn't in the mood for it and DNF'd. I'm not the big on urban fantasy.

I did read an extra book from my list, _Beautiful Mornin'_, which is one I owned and am happy to get off the shelf!

willaful Ooops, I see I forgot a replacement for Beautiful Mornin'. Um... an adult book by Noel Streatfeild. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
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I think #FurrowedMiddlebrow brought this to my attention and I just loved it -- more than D.E. Stevenson's similar “Mrs. Tim,“ books, to be honest. Narrator Henrietta would be a huge hit on Twitter.

LeahBergen I have this waiting on my shelves. Are you going to read the sequel, too? 2mo
willaful I've recommended it to my library, so I hope so! Open Library has it, but not downloadable alas. I can't read on my computer. 2mo
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Promise of Summer | Louisa Rawlings

#bookspin Wow, this was... a LOT. In some ways very typical of historical romance from the time period and in other ways, quite surprising.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
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Loveless | Alice Oseman

I think maybe you need to be as much in love with Oseman's characters as she is to enjoy her books, and sadly, this time I really wasn't.

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The Guncle | Steven Rowley

When I first saw the cover, I thought all three of them were reading books! -- but even at closer glance it still looked very cute. Which it is, but also with depth and tenderness to it.

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Ready! Defekt was an extra read for May.

willaful Forgot to tag this. #bookspin
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See You Yesterday | Rachel Lynn Solomon

I had to give up on the audiobook; the narrator keeps slipping into Valley Girl. 🙄

I'll try it in print, but I'm not sanguine. I inevitably seem to love Solomon's adult books and hate her YA. I guess this would be technically NA, since it's set in college but it's definitely on the YA side.

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I Kissed Shara Wheeler | Casey McQuiston

I'm screaming like I'm in a movie theater: “Stop! IT'S A TRAP!“

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Book Love | Debbie Tung
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THE HORROR!!!!!

Super cute collection, though her anti-ereader stances makes me want to lure her to to dark side. ;-)

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I just noticed that the main character of this story basically goes from being a delivery boy to an otherwordly... delivery boy. I wonder if it's a hat tip to “Futurama.“

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An astonishing compendium of little known anti-semitic history that demonstrates how the common cultural narratives about Jewish people, even the most seemingly sensitive and sympathetic, do little to stop anti-semitism and might even encourage it.

I listened to the audiobook, which is fantastic. Xe Sands has an emotional resonance to her voice that was perfect for the text.

BkClubCare Interesting! And I agree on Xe Sands 2mo
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This is James Baldwin, reviewing Langston Hughes in *1956*. Plus ça change, plus c‘est la même chose.

My second #bookspin book, a library book. I checked this out on a whim and read it in bits. It's a pretty interesting historical record. I especially enjoyed the reviews of all the “trashy“ books and writers, like Jackie Collins, because the reviewers wrote with such relish.

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 3mo
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As I Descended | Robin Talley

It's such a page turner I'll probably keep reading but... it's a cruel book.

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I have such a book hangover from this! I'm not ready to start the sequel and nothing else seems worth reading.

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#bookspin : A graphic novel.

A gripping personal story about a German emigre trying to discover the degree of guilt of her relatives who were Nazis. Illustrated with drawings and collage art of historical documents. I found it hard to follow at times, and had mixed feelings about discussions of how the German people suffered after the war. Her encounters with people who are basically Holocaust fans are also very unnerving.

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 3mo
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Angelica | Sharon Shinn
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“You have so many people to care for. I want to be the one who cares for you. I want to be the sweet voice in the dark that answers only to your call. I want to be your place of warmth and safety, your refuge and your home. I want to be the one you think of when every other thought is gone.“

“You are the thought,“ he said very low. His head was bent down; his eyes were closed. “You are that place. You are that voice.“

willaful I have to add to this... this book was in my memory as beloved for years, but I actually forgot almost everything about it except the central romance, and I am devastated that in the intervening years it was visited by the racism fairy. 😥 3mo
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My #bookspin for May. I hope I'm doing this right! @TheAromaOfBooks

BkClubCare Looks to me like you have an excellent start. I can‘t wait to tomorrow to get my 🍭spin numbers 😂 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Looks great!!!! I've added you to the tag list so you should get a notification tomorrow when I post the numbers!! 3mo
willaful @TheAromaofBooks Awesome! Decisions made for me are the best! 😂 3mo
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