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18 January 2018 @ 05:08 pm
"It is by no means faultless, but it fastens itself upon the mind and heart of the reader."
-Springfield Daily Republican

"The wit, the humor, the power of brief and vivid description which the volume evinces, will give it a wide popularity."
-The Wide World

"There are some passages in this little volume which will move the heart to tears as irresistibly as the humor of others will move the voice to laughter."
-The New England Farmer

Hospital Sketches (1863) was published first in newspapers and then as a book, to mostly glowing reviews. It is based on Alcott's brief time as a nurse with the names changed. The protagonist is called Tribulation Periwinkle but I couldn't help but refer to her as Louisa.

I'm leaving a lot out of this recap so that if you read it there will still be surprises.

Chapter 1: Obtaining Supplies
The book opens with something I had forgotten - Nurse Periwinkle has two sisters and a brother Tom. Tom suggests she try nursing after she rejects other family suggestions of writing a book, teaching, marrying, and acting. A neighbor introduces her to a nurse and she receives her comission. "A certain dear old lady" cries while saying good-bye to "topsy-turvy Trib."Read more...Collapse )

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01 March 2017 @ 01:01 pm
And I saw the first butterfly of the year.

Have finished Hogfather, which is book 20 of 41, so now I am halfway through. Next up is Jingo. I hope Sybil is in it; she wasn't in Feet of Clay.

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01 January 2017 @ 12:26 pm
The first book you read in 2016:
Republic of Thieves. That feels like more than a year ago.

The last book you finished in 2016:
Interesting Times. Fitting, no?

The first book you will finish (or did finish!) in 2017:
Hamilton: The Revolution

How many books read in 2016?

Fiction/Non-Fiction ratio?
Just the one about the Irish famine.
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01 December 2016 @ 04:03 pm
Fantastic Beasts was adorable and the new Anne of Green Gables was terrible.

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18 November 2016 @ 02:49 pm
100 non-sff books by women
Bold = read, italics = read another book by the same author, strikeout = didn't finish, underline = plan to read

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15 November 2016 @ 01:52 pm
The Amazon ads on Tumblr really want me to buy the Gormenghast books.

Also Chernow and the Hamiltome, but that makes sense; I reblog Hamilton posts. I don't know why Gormenghast.

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03 November 2016 @ 09:16 am
1. The thing about Grey's Anatomy is, even if De Luca had raped Jo, that wouldn't make what Alex did okay. Alex insulted Jo by implying that she's incapable of doing her own punching and I'd glad she dumped him. I was neutral about him before this but now I hate Alex. And I don't even care for Jo; it's the principal of the thing.

That said, I enjoyed his surgeon-in-the-clinic scenes.

2. I will watch Fantastic Beasts out of a kind of fannish obligation, but I'm not excited about it. In fact I don't think there's a single movie coming out this or next year that I'm excited about. Well, there's Wonder Woman, but that's again more out of obligation than any actual investment in the character.

3. I can't bear the thought of not having Internet at home on election day. I don't want to find out the results from TV; I want to have Tumblr and FFA and chat open in different tabs.

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31 August 2016 @ 12:46 pm
What I read this week

I had an urge to reread Issola by Brust, which is my favorite of the series because of the constant interaction between the relationships I like best, Vlad and the Dragons. It has particularly excellent dialogue, and I confess I kind of ship Vlad/Teldra. How can I not when he notices her dimples?

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I only wish the library had Iorich so I could reread that one.

What I'm reading now
The Discworld journey continues with Small Gods. It started out slow, but it picked up once Brutha and Vorbis got to Ephebe. Brutha is adorable and Fri'it is interesting.

Although Pratchett does like the sheltered, good-hearted, sexually inexperienced young man. I'm not saying Mort, Nijel, Victor, Teppic, Carrot, and Brutha are the same character, but they are variations on a theme. On the other hand it's a character type I generally like and one Pratchett writes super well. EDIT: Okay, Teppic isn't sheltered, but he's pure of heart.

I love that CMOT Dibbler shows up, and I was pleased that Djelibeybi was mentioned.

What I'm reading next


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17 July 2016 @ 10:13 am
Howl's Moving Castle was published in 1986, and I was born in 1991, so I could have read it before but I didn't grow up reading fantasy, much to my regret.

Sophie Hatter is the eldest of three sisters and in Ingary "where such things as seven-league boots and cloaks of invisibility really exist" everyone knows that the eldest in doomed to fail at seeking their fortune. One day the Witch of the Waste visits the hat shop that Sophie's stepmother runs and turns Sophie into an old woman. Sophie sets off to fix the spell and ends up at the home of the wizard Howl, who has a reputation for stealing girls and their hearts. Read more...Collapse )

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01 July 2016 @ 02:50 pm
1. The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch (reread)
2. Beyond the Western Sea by Avi (reread)
3. Manners and Mutiny by Gail Carriger
4. The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
5. Career of Evil by J. K. RowlingRead more...Collapse )

I read Sourcery out of order because it was in an omnibus of the first four Rincewind books. And I read Eric out of order because I wanted to read both Goethe and Marlowe first. My favorites so far are Guards! Guards!, Wyrd Sisters, and Pyramids.

I didn't really care for An Old-Fashioned Girl. The way Polly never messes up and Fanny is always wrong annoyed me. But the Rose books are still enjoyable.

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10 June 2016 @ 12:39 pm
You know how you pronounce a word wrong because you've only ever read it in a book? Yeah, I learned from last week's episode of Outlander that the s in viscount is silent.

(I'm not watching the show – just that one episode. I couldn't resist young John; he's one of my all-time favorite characters.)

Right now I'm reading Reaper Man, the second Death book, which is very good so far. The “esprit de corpse” joke made me laugh out loud. I thought Susan would be in it but turns out she doesn't appear until Soul Music. So I have that to look forward too.

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If you're reading this on Dreamwidth, I edited my default icon a little. I think it looks better, but I'm not certain.

Back in January I started this series of books called Discworld. Against all recommendation I'm reading them in publication order, partly because I don't like making decisions and partly because I wanted to see how Pratchett developed as a writer. (Spellcheck appears to recognize his name!) Last week I read Wyrd Sisters, which is my favorite so far. I love Death, all the witches, and Twoflower.

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01 January 2016 @ 01:47 pm
Happy New Year!

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01 December 2015 @ 02:14 pm
I finished The Queen of Attolia and The King of Attolia. I have A Conspiracy of Kings checked out but I'm not in the mood for it, partly because it's from Sophis's POV. Gen and Irene were so amazing in TKoA. My favorite scene was Read more...Collapse )

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28 November 2015 @ 01:05 pm
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I don't suppose I'll be able to participate but here it is!

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19 November 2015 @ 08:31 am
I thought today was my 10 year LJ anniversary and then I looked and turns out it was yesterday. I had this post written:

Happy ten year LJ anniversary to me!

Oh and my birthday is tomorrow but that doesn't end in 0 so who cares. The fact that they're a day apart isn't a coincidence. My birthday is near Thanksgiving, and on Thanksgiving weekend movies come out. The Goblet of Fire movie came out in 2005, and I couldn't bear the thought of only discussing it on the Nickelodeon message boards. So I made a journal with my Cox.net email address that didn't even work, and a week later I finally worked up the courage to make a Yahoo address. I was scared that my dad would get mad if I made my own email. He thought I wanted it to email my friends, but I only wanted to join websites, but I was paranoid that if he knew I was talking to strangers online he would never let me use the computer again.

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02 November 2015 @ 01:03 pm
I've always wanted a butterfly to land on me and today it happened!

I'm reading The Queen of Attolia. I quite like it. I know Gen/Attolia is canon but I was kind of shipping Eddis/Gen until Gen and Eddis brought it up.

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18 September 2015 @ 12:55 pm
From Dickens' Fur Coat and Charlotte's Unanswered Letters by Daniel Pool. Dickens was touring America in 1868.

When a twelve-year-old admirer named Kate Douglas Wiggin (later to be the author of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm) materialized beside his seat on the train from Portland, Maine, to Boston, a brief light moment was provided. After rhapsodizing over Dickens' novels, she admitted that she did now and then omit "some of the very dull parts." Dickens roared with laughter and pressed for details as to which parts were the the clunkers. She helpfully enumerated them, she later recalled, "dealing these infant blows, under the delusion that I was flinging him bouquets."

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01 September 2015 @ 02:29 pm
Wow, there's another new American Girl - Maryellen from 1954. When I was first got into the franchise, Kit was new. Her treasury was a fourth grade Christmas present and Kaya's first 3 books were fifth grade. I read Rebecca's books and liked them.

Also, who has 2 thumbs and is finally about to read The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla? Me!

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14 August 2015 @ 11:19 am
I am attempting to write another Gentleman Bastard fic for New Year's Resolution. I bought a new notebook and started it yesterday.

I love new notebooks. Just like I love new pencils with unused erasers.

Currently rereading The Passion of the Purple Plumeria, Pink Carnation #10. I can't say how excited I am to finish the series.

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