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The 100th Thing About Caroline by Caroline B Cooney (I think it was Cooney - I literally, LITERALLY read the cover off my copy I read it so much).  All the Ramona books (particularly Ramona Forever and Ramona Quimby, Age 8 - I legit wished my last name started with a Q so I could write it in cursive like Ramona).  The Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Betty Bao Lord - we had to read it for school and I loved it (definitely multicultural/non-white immigrant experience).  The Little House Books.  Caddie Woodlawn.  Redwall.  Winnie-the-Pooh (always.  always my Pooh Bear).  Blubber by Judy Blume.  I had illustrated classics of Little Women, Anne of Green Gables, the Secret Garden, and A Little Princess.  Nancy Drew.  Cherry Ames (who was like a WWII incarnation of Nancy Drew but Cherry was a nurse during the war and her twin brother was a hot-shot fighter pilot).  Matilda.  And Rebecca (I was weirdly obsessed with Rebecca from about the age of 10 on).  Oh, and the Babysitters' Club.  OF COURSE :)
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For Elizabeth Hoyt's Maiden Lane series fans,  Dearest Rogue drops on May 26.  It's Phoebe and Captain Trevillion (squeee - the photoshoot for the cover was amazing, EH posted it on her facebook). I haven't been able to snag an advance yet (Grand Central/Hachette haven't put up EH DRCs on Edelweiss EVAAAARRRR :( and haven't put any up on NetGalley since Duke of Midnight (book 6), booo) but I'm sure it's going to be great and if your library has a good romance community this might have a longer hold list (and likely only one copy to lend).
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I like my porch swing.  In the shade.  On the three days of the Iowa year when it's not trying to fry the crap out of me.  But otherwise I hear ya - bugs (yuck), dirt (ick), other people making noise (ok, now I'm just whining about being an introvert).
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Oh, loved Bad Feminist!  Great range in the collection :)  (I really need to acquire the Solnit, have heard great things about it)
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I really, REALLY need to read the McCann (also, Gilead, such beauty - had a chance to hear Marilynne read from LILA at the IC Book Fest last year and it was amazing)
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McCann is great. Ambitious and accessible at once. Thanks for watching!
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She lived alone with her cats but had great taste in books and movies.

Bc...yeah....
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Most of my intimidation comes from big books that will take effort that I may feel wasn't worth it in the end (cf. Finnegan's Wake, etc).

That said, I have powered through some things that everyone else seems to love and I clearly side-eye them so hard.  A Confederacy of Dunces, for one.  I still (STILL) can't quite figure out why people love that book and why it won a Pulitzer.  Eye-roll for the committee.  Ugh, Ignatius J. Reilly and his hot dog cart.  And the creepy thing he does at the very end where he takes his "paw" and holds up his girlfriend's braid to sniff.  Eek, creepy.
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Pigeons are very much themselves (I was on the train platform in Cardiff several years ago and there was a bad-ass, one-footed pigeon pretty much stealing whatever it wanted.)
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Biss is a fantastic essayist.  I really appreciated how she brought in reasoning like the fear of the "other" and vampirism as well as good scientific research without being too jargon-y (although, full disclosure, I was reading with my red pen in hand bc I'm an epidemiologist and I was actively looking for science mistakes).
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+rincey reads Really well.  Mostly because she's smart and really evaluated whatever "evidence" from either side of the debate and didn't present anything she couldn't back up  
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Hooray!!!  So excited!  My friend Beth who lives in Brooklyn got registered today too so I'll be making a proper vacation out of it :)
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I read and knit and dance. Compulsively feel yarn. Consume books. Darn tights. Drink too much caffiene. All that good stuff.
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