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LiterRohde
Recursion | Blake Crouch
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‘The poetry of science‘ is how I would describe this book in one phrase. Another wonderful adventure into the quantum world with Blake Crouch. The questions this time around grapple with the nature of time, the importance of memory, and the mystery of consciousness. It also brings to the fore questions of our responsibilities in the development of technology....👇

#Booked2019 | #NewIn2019

📷: Libby

LiterRohde Overall, I liked this book as much as Dark Matter. The beginning was exciting as you saw the start of this new disease called FMS and mind bending as the full truth of the disease is realized. Though - excuse the pun - the middle seemed a little repetitive and therefore dragged a bit for me. He seemed to be trying to show proof of concept, and in doing so went a little to far into “Ok, I get it” territory....👇 (edited) 2w
LiterRohde I absolutely loved the ending. For me, the ending is most times the least satisfying, and I am usually just ok going along for the journey - good ending, bad ending, or no ending. In fact, I tend to gravitate towards ambiguity. This ending was a mix of good ending and no ending. And given the subject matter, it made a lot of sense to me. (edited) 2w
Cinfhen Still haven‘t gotten to this one yet, but I‘m looking forward to reading it. Other reviewers have also mentioned a “draggy” middle. 2w
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Cathythoughts I love this description “ the poetry of science “ 2w
LiterRohde @Cathythoughts Thanks. I thought it was a beautiful story. I don‘t know if others would agree with me; some might even call me odd for equating the science in this book to poetry. But through so much of the book I just felt like the questions the science was posing were so raw and emotional that they were like poetry. (edited) 2w
Cathythoughts It‘s not one I‘d usually be drawn to ... but your review is telling me to try it 👍🏻♥️stacked 2w
LiterRohde Yikes. No pressure. 🤪 This is the part of reviews that scares me. I love saying how I felt about a book, but it is always so subjective. One thing I didn‘t mention in my review is that there are multiple timelines as chapter headings. Making sure to follow the timelines makes it easier to understand. And if my review (and of Dark Matter) didn‘t make it clear, the concepts, for most, are bonkers. But the existential stuff is my wheelhouse. (edited) 2w
LiterRohde @Cathythoughts There is so much you can‘t say in reviews. I can rarely do it in 451 characters - especially if I liked the book. You will have to let me know if I am totally off my rocker if you get around to reading it. I‘m very curious that you are interested since this isn‘t your normal read. I hope I‘m not being misleading with my thoughts. And now my fear has me overthinking. 😳 (edited) 2w
Cathythoughts Well , one over - thinker just met another then 😂. It‘s always good to try something new. We have a scientist in our IRL Bookclub... I‘ll tell her & she will be impressed 😉 2w
LiterRohde @Cathythoughts 😅 Over-Thinkers Anonymous (OTA). I swear I could be a founding member. This scientist friend of yours...she‘ll be impressed that this review got you to try something new? 2w
Cathythoughts She will ! She‘s a proud scientist, you know how you can tell when someone is really excited & commited to their work 👍🏻 2w
4thhouseontheleft Great review! 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great review. I‘m excited for this book! 2w
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shadowspeak17
Milkman | Anna Burns
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Here‘s my wrap-up for the April-June quarter of #booked2019. I skipped around, as usual, and ended up getting one prompt ahead of schedule. 😄

#RelatedToAPodcast: Sadie
#IrishAuthor: Milkman
#NightOrientedTitle: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
#FeaturesAMusician: The Wise Man‘s Fear
#DiverseMiddleGrade: Counting by 7s
#SoldiersStory: Slaughterhouse-Five
#NewIn2019: The Winter of the Witch

Cinfhen Excellent!!!! Way to go!!! 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job! 👊🏻♥️📚 3w
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Susanita
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Intriguing and poignant story. Not the first #newin2019 I‘ve read or the last I‘ll read this year, but it‘s the one I‘ll use for the #Booked2019 challenge.

Cinfhen I really enjoyed this book so much 👍🏻good choice 1mo
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Leftcoastzen
Spring | Ali Smith
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I read the 1st two in her seasonal series,I like this one the best so far .How do you combine Rilke,Katherine Mansfield,the zeitgeist,xenophobia,& characters you care about in one book?Poetic , smart, & wise is Ali Smith.I want to use for #Booked2019 challenge #NewIn2019 I am falling behind on Spring,trying to read older books this year,could not resist this when my library hold came in.Seems the worlds a bit mad, have you heard?

Cinfhen Great review and it‘s perfectly fine to read “out of season” glad u enjoyed!! 2mo
Freespirit Is there an order to reading her books? 2mo
Hooked_on_books The world‘s mad? Huh. News to me. 😉😂 2mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage Nice review. I‘ve heard others say they like this one the most. I suppose I‘m waiting until all four are published. 😎 2mo
Leftcoastzen @Freespirit I read them in order Autumn, Winter then Spring but the are stand alones so any order would be ok.I need to get to her other books,the reviews of the first of the quartet caught my attention. 2mo
Theaelizabet I‘ve read and loved the other two. Can‘t wait to get to this one. 2mo
Freespirit Thank you @Leftcoastzen 😘 2mo
Leftcoastzen @Hooked_on_books I‘m Captain 👩‍✈️ Obvious!😂 2mo
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JanuarieTimewalker13
Lost and Wanted: A Novel | Nell Freudenberger
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Have you ever felt like you weren‘t smart enough to give a proper review of a book? Well, that‘s how I feel. I‘m giving this book a “pick” bc I feel as though it‘s great on some visceral level, and I know that, but my intellect has not caught up. Material world me, says it‘s a solid so-so. higher level me says it‘s a pick. There‘s no real plot, it‘s more a slice of life (and death) with characters that are emotionally charged👇🏽

JanuarieTimewalker13 Yet unable to scream out loud (there‘s a song in there, and I forget which one). The physics and cosmology is great. She does a good job of describing things. I will be taking copious notes for my journal. There are many truisms also, like the MC (Helen) talking about pre cell phone days when you just had to search the usual haunts of someone if you wanted to find them (in this case on a college campus). I enjoyed a lot of it but it took patience. (edited) 2mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Ok, it‘s *”cry out loud”. Gold Dust Woman/Fleetwood Mac *The physics and cosmology ARE great. Sorry, I couldn‘t edit it on top comment bc I had one too many letters. (edited) 2mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 The book, at it‘s core, is about the friendship between Helen and Charlie. I‘m still pondering this book! 2mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage I have this one on my shelf. Thanks for making me want to read it sooner rather than later! 1mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 @BarbaraTheBibliophage ah, you‘re welcome!! Interested to hear your opinion! It started out a so-so for me, but then I saw it‘s value a little further in. 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @JanuarieTimewalker13 Hoping to get to it soon—not enough time in my life! 1mo
Cinfhen ✔️🙌🏻 1mo
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Hestapleton
The Bride Test | Helen Hoang
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YOU GUYS. 😍😍😍😍 I sat in my car after work to finish the last few pages. So good. So gripping. Such a sweet (and steamy!) story. I love Hoang and she‘s now an automatic-buy author! I love how her characters‘ emotions are so so tangible. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #abookfeaturingawedding #pop19 #newin2019 #booked2019

Cinfhen Glad you enjoyed this book!! I‘ve heard such good things about this author 😊 I think the prompt you tagged is for #Pop19 and not #booked2019 😜I‘m sure it might work for something else xx 2mo
Hestapleton @Cinfhen Oh Lord. My coffee was weak this morning. I meant #newin2019, lol. WHOOPS. 2mo
Cinfhen There you go!!!!! Perfect 💕🙌🏻 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job on the prompt! 👊🏻 2mo
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Sarz
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4 ⭐
I love the Reading Glasses podcast - it helped me get back into reading. So I love Mallory and she feels like one of my friends. And I absolutely love how much of herself Mallory has put into this book.

It's my #newin2019 pick for #booked2019
@Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

Cinfhen I like that your polish matches your book 😉 3mo
Sarz @Cinfhen The cover is just gorgeous, isn't it? 😍 3mo
TieDyeDude My favorite book so far that I've read in 2019! 2mo
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Megabooks
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While not as engaging as her first book, Unmentionable, this book is still pretty good. The #audiobook is well narrated. It‘s a conversation between a modern parent and the same narrator from Unmentionable. Both actors really engaging, but I didn‘t find the bones of the story as interesting. 3.5⭐️

#newin2019 #booked2019 #fall #audible

Megabooks Can I ask a question booked 2019 ladies? What exactly does genrebusting mean in this context? Can someone give me an example? 3mo
Cinfhen GenreBusting is a category of books that can‘t be defined or limited to a single genre ~ examples used so far are Geek Love, The Fact of a Body, Heavy Bear, Carrying Albert Home, In the Distance, and (edited) 3mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen Thank you! 😘😘 That‘s very helpful. 3mo
Cinfhen For YOU... anything 💕 3mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen 🥰🥰🥰 3mo
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shadowspeak17
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⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2
I really like how easy it was for me to get sucked into this series. I had some issues with this one, but I still had fun with it, and I think it‘s a solid conclusion to the series.

#seriesread #booked2019 #NewIn2019 #catsoflitsy #Phoenix

TheSpineView 3😊 3mo
Cinfhen Yay!! Another prompt completed 🎉🎉 3mo
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KarenUK
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This beautifully written story of friendship is harrowing, heartbreaking and fascinating. I knew nothing about the ‘haenyo‘ of Jeju island, the female collectives of free divers, their mostly matriarchal family structure, and the horrific massacre of their islanders in 1948. The traditions, spirituality, resilience and determination of these women is awe-inspiring.
#booked2019 #newin2019
#pop19

Cinfhen Is this the new Barnes & Noble bookclub pick?!?! 4mo
KarenUK @Cinfhen it is..... good choice I think this time.... looking forward to the discussion 😊👍 4mo
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