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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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This is book three in a historical fiction / time-travel series, and I love how Brackston‘s main character is growing as a “time spinner” and person. She finds a wedding dress this time, and follows its “song” to Regency-Era England. Plus, she must avoid the villain from book two. And I much preferred the balance of her supporting relationships this time.

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The Only Good Indians | Stephen Graham Jones
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SGJ writes horror painted on the unsettled background of reservation life in this book. It also bends the time, space, and being continuums. In other words, you‘ll need to suspend all disbelief and just go with it. So hey, that fits 2020 for sure. Right? This is intense, and really gruesome in parts. But it‘s also about friendship, hardship, and regrets. Absolutely intriguing!

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Reggie One of my favorite parts is simply where one of the guys remembers when they were teenagers and they all took turns sharing the headphones to listen to music. He really has a knack for coloring in moments. 13mo
TracyReadsBooks One of my favorite books of the year! 13mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Reggie Oh my, yes. I remember thinking about what a universal moment that illustrates. 13mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @TracyReadsBooks I agree. I‘m working hard to narrow my “best of” list for 2020. It is so hard! 13mo
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The Red Lotus: A Novel | Chris Bohjalian
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I‘m a Bohjalian fan and this was a great story. The suspense is tight, twists felt legit, and the characters are compelling. Parts of it are set in Vietnam, which made me visualize all the Anthony Bourdain episodes filmed there. But it‘s also gritty NYC and very science / medical. That all blended into something pretty unputdownable even though I was busy! I gave it 3.5 stars.

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Matthew Shardlake is a lawyer working for Thomas Cromwell in Tudor England. Now he‘s trying to solve a murder in an abbey outside London. In the cold and snow. He doesn‘t know who to trust and the monks are all caught up in the church / state changes of the era. I like Shardlake and how he thinks, as well as his vulnerabilities. Definitely reading more in the series!

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intothehallofbooks I really think I would love this series!! 13mo
Ncostell Sounds good, I am reading The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel right now. This would be a good follow up! 13mo
MamaGina Such an excellent series! I have the latest checked out from the library and it‘s calling my name 🤓 13mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @Ncostell Might be. Someone commented on another post I made that this author has a MUCH different perspective on Cromwell. And they found that jarring. I read Wolf Hall so long ago that it didn‘t bother me. 13mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @MamaGina Yes! I have the next one queued up in Scribd. 13mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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I enjoyed this coming-of-age, indigenous voices story and the cartoons included. Junior / Arnold is forthright and charming in his odd way. And in the year that‘s 2020, I appreciated the messages about loss and grief when Native American people have lost so many to the virus.

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Cinfhen I loved this book; despite the whole Sherman Alexie scandal (edited) 13mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen I agree. The scandal is awful but he knows how to tell a unique story. 13mo
4thhouseontheleft @cinfhen I agree! I read this before the scandal, so not sure if I would feel differently if I read his books for the first time now. 13mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft I know what you mean ... I waited until I‘d finished to Google the details. 😰🤬 13mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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This short book is interesting but not ground breaking. Maybe that's because I've been through the "death cleaning" ritual a few times now. So the idea that someone, someday will go through all of my things is nothing new. But if you need an anonymous reminder, this book offers that. It's as much memoir as advice, though. And the author's life is one of privilege with a a serious side helping of eccentricity.

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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This is heavy and academic. Considering how dependent on online *everything* I‘ve been this year, it also freaked me out thoroughly. It‘s 700 pages, or 24 hours of audio. Or you can watch The Social Dilemma on Netflix, hear her speak, and get the basic message in two hours. Still, I‘m glad I read it even though it‘s scary and made me mad.

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sounds like another good one that will be tough to read... 13mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I honestly think I only registered about half of what she was trying to say. It‘s just not narrative nonfiction—it could‘ve used about a dozen more stories about real people at the companies and in the real world. But she‘s an academic, so ... it‘s obviously not her style. 13mo
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The Butterfly Effect | Rachel Mans-McKenny
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This debut from @rachelm is so good! If you relate to a prickly heroine whose year has been a dumpster fire, then this is for you. Greta is endearingly awkward as she tries to handle what life throws at her. I enjoyed her and the other characters more than I expected to. Mans McKenny writes character-driven contemporary fiction with a savory side helping of real life.

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rachelm Thank you so much for reading!❤️💕🦋 13mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @rachelm Very glad I had the chance to help! 🦋 💙 13mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Oh my, this book broke my heart. And it made me mad! The story of U.S. immigration policy under Trump is one that must be told, no matter how cruel the story is. Soboroff makes the complex details clear, and deals well with the emotional aspects too. The story isn‘t over, so I also recommend following him on Twitter for updates.

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The Arctic Fury | Greer Macallister
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I‘m generally a Macallister fan. But, when I began The Arctic Fury, I expected something altogether different. The book sounded like a high-suspense, event-driven plot. Instead, this book propelled like a ship in an ice jam—slowly. It‘s a hybrid of adventure, courtroom drama and character study. And I‘m sad to say it‘s on the low end of “Pick” for me.

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Kimberlone Been wanting to read this since I saw the cover/read the blurb. Glad to hear it‘s a pick! 13mo
BookNAround Uh oh. My book club picked this for our January book but many of them won‘t tolerate glacial slowness. 13mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @BookNAround Your book group may love it. Here on List there are plenty of 👍🏻👍🏻 reviews. 13mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Kimberlone I hope you enjoy it! 13mo
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