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Angitron
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The book for today. I was first introduced to Matar‘s writing through his book “A Month in Siena” and fell in love with how clearly and beautifully he wrote about the Italian hill town. Different topic, but this one - so far - is just as wonderfully written.

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Pickpick

What a delightful read! I loved this “low stakes” fantasy tale. It was the perfect, cozy book to dip into a night right before bed. Hoping that we get more books set in this sweet little world.

Clwojick I ADORED this book! I hope the author considers writing more in this world. 💖💖💖 1mo
Eyelit Yes! Such a good one and would def like more from this ‘verse 😄 1mo
Liatrek Can‘t wait to read this one! 1mo
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Angitron @Liatrek It‘s such a sweet and gentle book. Enjoy it! ☺️ 4w
Angitron @Eyelit I hope so too! It would be nice to have an occasional peek at how the coffee shop is doing and what the regulars are up to! 😊 4w
Angitron @Clwojick I adored it too, and it came at just the right time for me. Hopefully we‘ll get more! 4w
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Fever Dream | Samanta Schweblin
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Read this a few months ago, but I‘m waaay behind on my reviews. This book was astonishing. The reader is just thrown into the story and, at first, things make very little sense. But as the narrative develops, what emerges is a strange and haunting story about the environment, illness, and our relationship with the planet. Really loved this one!

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The Glass Hotel | Emily St. John Mandel
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My bookclub is working it‘s way through all of Mandel‘s loose trilogy - Station Eleven, The Glass Hotel, and Sea of Tranquility. This was a reread for me, but I love Mandel‘s writing so much that it was a pleasure! I‘m excited to see what Sea of Tranquility has to offer!

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I‘ve been away too long Litsy! 😩 I launched my travel business and it‘s been hard to make time to read. Hoping to make more time for it, and for Litsy, because I miss it! I recently learned about Readwise, an app that compiles all of the passages you‘ve highlighted in your e-reader and sends you a daily email with a few passages. It‘s been fun to revisit things I read long ago, and it‘s pulled me out of my slump a bit. Anyone else use it?

IamIamIam Congratulations on your new venture!!! 6mo
Angitron @IamIamIam Thank you so much! 🙏🏾 6mo
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Migrations: A Novel | Charlotte McConaghy
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Pickpick

A lovely little book about shifting seasons - both literal and digital - and the directions they take one woman‘s life. I enjoyed this, maybe not as breathlessly others, but it was a journey I enjoyed.

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Constance | Matthew Fitzsimmons
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Pickpick

I enjoyed this, despite the fact that it wasn‘t quite what I expected. I think I anticipated a deeper dive into the ethics/philosophy around cloning- a slightly harder SF approach - but this was more of a Blake Crouch-type thriller with a clone on the run. Nothing wrong with that!

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Pickpick

These Agatha Raisin mysteries are fun diversions from my usual SFF reading. I came from watching the show first, so even though most of the characters are described quite differently from the actors that play them on the show, I can‘t help but insert the visuals of the series. Light, good fun.

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Feersum Endjinn | Iain M. Banks
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Thanks to a lovely Bookshop.org giftcard for Christmas, these arrived on my doorstep today! Any suggestions for which to start with?

vivastory The Palmer has been on my TBR shelves for awhile. I've heard good things...have also been reading more Banks 13mo
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The Echo Wife | Sarah Gailey
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Bailedbailed

2021 was a kind of a disappointing reading year for me in terms of what I read, so one of my reading goals this year is to DNF early and often. If a book doesn‘t grab me by roughly 25% in, it‘s a no. This was a no.

BarbaraBB Can‘t blame you. Just wrote my review too. 13mo
Angitron @BarbaraBB I really liked your review! 13mo
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Panpan

This didn‘t work for me at all. Didn‘t like the characters, found the lack of explanation irritating, and wasn‘t the least bit creeped out. I would have DNFd, but it was a bookclub selection. I‘m in the minority though, so if gothic horror is your thing, you might like it!

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Pickpick

Wow! This was a lot of book in a small package, and it‘s hard to even write about. At its heart it‘s a story about the ugliness of war and the damaging effects of racism. But honestly that description doesn‘t do it justice, and you should just read it for yourself.

BarbaraBB Starting it right now! 13mo
Angitron @BarbaraBB What did you think? 12mo
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Exit West | Mohsin Hamid
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I thought this was beautifully written! The matter of fact voice that Hamid uses underscores the banality of war in so many regions around the world. This is contrasted with the love story between Saeed and Nadia, and the magical portals they use to escape their situation. This book wasn‘t as heavy on the fantasy as I expected, and was much more about how migration impacts personal relationships, communities and the world at large. Brilliant!

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A Month in Siena | Hisham Matar
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I loved this! Matar becomes fascinated by the Sienese school of painting and decides to spend a month indulging in this fascination. It‘s a beautifully quiet book, part memoir, philosophy, travelogue and art history that I didn‘t know I needed or wanted so badly.

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We Should All Be Feminists | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Pickpick

This was well-written, though it didn‘t really offer anything new or groundbreaking. It‘s juuuuuust slid in as a pick rather than a so-so.

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Flowers for the Sea | Zin E. Rocklyn
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Mehso-so

More than anything, I found this story confusing. The plot is a mix of history, dreams, reality…but it never quite came together for me. Additionally, there‘s a distance created between the characters and the reader that prevented me from really caring about their fates. I have loved Rocklyn‘s writing in the past, but this wasn‘t quite my taste.

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Mehso-so

Ehh…this was just okay. I liked the basic plot, but the overall story was underwhelming and kind of silly.

BookDragonNotWorm But that first line, though! 🙊 13mo
magyklyXdelish @BookDragonNotWorm just started this and that first line is…whew. Idk what I was expecting but it wasn‘t that 😳 12mo
Angitron @magyklyXdelish @BookDragonNotWorm YES. I remember thinking, “Ooookay. Well, I guess that‘s one way to start a book.” 😂 12mo
magyklyXdelish @Angitron exactly!! 12mo
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The Guest List | Lucy Foley
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Mehso-so

This was okay. I enjoyed the setting, and the characters were well-drawn. It just felt overly long for what it was, and while the characters were vivid, I didn‘t feel particularly attached to any of them.

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Riot Baby | Tochi Onyebuchi
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Mehso-so

Fiery, urgent writing but there was no story. Just a series of happenings. Ultimately, I was left a little disappointed.

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Elevation | Stephen King
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Pickpick

This was heartwarming King and I really enjoyed it! It‘s about people being people, and the ways in which we can support one another. Beautiful, really.

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Liquid Status | Bradley Sands
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Mehso-so

Weird weird weird! I mean, I guess that‘s what I signed up for but…weird! I‘m not sure I understood exactly what I was reading, but it was interesting!

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The Hobbit: Pocket Edition | J. R. R. Tolkien
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What a pinch of nostalgia! I first read this in Jr High and hadn‘t read it since, even though every year for Christmas I have a Lord of the Rings-o-Thon. This audiobook presentation (BBC) wasn‘t my favorite - sometimes voices overlapped and it was a bit confusing - but the story still shines through! 🥰

Nute Love love love this book! 1y
Angitron @Nute Me too! It‘s so cozy and heartwarming! 1y
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Finna | Nino Cipri
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Mehso-so

This was…okay? The writing was solid, but I didn‘t connect much with the characters and the IKEA-esque setting reminded me a lot of Grady Hendrix‘s Horrorstör, which I enjoyed a lot more. Not a bad book by any means, just not for me.

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Pickpick

This was originally supposed to be a spooky season read, but life had other plans! I‘ve become a big fan of KPB‘s writing and this book didn‘t disappoint. I love the way he crafts characters and how he‘s able to write in whatever style the story calls for. These short stories were perfectly spooky and haunting!

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Mehso-so

This was solidly okay, but failed to really grab me. It felt like it tried to do too much, with too many characters. Beautiful prose though, and I enjoyed reading about 1930s Malaysia. I just wish it had come together better for me.

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Semiosis | Sue Burke
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Mehso-so

I wanted to like this one, but honestly I was pretty bored for the large majority of the book. It wasn‘t badly written, but the book covers several generations of colonists, and by the time you start to get to know one group, it quickly moves on to the next. This made it difficult for me to get attached to any of the characters and made it feel like I was just going through the motions of reading a story without really caring about the outcome.

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The Burning Girls | C. J. Tudor
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Pickpick

Wow! This is the first wholly satisfying thriller I‘ve read in a long time! Great characters, plenty of spooky bits, and a plot that kept me guessing until the very end!

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Immobility | Brian Evenson
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It‘s taken me awhile to get around to reading Evenson, even though he‘s been on my TBR for years. So glad I did! This post-apocalyptic tale was utterly unique and engrossing. A man wakes up from cryogenic freeze to a ruined Earth. He remembers nothing, is paralyzed from the waist down, and is sent on a mysterious mission by those who woke him. I couldn‘t stop listening to this one!

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Pickpick

Well THAT was disturbing. 😳 It‘s short but sweet and covers a lot of metaphorical ground. Compulsion, obsession, and conformity. This one lingers. You can read it here: https://m.imgur.com/gallery/Wht7z

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Pickpick

It‘s so nice when you find a book that hits your spooky bone in just the right way during Spooky Season! I blew through this one in a single afternoon and loved it! Highly HIGHLY recommend (if you want to read it) that you don‘t read anything about it beforehand and do the audiobook version because…wow! 😱😱😱

BarbaraBB Agree 😱😱 1y
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Panpan

Unpopular opinion but I really disliked this. I felt nothing for the characters, the prose was purple as hell, there wasn‘t a great sense of world-building or even plot TBH, and I didn‘t understand why these characters fell in love in the first place. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

CindyE09 I‘ve started this twice now and never made it more than a few pages in. Something about it just never grabbed me. 1y
BookNAround Yes. 💯 Yes. 1y
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Panpan

The first half of this was a slog, and I‘m still debating if it was worth going through it to get to the more interesting second half. It featured a couple of narrative tricks that didn‘t *quite* land the emotional punches for me I think they were meant to. It‘s between a so-so and a pan for me, but closer to the latter.

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Another Brooklyn: A Novel | Jacqueline Woodson
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Woodson writes beautifully, and while I enjoyed Red at the Bone a bit more, this was a lovely read as well!

ChaoticMissAdventures She is one of my favorite authors ❤️ 1y
Angitron @ChaoticMissAdventures I can‘t believe I just read her for the first time last month! 😱 1y
ChaoticMissAdventures @Angitron how exciting! To be able to grab up so many already published books! I love finding authors late so that I don't have to wait 😊 1y
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The Plot | Jean Hanff Korelitz
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Panpan

This didn‘t do anything for me. I found the lead character really unlikeable, so it was hard for me to care about his story.

candority I bailed on this one pretty early on. I‘m sorry you suffered through it, but I‘m glad I didn‘t miss out on anything! 1y
Angitron @candority Sounds like you did the right thing! If it didn‘t grab you early on, you probably wouldn‘t have enjoyed the rest of it. It didn‘t really pick up until maybe 60 or 70 percent of the way in. 😬😬😬 1y
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Sweet Bean Paste | Durian Sukegawa
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Pickpick

A slow, bittersweet read that felt like a warm hug. I loved this one‘s sweet, intimate story and its cast of characters.

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A Master of Djinn | P. Djeli Clark
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I‘ve loved pretty much every novella Clark has written, so it was interesting to see what he would do with a full-length novel. I was just a tiny smidge shy of adoring this (nothing I could put my finger on, but I realized I wasn‘t reading it as quickly as I do when I absolutely love something), but still enjoyed it a lot and thought it was a ton of fun. His world building is 💯 and he gets an extra thumbs up for strong, female characters!

SamAnne It‘s on my list. Loved Ring Shout. 1y
Angitron @SamAnne Did you read The Haunting of Tram Car 015? This one takes place in the same universe! 1y
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For Every One | Jason Reynolds
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A short but encouraging read/poem about following your dreams.

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Red at the Bone | Jacqueline Woodson
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Wow! I‘m late to the party, but this book had been on my TBR for awhile, and I‘m so glad I finally got around to reading it. The book moves deftly back and forth through time to tell a multi-generational tale about one family. It is absolutely stunning and I was left in awe by how much she was able to accomplish in such a small book. Highly recommended.

BarbaraBB I loved this one too. 1y
Angitron @BarbaraBB The way that she brought everything full circle blew my mind! 1y
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Pickpick

This was a well reasoned argument for why POC should be concerned about animal welfare, why/how intersectional approaches fall short, and why the concept of animality should be at the center of both anti-racist and animal liberation movements. There was a lot to chew on in this slim volume, but Ko‘s writing is clear and her argument is sound. I really enjoyed this book and, as a vegan POC, it gave me a lot to think about.

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One by One | Ruth Ware
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Mehso-so

I had the same feeling about this one as I do many Ware novels - it was just okay. Somehow I can‘t stop reading them though! 😂😂😂

AmyG Ha, right? 1y
ChaoticMissAdventures Yes! That was okay, but I would like to preorder her next please 😂 1y
Angitron @ChaoticMissAdventures and @AmyG - it‘s the “Ware Effect,” right? 🤣🤣🤣 1y
AmyG Ha! It‘s funny. I didn‘t really think of this until you posted it. 1y
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Pickpick

While I found the second book in the series a tiny bit of a letdown, book three had me hooked again! The group begins to reckon with their past, and what it could mean for the time to come. Once again, Bray brings 1920s NYC to life in an evocative way. I really enjoyed this one and I‘m looking forward to reading a book 4!

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Remote Control | Nnedi Okorafor
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Mehso-so

Generally speaking, I‘m a big fan of Okorafor‘s writing, but I didn‘t feel this was one of her best. One thing she always excels at - and which IS present here - is rich world building, but there wasn‘t much of a plot, which made it a bit disappointing. Worth a read if you‘re a fan!

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Pickpick

This was definitely a case of the right book at the right time. I‘ve been having trouble reading lately, and this was a light, fun whodunnit that seems to have broken through my barrier. Imogene Church‘s narration, as always, was fantastic! In the past I‘ve been slightly disappointed by Ware‘s stories, but I enjoyed this one!

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No One Is Talking about This | Patricia Lockwood
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Bailedbailed

Couldn‘t hang with this one.

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Mehso-so

Sasaki‘s form of minimalism is so extreme, I think it would be unreachable and/or undesirable to most. There were a few nuggets of wisdom throughout, but nothing entirely new or mind-blowing. There were also moments where I felt like there was a whooooole lot of virtue signaling going on, and I didn‘t like that at all. Still, it was a quick read and he made a few striking points.

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The Seep | Chana Porter
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Mehso-so

This tale didn‘t make much sense. The setting - a world in which an alien force called The Seep invades our water system and turns society into a utopia - is intriguing. But the story is really about the main character‘s (Trina) grief after her wife decides to be reborn as a baby. At the end I felt like the book‘s fever dream world was unnecessary and left me confused more than anything. But I liked Porter‘s writing style, hence the so-so rating.

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Mehso-so

This was a well-written collection of stories, but I failed to connect with many of them for some reason. I could feel them slipping from my memory only hours after finishing them.

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Pickpick

Such a strong collection of stories! I‘m amazed at Evans‘ ability to draw a strong sense of place and character in so few words. My favorite stories were Boys Go to Jupiter, Richard of York Gave Battle in Vain, and the title story.

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A Wrinkle in Time | Madeleine L'Engle
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Loved this book as a kid and hadn‘t read it since, so this was a lovely, nostalgic read for me. Even though as an adult it was easier to spot its “issues” I still felt the same sense of enchantment I did long ago!

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Pickpick

I‘ve really been enjoying this series of novellas so far. They feel warm and cozy, while still managing to to evoke a sense of sweeping, epic drama. It‘s the feeling you might have while sitting around a campfire and having someone tell you an incredible tale or two. Lovely!