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Arabiatta

Arabiatta

Joined May 2016

unapologetically opinonated, stealthy ebook reader due to lack of geographical availability
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The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley
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The Fold: A Novel | Peter Clines
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Mehso-so

Feasibility studies, school prep, family gatherings (and drama in the bucketful), only make me wish for a quick escape and the invention of quantum travel. The only real and constant exceptions are a good book and strong mint tea. This one was gripping to start but kind of petered out. I continued to read partially in search of a conclusion and partially because the writing was fast paced enough that something was always happening.

kim.guernsey That picture is lovely! 3y
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The Fold: A Novel | Peter Clines
Mehso-so

Feasibility studies, school prep, family gatherings (and drama in the bucketful), only make me wish for a quick escape and the invention of quantum travel. The only real and constant exceptions are a good book and strong mint tea. This one was gripping to start but kind of petered out. I continued to read partially in search of a conclusion and partially because the writing was fast paced enough that something was always happening.

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The Fold: A Novel | Peter Clines
Mehso-so

Feasibility studies, school prep, family gatherings (and drama in the bucketful), only make me wish for a quick escape and the invention of quantum travel. The only real and constant exceptions are a good book and strong mint tea. This one was gripping to start but kind of petered out. I continued to read partially in search of a conclusion and partially because the writing was fast paced enough that something was always happening.

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Thank you @bookriot for the best deal of the day in a while! Maybe a book about books will help me get through this reading slump. Image is made up of chapter headings from the kindle version of the book. Also worth noting that The Sherlock Holmes Book from the same publisher is also at a discount!

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Uprooted | Naomi Novik
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There's a spring of water in my neck of the wood, (or should I say desert?) that is said to permanently tie your mind and body to it if you were to drink from it. I try to explain why we can't leave here after years of disappointment and frustration, and why we always come back. Sometimes it's easier to believe in the fantastical. Or maybe fantasy's roots are deeply tied to reality.

Cinfhen Gorgeous photo 💙💚💙 2y
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Uprooted | Naomi Novik
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12:34 am, way too late to stay up reading, but it's been a while since I was caught up in something so easy on the mind and eyes. I love when authors take a fantastic premise and make it so relatable: I'm having flashbacks of studying for my MBA and just. not. getting. it! Also feel the same with most books recently; thank you Justin Cronin for the worst book hangover of my adult years!

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I loved this story, enjoy it! 3y
Arabiatta @Riveted_Reader_Melissa really enjoying it so far! Love a good fantasy! 3y
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High-Rise: A Novel | J. G. Ballard
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It's amazing what the trappings of modernity really hide. These buildings are essentially a reflection of the best and worst of humanity. A quick, short, gruesome read. The parallels to "The Lord of the Flies" were very appropriate. Despite the fact that it was bright and sunny, and I had the obligatory frozen coffee in hand, I couldn't help feeling both morbidly fascinated, horrified, stifled. I am now desperate for a lighter, airier read.

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The City of Mirrors | Justin Cronin
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Can you bail on a book because you're terrified of the ending? How about if the characters are going through some kind of personal struggle that you can't deal with because of something difficult in your own life? Or maybe it's "book burnout", where the series you're reading has consumed your life for so long that you'll afraid it will end or end badly? Decisions, decisions. Maybe it's time for a break with lighter reading.

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The City of Mirrors | Justin Cronin
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Halfway through. Had a terrible night worrying about friends in Nice, needed to take a day off for myself while the toddler played in the garden with her dad, and what better escape than a book? Thankful for the kindness of strangers, good dads and good books that remind us of our shared humanity.

BookishFeminist ❤️❤️💔 I hope your friends are doing alright. I was up late worried, too. We've had lots of awful, awful news the past few months & years. 3y
Arabiatta @BookishFeminist they are thankfully. It's like a punch to the gut and infuriating too. I won't ever understand why anyone thinks it's okay to be judge, jury, and executioner of others. 3y
Arabiatta @BookishFeminist and I hope your loved ones are safe and well too. 3y
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BookishFeminist @Arabiatta I'm so glad to hear! Mine are as well. I don't understand the human want to do this either when we could just all mind our own business. Makes me sick every time I think about it. 3y
Arabiatta @BookishFeminist agreed! Life would be so much better if everyone would just mind their own business. 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Arabiatta Sending you peace, hugs and books! 3y
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The City of Mirrors | Justin Cronin
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I'm currently loving this book! The author has a way of delving into history that's relevant and intriguing without sacrificing the pace, but the Litsy app is becoming the bane of my existence! I have a serious case of fear-of-missing-out! I can't seem to read fast enough!

BarbaraTheBibliophage I feel the same way. I need more time (not likely) or I need to read faster. I even Googled "learn to read faster" recently. And I love Justin Cronin but have only finished The Passage so far! 3y
Arabiatta @BarbaraTheBibliophage I'd pay good money to learn how to magically osmose books myself! I'm now impatient to get done and move on from the series to be honest but it's quite good if you get get back to it! 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Arabiatta I like the magical osmosis idea!! 3y
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BookishFeminist Justin Cronin is so good! I can also never read fast enough. No matter how much my reading speed improves I will always want more 😂😂 3y
Notafraidofwords It's important to remember that reading should be fun! 3y
Arabiatta @Notafraidofwords agreed! But sometimes it seems like everyone is having fun that I'm missing out on! 😂 3y
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The Twelve | Justin Cronin
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A beautiful summer day, in stark opposition to an emotionally fraught ending. Enjoyed the heart-pounding pace after a slow beginning, the wild and frightening journey, and a satisfying ending that leaves you wondering what's left to conclude in the final installment of the trilogy.

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The Twelve | Justin Cronin
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The benefits of daddy-daughter (and iPad) time: Sneaky reading. Only taken me a couple of weeks to get this far but the pounding pace of this book is making it impossible to put down. This one is less character-driven and more plot-driven but is just as compulsively readable.

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The Twelve | Justin Cronin
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Silently pleading with the toddler to nap while trying to squeeze in a few chapters. It's been frustratingly slow-going so far: new characters, timeline jump, and various lyrics of Twinkle, Twinkle which has now developed an appropriately ominous tone. Determined to slog through to the good bits!

TheWellReadOwl A napping toddler? I've heard of that mythical creature ... Good luck 📚 3y
RealLifeReading Hope you managed to get some reading done! 3y
Arabiatta @TheWellReadOwl @RealLifeReading no napping toddlers here! Thankfully there's always bedtime! 3y
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This is what a life-ending apocalypse must feel like. Reading "The Passage" leaves you gasping for breath, wanting to put it down fearing for the characters that you empathize with, yet holding on until the very end. The scope is immense, yet remains personal and very human.

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Mister Seahorse | Eric Carle
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Happy Birthday to Eric Carle, beloved author of millions worldwide (our hot, dusty corner included)! Mister Seahorse is my daughter's favorite so far because "the daddies take care of the babies too"! Leave it to my toddler to turn a bedtime story into a treatise on equality and feminism!

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My one birthday wish this year is to get some time away somewhere quiet and alone where I can make a dent in my TBR. This book is relentlessly unputdownable but so is my toddler, my writing class, my business plan, and my relationship with my husband. I don't want a spa retreat, just a hotel room.

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Almost finished. Sleep is for the weak. I've spent an entire day walking around in a fugue state, similar to the descriptions in the book. I'm determined to finish this one tonight for the sake of my confused toddler and unamused husband. It's been a while since I've been so sucked into a book!

FernsAndFairyTales I had the exact same reaction to this book. Both times I read it. 3y
Arabiatta @fernsandfairytales I can't imagine reading it twice! Watch me rush into the sequel the second that I'm done! 3y
FernsAndFairyTales Haha, as you should! But that's the problem with reading the first in a trilogy when it first comes out. I forgot so much of it by the time the third one was finally released. 3y
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My husband (a health care professional) and I would always talk about what we would do in case of an undead apocalypse. We assume he's a goner because he would be on the front line of the panic and madness, which I'm most certain to be a part of. Epistolary fiction plays off that fear so well!

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Habibi | Craig Thompson
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Absolutely blown away by how beautiful the illustrations are, including those arabesque designs and calligraphy that seem to be done by hand. The narrative is addictive and heartbreaking when confronted with the reality of today's world. Halfway mark but can't seem to pull myself away.

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Habibi | Craig Thompson
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Hurray for good friends and pre-weekend book mail! I arrived home with a lovely little care package waiting at my doorstep. I wonder how they managed to pass our insightful censors? Let's just hope no one wants to peek into my little subversive library!

Dylangrrl Where are you located?? 3y
Arabiatta @Dylangrrl a tiny little island called Bahrain. Censorship is not too bad, just arbitrary and frustrating. Just surprised something as blatant as the Kamran Pacha and Pauline Rèage got through though! 3y
Dylangrrl I love F1, so I know of Bahrain. If there's anything I can ever do to help you get books, let me know!! Readers unite!! 3y
Arabiatta @Dylangrrl oh wow! That's really nice of you to offer! Thank you! 3y
Dylangrrl Anything for a kindred spirit :-] 3y
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Haven't been so thoroughly sucked into a book in such a long time. This one grabbed me by the eyeballs, glowing iPhone screen and all, and has made my wait for bedtime even more anxious! 15% mark in record time after weasling myself out of a gathering of in-laws.

Dylangrrl The entire series is amazing and the ending is epic and spectacular!! Keep reading :-] 3y
Arabiatta @Dylangrrl well if the beginning is any indication than I'm in for quite a ride! 3y
Dylangrrl Yay!! Enjoy :-] 3y
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The Casual Vacancy | J.K. Rowling
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"Things denied. Things untold. Things hidden and disguised."

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The Last Mortal Bond | Brian Staveley
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Nighttime fiction-reading lessons. Slow-going so far but interesting enough to keep me up.