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Beth.Pedota

Beth.Pedota

Joined March 2016

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Underground Airlines | Ben Winters
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This is an alternate reality where slavery still exists in four states, about a former slave who is currently tracking down escaped slaves in the north. It was written by a white man.
I loved it and thought the premise was fascinating. However, such a fraught topic being written by a white man made me slightly uncomfortable. The reviews I read were by white reviewers, and I can't help but wonder if any readers were offended by any of the content.

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Underground Airlines | Ben Winters
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This gripped me right away. Alternate present day universe where the Civil War never happened and slavery exists today. The main character is a former slave who currently hunts down escaped slaves in the northern free states.

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From the list of things that make Amy Schumer insanely furious...
"31. People who bring a book to a bar deserve to be stoned. Don't try to look mysterious and interesting. You are reading in a bar."
Judgmental much? Perhaps someone just really wants to read their book while sipping some delicious cocktails.

AJBowers I take my books everywhere #sorrynotsorry 3y
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Read this in a single day. Lindy West is amazing! She is so strong, empathetic, and kind.

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Geek Love | Katherine Dunn
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Wow. Picked this up after @Liberty talked about it.

The plot is incredibly unique. It's amazing how when there are millions of books, and there are still stories this original!

This was definitely not an easy read, and several parts were incredibly difficult to get through (similar to A Little Life). The extent of emotional manipulation was unparalleled.

With that said, I would absolutely recommend this, but only to a select group of people

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Exit West: A Novel | Mohsin Hamid
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Wish I would have gone with the audio book. The loooong sentences are taking multiple re-reads to comprehend.

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Afterworlds | Scott Westerfeld
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This was in Book Riot's "addictive audiobook" list. Loved the alternating perspectives between the author, Darcy, and chapters of the novel she was writing. At times, I thought Darcy's novel seemed a bit juvenile, but it made sense as Darcy was only 17 when she wrote it. Definitely addictive, finished the whole audiobook in only two days!

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I See You | Clare Mackintosh
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So creepy, and not in the paranormal "this could never really happen" creepy. Almost too realistic, and I think I will be looking over my shoulder more often in the next few weeks.

AJBowers The realistic ones and ones based on true stories always scare me the most 😱 3y
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Oh my god! So much deeper and more intense than I expected. I don't have the words for all the reasons I thought this would bore me, but I was amazed and captivated throughout.

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The Sleepwalker: A Novel | Chris Bohjalian
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Seriously... Chris Bohjalian just keeps getting better!

Suzze Doesn't he? I so love his books. 3y
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Loved this book, so much better than I was expecting. I listened to the audio and the narration was excellent.

Mr only complaint was that after finishing, I wanted to go back and re-read several passages, but had issues finding them on the audio book. One of the major advantages of print.

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Overruled | Emma Chase
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Can there never, ever be another male protagonist who drives home drunk? And after minor protests is rewarded with a blow job? No, your truck doesn't "know the way".

There is also a lot of talk about skanky girls.

Some unfortunately major issues in what has so far been a cute, funny romance with great characters and dialogue.

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Another great dedication! (I would mind - a lot - on both counts)

JackieSmith I love @sarahmaclean books! She writes strong women who don't throw one another under the bus to get a man. 3y
Beth.Pedota @jackiesmith - definitely! Courtney Milan is also amazing! And I am so sick of the middle class heroine being super off her feet by a billionaire. Julie James is a welcome escape from that narrative. 3y
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Before the Fall | Noah Hawley
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Really enjoyed it, kept me on the edge of my seat, and while I suspected the ending, it wasn't too obvious. There were several really shitty characters that reminded me too much of people in real life (cough cough Bill Cunningham), which actually made me slightly uncomfortable they were so spot-on.
Also there were multiple references to a clenched sphincter. Which was... interesting.

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Great dedication or greatest dedication?

Books_Wine_Repeat I'm going to say it's the greatest! 😆👍 3y
LiteraryinLititz Love it! 3y
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Before the Fall | Noah Hawley
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Do you consider it pretentious when a character in a fiction book says "You couldn't make this up" because... someone did make it up. The author made it up.

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Mehso-so

Warning, I was ultra sensitive while reading this due to recent political events.
I struggled with this. Overall, I thought it was an interesting modern day retelling. My favorite character was Ham, he was amazing!
The rest of the characters felt like caricatures of the original. I also didn't appreciate how the author used racism and homophobia as a tool to demonstrate certain characters' ignorance and intolerance.

Librariana I struggled writing my little review and had very similar feelings 😔 3y
Beth.Pedota @librariana That is so good to hear. It seemed like everyone else loved the book. It's nice to hear that someone else felt the way I do. 3y
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Not sure why, but I love sentences like this! too many would be obnoxious, but I love coming across them lightly interspersed throughout the text!

sprainedbrain This book cracked me up many times! 3y
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"Mary was proof, Liz had concluded, of how easy it was to be unattractive and unpleasant."

This is not the Elizabeth Bennett I remember.

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Using "lesbian" as a derogatory term. Really? Why did you decide that was the best option?

I am fairly disgusted so far. Does the book redeem itself?

Reviewsbylola I don't remember the part you're referring to but I loved this book and thought it was very well done. Attended perfectly captured the characters in my opinion. (I assume the derogatory usage was by Mr or Mrs Bennett?) 3y
Beth.Pedota @Reviewsbylola It was by Lydia or kitty, I can't remember which. I hadn't gotten to Mrs Bennett's anti-semitism when I posted this. I think that right now I am incredibly sensitive due to yesterday's events. I think I'll stick it out... for now. Thanks! 3y
Reviewsbylola Yes, I can see how that could affect your experience with this book. I have barely been able to read the past few days with everything that has been going on. Maybe if you put it aside for a few weeks/months you will have a different insight. 3y
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Shelter: A Novel | Jung Yun
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This was a devastating look at a dysfunctional family attempting to recover from a horrific event that in some way affected everyone. At times I wanted to throw this book against the wall, I was so frustrated with the character's choices, but their choices ultimately made the characters more complex and feel alive. Definitely not an easy book to get through, but I enjoyed it.

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Giant Days, Volume 2 | John Allison
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"...the industrial might of the 3M corporation"!!!

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Shelter: A Novel | Jung Yun
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So good.

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Shelter: A Novel | Jung Yun
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Friday night plans

Alfoster Oh dang, been on my TBR list too long. Can't wait for your review! 3y
Beth.Pedota @Alfoster Wow, the subject matter is tough so far! Definitely not an easy read. 3y
Alfoster @Beth.Pedota Thanks for the warning! I'll save it for a time when I can handle it!👏 3y
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Giant Days, Volume 2 | John Allison
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More amazingness from Giant Days!

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Giant Days Vol. 1 | John Allison
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Words cannot express my love for this panel.

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Giant Days Vol. 1 | John Allison
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When you need something lighter to help decompress from the world at large... Comics!

I am absolutely loving Giant Days!

BookishMarginalia Love Giant Days too! 3y
Suzze I'm on #3, such fun! 3y
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Giant Days Vol. 1 | John Allison
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"...Like a Victorian lady's bustle knocking bone china off shelves. It's just there."

Love that description and the image!

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Just finished and I am so confused. This was so very eerie. At times my heart hurt and now I am just so confused. What happened?!

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I am not sure what it says about me that when I first read this, I thought Eleanor was interacting with the squid.

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I don't fully understand what is going on, but my heart absolutely aches :(

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600 Hours of Edward | Craig Lancaster
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Too astute.

I am realizing that without the context, the quotes from this book aren't quite as great... This'll be the last one.

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600 Hours of Edward | Craig Lancaster
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Not sure if the average reader is OCD enough to enjoy this book (and quotes from it) but I ADORED everything about it.

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600 Hours of Edward | Craig Lancaster

"I think a high grammar standard may be a losing fight on the internet."

Too true.

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Terrified to start this! I loved Bernadette so very much, and I am worried this won't be the same caliber.

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Behold the Dreamers | Imbolo Mbue
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Paraphrasing: Oh but you don't understand, my "poor" was so much worse than your "poor"

Not entirely sure how Neni refrained from attacking... But maybe I'm overreacting?

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Tell Me Something Real | Calla Devlin

Am I going crazy? I swear this was mentioned on one of the bookish podcasts I listen to (All the Books, Get Booked, Reading Women), but now I can't find any evidence of it. Where would I have heard of this one. Any ideas?

MLVReads I'm pretty sure I heard about this through a list of the best books read in 2016 (so far) on Book Riot. I know it also has a review from Book Riot on Goodreads. Maybe you saw it there? 3y
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Girl Waits with Gun | Amy Stewart
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"I've said that I take a dim view of the police, and I think I'll extend that line of thinking to the sheriff, who seems not to know the most rudimentary fact about a carrier pigeon, suggesting an incurious mind. I don't think he has much to offer us, do you?"

Inarguable logic :)

charl08 Loved this book. 3y
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Sweetbitter: A novel | Stephanie Danler

"I had never thought of a tomato as a fruit—the ones I had known were mostly white in the center and rock hard. But this was so luscious, so tart I thought it victorious. So—some tomatoes tasted like water, and some tasted like summer lightning."

I love quotes like this juxtaposed next to quotes about puking in a car. A book that is not only amazing, but didn't take itself too seriously.

Highly recommend!

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Girl Waits with Gun | Amy Stewart
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This has been on my to read list for awhile. Excited to start it!

Thanks for letting us know about the daily deal @AmyStewart

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Sweetbitter: A novel | Stephanie Danler

"I had left ParkBar at 3:30 AM right when the cooks were getting another round of Jagermeister shots. I had taken one and thought I might throw up on the floor. Instead I threw myself into a cab and threw up in my own toilet like an adult. I was proud of myself."

This is so reminiscent of my priorities when I was 22.

I promise, only one more Sweetbitter quote after this one!

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White Teeth | Zadie Smith
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Book haul from the library book sale. $1.50 total, and they're all in great condition!

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Sweetbitter: A novel | Stephanie Danler

"It's brave if you make it, foolish if you fail."

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Sweetbitter: A novel | Stephanie Danler

"You know what I dislike? When people use the future as a consolation for the present. I don‘t know if there is anything less helpful."

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Jane Steele | Lyndsay Faye
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"Come to that, he was acerbic and peculiar in equal measure, and he could raise an eyebrow as if raising a middle finger."

#jealous

annahenke Great quote! 3y
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Sweetbitter: A novel | Stephanie Danler
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Really enjoyed this one. I worked in a couple restaurants and the atmosphere, ridiculousness, drinking, fucking, drama seems to be a constant throughout the restaurant industry. My favorite parts were the fragments of the characters' thoughts regarding various events. Addictive! Narration was wonderful.

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A goldfish in a blender totally counts, right? @Liberty #funfridayphoto

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Good Omens | Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
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Sigh... Am I crazy? I love the British quirkiness, but just don't care about the story and there are too many books I am so excited to start!

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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront

Although Jane Eyre is not often considered a comedy, there were multiple passages that made me (literally) laugh out loud.

"Do you know where the wicked go after death?"

"They go to hell," was my ready and orthodox answer."

"What must you do to avoid it?"

I deliberated a moment: my answer, when it did come was objectionable: "I must keep in good health and not die.

thebookmagpie This is one of my favourite lines in anything ever ☺️ 3y
BooksTeasAndBookishThings Her logic is undeniable. 😉 3y
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Jane Steele | Lyndsay Faye
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The character descriptions are fantastic...

"Thankfully, Patience Barbary was blessed with a face ensuring that conjugal affronts would not happen twice..."

"Edwin, on the other hand, was what his mother considered a model child; he was brown-haired and red-faced and sheepdog simple. He chewed on his bottom lip perennially, as if afraid it might go suddenly missing."