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BookFreakOut

Joined May 2016

UNCONTAINABLE. Once called a "lil book nugget." Sci-fi/fantasy/dystopia bookfreakout.wordpress.com
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The Grace Year by Kim Liggett
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Wicked Fox | Kat Cho
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If you feel oversaturated by faux-European fantasy, check out this twist on Korean folklore! I haven't watched K-dramas, so some of those tropes may be more obvious to other readers, but I thought this was a great unlikely allies/enemies to lovers story, with mouthwatering descriptions of food. Miyoung's torn loyalties and revenge vs protection were some favorite themes, roguish Junu was my surprise favorite character.

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Well Met | Jen DeLuca
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Sent this late-night message to @Jediash1 when I was halfway through and now that I'm done I CAN YELL TO EVERYBODY ELSE THAT I LOVED THIS SOOOOOO MUCH!!!!! It was super funny and sexy and my husband's D&D character conveniently has the same lean, black leather look that Simon-as-pirate does, which very much worked for me. 😗 If you're up for adult romance at all, READ. THIS. BOOK! I finished just in time for local Shakespeare Festival tomorrow. 😆

brennahawleycraig I had the exact same reaction to this book!! 2mo
BookFreakOut @brennahawleycraig I blazed through it so fast, I might have to buy a copy after I take the library book back. Did you see the preview in the back? I'm so excited she's writing more!!! 1mo
Jediash1 I can‘t wait to read this!! 1mo
brennahawleycraig @BookFreakOut omg no!!!! I will have to watch for that! 1mo
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I'm Excited | Elizabeth Crary
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I get...uh...a tad excited when presenting my options to book club. ? My friend asked if there are any books I don't like, I told her, "YES! They're just not in this bag!" Only the best of the best for a book club pick!

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Frankly in Love | David Yoon
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Adeptly captures the teen voice, particularly how they can both make stupid jokes and then shift to expose vulnerability to a trusted friend. Funny, heartfelt, honest and engaging, with openings to discuss race, class, expectations, gun violence and sexuality from a variety of perspectives, and how different people have different ideas of what happiness and contentment look like. A love story, but not a romance, if the distinction matters to you.

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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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HELLO I LOVED IT. If you liked Dark Matter, pick this up ASAP, or if you just like gripping, completely unpredictable, brain-bending books that leave you breathless but proud for (somewhat) keeping up with the insane concepts. Like DM, the synopsis barely scratches the surface. Inevitability vs. infinite possibility. Memory vs. history, and which creates which. And check out that swag holographic cover treatment! 1000% buying a personal copy.

Avidreader25 I can‘t wait! I loved DM. 3mo
BookFreakOut @Avidreader25 Me too! I was a little nervous to see how this compared but I thought it was fantastic. 3mo
CollectedStories I just bought it this weekend. It's going to be my treat book, once I finish my TBR for August I will read it. :)
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BookFreakOut @CollectedStories Nice, hope you enjoy it! 😁 I want to buy a personal copy, had to surrender this one back to the library. 2mo
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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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This book is b r e a k i n g m y b r a i n
But in a good way. I hope the second half stays as strong as the first half, because so far it's a fantastic follow up to Dark Matter. 🤯

Kammbia1 I just bought a copy of this one yesterday. I will start reading it today. Hope it meets the hype. 3mo
BookFreakOut @Kammbia1 I just finished it and definitely be buying a copy, I loved it just as much as Dark Matter, it has the same level of gripping unpredictability. 3mo
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And that's a wrap! #24in48 @24in48

Megabooks 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🥳🥳🥳👍🏻👍🏻 3mo
kamoorephoto 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼🤩 3mo
parttimedomestic Great job! 🎉🎉🎉 3mo
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TheSpineView Awesome! 👏👏👏 3mo
Sresendez12 Way to go! 3mo
LibrarianRyan Yeahh ⭐️💗👍 3mo
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I Want My Hat Back | Jon Klassen
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The bear looks slightly alarmed to be a picture book pin hanging out with my YA fantasy pins, but if you've read This Is Not My Hat, you know the bear can hold his own...
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@24in48 #24in48 literary loot challenge #bookswag

emtobiasz Love the tagged book— and this pin! 😍 3mo
Chelsea.Poole One of my favorite children's books ever!! 3mo
BookFreakOut @emtobiasz The pin is from Gallery Nucleus, they have ones of his other characters too! https://www.gallerynucleus.com/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&searchtext=klassenhickleber... 3mo
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emtobiasz @BookFreakOut ooh, thanks! 3mo
Caroline2 Love the bear pin!!!!! 😍 such an awesome book! 👍🏻 3mo
BookFreakOut @Caroline2 It's one of my favorite pins! There are others of his characters, I put the link to the gallery shop in an above comment. 3mo
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The Near Witch | Victoria Schwab
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These are two middle grade favorites I've discovered in recent years, a haunting, atmospheric fantasy and a contemporary that mixes humor with an accessible look at the good and bad that can come with anonymity.
@24in48 #24in48 MG/YA challenge

LibrarianRyan The bear witch is MG? I‘ve only ever seen it sold in the adult section. 3mo
BookFreakOut @LibrarianRyan Thinking about it, I'd say upper middle/lower YA. Not as fully MG as City of Ghosts but significantly less intense than This Savage Song. It has a crush/a few kisses. The writing appeals to her adult fans, it has a good haunting atmosphere, but I don't recall anything content-wise to be a concern for younger readers. 3mo
LibrarianRyan @BookFreakOut hummm. I‘ll have to try it out. I own most of her books. Just haven‘t read them yet. 3mo
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Ok, so our spare room isn't exactly prime material for a romance novel, but this is definitely the bed size where someone would stoically volunteer to take the floor, but we all know how that ends. RELUCTANT SHARING AND ACCIDENTAL CUDDLES!!! Fake dating is another favorite trope of mine, being fulfilled in the tagged title, which I'm currently listening to. @24in48 #24in48 romance challenge

YouBookMe Haha I do love those “Oh no, only one bed, whatever shall we do?” scenes in movies! 3mo
BookFreakOut @YouBookMe They're so delightful, how even when they get in the bed they try to stay at opposite ends but NOPE wake up tangled in warm snuggles that they pretend to not enjoy. 😄 3mo
24in48 LOVE THIS ! 3mo
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The Cruel Prince | Holly Black
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Audiobook challenge for #24in48! I don't buy audiobooks, and prefer the convenience of streaming through Overdrive and Hoopla, but will get CDs for readathons when I'm listening for a long stretch of time. @24in48

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The Merciful Crow | Margaret Owen
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SFF challenge for #24in48, I'm hoping to finish my arc of this upcoming YA fantasy this weekend! I've been really enjoying it, 12 bird-named castes each have a type of power (peacock and swan are two, no Crow emoji to match the title), and the Crow witches use teeth to access power. A fantasy take on systemic discrimination, the different responses of the Prince and his guard about being confronted with it deliver an interesting contrast. @24in48

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One of Us Is Lying | Karen M. Mcmanus
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Kicking off #24in48 with the audiobook of the tagged title and starting to work on a big family photo project for my mom. Please enjoy this picture of Baby Me with Clifford. #readathon

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5th anniversary today, #24in48 Saturday and Sunday! Spot-on card made by my graphic designer husband! 😄

rather_be_reading thts awesome! 3mo
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Got my mug from the @Litsy #downphoto contest (it's a big boi!) AND I got called a "lil book nugget" so yes today is going very well and I think I need that phrase on a tote bag. #totelife

marleed Yeah! 3mo
Tadams4 Absolutely! 3mo
tpixie Amazing! Awesomeness!! I want one!!! 3mo
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Red Rising | Pierce Brown
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The moment I spotted Red Rising on one of our student worker's desk and it led to a great chat about contemporary vs classic, how it's ok to not enjoy Tolkien's writing, the diverging threads of the Enderverse, and good ideas vs good execution in books. Wrapped up by dropping recs of Dark Matter and Vicious because those are my ultimate go-to titles, this day is a SUCCESS!

DGRachel I love Vicious! 3mo
BookFreakOut @DGRachel Me tooooo!!! Everybody I've ever told about those two has loved them, I gave him my very best recs in the hopes that he asks for more titles in the future! #booksfordays 😄 3mo
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Stained Glass | Haim Raz
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5 hours later and it's all ground down to snug edges! Thank goodness for "10 hours of epic music" YouTube videos to keep me company, because the grinding proved to be too noisy for an audiobook.

Macker11 So beautiful! Great job 4mo
Bookzombie I can‘t wait to see the finished project! 3mo
BookFreakOut @Macker11 Thanks! 😁 3mo
BookFreakOut @Bookzombie You and me both...I don't want this to become one of those projects that drags on for months! 😆 Looking to have it done by the end of the month. 3mo
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This is poetry disguised as science fiction, a lyrical masterclass in using two POVs as the nexus for small snippets of stories/letters than span all of time & space: historical, fantastical, lovely, brutal. Alternating bwn Blue & Red gives a look at both sides. Many references packed in - bonus if you catch them, still enjoyable if not. One of the most unique concepts I've ever read. The linked snippets style is comparable to Reincarnation Blues.

TobeyTheScavengerMonk I preordered this and I am stooooooooked. 4mo
BookFreakOut @TobeyTheScavengerMonk Sweet, hope you enjoy it! 👍 4mo
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Stained Glass | Haim Raz
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My 4-day weekend project... though it may end up taking longer. Got all the glass cut, and it's on to the grinding, my least favorite bit. But it'll be worth it!

Soubhiville Nice! Can‘t wait to see it completed. I make stained glass too, although I haven‘t worked on anything in several months. 4mo
marleed I recently donated my husband‘s stained glass (a trunk full) to a stained glass shop in a small town. The guy was so excited - turns out that glass was from the 70s and had for the shop to get hold of these days. 4mo
Bklover Oh make sure to show is the final product! That looks like it‘s goi g to be amazing! 4mo
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BookFreakOut @Soubhiville It's been years since I last did a project, but it's proving to be like riding a bike, easy to pick back up again! 4mo
BookFreakOut @marleed We have some stained glass light fixtures from that time frame that we've since replaced but haven't gotten rid of, I might see if our store wants them. 🤔 4mo
BookFreakOut @Bklover I definitely will, it's coming along nicely! 4mo
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Happy 4th of July to my USA friends! 🇺🇲 Hope everyone is having an excellent Thursday even if it's not a holiday for you. 😊 Celebrate the fact that it's almost Friday!

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Dragonslayer | Duncan M. Hamilton
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Dragonslayer is the fantasy embodiment of dad bod Spider-Man: former best-in-the-land swordsman Gill has been out of the game for a while, but a newly awoken dragon isn't waiting for him to get back in shape. Add in a new young friend (Solène) who possesses untested, potent magic. Chapters from the dragon's POV are a unique element. A fun adventure suitable for many ages, as it refrains from mature content. Plus, all 3 will publish w/in 12 months!

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The Haunted | Danielle Vega
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For me (not a horror reader), this was on the edge of my comfort zone for most of it, suspenseful but not nightmare-inducing, but the ending took the brutality and violence past what I cared to read and I skimmed the final few chapters. Fans of the genre may find it comparatively mild as the supernatural elements escalate and pieces come together. It's a page-turner, but ultimately not for me.

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Dragonslayer | Duncan M. Hamilton
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This book has a delightful dry wit, and my absolute favorite thing is Gill continually trying to spend as much of the Prince Bishop's (his old rival) money as possible.

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Dragon's Fat Cat | Dav Pilkey
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The Dragon books are Dav Pilkey pre-Captain Underpants, and they are ADORABLE! They've been out of print for years so we buy them whenever we find them used, but just learned at #alaac19 that Scholastic is bringing them back!!! Reformatted to look more like a chapter book for today's young readers, same great stories and illustrations. My faves are Dragon's Fat Cat and Dragon Gets By, there's also A Friend for Dragon, Halloween and Christmas.

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Wilder Girls | Rory Power
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Am I doing this right? ? Loved this book, it was unnerving and horrific in the best way, with a quarantined boarding school of girls who are all infected with the Tox, as is the island's surrounding flora and fauna. I liked the idea of the ending but would've liked another chapter or two to flesh it out a little more, but overall great. For fans of Annihilation and the Doctor Who "Waters of Mars" episodes. Lots of body horror if that bothers you.

TheLibrarian I‘m really looking forward to this book!! 4mo
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All Quiet on the Western Front | Erich Maria Remarque
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Efficiency! 😂 #LitsyHumor

Shaunesay But it's so good! 4mo
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Loved 75% of this for its mixture of humor, bittersweet, joy and sorrow, but the ending (when Haze's reruns catch up to the last 20 years) felt like the author abandoned what Haze's characterization in favor of shoehorning in the author's liberal views. We see 3 separate columns from Haze about white terrorist acts (Birmingham church bombing, Oklahoma City, Las Vegas), but what is *completely* omitted? 9/11. Cont'd in comments.

BookFreakOut Haze 1000% would've written about 9/11, as she also wrote about WWII and the deaths of prominent figures, but I suspect it fits the author's slant better to spend a column ranting about Bush's election than the country rallying during his presidency following a tragedy greater than the admittedly terrible ones she did include. This wasn't the majority of the book, but it was concentrated at the end, which left a bad aftertaste for me. 4mo
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The Bride Test | Helen Hoang
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LOVED this as an audiobook! If you liked The Kiss Quotient, definitely pick it up. So funny, heartwarming and endearing. The romance is alternately sexy, sweet and blundering as Khai and Esme navigate how they relate to each other given his autism and her cultural unfamiliarity and separation from everything she's ever known. Very excited for the next book following Khai's brother Quan, he was great in this one.

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The Paper Wasp | LAUREN. ACAMPORA
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I think this will be a love it or hate it book - I loved it, gave me that “what did I just read?!“ vibe. A minor infatuation with a friend-turned-movie-star turns stranger, more possessive and straight-up bizarre. The inside look at Abby's mind is unnerving, the slide from eager friendship to subtle manipulation, to supreme arrogance and condescension. Some weird sexual dreams if that bothers you. Had me dumbstruck and engrossed to the last page.

Megabooks I‘m so excited for this one! I loved her first book. I‘m waiting to see if my library purchases it. 4mo
BookFreakOut @Megabooks I haven't read anything of hers before so I had no idea what to expect! Hope your library gets it soon! 4mo
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Downside Up | Richard Scrimger
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Shout-out to my local library for making my @Litsy #downphoto possible! 😄 And also to my husband, who patiently held the books up just out of the frame. 😘

LibrarianRyan Yeahhh 4mo
Kaye Clever idea ! 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Love this one! 4mo
BookFreakOut @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Kaye Thanks! It was fun to put together! 4mo
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The standout is antiheroine Poe, who has never had much to begin with, and lets rage and anger steer her actions after raiders killed the boy she loved. But what she thinks is a straightforward path to vengeance turns into a twisting trail of self-examination and assessing everything she thought was true. She's blunt and emotionally detached, and not in the “brooding but charming“ way other books portray similarly strong, haunted characters.

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A Curse So Dark and Lonely | Brigid Kemmerer
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Something about this book just grabbed me from the first chapters with that gut "I'm going to love this" feeling, and it did not disappoint! I loved the mix of modern girl thrust into fantasy world, people genuinely trying to attone for past sins, banter and action, and heroine who knows she has physical limits but doesn't let that lessen the strength of her conviction and willingness to help others. It all just worked really well for me. ?

StaceyKondla 😂 great photo!! 5mo
BookFreakOut @StaceyKondla I have zero chill 😬 5mo
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The definition of a page-turner, I loved how the book is split into Father/Daughter/Mother. Each section gives a distinct voice, fresh perspective (and secrets!) and advances the murder investigation while also delving into the family's past. The lingering sense that the full story is still not uncovered wraps up in a satisfying conclusion. A disturbing examination of how far we'll go to protect a reputation, a friend, a daughter. #botm

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Things You Save in a Fire | Katherine Center
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Excited? A little. 😆 How to Walk Away was one of my favorite 2018 reads, super pumped to get into this female firefighter story! #nochill

Meghan1 I got this in the mail today, too! 5mo
BookFreakOut @Meghan1 Bookmail buddies! 👍 5mo
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Perfect weather for #audiowalking and...cholera! I'm surprisingly really enjoying this, nonfiction isn't my normal jam but this has an excellent narrator and most of it reads like a story rather than a dry recounting of facts. I only tuned out a few brief sections that didn't interest me as much, like the bit about the history of urban development.

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Four Dead Queens | Astrid Scholte
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I was pleasantly surprised by the story structure - we see the aftermath of the murders as well as the queens while they're still alive. There were several times I thought I knew the twist but was still surprised the 2nd half was wholly unexpected. However, the Keralie/Varin chapters were my least favorite, which is about 50% of the book. I found the supporting characters much more interesting overall, who move in and out as POVs.

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Really enjoyed meeting Celeste Ng tonight! She is a very insightful speaker if you ever have the opportunity to hear from her. Every time I request vacation my boss asks what author it's for, I'm apparently quite predictable.

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Kingsbane | Claire Legrand
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I think someone at my library missed a detail because Kingsbane doesn't come out until May 21, but I'm first on the request list and not about to argue with it! 😬 Sorry, books I was reading, but my re-read of Furyborn is supplanting you; I know I need it to fully appreciate Kingsbane.

DuckOfDoom I already got Kingsbane from my local bookstore, too. Maybe there is something wrong with our release date? 3 weeks early is a lot 5mo
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The Farm: A Novel | Joanne Ramos
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This book drove me CRAZY! It falls prey to what society at large does: focus on the desires of adults at the expense of/not even mentioning the effect on the child who is turned into a product, while ignoring medical ramifications of IVF w/donor eggs in favor of examining race/class between adults. Also, some bizarre character choices - among other things, women who have never given birth are not generally recruited by agencies to be surrogates.

Ddzmini This is hilarious 🤣🤣🤣 5mo
Caroline2 That cat‘s face.... 😆 5mo
BookFreakOut @Ddzmini @Caroline2 The things you get by googling"exasperated animal!" ? I was feeling its mood. 5mo
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This Is My Brain on Boys | Sarah Strohmeyer
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Bought this one cheap solely because I adore the cover. It's a fast, decently cute read. Several of the characters are very like Big Bang Theory's Sheldon/Star Trek's Data, and the way they spoke in uber-analytical/overly-analytical terms became a bit of a caricature. It actually talks a lot about brain science, which could be a fun tie-in with a nonfiction title or additional research.

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Little Computer People | Galen Surlak-Ramsey
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Litception! Excited to try Litsy on the web, especially the Goodreads import feature. I also vastly prefer using a keyboard, though I take most pics with my phone, I still think it's a fun expansion of the platform and will be good for heavy usage times like readathons.

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The Farm: A Novel | Joanne Ramos
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This book is driving me NUTS. Not only is it slow, dull (I would DNF if I weren't reading it for work) but it's maybe 5% about surrogacy and the rest is a (plodding) broad look at race/economic division. Which is fine, but doesn't deliver the advertised premise. And if you think this is a sort-of dystopia, it's not. The control, loss of physical autonomy, surrogate dorms, abortions for "defects," commercialized babies etc. all happen in real life.

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This Is My Brain on Boys | Sarah Strohmeyer
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Attempting (and largely failing) to maintain my chill before Endgame...
I've wanted to read this since I first saw the cover, it seems like a fun fluffy thing. 😊

Texreader Yay for you!! We have tickets for tomorrow 6mo
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It's been waaaay too long since I just curled up with a book instead of reading in snatched moments (a con of having a freelance side hustle). Cozied up to finish this and I'm feeling weirdly refreshed and content by being able to sink into the remainder of a haunting, sorrowful book. Ng is firmly cemented in my mind as an A+ author.

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It was bookend painting for my library's monthly adult craft night and I'm super happy with how mine came out! 😍 Now to find a shelf that isn't already at capacity to be able to use them...

ladym30 Fantastic!❤️ 6mo
BookishMarginalia Love those! 6mo
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It's dooooone!!! Had to start this one over at one point because I read the pattern wrong and started too far back. 🤦 Got it done just in time for a super belated Christmas meetup tommorow...I think we've finally avoided being snowed out since we each drive an hour.

sprainedbrain That‘s amazing!! 7mo
BookwormAHN Fantastic 👏🏻 7mo
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I thought something had gone horribly wrong with my project until I remembered it's going to say Hogwarts and not Harry Potter. 😆 Watching the movie while I fold the same book, seeing all the pages put me in the mood.

wordzie 😎 7mo
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Fallen | Lauren Kate
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Another great year at the library sale, including an ARC of Fallen from 2009, how does that even happen?!? Brotherband and Night School are helping complete series I partially own. The big Naomi Novik is the first 3 Temeraire books in one volume!

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Susan Dennard was absolutely delightful! I didn't crochet the Aeduan, he travels with her as the photo op mascot. Also thanks to my seat neighbor who laughed when we were discussing changing opinions of characters as new details are revealed and I referenced, specifically, "the Shrek onion." As if there's any other onion worth referencing!

ElyssaReads Love the haircut! 8mo
BookFreakOut @ElyssaReads Thanks! It's my twice yearly "too annoyed with the length it's gotta go" haircut. ? 8mo
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Sadie | Courtney Summers
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Definitely recommend the audiobook of this! I love dual before/after timelines, this one features Sadie's story about hunting for her sister's killer in the "present" and a podcast that tries to uncover the mystery of Sadie's disappearance in the aftermath. Full cast and two primary narrators were A+. True crime isn't my typical jam but this was a solid 4⭐, and fans of that genre of shows/books/podcasts should for sure try it.