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Brooke_H

Brooke_H

Joined April 2016

Reader & Editor; “I am an omnivorous reader.“
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Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
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Hard Choices by Hillary Rodham Clinton
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Untitled | Unknown
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❤️ California, for my whole life!
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💛 Use the library as often as possible! But I literally have 542 unread books. I‘m an editor, but I‘m trying to get a job at the library right now. 🤞
💚 Married for 19 years! 💙 She/her 💜 Uh, do I even know my handle? Now I need to go look! 🤣 (check the comments!)

Brooke_H My first name & my last initial! So original. 1d
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Hard Choices | Hillary Rodham Clinton
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Today‘s early morning read is special because I‘m home alone! I‘d better read fast before they all get back! 😂

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Booktopia Santa Cruz was 7 years ago! Anyone else go? It was the coolest. #RIPBooksontheNightstand

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Paul McCartney: The Life | Philip Norman
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I loved this book. Big recommend for Beatles fans. I consider myself a massive Beatles fan, and I learned so much about McCartney‘s life. Absorbing and well written.

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The best thing about this book was that I bought it at Hatchard‘s in London 4 yrs ago. 😂

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Paul McCartney: The Life | Philip Norman
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My favorite thing is getting up early on the weekends to squeeze in 90 min or so of reading before the rest of my family gets up. This book is excellent. I‘ve been a Beatles fan for around 35 years and didn‘t realize how very little I knew about Paul McCartney.

Bookwormjillk I really liked that book. I learned so much. 1w
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This was an excellent pastiche, very exciting with lots of good friendship moments between Holmes and Watson. In other news… I just realized I only read three books in September! That‘s as many as I read this last week. I cannot for the life of me figure out why my September was so slow! They were short books too. 🤔🤷‍♀️

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Y‘all... I can‘t even with myself. 🤦‍♀️ The tagged book is number 4,000. 😂

JulietBooks 🤣😅😂 You can do it! 4w
Brooke_H @JulietBooks 🤣🤣🤣 4w
Liatrek 🤣🤣 I love it! 4w
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In our house, Monday night is family reading night. I‘m feeling exhausted. I hope I can stay awake for the next couple of hours to start this one.

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James Bond: License Renewed | John Gardner, Raymond Benson
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Mehso-so

Mediocre Bond that started strong and fizzled out completely. I did think the gadgets were all pretty realistic-seeming, which I liked. But nothing else remarkable. Took me way longer to get through than it should have.

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Oregon Pacific | Nancy Slavin
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So it looks like I will be traveling throughout Oregon in 2020, and would love to prepare by reading some books that take place mostly in Oregon. Who has some recs for me? I love ALL genres, so feel free to go wild with the recs! ☺️

Thank you!

charl08 Wow! what an amazing view. 1mo
Eyelit I can think of two wildly different comic book series set in Oregon: Stumptown and Izombie 1mo
Brooke_H @Eyelit Adding them to my list! Thanks! 1mo
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I kind of didn't want to read this, although it's notorious within Sherlockian circles. I thought it sounded like kind of terrible fan fic. I was very pleasantly surprised by the great writing, the historical dive into the Criminal Law Amendment Act of 1885, and the (seemingly, anyway) realistic what-if relationship between our two protagonists. I did like part 2 a little better than part 1, as the initial case mystery is a little clumsy.

Brooke_H Oh, and that‘s not my cover! It‘s way cooler than mine! 😂 1mo
DivineDiana Love that cover! 4w
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New book day!

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James Bond: License Renewed | John Gardner, Raymond Benson
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Weirdest typo ever! 😂

LauraBeth 😂😂 1mo
JeanSwan Oh gosh!! Oops 1mo
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Hard Choices | Hillary Rodham Clinton
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Sunday morning reads... Can you believe I had this ebook on hold for over a year!?

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I'm glad that Lunella and Devil Dino are back to their charming selves, as the last couple of volumes were rough. The Xmas episode in the beginning of this volume I could take or leave. But the "Bad Dream" segment (featuring Dr. Strange) is worth reading.

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Panpan

When Shapiro was in her early fifties, she took an Ancestry DNA kit for fun. What she found out from the results was that her dad was not her bio dad.

I expected that she would do everything she could to try to figure out the how/who/what/why/where of that story. Did her parents know the sketchy fertility doctor used someone else's sperm to inseminate her mother? Was the "doctor" even actually a doctor? Instead we get a midlife crisis. Snooze.

Joyfulmimi Oh My! I might bail on this. I have already gotten irritated with her (edited) 2mo
Brooke_H @Joyfulmimi Right?? As someone whose dad is not her bio dad, I have enough sense to know being a parent takes more than genetic material. I never once have questioned who I am. I kept wanting to say, “Girl, you are in your 50s! Get it together!” 2mo
Joyfulmimi Exactly @Brooke_H ! 2mo
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See You on a Starry Night | Lisa Schroeder
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I'm going to let my 10yo have this review. The book is really geared toward her age group, in a way that's honestly alienating for adults who read it. But she loved it, and this is not her usual genre, so here is what she said: "The characters were very realistic and the things that happened were touching. I really liked it."

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The cute cover and title are misleading. This is not any kind of cozy bookstore tale. This is a dark mystery with some horrifying elements that crept into my dreams at night. It's not a horror story, but the crime committed is...yikes. There are two mysteries going on in this book that (of course) intersect at the end. Really great.

Gnora I was also really surprised by how misleading the cover, title, and even early reviews for this one were! Very few of the reviews painted this as the thriller it really is - they made it out like a more cozy bookshop mystery. Still, while the hammer man gave me serious nightmares, I did enjoy it. 2mo
Djspens Oooh sounds good! I wouldn't pick it up based on the title, sounds too nicey nice, but I'll look into it after reading your post! 2mo
Macnjen Agree completely about title and cover. 2mo
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The real gem of the book are the letters exchanged from Steinbeck and his wife to his literary agent and editor. (Note, buying special pens for an author with THIS EXACT INK and shipping them overseas to him is no longer in an editor's job description.) In the letters, Steinbeck explains why he chose to write the book the way he did, why the characters are all flat symbols, why it seems like "Malory hated women"! It was so fascinating.

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Whoa.

"The Rabbit" and "Some of Us Had Been Threatening Our Friend Mr Toad" will bury themselves in my subconscious and pop out unexpectedly to unsettle me. This is definitely going to happen.

These children's story retellings are funny and also dark AF. A couple of them fell flat for me, but for the most part, they're great. I think they're niche, though. If you love Grimm's Fairy Tales because of how dark and scary they are you‘ll like these.

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This collection of 70 sonnets, all with the same title, packs a brutal punch, although one or two of the poems are a little too on the nose. Hayes is a remarkable poet; I'll be seeking out more of his work.

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I often have trouble posting to Litsy via the desktop version. Which is a shame because I type so much faster on my PC! So my review is lost. Suffice to say: This book bores me. I‘m ashamed I don‘t have patience sometimes for the great works.

mrozzz I also have a hard time reading Woolf 🤭 2mo
Brooke_H @mrozzz I‘ve enjoyed her fiction. But it‘s been many years since I‘ve read her. Who knows if I‘d enjoy it now? 🤷‍♀️ 2mo
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A mix of memoir, historical deep dives, and pop culture dissections, this book parses what exactly is a "witch." We have our surface-level (or are they?) green-skinned, pointy-hatted baddies along with female creatives like Remedios Varo next to literary figures like Tituba...I could go on and on. I found this book so fascinating, and I will never think of the word "witch" in exactly the same way.

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An excellent retelling of Wuthering Heights. I think I liked it more than the original.

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Submitting my summer reading log to my local library today! I love participating in this program every summer, but… I do wish the adults would get a book for a prize like the kids and the teens do. The adults get to choose between a coffee cup or a plant. So I chose the plant this year because I already have multiple versions of their coffee cup. 😂

charl08 At least you get some prizes: ours don't even bother! The kids get such fun treasure maps to complete too... 😍 3mo
ValerieAndBooks I was born in Roseville 😀 ! 3mo
Brooke_H @ValerieAndBooks Small world! 3mo
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An Unrestored Woman | Shobha Rao
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Everyone listens to this podcast, right? I love it so much! My TBR overflows after every ep.

Mitch Agreed! 3mo
FeministBookClub If you like them, you‘ll love Feminist Book Club: The Podcast too! 3mo
ShyBookOwl Never heard of it! Definitely going to check it out ASAP 🤓 3mo
Mitch @FeministBookClub you‘re equally magic! 👏🏼👏🏼 3mo
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I enjoyed this second book in the Exiles suspense/romance series. The setting is San Francisco, which is very close to me. Bell is great at capturing the flavor of that city. Also the leading lady in this one has anxiety disorder, and I always appreciate representation of someone managing a mental illness.

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Beautifully written mix of memoir and literary/artist history. Jamison weaves her own story of alcoholism and recovery with stories of various writers and musicians and their own addiction battles. Throughout she presents the history of recovery culture in the US. She is a hell of a writer.

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Campaign Widows | Aimee Agresti
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A fun, clever, twisty-in-a-light-way novel about a presidential election seen from the POVs of the SOs surrounding key figures in the campaign. My only complaint: There is one female candidate in the election. Having her husband as a POV character would've been really great. But this was very enjoyable. I'll read more from this author.

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Fleishman Is in Trouble: A Novel | Taffy Brodesser-Akner
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Listening to one of my fave podcasts, and they‘re discussing the tagged book. It sounds really interesting! Has anyone read it?

Jilly6183 Were you listening to Hysteria? 3mo
Brooke_H @Jilly6183 No, it‘s a Slate podcast called the Waves. (edited) 3mo
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Tons of other superheroes show up to help out Lunella on this one, my fave was Ironheart. Also, some characters show up in their '80s costumes at one point...that cracked me up. Moving happily to Vol 4...

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Campaign Widows | Aimee Agresti
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“Paz, earthy beautiful in that Coachella way...”🤣

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Moon Girl continues to be the coolest 4th grade superhero. This one has appearances from Ms Marvel and Amadeus Hulk.

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“But consent when you‘re drunk means something I still don‘t have a good language for.”

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Bag Of Bones: A Novel | Stephen King
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Mixed feelings about this book—it's not well written. It's messy with a bunch of loose ends King tries to tie up with a ridiculous Scooby-Doo style scene at the very end. I think King's editor probably just waved their red pen over the stack of pages and moved it along. Trigger warning for pretty much everything. It contains one of the most brutal and graphic rape scenes I've ever read. And yet I could NOT put it down.

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Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol. 1: BFF | Brandon Montclare, Amy Reeder
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Been reading some heavy stuff lately. Gonna take a little break with Moon Girl!

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“My skin is the right color to permit my intoxication.”

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A little surface and it feels a bit dated now. But Rosin is a good writer, and this book is super readable. I‘d be interested to see what she could do with some more updated research.

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Blue | Danielle Steel
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Bail! I typed a synopsis for why I‘m bailing on the desktop version, but it won‘t let me post! Anyone else having desktop Litsy issues?

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I‘m down to my last few hours of housesitting at a home that is FAR more massive (and clean!) than my own, with many lovely outdoor seating areas in which to read. I‘ll miss the many hours of reading I can indulge in when I‘m not at home! But I‘ll be glad to get back to my routine.

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Starting this super light & fluffy read at lunchtime. 😂

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I listen to a LOT of bookish podcasts, so it‘s really hard for me to choose a fave. But Get Booked is definitely in my top 5. What is YOUR fave bookish podcast?

SitsWithaBook I will forever miss Books on the Nightstand. Though I still have books on my TBR shelf from their recommendations! 4mo
Brooke_H @SitsWithaBook Oh yes! My very first bookish podcast. Sigh. 4mo
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Doctor Strange: The Oath | Brian K. Vaughan
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Doctor Strange, Wong, and Night Nurse team up to figure out Who Shot Dr Strange (and why). Iron Fist has a goofy cameo at the beginning. Very enjoyable.

rretzler I have to laugh at the Sherlock reference in a Dr. Strange comic. Of course, the comic was written way before BBC Sherlock and Marvel's Dr. Strange movie, but the author must have been psychic! 🤣🤣🤣 4mo
Brooke_H @rretzler I know, right?? That‘s why I included it. So funny. 4mo
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Enemy Within | Kelly Sue DeConnick
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Strong end to a great arc. I‘ve had fun reading this along with 10yo.

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A super adorable companion to the upcoming film. Made me chuckle out loud several times. The art is charming. I love MJ's lists of incredible women to discover from each country's history. (MJ in general is pretty hilarious.) Loved it.

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It was such a breath of fresh air to read this super inclusive, action-packed, banter-filled superhero novel. I loved it. It's full of characters MCU fans will recognize (Ant-Man, Mantis, Medusa), and with a few others from the Marvel canon whom I had never heard of. The story is great, the message is excellent. My 10yo snatched it from me the second I turned the last page. I know she'll love it too.

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Fun, charming, bonus Black Panther appearance. Very enjoyable. I'm sad there aren't more in this series.

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Victorian London. A fancy lord is brutally murdered. Someone is arrested, and even confesses. But did they actually do it? Woven throughout the narrative are Dickens and Thackeray, and a salacious pot-boiler of a novel that had all of London talking. Did the novel inspire the killer? Can media be blamed for crime? Very enjoyable read.

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An autobiography of an Oxford literary critic. His love of books is woven throughout the narrative. I found this so warm, funny, nostalgic, and totally fascinating. I‘m surprised no Littens have posted about this book yet! It‘s an absolute delight.

The_Old_Astronomer This sounds really lovely. I think I‘ll give it a read. Thanks for posting! 5mo
Brooke_H @The_Old_Astronomer I hope you like it! 5mo
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