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CallMeIshmael

CallMeIshmael

Joined May 2016

Runner, Reader, Time Lord, Jedi, Howler, Marathon Maniac #7995
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The Woman in Me | Britney Spears
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Panpan

While I truly admire Britney, I doubt she wrote this; the emotional depth seems lacking. I also suspect significant mental health issues , and I question the accuracy of her statements regarding the conservatorship. Having court experience, what she described wouldn't align with reality. It's a poignant tale, but I think her perception might be influenced by her mental health challenges.

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War and Peace | graf Leo Tolstoy, Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky
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Nights like these

Sparklemn Looks like a lovely night! 6mo
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I don‘t really have any answers but at least I‘m informed

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In crafting a modern-day mythology akin to 'American Gods,' Ms. Link achieves the challenging feat of seamlessly blending a real-world setting with a magical universe. Her work is nothing short of marvelous, capturing my attention and delighting me throughout. While acknowledging that it may not cater to everyone's taste

CallMeIshmael I encourage readers to give it a chance and persevere. The characters are not only diverse but also meticulously developed, contributing to a rich and well-written narrative. 7mo
JoyBlue The Libby audio hold for this is around three years long at this point. I'm sure my library will order more copies, but I'm leaving it on my wish list for now. [Don't want to block a hold spot for nearly that long.] 5mo
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Lonely Land | Sigurd F Olson
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My good friend loves finding hidden treasures at used book stores and he succeeded in this one. Although this was written in 1961 and about a canoe trip through northwest Canada it says so much about today‘s society

Tamra Love it when books have drawn illustrations - sadly it doesn‘t seem to happen much anymore. 8mo
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Bright Young Women | Jessica Knoll
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There was a time when I was guilty of glorifying serial killers, I wrote papers about them, knew trivia, and developed a fascination. But that changed several years ago and this book cemented that decision. It‘s a fictional retelling of the Ted Bundy story without ever mentioning his name, instead it focuses on the victims and the victims who survived.

CallMeIshmael It tears apart the narrative of him that was grossly exaggerated back then and unfortunately we still do it today with unsavory individuals. We look past their crimes and see what we want to see and believe their pathetic lies. This book is a reminder of this and I highly highly recommend. 8mo
MicheleinPhilly Wow. I really didn‘t care for her previous book so wasn‘t planning on reading this. Your review is making me reconsider. 👍🏼 8mo
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Iron Flame | Rebecca Yarros
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My local bookstore got an ARC for this one and they gave it to me!!! Loving it so far

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Dinosaurs: A Novel | Lydia Millet
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Wow this book is absolutely magic, best book I have read this year. Wow fantastic. Highly highly recommend

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Vampires of El Norte | Isabel Caas
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Enjoying this one

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Witch King | Martha Wells
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I absolutely love Murderbot but this isn‘t it and I just couldn‘t get into it, I hate when authors make it so complicated to follow by creating words and worlds unnecessarily.

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The Guest: A Novel | Emma Cline
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I enjoyed this, but I will admit I had anxiety reading it from her point of you and wondering her next moves. And that ending….I need to discuss it

CallMeIshmael My theory on the ending is that she is dead 💀 11mo
ICantImReading @CallMeIshmael oooh wait, this could make a lot of sense!! I hadn‘t thought about that! 10mo
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Our Share of Night | Mariana Enriquez
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This book is horribly beautiful and the way it describes Argentina is breathtaking. This is one of those books that I loved reading and looked forward to reading each night….but it‘s scary! there is a section with kids and a house that is the absolute scariest thing I‘ve ever read. I had to put it down for days.

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Fourth Wing | Rebecca Yarros
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I don‘t normally buy the hype but I did and when my local bookstore got a few copies in I got one. Wow, it‘s like hunger games meets game of thrones. I devoured this in a couple days and have already ordered the next one

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As a dad I really enjoyed and appreciated this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Yellowface | R F Kuang
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Read this in one day…when a book makes you hate the narrator but also kind of want her to get away with it that‘s a great book by a great author

JamieArc Yes, I felt the same way. 12mo
SamAnne Loving this one right now. 12mo
britt_brooke So good!! 12mo
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Camp Zero | Michelle Min Sterling
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Quick and good read, really enjoyed how it nearly wrapped up. Also sad how close it is to our current reality with social media and climate change

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The Instructions | Adam Levin
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Look at this big beautiful thing

Alfoster Yikes!😝 14mo
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It‘s sad how much of our history is hidden from us, this book is astounding and brutal. I‘m sure this book will be banned at some point soon, it makes me angry that at 46 I‘m just learning about this, we have to do better

BkClubCare And the movie is getting TONS of buzz. “Go ahead, stupid book-banner, Ban the book, go ahead and try.” 14mo
batsy Even better is hearing that the Osage Nation reps reached out to Scorcese to work with him on the movie and he did. 14mo
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To Paradise | Hanya Yanagihara
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This book is beautiful so far

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I‘m a white male and a runner and because of my privilege I‘ve never dealt with things described in this book. I would suggest this book for anyone runners and non runners. It offers an insight into the struggles black people face. Everyone can be better by learning, reading and growing. Don‘t be a weak pathetic human like Desantis

britt_brooke That last line! 🔥 1y
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Our Share of Night | Mariana Enriquez
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Our Share of Night | Mariana Enriquez
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I‘m over half way through this one and when I read the reviews about triggers (true), violence, grossness, I laughed and laughed and thought it won‘t bother me. I read the part about the kids and the house…I can no longer read this one after dark

DrexEdit 😲 😱 1y
Reggie Oof. The Adela part is my favorite part of this whole book. I almost want to tattoo her name on my arm.(but I won‘t) this book is my absolute favorite book this year. I‘m so excited you‘re reading it. 1y
CallMeIshmael @Reggie the whole book is amazing so far and yes I love Adela and I loved the idea of an arm tattoo 1y
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A Day of Fallen Night | Samantha Shannon
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I have been so looking forward to this and it‘s gorgeous

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Cinema Speculation | Quentin Tarantino
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Imagine you are on a long car trip in a junk car in your twenties with your best friend who happens to be Quentin Tarantino. I loved this book, I love how much he loves movies, he makes me want to love movies. He makes you feel like you need to see these movies. It‘s like you are sitting in a movie trailer on the set in the 70‘s. He describes the screenplays, and how they are different than the actual movie. The actors, directors, a fun read

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Last Night in Montreal | Emily St. John Mandel
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I absolutely love every book she has written that i have read so far. I think it‘s because she writes characters who embrace loneliness and enjoy the subtle life. I love being alone and I love books with the ambiance of quiet introversion.

Sapphire That is a good summary of her perspective! 2y
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Grady Hendrix does it again, this may be my favorite so far

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The Book loft in Columbus Oh is amazing

Chelsea.Poole Yes it is! 2y
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Slaughterhouse-Five | Kurt Vonnegut
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I did a thing today, I just so happened to be passing by Indianapolis for work so I took a little detour and it was amazing. @britt_brooke

Leftcoastzen Oh wow! So jealous! Maybe someday. 2y
Julsmarshall So cool! 2y
britt_brooke Ahhhh, I‘m SO JEALOUS!! One day, I will get there! 2y
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New book from my local bookstore

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The Alexandria Quartet | Lawrence Durrell
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This book is not what I expected and it seems so far to be one of the most challenging books I have ever attempted but it‘s absolutely stunning and gorgeous and gives me hope for the future that someone once wrote like this.

Leftcoastzen That‘s lovely ! 2y
Sparklemn Great review! And your cat is adorable. 1y
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Jinn: A Novel | Matthew B.J. Delaney
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Oh how to review this book, while the story is good and different, the writing is antiquated and very misogynistic. The female character is pointless and just there to distract the main character. Like I said the story is good so there is that

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The Alexandria Quartet | Lawrence Durrell
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New book vibes

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Drakula | Bram Stoker
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My October read this year is the original vampire. After finally reading this I am astonished how well it has held up. It was creepy, scary and exciting and while Dracula may not be my favorite vampire he is definitely pretty great in this.

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Drakula | Bram Stoker
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My October read this year

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Cloud Cuckoo Land | Anthony Doerr
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I loved the beauty and heartbreak in this book, it will hold a special place in my library forever. A book that requires recovery is a book worth reading

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What a fun book, it was like watching Svenghoulie on Saturday night (which if you have never watched svenghoulie I highly recommend, Saturdays at 8 on metv) anyway it was fun mindless book that is a great time

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Cloud Cuckoo Land | Anthony Doerr
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1Q84 | Haruki Murakami
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New book from my local bookstore and watching firefly on its 20th anniversary makes for a great evening

Yuki_Onna This book is a wild surreal ride! Hope you'll be able to truly immerse yourself in it -once you slip into this world it's awesome! 2y
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Swashbucklers | Dan Hanks
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Oh Boy….this book this book right here will take you back. Back to your childhood you‘ve since lost. The author gets it all right every single aspect. This was such a fun book and fun read. Imagine a sequel to goonies, the lost boys, ghostbusters now with them aging and having to do the same heroic things while being a parent. I will love this book forever.

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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story | Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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Words cannot encompass what this book is, if more people actually read this maybe the critical race theory bullshit would go away. It‘s a wonderful and well researched book that shows what our country is and also what it needs to be. We need to be better

keithmalek This book is nonsense. It asserts that "one of the primary reasons why the colonists asserted their independence was to protect the institution of slavery." Five leading historians wrote to the Times, requesting that they retract this assertion and similar ones, saying that the project was motivated more by ideology than fact. The Times refused, but quietly walked back some of its claims later. 2y
CallMeIshmael @keithmalek this book is absolutely not nonsense and it seems the only people who make this claim seem to be males who are worried they place in society is at danger, also please stay the fuck off of my timeline 2y
keithmalek @CallMeIshmael Actually, the people who say that it's nonsense are called historians. But let's not let facts get in the way of your virtue signaling. And when the facts don't support your argument, make sure to simply shut down the conversation by calling anyone who disagrees with you a racist. How original. 2y
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keithmalek @CallMeIshmael If I disagree with the premise of a book, and say so ON THE LITSY POSTING of that book, to you that's somehow considered "trolling." But you can go onto a completely unrelated post of mine, on my page, where you call me a racist, and that's not considered trolling? Fascinating. 2y
keithmalek @CallMeIshmael Or maybe I just naively still try to live in a world where facts matter more than an identity of false victimhood. 2y
CallMeIshmael @keithmalek you are the most pathetic of individuals because you read a blog somewhere (probably on Reddit) criticizing this book and you then took it as your god given right to go espouse that on other peoples post. You are the definition of a racist, and i will tell you why, there are all kinds of historical books that are right, wrong, some get the facts wrong, some make honest mistakes, some can be interpreted wrong, the point is they are book 2y
CallMeIshmael @keithmalek books that we can choose to read and interpret I don‘t see you on here critiquing any other history books, you‘re a sad racist dude move on 2y
keithmalek @CallMeIshmael of course you didn't, because you didn't look. I did the exact same thing with "Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich." 2y
keithmalek @CallMeIshmael Also, I didn't read it on Reddit. But don't worry. Whatever it is that you're trying to say can wait until you become smarter. 2y
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Finally finished this behemoth 1363 pages of amazement. Written in the mid 1800s as weekly newspaper serial that soon captivated Europe and then the world. This story is the ancestor of many modern dramas including Batman, Shawshank Redemption, and the list goes on and on. So grateful penguin classics chose to republish this work. I loved loved this book

Ladygodiva7 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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A nice sour and a wonderful book

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The Nineties: A Book | Chuck Klosterman
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I enjoyed this one for the nostalgia plus I always enjoy Klosterman‘s writing but it was less than I was expecting, I wanted more of a deep dive into the actual culture of the 90‘s and what it actually meant.

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Wendy, Darling | A. C. Wise
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Loved this one, loved the different aspect and loved how the characters were flushed out

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Great Expectations | Charles Dickens
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Finally reading this classic

ellie_ember How would you rate it? I recently read Bleak House (which I super enjoyed), but I'm not sure if other Dickens books are worth the time investment. 2y
CallMeIshmael @ellie_ember I‘m really enjoying it, I have recently reverted to older literature it‘s been a nice change of pace in this world 2y
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I did enjoy this one and I loved the mystery aspect although I want to know more about you know what….

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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story | Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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I‘m Nashville for a dance competition and made some time to hit a local bookstore

britt_brooke I‘m SO happy you stopped by The Bookshop! It‘s such a happy little space. Hope y‘all had fun in Nashville. 2y
Nute All readers understand the desire to visit the local bookstores when in a different city/town for whatever reason. I hope that you enjoyed yourself!🙂 2y
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Among Thieves | M. J. Kuhn
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Take a little bit oceans 11 and add some Game of Thrones and a little bit of everything else and then you have this amazing book. The characters, the plot, everything is flushed out and you feel a part of the heist and you are nervous for the outcome. This book is great and I desperately need a sequel.

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Among Thieves | M. J. Kuhn
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Really excited to start this one and did I mention this is a signed copy!

AkashaVampie That cover... 💜🖤💜🖤💜🖤💜 gorgeous!!!! 3y
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