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Chassie

Chassie

Joined March 2016

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Chassie
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I loved everything about this book and Gabourey Sidibe. I've never watched anything she's been in, and have only seen her be totally charming in interviews. The book buzz intrigued me so I gave it a swing. She's as charming and funny and honest on the page as in interviews. Her family and life stories are fascinating, and it was a fast and fun read. I was sad for it to end, and I'm definitely going to check out her acting work.

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See What I Have Done | Sarah Schmidt
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Mehso-so

I mean, I guess it was ok. It was an interesting twist in theories. Usually, I'm down for an unlikeable narrator, but I just couldn't make myself care about any of the voices in the book.

ericarobynreads I felt the same way. The book was so bland and seemed to drag. 2y
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Night Film: A Novel | Marisha Pessl
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I'm catching up on logging a few books. So, I enjoyed this one overall, and there were sections that read like a house on fire. Then there were a couple of parts that made me roll my eyes and I felt went on too long. The atmosphere is gloomy and creepy and fantastic. The format is fun, and if you're looking for a chance to follow the string on a mystery this will fit the bill nicely.

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🎼Summer Readin', had me a blast!🎼Summer Reading', school's comin' up fast.🎼Son chose his first Dad Book, read every day!🎼Learned Eagle Eddie was kinda a monster, they say.🎼Summer Readin' is finally done!🎼 Now, go outside for some end of Summer fun!🎼

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The Force | Don Winslow
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This was so good. I enjoyed the hell out of it, and I'm just assuming it's going to be adapted into a movie soon. I am a sucker for a dirty cop or mob story with a rat who flips. The double-cross, the bargaining, the deals, and the fallout are always endlessly intriguing to me.

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The Snow Child | Eowyn Ivey
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A fairy tale about little girl dreamed up in a snowstorm was oddly delightful in the middle of the sweltering Summer heat. This book was lovely from start to finish.

Well-ReadNeck Great pic choice! 👍🏼 2y
monalyisha I read this in the dead of winter. Poor choice (on my part). 😂 I agree, though! Great writing. (edited) 2y
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What did I just read? It was sad, harrowing, triggering, brutal, and impactful. I'm still having a lot of thoughts and feelings. It's going to take me a while to unpack them all.

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Girls on Fire | Robin Wasserman
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Mehso-so

I think maybe I just wasn't in the right mood for this one. Objectively, I know it was good, but I just didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. It could also be the after effect of hearing so many folks speak so highly of it.🤷🏻‍♀️

Chassie Also, internet, thank you for the perfect photo. 2y
JoeStalksBeck So far I can't really get into it. Im struggling 2y
Chassie @JoeStalksBeck I wish I had waited until I was in the right mood for it. Maybe sit it down for a bit and revisit? 2y
JoeStalksBeck I'll have to 2y
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Priestdaddy: A Memoir | Patricia Lockwood
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Oh, to have been a fly on the Lockwood family walls. I enjoyed this memoir very much, and was amazed that a person in my age wheelhouse wrote it. Her writing is gorgeous and has some of the most beautiful sentences I've read. I did listen to this one on audio, and would recommend it in that format simply for the voices the author does.

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Alexander Hamilton | Ron Chernow
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This was a long haul, but well worth it. Yes, it was tedious at points, but I honestly don't know what could have been omitted. I don't know if it's reassuring or terrifying that pilot leaders have fought so with such vitriol since the beginning of the union.

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Floored. That's how I am right now.

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Finished up bookmark #1 for a pen-pal exchange.

monalyisha So cool! 2y
drokka Love it! 2y
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I have no words for this. 💔

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Rainbow Brite: Sparkling Star Sprinkles | Quinlan B. Lee, Jeff Albrecht
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I did a thing today. I don't know if I'll end up liking it, but it's pretty to look at now.

BookMusings Nice colour combos! 2y
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My girl child's waking up emotions are similar to how I feel about this book. It started out a little slowly, it occasionally broke my heart, but overall I loved it so much.

Graciouswarriorprincess What a cutie! 2y
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Welcome Wagon | Annie's
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@saguarosally #welcomelitten 1. Southeast Tennessee 2. Hearing @Liberty discuss it on a podcast 3. The Commitments (but, I've not read the book it's based on 😳) 4. Yes. Herman the One-eyed Turtle who Ran Away is a favorite story in my family. 🐢

saguarosally How did Herman get one eye? 2y
Chassie @saguarosally I truly don't know. I adopted him from my HS biology class, and he had one eye from the time I knew him. 2y
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Going Postal | Terry Pratchett
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@DiruVamp absolutely nailed the #litsygoespostal #summersolticebookexchange ! Thank you so much, Kirsten, for the very thoughtful and lovely books and treats! I can't wait to dive in! @BookishMarginalia , thank you for coordinating! This has been my first exchange, and I can't wait for the next one! #summersantagoesposstal

DiruVamp You are so welcome! I had a blast putting everything together for you I hope you enjoy! 2y
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Untitled | Unknown
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#bookishwouldyourather @Kalalalatja 1. Can I cheat and have chocolate covered strawberries? 2. Never a deckled edge 👎🏻 3. Stand alone 4. Neither! I'd be doomed in either, but I feel like I could maybe be less terrified in Neverland. 5. Librarian

Kalalalatja You want be the first to cheat a bit 😉 2y
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@bookriot - #riotgrams - day 16 - A book set near where I live - #rockcity is an important location in the world of #americangods I remember reading it and being so excited and surprised that I could recognize a lot of places described by Gaiman. If they decide to shoot any of the TV series here at the real place I will likely lose my mind with joy.

melrailey I felt the same way when I read it. 2y
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Black Mad Wheel | Josh Malerman
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So, I didn't love this as much as Bird Box, but it was still very good. I think it will be near impossible to re-capture the lightening in the bottle feel of Bird Box, though, so it's not a true or fair comparison. Malerman is so so so wonderful at the creepy, ominous buildup, and this read is worth it alone. I also love how both books have each played with a sense, and I wonder if he will continue on that theme.

TobeyTheScavengerMonk Been wondering about this one. Thanks. (edited) 3y
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The Trespasser | Tana French
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Out Box: The Tresspassser - I really dig Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad books. This one was great, and I totally fell for a couple of misdirections. In Box: A Gentleman in Moscow - I've heard excellent things, and can't wait to see if I agree.

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The Trespasser | Tana French
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@bookriot - #riotgrams - day 8 - #booksandicecream - These are from the beach today. Book courtesy of Tana French and #BOTM. Ice cream courtesy of #nestledrumstick.

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I love#sundogbooks and make it a point to visit every time I'm in town. I also grabbed Catronauts for my kids, but my boy child left it in the car after demanding to read it immediately.

moarbookspleaze My favorite Florida bookstore' 3y
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Dark Matter | Blake Crouch
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Dark Matter is Dark Side approved. I didn't realize how tense I was toward the end of this book until my husband walked up behind me and said my name out loud. I didn't hear him coming. I screamed and threw my book in the air. 🙄 Three #beachreads down. ??? to go?

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The Secret Garden 100th Anniversary | Frances Hodgson Burnett
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@bookriot - #riotgrams - day 7 - #welllovedreads - From second grade on, I started every Summer break with a re-read of The Secret Garden. My personal copy has gone from green to yellow, and the edges are so soft they feel like feathers. ❤️

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Dark Matter | Blake Crouch
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So far, the book is great, but the view is hard to compete with

Hobbinol I see what you mean! ❤️ 3y
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Maybe it's because I'm on a beach with (what I deem to be) too many people. Maybe it's because since I've married and had children I fantasize about escaping. Maybe it's because I asked my husband for two weeks of solitude on the AT for my next milestone birthday. Regardless, I dug this read. The books to the the right of the horse, and the horse, are compliments of our beach condo this week. 😂#beachreads

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@bookriot - #riotgrams - day 6 - #numbertitles - I was surprised how many number titles I've read since one Ready Player One immediately came to mind, and they're all great in one way or another.

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cathysaid Well put 👍📚☕️ 3y
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Eleanor & Park | Rainbow Rowell
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There's no such thing as perfect, but this dear read is pretty close. #beachreads

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Spaceman of Bohemia | Jaroslav Kalfar
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This book is one long giant existential crisis after another, and I kind of dug it. 😳

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1. Chair 2. Oh man, I'd be toast in either, I'm sure. I think Nordic. I'd like to be friends with Freya. 3. If this is just new books, just one. I'm hoping it would free up time to re-read old faves. 😉4. TV series in hopes nothing would be left out due to time constraints 5. Adult fiction #bookishwouldyourather @Kalalalatja

Kalalalatja Good answers! 👏 3y
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The Trespasser | Tana French
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Here is my TBR #shelfie from day 1 of #riotgrams

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For the #yellowcover day 2 of #riotgrams

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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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This book broke my heart. It made me cry, laugh, and honest-to-God gave me chills at parts. The experience of the narrator is so far outside that of my own and that if most of my friends/contemporaries. It's a story I needed to hear, and I'll be recommending it to everyone I know.

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The Princess in Black | Shannon Hale, Dean Hale
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The Princess in Black is a household favorite. #morningreads

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Just finished this delightfully weird and twisted set of short stories. Now, I'm off to celebrate a time-honored American Housewife tradition: getting schnockered with girlfriends while my kids spend the night at my parents. Cheers to all the grown ass ladies! 🍻

ReadingSusan Sounds wonderful! Have fun! 3y
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Doughty doesn't shy away from death, and she doesn't want us to, either. I've long been a proponent of more ecologically sound ways to dispose of remains, and this read reinforced that belief. There is a major squick factor at parts, and some really heartbreaking scenes as well. However, her direct, thoughtful, and often funny delivery made an often difficult subject very interesting.

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School Rules! | Victoria Kann
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Last day of school for my kiddos today. Onward and upward, little ones.

Texreader They are so cute!!! 3y
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Nice Meeting You | Phil Torcivia
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#meetthelittens @maich 1. Chattanooga
2. The Sparrow
3. Darker Shade of Magic
4. Tombstone or Apollo 13
5. Mad Men
6. Simon and Garfunkel
7. Green
8. Genre omnivore
9. I work in research for an insurance company.
10. Two cats: Linus (Fat Cat) and Lucy (Little Kitty)

tpixie Hmm I must investigate The Sparrow! 3y
Juli A Darker Shade of Magic....so good! 3y
Chassie @tpixie It's so good. Just go in blind! 3y
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Chassie @juli right?! I love a lady magician! 3y
Juli @Chassie did you read Sorcerer to the Crown? #ladymagician 3y
Chassie @juli yes, ma'am! I can't wait for the next installment. 3y
Chassie @juli (also, I ❤️the #ladymagician hashtag!) 3y
Juli @Chassie I cannot wait either. I heard it will be 2018 though.😢 3y
Chassie @juli I liked the Tearling series, too. 3y
Texreader ❤️ Simon and Garfunkel! 3y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk I'm your huckleberry. 3y
Chassie @TobeyTheScavengerMonk ❤️Law don't go 'round here, Law Dog. 3y
intothehallofbooks I almost put Tombstone for my favorite movie! I had a hard time narrowing down some of these! Great choice 😁 (edited) 3y
maich What kind of research? I work in analytical laboratory and I do chemical research on medicine products. 3y
Chassie @intothehallofbooks I had a hard time narrowing down, too! I might have completely different answers if asked the same question today. I definitely think Tombstone will always be a top 5 for me, though. 3y
Chassie @maich I conduct public records and internet research in hopes of reducing insurance fraud. Yours sounds much more exciting and technical than mine. 😉 3y
maich @Chassie I said that every job is interesting.😊 3y
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Get it. Stick it in your ears. If you're not someone who listens to audiobooks, please just try this one. It's hilarious, heart-warming, honest, and feels like you're taking a peek at a funny love letter to one of the most entertaining casts of characters ever. I want the Clancy's to adopt me.

Crystalblu Sounds good to me! 3y
Chassie @Crystalblu I hope you love it as much as I did! 3y
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Exit West: A Novel | Mohsin Hamid
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This book was lovely. I thought it was going to be a bit more fast-paced and action-oriented given the set up and the interesting magical realism elements. It was wonderful to read, and ending up being a quieter and much more contemplative story than I expected.

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Stargirl | Jerry Spinelli
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I'm certain I would have loved this if I had read it when I was younger. Reading it as an adult made it feel a little too shy boy falls for manic pixie dream girl while being mentored by an eccentric older man for me. However, I am happy that any book that makes kids feel ok about being a little weird and a little kind is being read.

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Bruiser | Richard House
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Homegirl field tripped hard today. We've always joked around and called her a bruiser, and it fits now more than ever.

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The Wanderers | Meg Howrey
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Hmmmm...recent reading history suggests that space-themed books = good, but discombobulated murdery books = not so good. The Wanderers was fantastic, and packs a very emotional punch. I wasn't prepared for all of my feels, but completely loved having them. This book needs to be in more hands.

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Into The Water | Paula Hawkins
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Meh

Bakingbookworm I'm 130 pages in and struggling with this one big time. I had to make a cheat sheet for all of the characters. The plot seems too muddled. I was hoping for a better read. 3y
Chassie @Bakingbookworm I think it would have benefitted from a heavier editing hand, for sure. I'm a chronic book finisher, though, so I muddled through. I didn't care for it, and didn't feel like it propelled me through the pages the way I wanted/expected it to do. Bummer all around. 3y
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Into The Water | Paula Hawkins
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Hobbinol Oh dear! The books!The books! Did you wipe down the books?! (edited) 3y
Chassie @Hobbinol absolutely! My son was PISSED his also got doused 3y
Hobbinol Whew! That was a close one! 3y
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cathysaid Wait...is that wine? WHAT ABOUT THE WASTED WINE?!?!? 😓😜 3y
Chassie @cathysaid my 4 year old...uh...she helped clean..."yum, mama!" ??‍♀️ 3y
cathysaid @Chassie 😂😂😂😂 Now that's my kind of parenting! 👍 3y
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I've been reading all kinds of space-centric books lately to get ready for space camp. The non-fiction has been good, but the fiction has been great. I want to join the crew of the Wayfarer.

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A Man Called Ove: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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Charming little book about a curmudgeon? Sold!

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Going Postal | Terry Pratchett
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#summersantagoespost #summersolsticebookexchange package arrived today! Woot woot!!