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ChemistKat

ChemistKat

Joined April 2020

Reading keeps me sane.
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Pickpick

Kind of trippy, definitely incredible. For this one you just have to shut up, relax, and let it take you on a ride.

LitStephanie I just started this one! Glad you liked it. It is a bit confusing in the beginning because I don't really understand what the author is doing. 1y
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No Title | None
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Put this note on a container full of books and set it in the front of the apartment building. Two hours later, the container is gone. 🙃

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She Who Became the Sun | Shelley Parker-Chan
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Starting on this Goodreads Giveaway win 🎁

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Boatman's Daughter | Andy Davidson
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Pickpick

In between a pick and a so-so. Have you ever read something that had densely vivid, descriptive prose? TBD is that way, but with every single line being so potently descriptive the reading felt so heavy and exhausting while losing focus on any intended meaning in the thousands and thousands of extra words. Maybe I wasn‘t in the right headspace for something like that. 🤷‍♀️

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I may be shivering even with a sweatshirt and a blanket, but dammit if I‘m not going to read outside on the first decent day in a month.

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Pickpick

Yaa Gyasi just became one of my favorite authors. While quite different than Homegoing, Transcendent Kingdom is a marvelously emotional story that resonated with me as a Southern kid raised evangelical who became a scientist. A lot of what Yaa writes seemed straight out my my own head. The difference between Homegoing and TK, and how spectacular each of them are, only show that Yaa Gyasi is an incredibly talented, versatile author.

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I‘m trying to read a chapter a day to finally finish this one! It‘s interesting stuff, but the chapters are longer than I like.

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Pickpick

Mind-stretching exploration of long-routed plans for current science and the future of life itself. Though I didn‘t agree fully with the why of the 500 year plan, the discussion of how science could be used to send Earthlife to distant planets was still fascinating.

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Wool | Hugh Howey
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Wool was like a grown-up The City of Ember. Though it slogged at times, the twists complicating the good/bad sides made Wool an enjoyable read.

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Pickpick

I found I can‘t compare the value of TPD to a biography of a contemporary woman, the Tigress of Forli. There‘s less ferocity in Murphy‘s writing and in Felice‘s personality, but I think the authors of each were perfectly suited to understand their subjects. Felice, like Murphy‘s writing, was calmer, more steady, and more detail-oriented. Murphy saved Felice, an extraordinary woman in any age, from historical obscurity.

ChemistKat +I‘d also love to find a source speaking to what Catherina Sforza and Felice knew or each other and what they thought of each other. I imagine Felice would know more of CS than CS of her, but it would be neat to know if there was any influence, even if it was “Definitely don‘t make the pope mad at you.” (edited) 2y
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Conjure Women: A Novel | Afia Atakora
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2020 was a wild year, but it brought a lot of reading joy. This year I read more than ever, and so many of the books I read were outstanding. My favorite is tagged. More than ever, I‘m grateful for the ability to read and for the authors who put their hearts into their writing.

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Hollow Kingdom | Kira Jane Buxton
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This cat is a special kind of pest. She thought I needed help😹 Also, does anyone else‘s cat always steal the pen you‘re using?

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Hollow Kingdom | Kira Jane Buxton
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My other favorite reading buddy😻

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Hollow Kingdom | Kira Jane Buxton
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One of my two favorite reading buddies 😻

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War Lord | Bernard Cornwell
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War Lord provided a satisfying end to the saga of Uhtred Uhtredson. It‘s not the most exciting or intriguing chapter of his life, so but it meets the need to say goodbye.

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War Lord | Bernard Cornwell
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*Screeches in eardrum-shattering high pitch*. It‘s here! After avoiding spoilers from the UK for a month and a half, I finally have the last of this incredible series on my kindle. I‘m excited and sad to live the last of Uhtred‘s story with him.

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The Good Son: A Novel | You-Jeong Jeong
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I wanted to read this for an around the world self-challenge and couldn‘t find through any library services. A few weeks later this particular South Korean horror book is at a dollar tree in the Midwest.

batsy Love when that happens! I enjoyed this. 2y
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Finished the tagged book for my 100th book this year! I haven‘t ever gotten to 100 in a year before, so it‘s pretty exciting. Next year I‘ll be trying non-number based reading challenges, too. Also, lol at my expected 25. Quarantine changed a LOT.

Darthdad Wow, that‘s very exciting! Congrats great achievement 2y
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Atonement | Ian McEwan
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My nice thrift store find copy has a satin ribbon bookmark that just became an unintentional cat toy. Half of the cat‘s reasoning is that Cicero loves dangly stringy things and half is that she hates me paying attention to anything but her 😹😹😹

Clwojick 😂😂😂😂 2y
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Ghost Road Blues | Jonathan Maberry

I‘ve dragged myself to 29%. Looking at reviews, it doesn‘t seem to pick up. Seems like a love it or hate it book. I really don‘t want to read 71% more, but I also hate leaving books when I‘m more than a few pages into them.

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I‘ll be enjoying an amazing weather day outside. I don‘t expect to have many more warm days this year.

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Haunting of Winchester Mansion | Alexandria Clarke
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Pickpick

I was happily surprised to enjoy this book so much. Usually self published authors don‘t have such smooth writing or a good story line. Clarke delivered on both from the getgo, only dragging for me in the last thirty percent because the big baddie had been revealed. I was surprised to see bad reviews for the book. But I like what I like 🤷‍♀️This atypical haunting with an emotional side to it checked the boxes for me.

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Clown in a Cornfield | Adam Cesare
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Saw this for sale this evening and then read it in a sitting. CinCF is too hard to put down! It‘s good old-fashioned slasher thrill-stuff.

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Wicked | Joanne Fluke
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Pickpick

Not the most wowing read, but Wicked was quick fun.

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Picked this up based on how much I enjoyed my best friend‘s exorcism.

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Wicked | Joanne Fluke
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How I‘m conferencing since I‘m a bad biochemist 😹. I added the cat sticker to prevent revealing someone‘s research. Sadly, the research was not on crowned cats.

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Pickpick

WNOIW is the first thriller in a long time to make me me like I‘m teetering on top of the roller coaster hill. It used history to make a nefarious plot seem not only possible but likely. WNOIW also convinced me that, aside from the outright villainy in the book, a real horror is happening every day in real life. That made for a shoulder-tensing, stomach-churning read.

daisyheadmaesie Awesome review. :) 2y
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Caught this deal this morning! I enjoyed Home Before Dark. I hope this one is as fun.

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Ghost Radio | Leopoldo Gout
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Pickpick

I found this at Dollar Tree and didn‘t have high expectations or any idea what others thought of Ghost Radio. Once I started reading I didn‘t want to put it down until I had consumed it entirely. It‘s mind-bending, all over the place, troubling, and a lot of fun. Great psychological horror for spooky season!

daisyheadmaesie Adding to stack for SURE! 2y
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Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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Remarkable. I loved the cohesive multiple POVs. To develop fleshed out characters in such short spaces is such a grand feat. The writing flows and never sacrifices either description or pacing. The subject matter is often brutal and informative, but somehow this book manages to feel hopeful and powerful. There‘s overwhelming resilience.
This book fully deserved a rare 5 star rating from me.

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I will make myself finish this book! Really interesting subject, but I think the lack of information about Felice hinders bringing her character to life as well as The Tigress of Forli by Elizabeth Lev did for Caterina Sforza.

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Hollow Ones | Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
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How am I supposed to believe that anyone who makes tea like that can pass the FBI entrance exams??? I use tea bags, but I don‘t put them in the microwave. And it definitely takes longer than 30 seconds to get water hot enough to brew tea. Has anyone ever made tea like this? Is that a thing?

LitStephanie My mom always used tea bags in the microwave, but it definitely takes more than 30 seconds, and then you have to let it steep awhile. 2y
ChemistKat @LitStephanie I knew a guy who would start drinking it as soon as the water came out of the microwave and I put the tea bag in. I told him it should steep, but he didn‘t care. I wanted to just give him hot water and stop wasting my tea lol. (edited) 2y
LitStephanie @ChemistKat, yes, that would just be hot water! 2y
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Pickpick

A fun read! MBFE had enough twists and turn that once I started reading, I didn‘t want to stop. When I tried flipping back to the cover for a photo, I realized that my kindle has skipped over the intro and other content, so that was a nice surprise after finishing the book😂🤷‍♀️

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The Widow Queen | Elzbieta Cherezinska
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I loved this intriguing historical fic. Polish history is completely new to me, the characters were good, and the pace was perfect. I hope the publisher releases the English translation of the second book, too!

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The Widow Queen | Elzbieta Cherezinska
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Just starting the English translation of this Polish historical fiction and already getting good vibes!

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Hamnet | Maggie O'Farrell
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Beautiful lyrical writing. Not much history to the historical fiction. I caught strands of depth to parent grief that moved me. But seems to rely on a better, famous story to prop itself up by unconvincingly giving that other story extra significance. Hamnet would have done well to figure out what it‘s about and explore that subject in depth rather than piddle among the wildflowers. I can see why it‘s winning prizes, but it left me lacking.

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Song of Solomon | Toni Morrison
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I didn‘t understand SoS as well as I usually like, but Morrison delivers a complex, emotional read. I like that it‘s a lot to digest and it‘s not all obvious to me with a first read. It‘s opportunity growth. I also loved the character portraits!

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Hamnet | Maggie O'Farrell
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Starting Hamnet after finishing this kindle slip case with a rough Elizabeth I portrait. It‘s not the best sewing or embroidery job but my Tudor dorkiness demanded I make it 😂

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Song of Solomon | Toni Morrison
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Late lab nights require books during wait-breaks. Morrison‘s Beloved was a beautiful, emotionally-heavy read. Looking forward to discovering this one.

SamAnne Just reread this and it was better the second time. 2y
ChemistKat @SamAnne I love those kind of books! 2y
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Glass Hotel | Emily St John Mandel
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Emily St John Mandel has a fantastic knack for creating characters that feel real. Between these and Station Eleven, I prefer the more story-based nature of SE, but the strength of both is in the characters. GH‘s story isn‘t all that fascinating. If not for the characters, it would be So-So.

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East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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I wanted a way to display the beautiful covers of ebooks/ library books, but I couldn‘t find anything small and practical like magnets, stickers, or patches with specific covers. So I got some magnetic tape, printed the covers, and did it myself. With ebooks on the rise, I hope authors sell little merch like this to help us show our love for their work and boost their earnings.

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War Lord | Bernard Cornwell

Is FB messaging an author to get an advanced readers copy of the last book in my favorite series and offering my first born child in exchange too much?

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Eden | W A Schwartz
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Not perfect, but I think Eden is definitely worth reading if you like psychological thrillers. It‘s always exciting to read a new author!

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Eden | W A Schwartz
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Starting to get really into this one

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Mehso-so

If there were an option between Pick and So-So, I‘d go with that, but I just can‘t say that I loved this book. I‘d argue that it isn‘t a fair play mystery because the day‘s events change. The beginning is a trudge to get through. At 50% it finally picks up and starts giving some answers. I appreciate the clever device the author uses to make the mystery more mysterious. I don‘t know if I liked it, though.

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36% through, but I‘m finding this a hard read to concentrate on. It‘s supposed to be ah-MAZZZZZ-ing so I‘ll see. Also, all the fuzz on my kindle 😂

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Went to dollar store for batteries, came back with three $1 books 👻

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Darkness Drops Again | Melissa E. Manning
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Starting another Goodreads Giveaway win!

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These Violent Delights | Micah Nemerever
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Love this monologue of Paul‘s.

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These Violent Delights | Micah Nemerever

Two chapters in and hoping that Julian‘s wannabe-highfalutin-intellectual snootiness goes away toot quick. I can‘t stand that kind of attitude.