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DGRachel

Joined May 2016

LibraryThing member DGRachel

Howler. Passionate dog mom. Opinionated mood reader with eclectic tastes. I‘ll try any genre once. http://tailsfromthedogside.blog
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A Reckless Match | Kate Bateman
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This is the first book of Kate Bateman‘s Reckless Rivals series and the first book of hers that I‘ve read. The storyline is a bit ridiculous, but I liked the characters and the banter between the H/h. It is well-written and there are some delightful secondary characters. The set up for the pairings in future books was a little heavy-handed. But, if you are looking for a romance that does not have babies as the epilogue, look no further.

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A super short story that mostly follows the mental health effects of events from Exit Strategy on one particular character and, of course, the ways in which Murderbot helps. I adore Murderbot and am excited to read Network Effect soon.

julesG Following Murderbot's timeline, you should read Fugitive Telemetry before Network Effect. I have no idea why the two were published in the wrong order. 3d
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Another action packed Murderbot novella. In this one, Murderbot is reunited with Dr. Mensah and her team. It has some really sweet, emotional moments (poor Murderbot), but also some great fight scenes. I‘m looking forward to the full-length novel next.

Dragon Murderbot 🤖💚🐉 4d
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Rogue Protocol | Martha Wells
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These novellas get better and better. Murderbot is even more sarcastic and the adventure is more exciting and entertaining. Wells is a genius. I‘m going to have to buy copies of all of the novellas so I can reread them, dang it. 😂

Dragon Love Murderbot 🤖💚🐉 5d
TracyReadsBooks Murder it is a definite favorite! 4d
JazzFeathers I have to buy them too. I keep hearing good things about this series. 2d
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Pacifique Irankunda was 4 when civil war broke out in #Burundi. While he provides some detail about atrocities committed during the 13 year war, those passages feel detached and nearly emotionless. The Tears of a Man Flow Inward reads more like a love letter to his homeland. You can feel his longing for the culture, the storytellers, and the sense of community that was lost or dying even before he was born, due to German and Belgian occupation.

DGRachel The memoir is sad and hopeful, and it was clearly cathartic for Irankunda who writes, “the first time I wrote a story about a dreadful memory from the war, I actually felt relieved. I could control the experience”. This effort at control, of turning pain into something beautiful, does lend itself to a detached feeling as one is reading, but it‘s still a well-written narrative. #readingafrica2022 (edited) 6d
DGRachel Also counting this for #booked2022, author born in Africa. @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft 6d
Librarybelle Wonderful review! 6d
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BarbaraBB Fab review 6d
Cinfhen Wow! Sounds powerful- 6d
TracyReadsBooks Great review! Sounds very interesting. 6d
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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I‘m sure I‘ll finish The Empty Hours this week and at least start the next 87th Precinct audiobook, but I doubt I‘ll finish my other in progress reads. Instead, I‘m going to try to get through more of the books that have library due dates or NetGalley publication dates. Yes, I had to make a list to keep track of it all. 🤦🏻‍♀️ #weeklyforecast

Cinfhen Great progress and beautiful graphics 🧡I had to make a list for my #NetGalley #ARCs too 🤦🏼‍♀️ 6d
DGRachel @Cinfhen My full NetGalley list is on a completely different tab of my Excel workbook. This just has the ones with May pub dates (well, that and the first in series that published last year, but that I need to read before book 2 publishes on the 24th). 😭😭 6d
Cinfhen Hahaha 🤣 😂🤣 6d
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Artificial Condition | Martha Wells
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The second Murderbot book was just as engaging and entertaining as the first. Actually, I enjoyed it even more. Murderbot decides to try to find out what happened when it supposedly committed mass murder and ends up taking a private security job. Hijinks ensue (who knew humans could be so self-destructively, monumentally stupid), with more sarcasm and a fantastic transport bot who I hope we see more of in future books. Absolutely delightful.

Dragon ART is awesome, love Murderbot 🤖💚🐉 7d
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Not a terrible week, even though most of my reading has been done today. I‘m happy to have finished Mister N finally, and before its publication date. Murderbot is just as delightful as everyone says and I can‘t wait for more Twig. The 87th Precinct novels are about all I can tolerate on audio right now, so I‘m continuing my binge of that series. Slowly plugging away at Tongue‘s Blood and just started Master of Djinn. #bookreport

Cinfhen I‘d say it was a pretty good week!!! 7d
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All Systems Red | Martha Wells
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Here‘s a shocker-I do not have an #unpopularopinion. I was worried I‘d hate it since there is so much love, but Murderbot is, in fact, hysterical. How could I not like a snarky SecUnit designed to protect clients by killing all threats that really only wants to binge Netflix? The story surrounding this particular assignment was interesting and I enjoyed the adventure. I have high hopes for the rest of the series.

ChaoticMissAdventures I loved it too! I wish the series was sold in one big volume, the box set of all the novellas is so expensive and my library has an incredibly long wait list for all of them. 1w
Dragon Love Murderbot 🤖💚🐉 1w
Dragon The audiobooks are awesome 👍🐉 1w
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Graciouswarriorprincess Glad that you liked it!! 1w
DGRachel @ChaoticMissAdventures I was lucky. My library had holds on the digital copies, but apparently no interest in the print volumes. I was able to check them all out and extend the holds because there was no wait. The audiobooks are also on Hoopla, so no wait in that format. 1w
TracyReadsBooks This is such a great series and one of my most frequent recommendations for people who want to read science fiction. 1w
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Mister N | Najwa Barakat
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This is really difficult for me to review. For the right reader, I can see this being a much loved work. The prose is excellent and the story is complex. The eponymous Mister N is mentally ill, which creates a great deal of confusion in the 1st person narrative. I did not enjoy spending 254 pages stuck inside Mister N‘s brain. The back cover calls this a dark comedy and says it is “comical and tragic by turns”.👇🏻

DGRachel I found no hints of comedy at all, just darkness. This is a sad, tragic, and depressing novel. I‘m giving this a so-so to be fair. Well written? No doubt. Just not a novel for me. For me, it would be a pan. 1w
vivastory I appreciate your thoughtful, balanced review. I'm stacking. It sounds like a book I might enjoy. 1w
DGRachel @vivastory - do you want my ARC? I‘ll gladly mail it to you. 1w
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vivastory If you don't mind, I'd appreciate it 🙂 Thank you for the generous offer! 1w
DGRachel @vivastory I don‘t mind at all - it saves me a little shelf space. I‘ll try to get it in the mail sometime this week. 🙂 1w
DGRachel @vivastory The book should arrive by Saturday. ☺️ 2d
vivastory Thanks so much! I used to read a lot more middle eastern lit & recently decided to make a priority to read more translated work in general. This will be a good starting point 🙂 2d
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Clearly this isn‘t I HATE FAIRYLAND, but TWIG isn‘t in the database. This is Splat. He‘s Twig‘s companion and I love him. The art here is fantastic, the story is sucking me in, and I can‘t wait to read more. I broke my book buying ban for the digital copy and I‘M NOT SORRY! Seriously, this is fun: good story, great art, wonderful vivid colors, and easy to follow panels and speech bubbles. Reading it made my day. 🤩

TracyReadsBooks Twig is THE BEST! Love it. There are something like 60 variant covers for this first issue and it‘s so fun to see everyone‘s take on the story/characters. 1w
DGRachel @TracyReadsBooks Twig, the character, is adorable, but I don‘t have a good read on his personality yet. Splat, on the other hand, is delightfully naughty, and I‘m a sucker for a snarky sidekick! 1w
TracyReadsBooks @DGRachel Definitely a sucker for a snarky sidekick! 1w
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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Woke up feeling kind of yucky in a “all is hopeless, there‘s no point in anything” kind of mood. I put my #weeklyforecast together yesterday, but I doubt I‘ll stick to it. I need to get Mister N finished this week, but I am not sure if I‘ll start Murderbot or not. I may not read anything at all or I may read something that isn‘t on my May TBR plan.🤷🏻‍♀️

Graywacke Not fun. Wish you something good today. 💙 2w
Soubhiville Hope you feel better. I‘m excited for you having Murderbot in your future. 2w
Cinfhen I‘m sorry you‘re feeling so bleh 😔I bailed on 3 books yesterday and two others last week.. 2w
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DGRachel @Cinfhen Ugh! I hate that, but I also get it. If the one book I‘m reading wasn‘t an Early Reviewers book, I‘d bail, and I don‘t even hate it. I just don‘t want to read it. 😭 I hope you‘re able to find something that sticks. 2w
bthegood Hope you find a book and less meh soon🤗 2w
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I have too many books going now for comfort, so hopefully I can finish a couple this weekend. I did finish a great book (Denver Noir) this week, and two other fun, short reads. I‘m struggling again with audiobooks-bailed on one and just didn‘t feel like listening to the other (no reflection on the story). I think Mister N is going to be my focus today. Or maybe I‘ll try to cross off another quick read. 🤪 #bookreport

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I tell myself every time I get a publisher email - don‘t open it and absolutely do not click the NetGalley widget, yet I usually do. I‘m not sorry I clicked this one 2 days ago. I love a good Krampus story. This was a little short on Krampus, but long on human monsters and while somewhat predictable, still deceptively creepy. This would be a good novella to read around Christmas when you‘re sick of Hallmark Movies. 😂

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Miss Benson's Beetle | Rachel Joyce
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I took a chance on this one, knowing it wasn‘t a genre a typically enjoy, because it was highly recommended. The audiobook is narrated by Juliet Stevenson, who I adore, but sadly, her narration wasn‘t enough to keep me going. Enid‘s baby obsession irritates me to no end, and I‘m not fond of Miss Benson. I think I‘ve given the story a fair shot. I‘m just not interested enough in the fates of the characters to carry on.

Lcsmcat Well darn. It‘s my book club‘s choice for June. 2w
DGRachel @Lcsmcat Don‘t let my review discourage you. It is totally a case of just not a book for me and I knew that was a real danger going in. Go read @Cinfhen review for encouragement! 2w
Cinfhen I was gonna say I found it charming and delightful @Lcsmcat sorry it was a pan for you Rachel 🙃 2w
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Lcsmcat @Cinfhen I‘ll try to keep an open mind then. 🙂 2w
DGRachel @Cinfhen I knew it was a risk for me, and I‘m not sorry I tried it. Sometimes, books surprise me and I love them. Other times…not so much. 😂 2w
Cinfhen I appreciate your positive attitude 😊 too bad it wasn‘t a hit…there‘s always next time xxx 2w
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Why Libby? Why? You told me yesterday I had a 3 week wait! I was counting on those 3 weeks!!!😭😭

EvieBee I know, right?! LOL! 2w
DGRachel @EvieBee I say this as I return an audiobook 2 weeks early that 2 people are waiting on. Sorry future people. I hope you didn‘t have plans. 😂 2w
CampbellTaraL I was hit with this problem this morning too. /shakeFist 2w
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SAGA #58 | Brian K. Vaughan
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That cliffhanger…*sob* 🥺

I was worried Hoopla wouldn‘t get this issue. Patience is not my greatest virtue, but now I‘m a little sorry that I read it at bedtime. 😭😭😭

booklover3258 Thank you for letting me know... Just read it... omg the ending!! Not the seal!! 3w
Graciouswarriorprincess I am behind and need to get caught up! Now, I'm so curious!! :)
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Denver Noir | Cynthia Swanson
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My favorite of the collections to date. There is not a single story I did not enjoy. Cynthia Swanson has curated and edited a stunning series of diverse stories, not only in terms of authors and characters, but also a wide variety of time periods and styles. There‘s even a graphic story! The stories are full of interesting characters you have to care about while maintaining that classic noir atmosphere. TWs for nearly everything. I loved it.

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The only phrase of Russian I really want to learn: “put your pig paws back in your pocket”. 🤣🐷🤣🐷🤣

LeahBergen 😆😆 3w
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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Starting off the first week of May hoping to finish the books that I‘m carrying over from April, and hopefully finishing at least one more ARC. #weeklyforecast

Cinfhen Good luck this week - hope your allergies are under control 💕 (edited) 3w
DGRachel @Cinfhen Thanks! Tree pollen season is winding down, but grasses are ramping up. 🤧🤷🏻‍♀️😂 3w
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Danger Girl: May Day | Andy Hartnell
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It‘s my birthday month, so of course I‘ve set myself a ridiculous TBR! I have a couple of ARC commitments, LMPBC, and a series to binge. I may be most excited about my Dracula reread, since apparently Stoker‘s Dracula and I share a birthday (according to Crime Reads and I‘m too lazy to fact check them). I can‘t wait to crack open my new copy illustrated by Edward Gorey! #maytbr #happybirthdaytome (image does not include audiobooks)

Dragon Love 💚👍the Murderbot series, enjoy! 3w
rabbitprincess Birthday month twins! Looks like a great month ahead 😊 3w
Graciouswarriorprincess Love the Murderbot series! 2w
DGRachel @Graciouswarriorprincess There is a lot of love out there for the series. I am almost scared to try it in case I don‘t like it. 😂 2w
Graciouswarriorprincess @DGRachel I have only read the first one but it is good!! 2w
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That‘s a wrap on April. I made a little more progress in Denver Noir, but I didn‘t finish it. I read some good books, several crummy ones, and what is definitely going to be Top 10, if not the best of this year: The Diamond Eye. #aprilstats

Cinfhen Fantastic month!! Sorry about the crappy books but glad you found the winner 3w
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It‘s been a week of lows and HIGHS. I may try to finish Denver Noir today, but The Diamond Eye has given me a book hangover. I‘ll save creating my end of month stat post for later, just in case, and go watch Dateline or something equally ridiculous. 🤪 Seriously, though, it‘s going to be hard to top The Diamond Eye for favorite book of the year. #bookreport

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I usually avoid WWII historical fiction like the plague, but after reading The Huntress and now The Diamond Eye, I will read anything Kate Quinn writes. This fictionalized account of real-life Soviet WWII sniper, Lyudmila Pavlichenko, is stunning. Beautifully crafted, expertly plotted, and well-researched, it is a book I didn‘t want to put down. I cried, cheered, or held my breath through every page. All the stars for this one. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

CoverToCoverGirl She‘s an AMAZING writer. Each book gets progressively better. 3w
Cinfhen Great review 😃 3w
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Cold-Hearted Rake | Lisa Kleypas
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I almost bailed 10% of the way through, but then it started to get entertaining, and then, it tanked. By 80%, I regretted not bailing. My second Kleypas, and definitely my last. It‘s not completely terrible, but it‘s inconsistent and not for me. YMMV

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Cold-Hearted Rake | Lisa Kleypas
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There‘s a reason why enemies-to-lovers is my favorite trope. It literally makes me bounce in my chair, clap my hands gleefully, and giggle like a naughty child. 😂😂👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

GingerAntics 🤣😂🤣 3w
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The Maid | Nita Prose
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I‘m really on the fence with this one. On one hand, I disliked Molly and we spend the whole book in her head, which was hard for me to stomach. On the other hand, there are some great secondary characters and the ending left me the kind of smile that reaches the eyes, even if it was a little ridiculous. There are also some real pearls of wisdom and insightful comments that I appreciated.

LiteraryinLawrence The book arrived today! Just wanted to let you know! 3w
DGRachel @LiteraryinLawrence Yay! I totally forgot to post when I sent it. 😂😂 3w
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The Maid | Nita Prose
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The Manningtree Witches | A. K. Blakemore
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@Mitch This looks AMAZING! Thank you so much my dear friend. I can‘t wait to read it!

Mitch Ahhhh….. happy Easter part 2! 4w
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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I have 2 books I have to finish to meet commitment deadlines, 4 books I‘d like to get finished before the end of the month, and 2 books in progress that I plan to read in small amounts, so they will probably stay on my forecast for some time. #weeklyforecast

Cinfhen Seems like you have prioritized your reading to perfection 🙌🏻💜 4w
DGRachel @Cinfhen Now if only I could make myself read the things I‘ve committed to read before their deadlines. 🤣🤣 4w
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This was a week of starting things not finishing, especially trying to find something interesting, but not too interesting (textbook, please) to conquer the insomnia. Maybe I‘ll actually finish a few books next week. 🤷🏻‍♀️ #bookreport

Cinfhen Looks like you have lots of good options in play 😘 1mo
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All Systems Red | Martha Wells
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#libraryhaul Have to binge the first books so I can read my Easter gift from @Mitch 💖 Yay for libraries!

StaceGhost I just did this & I highly recommend it! 1mo
Mitch 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 4w
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Europe: A History | Norman Davies
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I‘ve been having trouble sleeping lately, so I pulled this off my shelves. I started it more than 20 years ago, reached page 193 (my bookmark is still there) and got distracted by other books. I think I‘m going to see if it will be heavy enough reading (metaphorically speaking) to help put me to sleep. 😂 It‘s a #chunkster at over 1350 pages and it‘s been so long, I have to start at the beginning.

rachelk Regardless of the reason, setting a book down and picking it up 20 years later is amazing! I‘m inspired! 1mo
DivineDiana Agree with @rachelk Cheering you on! 👏🏻 1mo
Chrissyreadit I will be in your city tomorrow if you want to meet up this weekend. 1mo
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DGRachel @Chrissyreadit Gack! I meant to email you! I will send you an email later today, I promise!! 1mo
Chrissyreadit There is VEGAN Soul Food in Charlotte!?!?!? 1mo
DGRachel I am not surprised. For as long as I‘ve lived here (10years) I know pathetically little about the area. Not to mention it has grown exponentially since 2012. @Chrissyreadit 1mo
catiewithac Insomnia for the win (with reading)! 1w
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#booked2022 #acomingoutstory This was an informative, touching graphic memoir about Maia‘s discovery of em gender identity. I had not heard of Spivak pronouns prior to this. There‘s a lot here that I didn‘t know. I appreciate having this memoir for an experience very different from my own and so glad that e felt secure enough to write this. My only quibble is that the art style is not to my liking, but it‘s the story that is really important.

Bookzombie Excellent review! 1mo
Nutmegnc I have this one in my TBR!! Great thoughts! 1mo
Cinfhen Excellent review!! I‘ve heard wonderful things about this GN 1mo
Cinfhen Too bad you didn‘t enjoy the artwork. 1mo
DGRachel @Cinfhen I‘m super picky about the art style I like. This one is fine, and it suits the story, it just isn‘t one I find particularly appealing. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
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Detective Kling‘s girlfriend is gunned down in a bookstore, along with three other people, which makes this personal for the detectives of the 87th Precinct. This was an unusually twisty mystery in this series that did a good job of giving the reader the same tunnel vision as the detectives. CW for rape and abortion.

#booked2022 #titlerepeatsitself

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SQUEEEEEE! @Mitch You are the best Easter Bunny! Every time someone posts about Murderbot, I think, “I really need to try these murderbot books. They sound like something I would love”. I think I own the first novella on Kindle, but I do not have this one! Off to rearrange my reading plans for May and find something to do with these super cute page flags. Thank you so much my friend! 💖🐰💖

Mitch You haven‘t read it! I‘d convinced myself you had! 🤣Enjoy sweetie! 1mo
DGRachel @Mitch I have not! I put holds on #1-4 from my library and should have them in a week or so and will be binging the series in May! Thank you so much! 😘 1mo
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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I‘ve got a fair bit that needs to be finished this week. Ideally, I would finish The Diamond Eye today, but I have more than half left, so the odds are not in my favor. I have dog cookies to make and it‘s Sunday, which is typically a veg on the couch with Dateline as background noise and sleep away the day, kind of day. So, we‘ll see. Most of these are for challenges/book club, though, so I would like to check them off the list.
#weeklyforecast

Cinfhen Pretty graphics 💚 1mo
DGRachel @Cinfhen Thanks! I love PicCollage. ☺️ 1mo
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See Them Die | Ed McBain
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While not my favorite of the series, there is plenty to unpack here - gangs, racism, excessive use of force. It‘s sad to see topics that are front and center today in a book written in 1960. Will we ever learn to be better?

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“My memoir, the unofficial version: Snipers must make themselves calm in order to succeed, and that is why women are good at sharpshooting. Because there is not a woman alive who has not learned how to eat rage in order to appear calm.”

Librarybelle I love that quote! 1mo
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I‘d hoped to finish something else today, but I‘m probably going to spend the rest of the day watching stupid movies and napping. 🤷🏻‍♀️

I only managed to finish one terrible book and couldn‘t stick to an audiobook until I grabbed the next 87th Precinct novel on Friday. I still might finish listening to that today. Loving the Quinn, just started The Maid, and have no memory of the 40 pages of Tongue‘s Blood that I‘ve read. 🤦🏻‍♀️

#bookreport

Cinfhen Some weeks are just like that!! Better to forget about them - napping & tv binging sounds perfect 😍 1mo
TheLudicReader I almost bought Sundial yesterday. 😬 1mo
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A little #bookmail today. I haven‘t read this one before (I love the Vintage Classic covers, but I hate that I have to wait for them to ship from the UK via Book Depository). I‘m thinking of using this for #booked2022 nautical novel. It‘s this one or Rafael Sabatini‘s Captain Blood.

LeahBergen I haven‘t read this one but I heartily enjoyed Captain Blood! 1mo
DGRachel @LeahBergen Clearly, Instagram agrees. 🤣🤣🏴‍☠️ 1mo
LeahBergen Yep, I guess you noticed that I just voted. 😆😆 1mo
DGRachel @LeahBergen the only person who voted for Hemingway is my co-worker who is the biggest literature snob I‘ve ever met. I mean, I love her, but…🤣🤣 1mo
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The prequel short story was wonderful. The first book was disappointing, but still okay. This was tedious, dull, and filled with uninspired characters. I abhorred the H/h. Mr North, the butler, was one of the few entertaining characters, but even the few laugh out loud moments mostly due to him, were not enough to redeem this. The digital ARC is poorly edited, as well. Let‘s hope they clean it up for the final printing.

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Saga #57 | Brian K. Vaughan
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What can I say? It‘s Saga. IYKYK. If you haven‘t read it, go grab the first issue or trade edition. Go. I‘ll be here listening for your screams of delight and pain, joy and sadness. You can thank me later.

TracyReadsBooks Love this comic sooooooo much! 1mo
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Sundial | Catriona Ward
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Oh reading slumps, how I loathe thee. I had a digital ARC of this through NetGalley but didn‘t get to it before pub date so I got the audiobook from my library. I was really excited for it. 2% of the way into a 13 hour audiobook and I hate all of the characters and am bailing. 😭😭😭 I know it‘s because I‘m super grumpy but now I‘m also super sad. Maybe I‘ll go see if the library has any fluffy audiobooks available now

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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Nope. Admittedly, memoirs are not something I often enjoy and rarely pick up on my own. This is a work book club pick. Since I lead book club, I have never bailed on a book no matter how much I hated it until now. I tried not to be judgmental about the father‘s lunatic anti-government, Illuminati conspiracy theories, but I cannot read any more of the abuse of the kids. At 21% of the audiobook, I‘m out.

KristiAhlers Yeah it was a tough read. Not one you‘d say “I totally enjoyed” as the subject matter was so awful. I guess I stuck it out thinking if she could survive it and write about it. I can read it. But totally get where you‘re coming from. 1mo
GingerAntics Yeah, the father in this one is a real trip. The end where she escapes and goes to college and ends up being really smart and everything is good. Maybe she should have lead with a little bit of that. The whole Rhode‘s Scholar thing is pretty good. Maybe just skip ahead to that bit. (edited) 1mo
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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To meet book club and ARC review deadlines, I need to finish all of the pictured books this week. 😭 My job workload is doubling this week, too, so we‘ll see just how much of these I get through. #weeklyforecast

Cinfhen How‘s the allergies?? Lots of good books in your forecast!! 1mo
DGRachel @Cinfhen Allergies are so bad right now. I feel like they are the worst they‘ve ever been, but I think I say that every year. 🤧🤧 Just call me Mrs. Bennett, only with allergies instead of nerves. 🤣🤣 1mo
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I finished 3 books this week and I didn‘t love any of them as much as I wanted to. I had hoped to make more headway in The Diamond Eye today, maybe even finish it, but my allergies are so bad today that I had to take Benedryl so I will be watching WGI World Championships and/or sleeping off the Benedryl for the rest of the day. 🤧 #bookreport

Cinfhen Ugh, allergy season 🤧🤕 1mo
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Sloth Sleeps Over | Blythe Russo
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So…as sad as this makes me, I didn‘t love the text. I don‘t have kids, so maybe it would go over better with them. However, I absolutely LOVE Blythe‘s artwork. Her style is one of my favorites and I‘d reread this just to look at the pictures.

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A little dry and not for the faint of heart, this is a detailed account of Shackleton‘s expedition to Antarctica and the struggle for survival after the Endurance became trapped in ice and sank. If you are squeamish about animal death, skip this. Parts of this were so hard to listen to and the depictions of amputations made me gag (literally), but the story itself is an incredible one of perseverance against nearly impossible odds.

Suet624 i first read this years and years ago. My brother gave every member of my family a copy of the book for Christmas. For good reason. I read it again several years ago. This is a stunning journey. The ending in particular stays with me. aRowing across the ocean to get help. Hiking the mountains. In what kind of clothing??? Would we be able to do anything of the sort now? 1mo
peaknit I‘m a little anxious about the animal death part, I may have to go for it. It seems like a really interesting read. 1mo
DGRachel @peaknit I‘ll put some notes under a spoiler comment and you can choose whether or not you want the additional info. ☺️ 1mo
DGRachel All of the sled dog teams end of being killed at various points because there‘s not enough food to share. Most of the descriptions are matter of fact “Shackleton ordered it. So and so took them over a hill and shot them”, but there are a couple where the handler was really attacking to a dog that are gut-wrenching. I did almost bail on the book. You‘ve also got animals killed for food, but those are matter of fact, too, so easier to read. 1mo
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Mister N | Najwa Barakat
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I do love #bookmail. 💖

kspenmoll Me too! 1mo
BarbaraBB Looking good 1mo
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