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DGRachel

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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The Passenger | Cormac McCarthy
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Mehso-so

I love McCarthy‘s prose and I wanted to love this book, but it‘s nearly impossible to follow the dialogue. Switching to audio helped that, but then it was harder to follow the plot. As expected, it is bleak and heavy, but I‘m hard-pressed to give a summary let alone a review. I‘ll adjust my expectations for Stella Maris. Also, there‘s a secret hinted at which I hope is not explored further. I‘m uncomfortable with the implication.

Megabooks Kinda glad I bailed now. Very helpful, great review. 5h
DGRachel @Megabooks I‘m not sorry I didn‘t bail, but I‘m also kind of sorry that I didn‘t. I hate feeling like I‘m not smart enough for a book. The plot meanders and goes off on bizarre tangents, and yeah…it just gets too weird in places. I kind of don‘t even want to pick up Stella Maris at all. 🥺 5h
Aims42 I know you shouldn‘t judge a book by its cover but …. I really can‘t find the passion to want to learn more about this book because the cover looks like my Econ 101 textbook from college 4h
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DGRachel @Aims42 😂😂 4h
BarbaraBB I won‘t read it now, I‘m sure after your and @Megabooks review! 3h
batsy @Aims42 Yes, they really dropped the ball on that cover! 😆 now
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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I may set Hagitude aside for a bit, but I will finish Perseus and The Passenger this week. I expect to get through Murder Book and at least start Daisy Darker. I‘m just really not sure about my next audiobook. I‘ve given up hope of finishing either #readingafrica2022 or #booked2022, but Nomad counts for Africa and Moon for Booked, so I may try to cross off at least one more prompt via audiobook. #weeklyforecast

Cinfhen Every book read counts towards the drawing for #Booked2022 so you‘re all good 😊 18h
Cinfhen Also I‘m looking forward to 18h
Itchyfeetreader I am in the same boat, although I came into reading Africa seeing it as a multi year journey! 18h
Bookzombie I loved Moon of the Crusted Snow. I hope you get to it. 🙂 15h
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I may a lot of progress in Perseus and Passenger. I hope to finish at least one of them tomorrow. I‘d have finished one today, but I discovered Wednesday on Netflix and binged the entire series today. Oops. I did, however, finish 4 other books this week and like 3 out of the 4, so I‘ll take this week as a win. #bookreport

Cinfhen Definitely a win!!! And that HUGE book haul you scored😉I‘m seeing so many mixed reviews on this book 👉🏽are you enjoying 1d
DGRachel @Cinfhen I don‘t know if enjoying it is the right word. I switched to audio and that has been a huge help with figuring out who‘s talking, but I‘m still confused about what‘s happening. I know we have 2 storylines, but I am not sure if we have multiple timelines within storylines. But I‘m still curious to see how it all weaves together. And I 💖 Small Business Saturday. My bank account - not so much. 😂 1d
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This is a retelling of a 15th century ghost story. Dan Jones provides background on the discovery of the original manuscript, his version of the tale, and then history of the monastery where the ghost stories originated. A very short, quick read, this is fun find and I may even consider making it an annual spooky season read.

Sweetkokoro I have this too and I actually found the way Jones wrote about the history to be more “scary” than the actual tale haha. But it‘s super quick to read and I loved the insight into what a scary story from the 15th century was like. 1d
DGRachel @Sweetkokoro The ghost story was fun, but I definitely enjoyed the history lesson even more. 1d
Q84 Sounds interesting. 🤔 Adding. 1d
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Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC (Bookstore)
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I don‘t do Black Friday anymore, but Small Business Saturday is one of my favorite days of the year.
Bookseller: Do you have books on hold?
Me: I should have a box!
Bookseller: Yes, you do. 😂😂
#bookhaul

Caroline2 Wow what an epic book haul!!! 🤩 2d
TrishB Look at those ❤️ 2d
Cinfhen YOU Go GIRL👊🏼 2d
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Tamra 😂 2d
LeahBergen Ooo! 👀 2d
Hooked_on_books Nice haul! 1d
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The Mistletoe Motive | Chloe Liese
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This was a sweet enemies(ish) to lovers holiday romance, set in an independent bookstore. Gabby is autistic and demisexual, as is the author, so I assume the rep is accurate. Jonathan is the wonderfully grumpy co-manager. I prefer historicals to contemporary, but this was the perfect blend of my favorite tropes with enough steam to keep it interesting. 😉 I didn‘t want to put it down & read it in one sitting.

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Norse Mythology | Neil Gaiman
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Another collection of Gods Behaving Badly. I enjoyed these Norse tales and Gaiman brilliantly narrates his own book. It ties in neatly with The Witch‘s Heart, too. The myths are brutal and violent. Thor‘s an idiot. Loki is…Loki - a sneaky, narcissistic, trickster. I do rather love Freya and Hel, though. A little slow in spots, but overall a fun listen.

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Bailedbailed

I think I might have read this on Kindle about 9 years ago, but that was before I used Goodreads to track my reading. I don‘t think I loved it, but I don‘t think I hated it. This time, on audio, I just can‘t keep going. I‘m bored and annoyed. The constant reference to Sookie‘s ability to hear other people‘s thoughts as a disability sets my teeth on edge. I made it 1/3 of the way through, but I‘m done.

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Mehso-so

This is an unpopular opinion, but I feel a so-so is more than generous and it only gets that much for the little tidbits of insight into other actors and because I‘d feel like a monster panning Felton‘s struggled and vulnerability. It feels like he goes out of his way early on to make you think he‘s some rotten troublemaker, when instead he was just a kid with maybe more money/freedom than sense. The whole thing felt forced and awkward.

Cinfhen Great review! Sorry it wasn‘t a pick but at least you got through it!!! 6d
DGRachel @Cinfhen One advantage to a 13 hour work day is plenty of audiobook listening time. 😳 6d
Cinfhen Yikes!!!! That‘s a WAY TOO LONG workday 🥺 6d
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My library just answered my “what audiobook will I listen to next” question. 🪄

Cinfhen Hope it‘s good!! 1w
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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I‘m not even going to pretend that I‘ll get extra reading done over the four day weekend. I‘ll be thrilled just to finish the books I currently have in progress. The next audiobook is up for debate since it‘s month end close at work due to the holidays, so I‘ll be slammed and may just end up listening to music or internally screaming. 😂 #weeklyforecast

Cinfhen I vote for listening to music 🎶 🙌🏻♥️ always a mood lifter 😀 1w
nichollinlove I loved Norse Mythology. It wasn't long, Gaiman narrates, and the stories are short and make it easy to pause and leave for a while when you need to. But now I'm adding Heroes to my Libby holds 😂 1w
DGRachel @nichollinlove It‘s because Gaiman narrates that I‘m hesitant to listen while I work. I know I will want to pay closer attention than I will be able to. I listened to Fry‘s Mythos audiobook a few years back and it was fun. 1w
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“You don‘t mess with a witch, and women today are bone-tired of being messed with.”

💯 Bone. Tired.

Bookwormjillk For sure 1w
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The Witch's Heart | Genevieve Gornichec
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This is a beautiful, bittersweet tale of Angrboda, Mother Witch, wife to Loki, mother of Hel, Fenrir, and Jormungandr. The writing is lovely, even if the pacing is painfully slow in parts. It‘s a story that made me cry and rage, and also makes me want to dive deeper into Norse mythology. The audiobook narration is excellent, too.

Aimeesue I LoveLoveLoved this book. And also took up nålbinding. ? 1w
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I‘ll finish Witch‘s Heart today, so at least I got 1/4 of the books from the weekly forecast completed. 🤦🏻‍♀️ I did make progress in the others, I just couldn‘t deal with the sadness, anger, and/or lack of punctuation in the others, so I read something else. Some weeks are just like that. #bookreport

Cinfhen Exactly, some weeks just don‘t jive well!!! What are your thoughts on this book (edited) 1w
DGRachel @Cinfhen I‘m really not far enough in to form much of an opinion beyond the fact that I‘m struggling to follow one of the storylines. I think I need to let go and trust that it will all make sense eventually. 1w
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This Earl of Mine | Kate Bateman
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This is a fun marriage of convenience HR with plenty of shenanigans, banter, a bit of heat, and a villainous cousin. I do love a smarmy romance villain, even if MOC is not my favorite trope. This isn‘t my favorite of Bateman‘s novels, but still a good brain break from reality and heavier (sad) books.

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The Neverending Story | Michael Ende
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To buy or not to buy. Curse you, Folio Society. I already have 3 editions of this book, but I am oh so tempted. 🥹

RowReads1 Oh pretty! 1w
IndoorDame Oh it‘s gorgeous! Folio is such an evil temptation 😈📚❤️ 1w
5feet.of.fury 😍 it‘s gorgeoussss 1w
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Aimeesue 😍😍😍 1w
vivastory I have never read this one, despite it being one of my favorite childhood movies, but it is such a gorgeous edition I have been tempted!! 1w
DGRachel @vivastory I‘ve read it a few times. I love the first half of the book, which roughly corresponds to the original movie. The second half of the book? Not so much. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1w
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GERT 👏🏻 IS 👏🏻 BACK! 🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳

My first and favorite comic series is back with an all new storyline and it‘s going to be epic. Bright, colorful, and oh so wrong. This is not for the faint of heart. It is delightfully gruesome. Enter at your own risk. Be prepared to replace swear words with Gert-isms in your everyday life.

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This Earl of Mine | Kate Bateman
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It‘s only Tuesday, but it has already been A WEEK. My current reads are all emotionally heavy or just slow (seriously, why does Cormac McCarthy hate quotation marks for dialogue? 😭). After crying listening to The Witch‘s Heart, I picked up the 1st book in the Bow Street Bachelors series. I have #3 in my NetGalley queue. I love Bateman‘s Ruthless Rivals series, so I want to read this one in order. So far, it‘s a much needed brain break.

Cinfhen Oh no!!! Wishing you peace as the week continues xx 2w
DGRachel @Cinfhen Thank you. 💖 2w
rachelm Sending you good brain break vibes 🫶🏻 2w
DGRachel @rachelm Thank you! 💖 2w
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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Lots of books in progress. Hopefully, I‘ll be able to get through at least half.

#weeklyforecast

Cinfhen Good luck 🍀 xx 2w
kspenmoll Looks like some good books! 2w
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The Passenger | Cormac McCarthy
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It‘s a good day for reading on the deck. 😎

Aimeesue Awwww, pibble ❤️ 2w
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#NetGalleyNovember is off to a good start. Bateman is a winner, Hotel of Secrets not so much. I‘m still heartbroken about Dark Horse, but too annoyed with it to push through. It‘s been a long week, and I didn‘t crack an audiobook, so no progress in Hagitude. I did start a 3rd ARC (Perseus) and decided I had enough brainpower for McCarthy. 17 pages in and I may have overestimated my brain. 😅 #bookreport

Cinfhen I love your November challenge #NetGalleyNovember 🙌🏻brilliant!! I might need to jump on that bandwagon ♥️ 2w
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Something is wrong with me. I must be broken. Where are my Orphan X fans at? I need someone to talk me into finishing this. I‘ve hit page 66 and I‘m…bored? Maybe it‘s the cartel plot that makes me want to hurl the book against a wall. I don‘t know. I‘m devastated. (and maybe a little overdramatic. 😂)

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Twig, Volume 1 | Skottie Young
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Pickpick

My preorder of the trade volume arrived today! I love Twig and Splat. Their adventures are delightful and I want more! 😍

TracyReadsBooks ❤️Twig and Splat❤️ 2w
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Hotel of Secrets | Diana Biller
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The NetGalley blurb promised banter and shenanigans and Biller delivered. There were many laugh-out-loud moments in this historical romance set in 1870s Vienna. I enjoyed the setting and the quirky cast of characters, but there are enough unpleasantly odd notes that keep this from being a real winner. I can‘t place my finger on what didn‘t work, but while I laughed a lot, I‘m kind of glad it‘s over. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3.5 ⭐️ for the banter and shenanigans

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I voted last Tuesday and have been so anxious about the results that I‘ve been trying to avoid all social media and news today. I‘ll either celebrate or cry tomorrow when more of the results are final. #auldlangspine

Texreader I‘m trying to avoid anything about it too. Way too stressful 3w
goodbyefrancie I avoided it all day, and watched too much of it online tonight. What a mess. 3w
AlaMich Me too!! I don‘t know how I will deal when Nov 2024 rolls around. I‘ll probably have to go live in a cabin in the woods somewhere. 3w
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DGRachel @Texreader @goodbyefrancie @AlaMich I caught the results of a couple races (none in my state) but they were enough to make me sick to my stomach. 3w
Graciouswarriorprincess @DGRachel I avoided it all since I did early voting until this morning. 3w
DGRachel @Graciouswarriorprincess I avoided most of it thanks to early voting. I just happened to have a couple of election night results pop up on my Instagram feed last night since I went on to look at other non-election stuff. I haven‘t turned on the news yet today either. 3w
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Kate Bateman is one of my favorite historical romance authors. The whole Ruthless Rivals series is absolutely delightful. Harriet and Morgan delight in tormenting each other, in this not quite enemies to lovers tale. There is plenty of sharp, witty banter (my favorite), no weird euphemisms, a little life-threatening adventure, and a baby-free epilogue. Practically perfect. 💖 Publishes 12/27/2022 Thx to NetGalley & St Martin‘s for the ARC.

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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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Remind me next week when I say “I really thought I read more” that I did, in fact, finish two books on Saturday after I‘d posted my book report, so they aren‘t on this #weeklyforecast. For this week, I have a book club book to continue and then way too many choices. I have a spinning wheel set up for audiobooks, NetGalley digital ARCs, and print for bedtime. I‘m hoping to finish at least one of each this week. 🤞🏻

Cinfhen I love those wheels!! Glad you were able to finish your other books. 3w
DGRachel @Cinfhen It‘s one of my favorite apps, even when I ignore the choice it makes. 🤣 How‘s your head? I hope you‘re feeling better! 3w
Cinfhen It feels like it‘s starting to break…thanks for asking 💖 3w
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The Sandman: An Audible Original | Neil Gaiman, Dirk Maggs
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I wasn‘t sure how comics would translate into the audiobook formats, but apparently one should never doubt the brilliance of Neil Gaiman. This production is amazing. The cast is incredible (hello - James McAvoy as Morpheus? 😍). The storylines are complex, and I‘ll be honest, I probably only followed them as well as I did because of the Netflix series, but I‘m still looking forward to listening to Act II. So good.

julesG Perfect review! I was cautiously optimistic when going into this the first time. The narrators/voice actors did a great job bringing the GNs alive. 3w
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Gallows Hill | Darcy Coates
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Margot inherits the family winery after her parents die of apparent heart attacks on the same night. She has no memory of the place, having been sent away to live with her grandmother when she was a child. She learns the house is haunted and the curse wants to destroy her. This is terrifying and compelling. It also is not graphic and has the best ending. I absolutely loved it even though I only dared read it in daylight. 👻👻👻👻👻

DeeLew I‘m currently reading this one. SO good! 3w
DGRachel @DeeLew I was 2/3 finished and the wind knocked a tree branch onto my roof. I literally threw the book across the room when I jumped. 😱🤣🤣 3w
DeeLew Oh I would have had a heart attack! 🤣 3w
LeahBergen Stacked! 3w
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I made progress in all of my current reads and finished People of the Book. While I would like to have finished more this week and have no idea where the time went, at least I am enjoying what I am reading. I have a terrible headache today, so the odds of finishing anything today are slim, but we‘ll see. 🤷🏻‍♀️ #bookreport

Cinfhen Hooray for finishing PotB 😁 hope your co-worker was happy!!! Sorry about the headache 🤕 I‘ve been dealing with a nonstop migraine all week ☹️ 3w
DGRachel @Cinfhen Ugh. I‘m so sorry about your migraine. I hate when they refuse to break. I hope yours eases soon. 🥺 3w
Cinfhen Thanks so much xx 3w
kspenmoll Feel❤️💚💙 better! (edited) 3w
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I thought this day would never come and yet, I am not ready. 🫣🫣

TracyReadsBooks So ready…and NOT AT ALL READY! 3w
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People of the Book | Geraldine Brooks
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Mehso-so

This is an #unpopularopinion, I know, and it is a reflection of my preferences, not the quality of the book itself. The concept is fascinating-the history of an ancient religious text seen through the eyes of the people, predominantly women, who handled it through the centuries. It‘s well written, but the audiobook narration is jaw-clenchingly awful and I HATED Hanna, the manuscript conservator (⬇️)

DGRachel Since it is her work with the Haggadah that unearths the little items that opens the doors to the history of the other women, the reader is subjected to a chapter filled with her life drama in between each of the historical chapters. My other issue, and truly this is just a preference, is that I typically avoid Literary Fiction. It‘s a genre that I rarely enjoy since it is so often filled (⬇️) 4w
DGRachel with misery. This is no exception. It‘s an emotionally heavy book. I wanted to bail almost the entire time I was reading but I promised a friend I would finish. There‘s a rape scene that was almost my breaking point. I can see why this book is so loved. It just wasn‘t for me. 4w
Graywacke @DGRachel it‘s not universally loved ☺️ (I‘m not a fan) 4w
CarolynM It‘s not something that has ever appealed to me and judging by your review I think I‘ve been right to avoid it. Thanks for the validation🙂 (edited) 3w
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The Passenger | Cormac McCarthy
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One of the dangers of preordering books when they are announced is that you forget about them. The Perfect Crime anthology was supposed to publish in September, I ordered it in January, and my local indie just got it in. The other danger is that when you walk into the store to pick up said “surprise” preorder, you walk out with more books. Hello, Mr. McCarthy. I‘ve been waiting for you. 💖

AmyG I am very curious to hear what you think of The Passenger. 4w
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November‘s proposed TBR is a combination of books carrying over from October, NetGalley books that haven‘t been published, yet (i.e. I‘m not late reviewing them), a couple of library books, and a handful of just because on the event that I have time and/or can‘t decide what I want to read. #NovemberTBR #NetgalleyNovember I may pick up a nonfiction audiobook or two, but I don‘t want to feel locked into any of them.

Cinfhen Some gorgeous covers and lots of potential fantastic reads!!! 4w
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I won‘t finish anything else today, so I finish October with 16 completed books. I had hoped to finish a couple more, but I‘m not unhappy with the total. I finished a lot of great books, both new-to-me and fun rereads. The top two rows were my favorites, but the only one I rated less than 3.5 stars was Coraline. Sorry, Mr. Gaiman. It just wasn‘t for me. #octoberwrapup #octoberstats

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It‘s not been a great week/weekend, and since I‘m still awake at 4 am, I figured it was ok to open my #basicwitchswap package. I‘m overwhelmed @Insightsintobooks It‘s all so eclectic and fun and I love everything. I almost bought the Samhain Oracle cards for myself and I will be drinking coffee out of that mug when I start work in 3 hours. I feel spoiled. Thank you so much. And thank you for hosting @sprainedbrain 🖤

Insightsintobooks I‘m glad you like it! 4w
sprainedbrain What lovely gifts! Sorry you‘re weekend was not great… I hope today is much better. ❤️ 4w
Chrissyreadit Hope today is a better day 🖤 4w
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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I have so many books on the go right now that I‘m keeping my goals for the week simple - finish what I‘ve started. I also have a library book due next Saturday and there‘s a wait list so I can‘t extend the check out. I‘m hoping to squeeze it in this week, but it may just have to go back and I‘ll have to go to the back of the queue. 🤷🏻‍♀️

#weeklyforecast

Cinfhen Cute graphics ♥️wise goals!! Im always distracted and worrying I‘m missing out when I attempt to focus on my current books!!! 1mo
DGRachel @Cinfhen How do you think I ended up with so many going at once? 🤣🤣🤣 1mo
Cinfhen Hahaha!! #TrueStory 1mo
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It felt like I read a lot this week, but apparently I did not. Finished a super creepy mushroom book and what may be my favorite poetry collection ever, or at least for this stage of my life. I gave up on the poorly executed Nutcracker collection, made a little progress in People of the Book, listened to more of The Sandman (everyone was right - it‘s amazing) and started two books with great promise. #bookreport

Cinfhen Still sounds & looks like a very solid week 🤩 1mo
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“I have no intention of being invisible. But I‘m quite prepared to be inconvenient.”

I think I‘m going to love this book.

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Gallows Hill | Darcy Coates
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The Me from 2 nights ago: Nope. That‘s it. I‘m not reading another spooky season book at bedtime, especially one that my indie booksellers suggested for a book that would scare the 💩 out of me.

Tonight‘s Me: opens Gallows Hill, recommended by my indie booksellers when I asked for terrifying books. 🤷🏻‍♀️

(Also, why did I ask for super scary books???? Why???)

LeahBergen 🤣🤣 I‘m going to have to try this author. I‘ll be watching to see if it scares the 💩 out of you! 1mo
BarkingMadRead Omg I just read Haunting of Gillespie House and the short stories at the end creeped me out, and I don‘t get creeped out! 1mo
IamIamIam I LOVE Darcy Coates!!! My favorite is 1mo
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DGRachel @LeahBergen @BarkingMadRun @IamIamIam I asked Alex at my local indie for horror novels that would scare me to death but that weren‘t too gory or at the very least didn‘t have animal cruelty/dog deaths. He highly recommended Darcy Coates as one of his favorites, so here‘s to terror. 🥂🤣 1mo
IamIamIam @DGRachel Haha, he's not wrong. I'm not a fan of gore & I love a great ghost story! I haven't gotten this one yet but she always gives the perfect amount of creep for a dark night!!! Good luck! You got this!!! 🤞👻 1mo
DGRachel @IamIamIam Awesome! That‘s for the added assurance! 1mo
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Ghost Eaters: A Novel | Clay McLeod Chapman
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OMG. That‘s it. No more books that feature fungi. This was gross and terrifying and why, oh why, did I keep reading it at night? I can‘t say much more without risking spoilers. I will not be sleeping for days and I may never allow another mushrooms, even a portobello, into my house ever again.

Cinfhen Oh no!!!!!! I love mushrooms!!! This review is too funny 😁 1mo
DGRachel Also, this cover creeps me out so much that I don‘t want it in my house. I‘ll ship it out to the first person in the US that would like it. 1mo
DGRachel @Cinfhen I‘m not going to be able to go to sleep. I am so freaked out. First Mexican Gothic, the that book by T. Kingfisher I read earlier this year, and now this one. This is by far the worst though (in the best way, obviously 🤣) 1mo
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QuietlyLaura I absolutely love your review! 😁 1mo
Cinfhen And you‘re right!!! The cover is SO TERRIFYINGLY CREEPY!!!!! 1mo
sprainedbrain I love this review! 1mo
Aimeesue It's gotta be scary if it resulted in a portobello ban! 🍄 1mo
BookNAround I know nothing about this book but I dislike mushrooms and have always said they feed on dead things. 😂 1mo
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I loved this. Absolutely loved it and I am not typically a fan of poetry. It‘s a collection of poems that give a feminist cast to traditional fairytales. They are rhythmic and empowering, beautiful and emotional. The audiobook is perfectly narrated by the author. One of the poems is titled “Question the Fairytale” and that‘s one of the things this collection does very well - powerful new perspectives and POVs.

Aimeesue Great review - now I want it! 😁 1mo
Aimeesue And it was $1.99 for Kindle today, so now I have it! 😂 1mo
DGRachel @Aimeesue I hope you enjoy it! 1mo
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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I‘d like to finish everything I have in progress this week. I‘m hoping to finish Ghost Eaters today, as it is only 300 pages and I‘m almost 1/2 through. I‘ve heard good things about the Sandman audio, so I‘m looking forward to that. #weeklyforecast

Cinfhen You still dragging on with this one!!!! I give you credit 😂I loved it but it‘s not an “easy” read 1mo
DGRachel @Cinfhen Confession time - I started it but knew I wouldn‘t finish before book club so I switched to audio to get through it faster. I didn‘t like the audio narrator and then Hanna sleeps with the museum guy after she just met, which annoyed me so much I was going to bail. But my project executive REALLY wants to discuss it with me, so I had to promise to finish it. I just have to make time for the print version. 1mo
Cinfhen Haha 😂damn work bookclub 1mo
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I have an online Halloween class-a-thin all weekend, so I probably won‘t get much reading done, but I‘m pretty happy with what I accomplished this week. #bookreport

Cinfhen Ohhhh….impressive 🙌🏻‼️ 1mo
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I don‘t really have a spooky season list, but I channeled my teen goth self for most of this #fearfulfall playlist. 🖤🤣🖤

https://tidal.com/playlist/b604dd8c-d2ad-42f1-b3af-eaf23be96bba

BarbaraBB The Carmina Burana! That is really so scary!! 1mo
DGRachel @BarbaraBB I saw Carmina performed by the Orlando Opera Company and Southern Ballet Theatre and had chills the entire time. 🖤 1mo
BarbaraBB I totally understand that. It is so dark and theatrical! 1mo
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Cinfhen I feel like Halloween is the perfect season to revisit our teen selves 😉 1mo
DGRachel @Cinfhen I‘m certainly haunted by my teen self‘s choices, although I do kind of miss my black witchy dress. 🤣🤣 1mo
Cinfhen The black witchy dress!!!!! I know exactly what u mean!!!!! 1mo
Chrissyreadit Wait… I‘m pretty sure I still wear my black witchy dress just in a bigger size… @DGRachel @Cinfhen 1mo
Cinfhen Hahaha @Chrissyreadit 😂😂😂 1mo
DGRachel @Chrissyreadit I would totally wear one if I had one that fit!! I think I need to go shopping. 🤣🤣 1mo
vivastory Concrete Blonde 👏🤘 1mo
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DGRachel
The Halloween Tree | Ray Bradbury
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I love the way Bradbury tells a story. His work is deceptively complex and I enjoyed this Spooky Season exploration of friendship, adventure, imagination, grief and death. I might not make it an annual tradition, but I would consider reading it again.

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Did I read this in January? Yes. Did I just reread it because @Aimeesue posted about it? Also, yes. Am I sorry? Absolutely not! Cooper‘s Edward Gorey-esque illustrations are perfect for Maureen Johnson‘s quick guide to the dangers of the typical English Murder Village. Fans of mysteries set in the UK will be delighted with this charming book. Or else. 🤣

Aimeesue The illustrations are like some magic Edward Gorey- Roz Chast mashup. Sinister, yet delightful. 1mo
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#happyhorror #fearfulfall I don‘t have any Halloween photos saved digitally and God only knows where my printed photos live, so this is the many sides of NC Autumn. First column is October at the Coast (last week), then the Blue Ridge Parkway near Blowing Rock from 2010, and the last column is from Cary in 2007. I love when the leaves change color. It‘s one of my favorite things and beach days are good year-round. 😉

Cinfhen OMG!! Those photos are gorgeous 😍Nothing is more beautiful than autumn foliage 1mo
Cinfhen Although that beach shot is pretty spectacular 🙌🏻💗🧡 1mo
Mitch Gorgeous ♥️ 1mo
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BarbaraBB Gorgeous pictures, NC is on my bucket list! (edited) 1mo
Chelsea.Poole Beautiful photos! 1mo
TheBookHippie 🍁🧡🍂 1mo
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The Resting Place | Camilla Sten
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This is my catnip - a remote setting, people trapped because of weather, and a killer on the loose. I loved the setting and Sten's writing. I found it creepy and the final solution was a surprise. That being said, the details behind the big twists and the whodunnit were my least favorite type of resolution. It left me feeling ill and dirty and was just sad. 3 1/2 stars purely for personal preference - 4 1/2 for the fear factor.

vivastory I thought Lost Village was fantastic, will def be checking this one out 1mo
b.elschie OH BOY. this one could have been good, I felt the same way with Lost Village and maybe it was from translation, but it didn't sit right with me and honestly couldn't with the lead. I just...I agree with the feeling dirty part. 1mo
DGRachel @vivastory I love Lost Village, so picking this one up was a no-brainer. It is tense and scary - the MC has a disorder where she can't remember faces. Her grandmother is murdered, she sees the murderer, but doesn't have any idea who it is. I just can't say what I didn't like about it without spoilers, but I would still recommend the book. 1mo
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DGRachel @b.elschie I loved The Lost Village and I didn't hate this one, but yeah...I didn't love the twist/resolution subject matter. 1mo
Lizpixie Definitely #stacked! I loved The Lost Village! 1mo
Bookzombie I loved The Lost Village too, but had the same feelings about the resolution on this one. I would also still recommend it though. 🙂 1mo
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I Remember You: A Ghost Story | Yrsa Sigurdardottir
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I am a sucker for isolated settings with a body count. This novel has alternating POV chapters and the way they tie together relies heavily on coincidence, but it‘s still believable. The whole thing is creepy, atmospheric, and ultimately so, so sad. I just wish it had ended about three pages sooner. I HATED the very end.