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DrexEdit

Joined September 2016

I make books and I read books. That's pretty much it. Pronouns she/her. DrexEdit on GoodReads and StoryGraph if anyone wants to follow me there also.
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Grass by Keum Suk Gendry-Kim
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Maisie Dobbs (Anniversary) by Jacqueline Winspear
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The Ten Thousand Things by Maria Dermot
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Making Money by Terry Pratchett
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We: New Edition by Yevgeny Zamyatin
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Lady Joker, Volume 1 by Kaoru Takamura
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House of Leaves by Mark Z Danielewski
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A Christmas Carol | Charles Dickens
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I am totally stealing this from my Facebook memories. I wish I could credit the artist/author but I have no idea who that might be! Still, I love a good grammar joke!

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Texreader This is awesome!!! 1d
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Every couple of years I make it a point to catch up with this series to see what the brightest minds in science writing are concerned with. This year there was a lot on the coronavirus, naturally. But also interesting articles about rabbit hemorrhagic fever, toxic dumping of DDT into the Pacific Ocean, earthworms, and the unsung heroine of lichenology. I love getting good science writing for the layperson on a variety of topics. Solid PICK for me.

Nute Wow! You sold me! Stacking! 2d
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Most rabbits have, in their skill set, the ability to pretend that they're healthy even when they're quite sick.

#FirstLineFridays
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DrexEdit From the article Rabbit Fever by Susan Orlean that was published in the June 29, 2020, issue of The New Yorker. 6d
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House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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My #WeeklyForecast for all of December. Ambitious. But I do have some time off coming up. The top row is all books I'm committed to: #doublespin (@TheAromaofBooks) #OokBOokClub (@JulesG) #IRLBookClub #NYRBBookClub (@vivastory) #ARC #bookspin.
The second row is mostly #LibraryLottery but I'd also like to try and fit in a couple for #cloakanddaggerchristmas (@merelybookish) and some #inprogress.

We'll see where things end up I guess!
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Cinfhen Very ambitious but exciting possibilities 🙌🏻💕I have one on my coffee table but it‘s heft is intimidating me 6d
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 6d
DrexEdit @Cinfhen yeah I have the ebook of that cycling in and out of my library holds, so I didn't realize how hefty it was until recently! There's something to be said about being able to make visual judgements on how much reading you have to do! 6d
DrexEdit @TheAromaofBooks your #bookspin challenge has got me fired up and ready to go this month! 😊 6d
TheAromaofBooks Awww that genuinely makes me so happy to hear!!! ❤ 5d
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Spinning Wheel of Book Fate, you have really outdone yourself this month. The tagged book (my #BookSpin) has been on my list for 5 years! Anyone who wants to search for the tagged title will see my first post on this title from 2016.
And the #DoubleSpin! How many times has #HOL defeated me!? I hope the #DoubleSpin will be the charm!
Looking forward to December reading!
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Good luck!!! 6d
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Walk the Blue Fields: Stories | J.K. Rowling , Claire Keegan
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Hey, look at this! A #BookReport that's actually on time. Above is my report for the month of November. I did not finish as many books as I did in October. The top row are the books that I finished. All of them are really good!

The bottom row are all books in progress for various reasons. The #LibraryLottery has been impacting my reading *hard* this month. Plus more #chunksters on the month's #TBR. Pressing on!

@Cinfhen

Cinfhen Woohoo 🙌🏻 so glad you had a great reading month!! Quality over quantity is always better!!! And you still managed to read a lot!!! Hope you find the time to read in December 💚 7d
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The New Yorker | Conde Nast
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Working on my #puzzleswap puzzle tonight. 🧩🧩 I'm going to be at this for awhile. 😊👍😄

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Getting in a little nonfiction before the end of #NonfictionNovember. Reading COVID stories from last year & realizing not much has changed. We know so little about this virus & we don't even know if we're using the best methods to track & fight it. Also a NYC ER & how the doctors grapple with life & death decisions. When you can't treat everyone how do you decide who to treat? I don't think they are all COVID stories though, thank goodness! 😊

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The Mirror Thief | Martin Seay
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Whoooo!! I am SOOO READY for #BookSpin December! Woot! Bring it on! 😄

@TheAromaofBooks

Lcsmcat Some good reads there! 1w
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 1w
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The Big Book of Science Fiction | Jeff VanderMeer, Ann VanderMeer
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The Triumph of Mechanics is a creepy story about mechanical rabbits that take over a town just in sheer numbers. Written by Karl Hans Strobl before he became a Nazi propaganda writer.

This is my #doublespin #bookspin for November!
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1w
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Mutha: Stuff and Things | Vincent DOnofrio
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A little weird and a little wacky and perhaps just a little bit true. I was confused, I laughed, but ultimately I enjoyed spending a little time with Vincent D'Onofrio's mind.

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Gerasimos met Theodora one summer in Pieria when she was just twelve years old and he was twenty-seven.

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

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Admired and beloved, scorned and reviled, influential, controversial, and timeless, Eleanor Roosevelt changed history.

#firstlinefridays (a little late)
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Lady Joker, Volume 1 | Kaoru Takamura
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1. Completing a #bookspin book every month so far.

2. The tagged chunkster I'm working on.
#TwoForTuesday @TheSpineView

Thanks for the tag @EadieB!

@Sola Raynor @hollyvoncount @ICantImReading @IndoorDame Do you want to play?

SolaRaynor 1. I finished “The Anglo-Saxons“ A History of the Beginnings of England“.

2. I'd like to read “The Woman on the Orient Express“, a fictional novel about Agatha Christie.

#Eggs #DaveGreen777 #Nessavanamusic
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DrexEdit @Sola Raynor 👍☺️ 3w
TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 3w
ICantImReading Thank you, that book sounds good! ☺️ I have quite a few I‘m hoping to read before the end of the year, but one I‘m looking forward to picking up soon is 3w
DrexEdit @ICantImReading that sounds like a lovely book! 3w
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Untitled | Unknown
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THIS. IS. SO. AWESOME!!! Thank you so much @EH2018!! I can not wait to break this box open and get this puzzle underway!

Thank you for organizing this #puzzleswap @rather_be_reading!

November 15 is now officially Puzzle Day for me! 🧩🧩🧩 Woot!☺️😍

rather_be_reading that one is cool! 🤩 3w
DrexEdit I think so too! 😍 3w
Ruthiella That‘s really neat! 😍 3w
EH2018 So glad you like it!! 3w
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Squeezing in my #BookReport for October before November is over! I managed to read a lot of books in October. I also read a lot of really good books in October! A good reading month!

@Cinfhen

Cinfhen I have an ARC for this one 👉🏽How was it!??! 4w
Cinfhen Great month!!!! 4w
DrexEdit @Cinfhen I really liked it. I have a review somewhere in my feed. Good enough that I want to read Weike Wang's other book. 4w
Cinfhen I liked this one, it was quirky 4w
DrexEdit @Cinfhen 👍☺️ 4w
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Lady Joker, Volume 1 | Kaoru Takamura
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Hinode Beer Company, Kanagawa Factory,
To Whom It May Concern:

I, Seiji Okamura, am one of the forty employees who resigned from the Kanagawa factory of Hinode at the end of this past February.

#FirstLineFridays
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SolaRaynor #ADeadlyInsideScoop by Abby Collette. “Today I was going to touch the stars.“ 3w
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The first black man with a doctorate in tuba performance is an amazing story. But Mr. White's story gets even more amazing than this. He grew up destitute and homeless on the streets of Baltimore with his drug addicted mom. The story of how he fought his way out and the people who helped him on the way is uplifting and inspiring. I greatly recommend this book to anyone who needs some inspiration. 5 ⭐

DrexEdit My husband, who also has a doctorate in tuba performance & a similar career teaching at the University level & playing in regional symphonies, recommended this book to me. I know exactly how much work & dedication it takes to make a career like this. My husband had no where near the obstacles Mr. White had. That said the music world is very small and the tuba world even smaller. It was fun to read about tuba people I've met over the years. 1mo
Lcsmcat What an interesting sounding book! My husband is a bass trombonist so I know exactly what you mean about the small world and the difficulties. At one point he had three college/university jobs, the Symphony, and a church job at the same time. I wonder if they‘ve ever played together, and I‘m sure they know some of the same people. It is indeed a small world. 4w
DrexEdit Cool! I'm sure they do know some of the same people. Weston Sprott and Dee Stewart both make appearances in this book, just to name drop a couple of trombonists.☺️ 4w
Lcsmcat @DrexEdit He doesn‘t know either of them personally, but knows of them. We‘re in NC now, but my husband played 22 years in the Utah Symphony, but also played in Saint Louis, Chattanooga, the National Symphony and Annapolis, to name a few. And taught at 7 or 8 different colleges/universities. So he could know your husband from one of those places. (edited) 4w
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Yes! Lots of good books in read October. 5 ⭐ for The End of Vandalism! About a small midwestern town (I place it in northeast IA) where nothing much seems to happen while people go about living their lives. Those lives encompass humor & passion & tragedy & redemption. The humor is delivered straight in what I like to call “midwestern dry.“ The action starts at the local high school where The End to Vandalism dance is being held to raise funds.

DrexEdit Tiny Darling, local ne‘er-do-well, vandalizes the End of Vandalism display. Some people find a clean, white fence or the blank side of a building too tempting. What ensues is like a river of events, one thing happens that leads to the next thing happening. Some are good, some are bad. A lot like life. I cared about these characters and kept reading to find out how they all turned out in the end. Happy Note: There's a sequel! 1mo
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Joan Is Okay | Weike Wang
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Joan is a mid-30s Chinese-American ICU doctor. Joan is hyper-focused on her career & doesn't know about things like Seinfeld or interior design. Joan is quite literal & assesses people by how much space they take up. Joan has social anxiety. Joan's older brother is deeply invested in her life choices. Joan's parents returned to Shanghai to live, but her father recently died. Joan has some issues. But you know what? Joan really is Okay. 5 ⭐ 👍

DrexEdit I really enjoyed getting to know Joan and watching her figure out her place in the world. I am going straight out to get Weike Wang's first book Chemistry and shall eagerly await more from this author! 1mo
CarolynM Sounds good. Stacked. 1mo
EvieBee I had no idea she had another book out. Chemistry is one of my most favorite books. Will definitely be reading this asap. 1mo
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DrexEdit @EvieBee Dang! I forgot to add this to my review! I received an#ARC from #NetGalley. This book publishes in January! Sorry! 1mo
EvieBee Guess what?! It‘s already in the library database as “on order” and I‘m first in line! So thank YOU. (edited) 1mo
DrexEdit @EvieBee 😄 👍 1mo
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Walk the Blue Fields: Stories | J.K. Rowling , Claire Keegan
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Claire Keegan is becoming a must-read author for me. I love her spare, strong writing style. This collection of short stories, while not all complete winners, are all worth your time. If you need more Irish writers on your #TBR, Keegan is a strong choice! I come away from reading them feeling like I've learned something true about what it means to be Irish.

This counts for my short story #bookspin commitment for the month!
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
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Walk the Blue Fields: Stories | J.K. Rowling , Claire Keegan
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Earlier, the women came with flowers, each one a deeper shade of red.

#FirstLineFridays
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Untitled | Unknown
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So it is to be short stories for the month of November. So says the spinning Wheel of Book Fate! At least this month should be easy to complete. 😊
#bookspin #doublespin
@TheAromaofBooks

ChaoticMissAdventures Spinning wheel of book date ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!!! 1mo
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The Mirror Thief | Martin Seay
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Wanted to get my #bookspin up before the actually spinning for November! So here it is! I like how many books #bookspin clears off my #TBR!

@TheAromaofBooks

EvieBee You‘re on volume 3 of Eleanor Roosevelt?! That‘s so commendable. 1mo
DrexEdit @EvieBee well the first two I read quite a long time ago. It's not a recent achievement. 😊 Volume three has been sitting here well over a year now, so I feel like I need to get on with it! These are the best ER books ever though. Hands down. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
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Puzzles to Puzzle You | Devi Shakuntala
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Hello @EH2018! This is arriving much more quickly than I thought it would. I hope it is not inconvenient!? It's coming direct from Amazon, so it's not marked!! 😳 #puzzleswap

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EH2018 Thank you! I won't open it! 1mo
EH2018 @DrexEdit i sent yours out today! Should be there by 11/6 1mo
DrexEdit Woot! Looking forward to it! 😊 1mo
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rather_be_reading way to go! 1mo
DrexEdit @EH2018 Your #puzzleswap box arrived safely yesterday! Yay! 😀 1mo
EH2018 Yay! I am eagerly awaiting opening day 😀 @DrexEdit 1mo
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The Waste Lands | Stephen King
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Finished It! #doublespin for October! I enjoyed meeting Blaine the Pain. Sorry that didn't happen until the end of the book. Blaine is obviously depressed. Perhaps because he's a monorail bullet train, not a steam engine as pictured on the cover! I'm enjoying these books even if they aren't ever going to be my lifelong favorites. Something about Stephen King's authorial voice just bugs me too much to really get into his books.

@TheAromaofBooks

NikkiM5 My favorite book in the series 👍🏾 1mo
DrexEdit @NikkiM5 you're the second person who had said that. I've still got for more books to go! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
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The Vet's Daughter | Kathryn Davis, Barbara Comyns
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A man with small eyes and a ginger moustache came and spoke to me when I was thinking of something else.

#FirstLineFridays
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The Waste Lands | Stephen King
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Switching from Pratchett to King tonight in an attempt to complete all my reading goals for the month. Bedtime is probably the wrong time of day to start reading Stephen King!

vivastory For me this was the book that I became 💯 invested in the Dark Tower series 1mo
TheNeverendingTBR My favourite of The Dark Tower series 1mo
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A Wrinkle in Time | Madeleine L'Engle
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The Library of America is having a sale on boxed sets. No affiliation. Just thought people here might be interested.
https://loa.org/books/collections/3-boxed-sets?no_lightbox=1

#booksale

ValerieAndBooks Nice! I‘ll have to think on this one! And another 10% off if you provide an email address (first time customers). 1mo
DrexEdit @ValerieAndBooks nice! There are definitely some tempting sets on sale! 1mo
vivastory The temptation😈📚 1mo
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The Vet's Daughter | Kathryn Davis, Barbara Comyns
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What in the heck did I just read!? Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Looking forward to the #nyrbbookclub discussion!

LeahBergen Oh, good! 👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
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OK, this is a small thing that got into my head & now I can't get rid of the thought. Perhaps a fellow Litten can ease my mind. 😊 I am totally weirded out by the hyphen in the center Wintersmith cover. It's absolutely correct, but it looks totally weird on a cover to me. I'm wondering what made the publisher decide to put a hyphen in the title?! See the other Wintersmith covers for reference. ⬇

DrexEdit I think more often the cover designer will choose a font & letter spacing so that the whole word fits without hyphenation. See also the Threadneedle cover at the top right. Another long word title that the designer has split into two lines, but there's no hyphen! This, although technically incorrect typesetting, looks right to me! ⬇ 1mo
DrexEdit I'm just wondering if this bothers anybody else, or if hyphens in titles are just something I've not had enough exposure to. Perhaps there are numerous examples that I just haven't seen? What say you Littens? 😆 1mo
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The Law of Innocence | Michael Connelly
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Absolutely not what I should have been reading if I want to meet my end-of-month goals. But I couldn't resist any longer. I tore through this 400+ page book in a little under 24 hours. I just love the Lincoln Lawyer books. I haven't found any other legal thrillers out there that I like as well. In this one Mickey Haller finds himself defending. . . himself.

5 ⭐ for The Law of Innocence.

swishandflick I love these books too! One recommendation I'll make for another awesome legal series: 2mo
DrexEdit @swishandflick Thank you! Added to the stack! 😊 2mo
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The last book in The Last Policeman series. Such a great series! Each book has a slightly different feel to it, but as we get closer & closer to the asteroid hitting earth, it's understandable how one's focus might shift. The series is very noir in feel as the protagonist battles shadowy bad guys & the story keeps shifting. The end resolves satisfactorily; at least it did for me. 5 ⭐

vivastory I loved this series. I've thought of rereading it 2mo
Ruthiella I was satisfied with how it ended too. I think it was pretty perfect. 2mo
TieDyeDude Thanks for the reminder. Enjoyed book one, but never looked at the others. I'll have to keep them in mind 2mo
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One fall they held the blood drive in the fire barn at Grafton. Sheriff Dan Norman was there mainly as a gesture of good will, but one of the nurses didn't make it, so Dan agreed to place the gauze in the crook of everyone's arm. "And I thank you," he would say.

#FirstLineFridays
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DrexEdit I threw in a couple of extra sentences for good measure. I'm really enjoying this story set in small town Midwest somewhere (it's Iowa, but fictional Iowa). 2mo
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Barbara Pym is one of those authors that I've always been meaning to get to. So when my friend said let's do this book as a buddy-read, I jumped on it! But I don't think this was the book for me. I found it too sad and disheartening. I gather this one book was published several years after her first few books were published. It wasn't quite the tone I was expecting.

DrexEdit The writing was excellent. I think this was supposed to be seen as a witty and funny book, but it didn't hit me that way. I think the author did an excellent job of capturing a specific type of person in a specific time and place though. Even so, I may try one of her earlier novels before giving up completely. 2mo
LeahBergen I haven‘t read this one yet but I‘ve heard it‘s definitely her darkest/saddest. 2mo
DrexEdit @LeahBergen yeah, I‘m hoping it was just the wrong place to start with this author. Plus I had different expectations. I think knowing what this book is I would have approached it differently. Because it really was well written by an author with an eye foe detail. I kept thinking why am I not enjoying this more? 2mo
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Before October is over, here is my round-up for September #BookReport.
I wasn't expecting to like The Slynx given that it's Russian future, post-nuclear dystopian science fiction (or possibly a dark fable). But it had some really good things to say and it was dark but with with and humor.
Plus it's a book out of Out of this World, which is a guide to speculative fiction in translation. This book is going to do serious damage to my #TBR.
@Cinfhen

Cinfhen Wonderful 😍tagged book sounds really interesting!! Thanks for posting and sharing 2mo
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5 Extra Big ⭐s!

I love Elena Ferrante's writing and I love this second book in her Neapolitan series. I've never come across what I think is a more realistic depiction of female friendship and now in this book, transition from girlhood to adult.

I think I've been waiting to read this because once I start reading a literally can't stop and once I've read all the books then I won't have them to read for the first time anymore!

DrexEdit This is my October #Bookspin!
@TheAromaofbooks
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Wahala: A Novel | Nikki May
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I really enjoyed this debut novel. I received an #ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The story of 3 English-Nigerian friends living in London. I've read reviews that compares this to Sex & the City & it does have elements of that but this group of friends has been together since college days. Now in their thirties, some are married, some have careers, when a 4th friend from the past enters the group & starts to shake things up.

DrexEdit Wahala means trouble in Nigeria. It's a pigdin word possibly of Yoruba origin. But like pigdin words that are two different languages creating something new, so are the characters in this book creating a new way to live in their London home while keeping their Nigerian roots. Although the trouble builds slowly and resolves quickly, I still enjoyed spending time with these characters. ⬇️
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DrexEdit Bonus: the characters cook and eat lots of yummy sounding Nigerian food. There are recipes for three of the dishes at the end.

I would definitely read more by this author!
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The Queen's Gambit | Walter Tevis
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Well I sort of sped through this book. Can't say I enjoyed all the chess game descriptions and theory, since I know nothing about chess. And for a story about chess, the plot was fairly predictable.

I gather the show based on the book is much better. This seems like fiction for chess aficionados. But it was an easy, fast read with a memorable main character so it's a so-so for me.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It was a great show!! 2mo
DrexEdit I hope they release it on DVD one day! 😊👍 2mo
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Fall; Or, Dodge in Hell | Neal Stephenson
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I don't know. Ultimately I liked this book and I know Neal Stephenson writes really long books, but I feel like this book could have used some paring down. Plus I wasn't sure what the main thrust of the story was supposed to be? Was it an internet cautionary tale? Was it a story of have and have-nots? Was it a biblical retelling? Was it a technology cautionary tale? ⬇
#ARC @WilliamMorrowBooks
This was my #bookspin for September!
@TheAromaofBooks

DrexEdit Was it a Quest story? It ended up being a little bit of all of these, but some of them I found more interesting than others. When I wasn't interested it was very easy to put the book down and not pick it up again for long periods of time. So the last 2/3rds of the book is fresher in my mind than the beginning. ⬇ 2mo
DrexEdit Still I'm glad I finished it. Anytime you finish a 900-page chunkster, you have a real sense of accomplishment! I have read Cryptonomicon and REAMDE, but not the Baroque Cycle, which may put my understanding of these stories a bit out of order. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 2mo
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Late with my #bookspin again! But I am excited about this month's #bookspin and #doublespin selections. Both long books again; same as last month and I only got through one of those. But given the way I tore through My Brilliant Friend, I don't think it will take long to get through The Story of a New Name. And Stephen King also reads fast! Fingers crossed I think I might be able to finish them both!
@TheAromaofBooks

DrexEdit I did not finish volume 3 of the Cook Eleanor Roosevelt biography, my #doublespin for September, so that goes back on the list! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 2mo
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A very touching tribute to his parents by Rodrigo Garcia on the occasion of their deaths. His father just happens to be a literary GIANT of the 20th century. Rodrigo chronicles every small detail of first his father's and then his mother's death. Despite all the television cameras, this could be any son writing with love about his father.
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

DrexEdit Gabriel García Márquez is one of my very favorite writers and I loved this very human portrait of him. I'm sure there will be biographers galore writing about him for a very long time, but this portrait written by his son will always be special. 💜 (edited) 2mo
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I received a complimentary ARC in exchange for an honest review of this book.
This is the story of Charlotte Lucas from Pride & Prejudice who is Lizzy Bennet's best friend and agrees to marry Mr. Collins shortly after Lizzy has refused him.

I like reading in the Jane Austen universe (it's really fan fiction, isn't it!?) but this one did not hold up for me. And ultimately I don't think the author treated Jane Austen's characters with respect. ⬇

DrexEdit This was an easy and quick read with enough redeeming storyline to make up enough for the bad parts, so it came out with a so-so for me. I didn't dislike reading it, but ultimately it's not a book I want to own.
#LibraryThing #EarlyReviewers
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Going Postal | Terry Pratchett
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They say that the prospect of being hanged in the morning concentrates a man's mind wonderfully; unfortunately, what the mind inevitably concentrates on is that, in the morning, it will be in a body that is going to be hanged.

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Thank you to the author for an advance copy of this book. Out of This World is going to be a must-have title for anyone interested in speculative fiction and/or world literature. The book is organized by language (as it should be for discussion about writers) and covers the countries where that language is spoken. The author covers many languages that you don‘t often hear about or connect to speculative fiction such as Hebrew, Czech, and Arabic.

DrexEdit Each chapter has an introduction by a translator currently working in that language that gives a brief history of speculative fiction in that language through the 20th and 21st centuries. This is followed by an essay that highlights the authors who have written or are writing in that language and the books that they have contributed. Add in copious notes and resource lists and you‘ve got a guidebook to a vast universe of speculative fiction. ⬇ 3mo
DrexEdit I picture Out of This World on my bookshelf one day and it already has notes scribbled in the margins, highlighted passages, and bursts with post-it notes. 💜
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
One book mentioned therein is the #NYRBBookClub reading selection for September. I really hope to be able to join in this month's discussion!
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Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
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Thank you to GroveAtlantic for this opportunity to review the #ARC. #Edelweiss #Netgalley

Small Things Like These is set in Ireland in the mid-1980s recession as we follow Bill Furlong through several days approaching Christmas. As the holiday season approaches, Bill reflects on his life, both present and past. Bill's life is pretty ordinary, except when you look closely and really notice things; it's the small things that matter.

DrexEdit The book is dedicated to the women and children who suffered in Ireland's Magdalen laundries. The subject matter makes this a difficult Christmas story to read, but it is ultimately a heartwarming and hopeful story. Because you can change someone's life for the better. It only takes a small thing. 3mo
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Fall; Or, Dodge in Hell | Neal Stephenson
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Just to make the September #Bookspin official. I thought I was about halfway through Fall or, Dodge in Hell. Turns out I'm only about 1/3 of the way through this 800+ chunkster! And Eleanor Roosevelt v. 3 is about 700 pages. Got my work cut out for me this month!

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TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Some hefty reads this month!!! 3mo
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It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must naturally assume that any woman possessed of less will welcome his proposal of marriage.

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DrexEdit I just got a #LibraryThing #ARC for this book publishing in October. Looking forward to this! 😊👍 3mo
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I recently watched the movie Selma, so it was interesting to see the story from John Lewis's point of view. I only got through book one, but it was excellent. Looking forward to books 2 & 3! #doublespin for August!

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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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The Mirror Thief | Martin Seay
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#Bookspin!!! I think I made it just in time! Even though I haven't officially ticked off my #doublespin for August. I'll do that next. 😁

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TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 3mo
Jinjer I like the way you've incorporated short stories. 3mo
DrexEdit @Jinjer thanks! Short stories was how I got my reading focus back after the pandemic started. Since I'm reading them anyway, might as well get credit for them, amirite,? 😄😊 3mo
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