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ElectricKatyLand

ElectricKatyLand

Joined December 2016

LibraryThing member ElectricKatyland

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MacRieve | Kresley Cole
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Another fun, steamy Immortals After Dark installment. Emotionally scarred werewolf falls in and out of love with a human professional soccer player, who then turns out to be a succubus. The hero is a jerk multiple times, but because the heroine wants it to work out, they get their happily ever after.

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Lothaire | Kresley Cole
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I suggest reading other Immortals After Dark novels before this one, because Lothaire's redemption (of sorts) is gratifying. Millenia-old powerful, vengeful vampire lord falls in love with a possessed mortal from Appalachia. Very, very over the top (like most of the series) but it works.

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I didn't know much at all about the Belgian Congo, and this book filled that gap. King Leopold of Belgian set up a private colony in the Congo for himself (not even for his country) and extracted rubber and millions of millions of $$$ while systematically destroying lives, cultures, and futures of the people who lived there. Horrific and under-publicized.

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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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I told my husband that this book was “teenage true love + doomsday prepping + Goodbye Earl in Alaska in the 70s“ and I stand by that text message summary.

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This one didn't quite come together for me. Pros: the dialogue had sparks, and the set up of a widow and her husband's ex-mistress teaming up to run a boarding house was compelling. Cons: the hero was a cop trying to stamp out cigar smugglers, which I wasn't feeling at the moment, and the heroine's perspective felt overwritten at times. Overall a 7/10.

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Loved this one. Aristocratic heroine lives alone with several rescue animals; heroine is a self-made man renovating and trying to sell the mansion next door. Tessa Dare's character's dialogue, friendships, and development are always excellent - this one is no exception.

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Mehso-so

My third Enneagram book. The test was useful, but there wasn't much prescriptive or applied/actionable once you discovered your personality. This is a good introduction and explanation, but I preferred “The Road Back to You“ and “Sacred Enneagram.“

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Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
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I've never read anything like this book. We listened to this one, and it definitely earned the 2018 Audiobook of the Year award. The action follows President Lincoln in a graveyard following the death of his son Willy, as well as the souls of the cemetery dwellers who haven't passed on to the other side. Curious, clever, wrenching, bawdy, and powerful. Go in with your mind open and you might also be amazed.

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Bound For Eden | Tess Lesue
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Though published in 2018, this reads like an old-school romance, and not in a good way. The hero is a philandering jerk, there's an uncomfortable love triangle between the hero, heroine, and her sister, and the racial dynamics are problematic at best (a character called The Mexican; a stereotypical Native American who shows up for barely two chapters; fugitive slaves used to show the white heroine's goodness and the white villains' badness).

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This was my second go-round with the Enneagram and I enjoyed it much more this time. This book is an accessible entry point to the spiritual dimensions of personality types, and how to apply the Enneagram's insights to recognizing your own patterns, tendencies, and flaws.

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I cried through most of this book. Providing a journalistic account of the Charleston massacre, Hawes' paints a detailed, devastating portrait of the victims, the survivors, and their families during the attack and the aftermath. A hard read but a worthwhile one.

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Perfect Gravity | Vivien Jackson
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I really enjoyed the first book in this techno-SFF series, but Perfect Gravity didn't work for me. The pacing felt rushed, and I was never convinced that the hacker vet hero and the former senator heroine were really into each other. Their secrets were confusing, and the surrounding post-apocolyptic political drama felt disconnected from the love story.

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Gilead | Marilynne Robinson
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Beautiful reflection on life and faith, told through the letters of an aging, small-town pastor to his young son. Robinson's sentences are breathtaking, and I savored entire passages wrestling with how to live a faithful, spiritual life in the messiness of reality. I see why this is one of President Obama's favorites.

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Another gem from Sarah MacLean. Physically and emotionally wounded, overprotective underground lord falls in love with a whip-smart would-be shipping mogul who is trying to convince her dad and brother to give her the chance to run the family business. Trust, revenge, and family secrets + sizzling chemistry = a great romance.

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Accessible, straight-forward account of how race and racism permeate our society, and how to talk about it (especially if you're white). Digestible chapters with actionable suggestions. Recommend.

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Feed | Mira Grant
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My first zombie book, and I liked it! Set in an alternative, zombie-laden future, this book follows a brother-sister pair of journalists covering the presidential campaign. Snarky, first-person perspectives and thoughtful details made this one a fun read.

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We love to watch American Ninja Warrior, and Akbar's book is as uplifting and positive as his commentary on the show. I listened to this on audiobook and enjoyed the blend of biography, encouragement, and real life examples of people pursuing their passions.

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I listened to this one on audiobook and had to pause, rewind, and take a moment to let the words sink in multiple times each chapter. Laymon is a beautiful writer and this book flayed me. If you want to grapple with identity, race, abuse, family dynamics, truth/lies, trust and just about anything else, let Laymon guide you. Can't recommend highly enough.

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Desperation Road | Michael Farris Smith
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This book left me breathless. Set in southern Mississippi, the novel explores what justice looks like in a broken world. Maben is on the run from a hard life and a fatal encounter with a sleazy cop. Russell, just released from Parchman for a drunken driving manslaughter charge, struggles to adjust to being home. Together, they weigh how to balance their pasts against an uncertain future.

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Polaris Rising: A Novel | Jessie Mihalik
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Outstanding. I've been on a SciFi kick lately, and this romance between a renegade heiress and a most-wanted fugitive was a delight. The hero and heroine learn to trust each other as they plot to take down their shared enemies. Family (found and biological) ties are strong and the supporting characters are well developed. I am looking forward to the next installment!

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I listened to this on audiobook and enjoyed this sci-fi classic set in a crumbling San Francisco full of robots, bounty hunters, and occasions to question the nature of reality.

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Say No to the Duke | Eloisa James
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I usually love Eloisa James, but this book didn't do it for me. There was a quasi-love-triangle for most of the story, which isn't my favorite, and the villainous cousin plot line is a bit over-the-top as well. In sum: outwardly proper sister of the notorious Wildes of Lindlow Castle is ready to marry, and her match may be her brother's war-damaged friend who gets on her nerves.

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Inspiring and extremely, sadly relevant. Shannon Watts describes her passion and motivation for preventing gun violence, what led her to establish Moms Demand Action, and outlines a way forward in these dark times. Full of wisdom, humility, and conviction.

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Stand-alone spinoff from Night Huntress series, though it would enrich the reading to have a passing familiarity with some of the characters. Law guardian heroine is hiding secrets about her family/past while teaming up with a notorious playboy vampire to takedown the demon who holds his soul. Violent but in a fun way (for me), with a multilayered romance and sense of adventure.

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Nightchaser | Amanda Bouchet
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Really enjoyed this SciFi/Fantasy romance between a bounty hunter with conflicted motivations and a rebel with a secret past. Will he turn her in? Can she trust him? Can they stand up against the oppressive, corrupt space overlords? Great dialogue, rich romance, complex supporting characters, and good set up for the next novel without being a cliffhanger.

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Hilarious, biting satire that skewers race, class, and society as a whole. Very much a sendup of 1980s New York City, the themes are equally as touchy and poignant in 2019.

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Nimona | Noelle Stevenson
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Loved this graphic novel about a shapeshifting sidekick to a Super Villain. Their relationship is so sweet, and the exploration of who/what is a villain vs. a 'good guy' resonated with me.

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Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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Dr. Greta Helsing is a physician to non-human Londoners. Fun, campy thriller as Greta and her friends seek to save London's undead and human populations from zealous killer zombie monks.

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A Ruthless Proposition | Natasha Anders
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TW: miscarriage. Was NOT expecting that in the book and it was pretty devastating. Well written love story between a captain of industry who has a fling with his best friend's sister, who's also his employee. That dynamic is iffy, and the hero has some major jackass moments. High on drama and angst. I was definitely cheering for the heroine to get her Happily Ever After, and she does.

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Dark Desires | Eve Silver
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Gothic romance/mystery-light set against Jack the Ripper. The heroine is penniless but scrappy and ends up working as a maid in a secretive anatomist's house. She ends up using her artistic talents to help with his research, but is he The Ripper? Will they fall in love? Occasionally confusing plot, and poor communication abounds, but overall ok.

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In Too Deep | Tracey Alvarez
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Second chance romance set on an island off the coast of New Zealand. Heroine is a police diver who hasn't been home since her father died 9 years ago; hero is her childhood crush/high school fling. They broke each other's hearts and have to figure out how to co-exist without fighting for the benefit of their families. Surprise! They work through their issues and find their happily ever after.

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Augustown | Kei Miller
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Loved this one. Set outside of Kingston, Jamaica, and shifting between the distant past, near past, and present, this novel captures the rhythms of downtrodden but hopeful communities. A preacher flies; a cross-class teen romance has a ripple effect; pride and oppression and opportunity are in tension.

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Young widow and her stepdaughter‘s much younger ex have a steamy affair, ultimately realizing it is much more than a fling. The illicit nature of the relationship is mostly in the heroine‘s mind, and she grows as she decides to pursue a relationship.

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Tóibín takes on a Greek myth and humanizes it. Told alternately from the perspective of Clytemnestra, Orestes, and Electra, the family members grapple with Agamemnon‘s decision to sacrifice his other daughter. Repercussions and murder and intrigue abound.

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Economist Emily Oster explores parenting dogma and myths by dissecting what the evidence actually says. Comforting, insightful, and informative read on many major decisions new parents make, from how to feed your baby to how to discipline toddlers. Strongly recommend!

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A family struggles to say what's been left unsaid in the wake of a death. Lydia, the golden child, drowns in the opening chapter, and her parents, older brother, and younger sister spend the rest of the novel coming to grips with the ways their expectations and experiences across race/ethnicity, age, gender, and personality influenced their lives.

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Delightful romance between an American socialite intent on (im)proving herself and a grumpy swordmaker/secret Duke. Set in Scotland, the novel actively interrogates class, economic power, and racial issues as the main characters find their Happily Ever After. There is a bit of boss/employee tension, but Cole handles this dynamic well. The characters have strong family and friend support, too. Recommend!

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Engrossing. I haven't read the novel nor watched the show, but I wanted to be able to participate in conversations all my friends are having about the Handmaids. The illustrations are gorgeous and powerful, as is the story itself, whose politics are uncomfortably all-too-close to reality these days.

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The Shadow of the Wind | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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Re-read for the first time in a decade and it is just as stunning the second time through. Beautiful story about the power of literature, love, and truth in wartime and beyond. Excited to do the walking tour of Barcelona when we visit next month!

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I listened to this on audiobook and was captivated. Wamariya weaves together her childhood as a Rwandan refugee moving across other unstable African countries, and her adolescence in the US at private schools and Yale. She explores how each transition affecter her personally, her relationships, and her attitudes. This is not a happy-ending-with-a-bow book, but it is all the more powerful as a result.

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Recommended for any feminists in your life interested in how policies, systems, and culture in 'the West' disadvantage women. May be too strong for someone just beginning to explore the topic, but Ghodsee writes clearly and powerfully about structural sexism. Women can do better than our current lot.

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Small Island: A Novel | Andrea Levy
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Very well written with rich characters. Set mostly in London during WW2 and the post-war period, the novel follows two couples - one Jamaican, and one British, sharing a home. Themes of betrayal, secrets, race relations, and the nature of war. For whatever reason, I just never got into the book. It took me over a month to finish, with long gaps in between. I see why people like it, it just wasn't for me.

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Hilarious and dark at times. Short stories about a certain circle of society, set in NYC, the rural south, and elsewhere. Witty observations and searing satire. Ellis‘ voice is delightful.

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Out of Time | Monica McCarty
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I read anything Monica McCarty writes. I thought this series-ender wrapped up a lot too quickly, but it was still an enjoyable, suspenseful romance between a Navy Seal undercover with a maybe-Russian spy.

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I listened to the audiobook and frequently had to hit pause to fully absorb her story. Powerful account of being Black in contemporary America, particularly the evangelical church. Recommended read.

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Deadly Silence | Rebecca Zanetti
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Over the top novel with a lot going on. In short, hero founds PI firm with his chosen brothers who all survived a twisted orphanage. He falls in love with a paralegal in small town Wyoming and they survive crooked politicians, crooked cops, and a twisted government bioengineer bent on vengeance.

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Milkman | Anna Burns
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This book was unsettling, clever, and really evocative. I didn‘t love it but I appreciated it. Told from the perspective of an 18 year old woman in The Troubles harassed by a paramilitary leader, gossiped about, and frustrated by the limits of community norms.

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Detailed comparison of work-life balance for mothers in Europe and the US. Bottom line is that culture and policies/systems affect how mothers experience work and parenting. The US, unsurprisingly, treats mothers terribly. While European moms feel stressed, too, they also expect their government to step up. American moms are in it alone.

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Girls Burn Brighter | Shobha Rao
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As beautiful as a book about sexual assault, domestic violence, and trafficking can be. Two rural, impoverished Indian girls face daunting odds to seeking and finding freedom.

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I needed a thriller to reset and this delivered. A tad long, but a good gothic family drama. FBI agent falls in insta-love with a therapist facing repeated murder attempts. There‘s an old mansion with a torture basement, too.