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Inland | Ta Obreht
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“They were all moving past each other, the mother and the little girl and the old man too-and it struck me, after all these years of seeing the dead, as I stood there holding your bridle and with your breath in my hair, that I had never seen more than one at a time, and had never realized: they were unaware of each other‘s presence. Nameless and unburied, turned out suddenly into the bewildering dark, they rose to find themselves entirely alone.”

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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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Between “Recursion” and “Dark Matter” I have quickly become someone who will read anything Blake Crouch writes, no questions asked. Whenever I thought I knew where “Recursion” was going, I was wrong. It‘s a puzzle-box time travel story, based on memory, death, and love. This book was a blast, compulsively readable and brimming with unexpected heart.

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The Old Drift | Namwali Serpell
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“And so. A dead white man grows bearded and lost in the blinding heart of Africa. With his rooting and roving, his stops and starts, he becomes out after unwitting, our inadvertent pater muzungo. This is the story of a nation-not a kingdom, or a people-so it begins, of course, with a white man.”

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Engineering student Amira Khan has set one rule for herself: no dating until her grad-school thesis is done. Needing some peace and quiet, she heads back to her family‘s house in the suburbs to finish her project. But she arrives home to find out her grandmother rented their basement to…a barbershop quartet?! Honestly, as soon as these dudes started singing I was hooked. “The Chai Factor” is a charming story that really worked for me.

janeycanuck I saw the author at the Eden Mills Writers‘ Festival this past weekend and the book was described as Bollywood meets Monty Python meets Jane Austen! 5d
Expandingbookshelf @janeycanuck haha I wouldn‘t compare it to Monty Python... 5d
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I had no idea there was an outbreak of bubonic plague in California in 1900. David K. Randall explores this terrifying and overlooked chapter of American history: how the plague threatened to overwhelm the rest of the country, how racism impacted the authority‘s reaction and how scientists ultimately managed to contain the disease. This book is brilliant and everyone should read it (maybe skip the lunch, though).

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Underland: A Deep Time Journey | Robert Macfarlane
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“‘Never again shall I celebrate such a Mass in a setting that was so closely united to the Divine Sacrament...in this vast cave we must have looked more like insects than human beings. And yet-our souls were on fire. We were so far from our surroundings, or if we sensed them at all it was because they had lost something of their material quality and become vast and luminous.‘”

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Costalegre | Courtney Maum
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“I wish I were a mermaid. I wish that I could swim. I wish that I could scream until my pores were tentacles and I pulled each and every person down with me until life was soft again. And then I would come up on the shore and I‘d be human. And I‘d know where to go.”

(This book gutted me in ways I wasn‘t expecting).

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Underland: A Deep Time Journey | Robert Macfarlane
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“The same three tasks recur across cultures and epochs: to shelter what is precious, to yield what is valuable, and to dispose of what is harmful.
Shelter (memories, precious matter, messages, fragile lives)
Yield (information, wealth, metaphors, minerals, visions)
Dispose (waste, trauma, poison, secrets)

Into the underland we have long place that which we fear and wish to lose, and that which we love and wish to save.”

Booksnchill Loved this book 2w
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Wanderers: A Novel | Chuck Wendig
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A washed up rock star. A radio televangelist. And a teenage girl who may be humanity‘s last hope as a plague of sleepwalking sweeps the country. “Wanderers” is a THICK book, perfect for a rainy weekend. Fans of “Station Eleven” and “The Stand” should absolutely check this out.

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99 Nights in Logar | Jamil Jan Kochai
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Have you ever read a book that was probably good but you were just not in the right mood for it? That‘s how I feel about “99 Nights in Logar,” a coming of age story about one boy‘s odyssey across contemporary Afghanistan as he tries to find the family dog. I can‘t pinpoint what I didn‘t like about this book (some reviewer I am) but I just wanted it to end. Has anyone else read this? Should I give it another chance?

Tamra Yes - there are good books at wrong times! 2w
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“Grace‘s complaints reminded Ruby of her own feelings about university friends. People you‘d once die for take appalling paths. It‘s not that they become unrecognizable. They become more like themselves. Personality quirks become more pronounced, and so do values, until you wonder how you ever ignored the differences between you.”

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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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I was just going to read this book for a few minutes before I caught my train...instead I ordered a drink, missed my train and stayed glued to my seat until I finished the whole book. I don‘t usually pick up thrillers, but “The Silent Patient” kept me engaged and guessing the whole time. AND THAT TWIST THOUGH! 🤯

Ericalambbrown If it was worth missing your train, I‘m stackin‘ this SOB! 😂😘📚❤️ 4w
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“You once told me that the human eye is god's loneliest creation. How so much of the world passes through the pupil and still it holds nothing. The eye, alone in its socket, doesn't even know there's another one, just like it, an inch away, just as hungry, as empty.”

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Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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“I will never leave him. It will be this, always, for as long as he will let me.
If I had had words to speak such a thing, I would have. But there were none that seemed big enough for it, to hold that swelling truth.
As if he had heard me, he reached for my hand. I did not need to look; his fingers were etched into my memory, slender and petal-veined, strong and quick and never wrong.
“Patroclus,” he said. He was always better with words than I.”

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The Paragon Hotel | Lyndsay Faye
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“Why do I sense that you‘re entirely in earnest?” “Possibly because I‘m half Italian. We‘re the sort who either throw ourselves weeping upon your grave or help you into it.”

mreads ❤❤ 1mo
lynneamch Ha! Just started this one. Hooked already. 1mo
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Beneath the gloss of star chefs and crystal-laden tables, the truffle supply chain is full of drama. Who knew that a measly fungus would be responsible for assaults, robberies, frauds, and the murder of dogs??! “The Truffle Underground” is about a world I knew nothing about. And now I am obsessed.

Geeklet I love books like this. There‘s a really good one that‘s similar about the history of phosphorus. I‘ll definitely keep my eye out for this one. 2mo
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I know this is a well-reviewed book, and I know a lot of people love it, but it was not for me. The pacing was weird, the main character was childish the love interest was gross (he calls her “babygirl” and his dick “two bats.” Seriously.) and so much of it was…cringeworthy. The sexy scenes made me laugh so loud I scared my dog, which was probably not what the author intended.

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Wanderers: A Novel | Chuck Wendig
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This is the kind of throwaway joke that make my nerdy heart sing

(A hint for the confused: don‘t forget your towel)

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“But that was the way life worked. Every human being was the result of a million different factors mixing together -- one of a million sperm arriving at the egg at exactly a certain time; even a millisecond off, and another entirely different person would result. Good things and bad--every friendship and romance formed, every accident, every illness--resulted from the conspiracy of hundreds of little things, in and of themselves inconsequential.”

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The Terror: A Novel | Dan Simmons
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On a hot summer day, the only thing you can do is settle down with a drink and read about men freezing to death in the Arctic while being chased by a weird polar bear monster. It really works for me.

Angitron I love this book!!! It‘s so immersive! 2mo
RealLifeReading Loved this one! 2mo
Tamra It‘s a good one! 2mo
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Florida | Lauren Groff
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“He stepped closer to her and put his head in the crook of her neck and breathed his inadequacy out there, breathed in her love and the grease of her travels and knew had been lucky, and that he had escaped the hungry dark once more.”

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The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited! | Clint McElroy, Griffin McElroy, Justin McElroy, Travis McElroy, Carey Pietsch
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It‘s here! And it‘s perfect! And it has trading cards! 💜

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The Bride Test | Helen Hoang
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I was excited to get my hands on “The Bride Test” considering everyone I know seems to love it. I didn‘t enjoy it as much as other reviewers (I felt like these characters had no chemistry even though all of the secondary characters kept TALKING about how much chemistry they had) but this was still a low-stakes, light-hearted summer read.

JanuarieTimewalker13 I‘m passing on this one. I liked the Kiss Quotient, but I wasn‘t wowed. 2mo
Expandingbookshelf @JanuarieTimewalker13 Yeah if you didn‘t like TKQ you would really hate this. 2mo
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Light from Other Stars | Erika Swyler
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This dedication is just 🌟Every time I see it, I‘m just happy 💜

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My feelings are...complicated. The descriptions of food were mouth-watering and I was interested in the gender-swapped aspect of the retelling. But this book left me cold. I didn‘t buy the chemistry between the two leads and some of the storylines were troubling (including a truly terrible #metoo take). I‘ve enjoyed Sonali Dev‘s previous work so this was disappointing.

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Sudden Death: A Novel | lvaro Enrigue
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“I don‘t know what this book is about. I know that as I wrote it I was angry because the bad guys always win. Maybe all books are written simply because in every game the bad guys have the advantage and that is too much to bear”

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The Satapur Moonstone | Sujata Massey
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I really love the new Perveen Mistry series. It‘s historical fiction about a female lawyer in 1920s Bombay. These books are packed with brilliant world building, wonderful characters and mysteries that are genuinely fun to (try to) solve. I can‘t wait for the next installment.

ManyWordsLater Looks like a Jacqueline Winspear novel. Do they compare? 2mo
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The Bird King | G. Willow Wilson
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“Once a story leaves the hands of its author, it belongs to the reader. And the reader may see any number of things, conflicting things, contradictory things. The author goes silent. If what he intended mattered so very much, there would be no need for inquisitions and schisms and wars. But he is silent, silent. The author of the poem is silent, the author of the world is silent. We are left with no intentions but our own.”

rather_be_reading omg those drinks! 😍 2mo
Expandingbookshelf @rather_be_reading MIMOSA. FLIGHT ❤️💛💚💙💜 2mo
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“Move across the country and hope the Sadness won‘t find you, won‘t follow you like a stray dog from coast to coast. Hope the Sadness isn‘t just a fog on a leash, shadowing you always...Hope that you are not the Sadness‘s home, anywhere you go, no matter how far, no matter how quickly-the Sadness lives in you. Hope to God it‘s not that.”

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“I walk because, somehow, it‘s like reading. You‘re privy to these lives and conversations that have nothing to do with yours, but you can eavesdrop on them. Sometimes it‘s overcrowded; sometimes the voices are too loud. But there is always companionship. You are not alone. You walk in the city side by side with the living and the dead.”

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I‘m not moving for at least three more hours...

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Pineapple glazed short ribs, coconut rice, @lordhobobrewing beer and a delicious foodie memoir. I‘m very happy and very full 💛

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Library at Mount Char | Scott Hawkins
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I‘m intrigued...🤔

Fridameetslucy Got me smiling :) 3mo
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My office has a take shelf of free books and in my defense, I was left unsupervised.

BookNAround 😂😂😂 3mo
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“The only thing that was real (I mean supremely real) was Laura‘s smile from across the room...Still, the patient reader mustn‘t imagine this was some kind of mime show. God save me from a girl able to smile so many ways in a matter of minutes. No. All the smiles got into one smile. And the eye of the lover is like the eye of the fly, which means that other smiles might have been projected onto Laura‘s lips, her teeth.”

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All That She Can See | Carrie Hope Fletcher
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This was a weird train wreck or a book. I could go into a whole rant about it but I‘ll restrain myself and just say: don‘t read it. In happier news, I made this lemon pie and it‘s delicious 😋

mreads Yumm lemon pie😍 3mo
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Three-Body Problem | Cixin Liu
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Sometimes I thought life was precious, and everything was so important; but other times I thought humans were insignificant, and nothing was worthwhile. Anyway, my life passed day after day accompanied by this strange feeling, and before I knew it, I was old

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“Perhaps if I had said to myself, at any moment in the race, I am being competitive. I want to win and I care, I might‘ve begun to find the whole competition boring. My competitiveness was like a kite I was refusing to pull down from the sky and examine. I think this increased its power over me. I rode with a mysterious compulsion, not knowing where it came from.”

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“Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts. There are seven words that will make a person love you. There are ten words that will break a strong man's will. But a word is nothing but a painting of a fire. A name is the fire itself.”

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Wayfinding | M.R. OConner
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Check out my artsy mood lighting... 😎

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The Unhoneymooners | Christina Lauren
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If you need to find me at all this summer I‘ll be right here in my happy place 🤗📖💛

Liatrek That‘s a lovely happy place 😍 3mo
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Light from Other Stars | Erika Swyler
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Light had carried her here, brought her decades from where she‘d begun. In the planets purple glow she found her father, the brother she never knew and his single painful hour...They‘d brought her traveling to the sky‘s end. They‘d woken her to life. She saw her mother...her good eye watered but it wasn‘t crying. It was washing away. The mass of words she‘d held inside her for a lifetime dissolved. She saw. She touched the face of God

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“Family memory is a tricky thing; we repeat some stories to ourselves until we are bored of them, while others inexplicably fall away. Or maybe not inexplicably; maybe some stories, if remembered, would fit too uncomfortably into the present family narrative."

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I had an action-packed, people-heavy weekend and while it was a blast I am so excited to stay on my couch and not talk to anyone.

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I have been desperately craving a burrito all weekend and I finally made it happen 🤤

Geeklet Eating a burrito while reading? I also like to live life dangerously. 🤣 4mo
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Gingerbread: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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Instagram professionals-TELL ME YOUR SECRETS!!! I walked by half a dozen women artfully posing with their fancy treats, and I‘m sitting at a dirty outdoor table trying to take this picture before all the ice cream drizzles down my arm. I‘m so stickyyyy! Anyway the book is good.

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China Dream | Ma Jian
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“Once the Internet Monitoring Unit merges with our China Dream Bureau, the supervision of dreams will become integral to our daily work. We will record, classify, and control the dreams of every individual, and begin work on a neural implant, called the China Dream Device, which will replace everyone's private dreams with the collective China Dream.”

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Disappearing Earth | Julia Phillips
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It hurts too much to break your own heart out of stupidity, to leave a door unlocked or a child untended and return to discover that whatever you value most has disappeared. No. You want to be intentional about the destruction. Be a witness. You want to watch how your life will shatter.

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The Raptor & the Wren | Chuck Wendig
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Holy hell, what TOOK me so long to start reading the Miriam Black series?! I blew through books four and five of the series in two days. The final book in the series is waiting for me at the library and I‘m excited to get it, but sad it‘s the end of the road for Miriam. (Also, how is this not a TV show yet?!? @netflix @starz get on this!)

vivastory I only read the first one, but really loved it. They planned on adapting it as a series at one point, but it fell through. In fact I believe a couple of my copies even say "Soon to be a TV series" 4mo
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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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“Her eyes fill up with tears again and she closes them. Even in memory she will find this moment unbearably intense, and she's aware of this now, while it's happening. She has never believed herself fit to be loved by any person. But now she has a new life, of which this is the first moment, and even after many years have passed she will still think: Yes, that was it, the beginning of my life.”

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