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Gezemice

Gezemice

Joined April 2016

"I know nothing." - Jon Snow Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/gezemice
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A Midsummer-night's Dream by William Shakespeare
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#audiowalk - while our area is flat and mostly urban, there are small pleasures like this eentsy-weensy waterfall in the nearby park.

Read4life Beautiful 💙 2d
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Sleepless 2 | Sarah Vaughn
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I enjoyed the action, adventure and romance in this volume, and especially the gorgeous artwork. The story, however, left me wanting more. There were enough elements introduced to last for a long epic adventure, and wrapping it up in two volumes did not do them justice. Court intrigue, magic, Poppy‘s mother‘s storyline, Rellen, were a few elements of many that deserved more. If this had more volumes, I would have loved it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2

Gezemice @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I saw you reading it and I remembered it was due back soon. Thanks gor the reminder! 1w
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What the heck is quantum biology? This book explains how this fledling science seeks answers to biology‘s unexplained phenomena in the weird world of quantum. Photosythesis, mutation, DNA copying, sense of smell, and sensing the Earth‘s magnetic field in migrating animals is thought to involve quantum effects. The book has good analogies to help lay people understand the concepts. I got the gist, but the details were lost on me. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⬇️

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This was lovely, about a Japanese single dad who is having to confront his prejudices and guilt about his dead brother, when his husband shows up from Canada. Great artwork, good story, and meaningful conversations about acceptance and living among prejudiced people. Kana is supercute; Mike is a loveable bear; Yaichi is brooding but compassionate and understanding. My favorite parts were them bonding as a family. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

readordierachel Lovely review! I really loved this one too. So tender. 2mo
Gezemice @readordierachel Thank you! Yes, tender is a great word. 2mo
Swe_Eva Ooh, looks like my library has it available in ebook! #instantgratification 2mo
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rwmg Good review. I've got vol 2 wishlisted 2mo
Gezemice @Swe_Eva Enjoy! 2mo
Gezemice @rwmg Me too! Thanks! 2mo
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Hark! A Vagrant | Kate Beaton
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A humorous comic about history and literature? Sign me up! This collection started great. The first comic (see above) made me laugh out loud. Unfortunately the collection is rather uneven. Some are hilarious, some mildly humorous, but there are a lot that just try too hard. Also, I know nothing about Canadian history, which features prominently. I did chuckle on the Canadian stereotypes, though. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Zelma I had a similar reaction to this book. A few of the comics are gems and make me laugh every time I see them (like this one). But I wasn‘t as interested in the whole collection. 2mo
Gezemice @Zelma Right! I feel that my sense of humor overlaps with her but definitely not the same in all cases. 2mo
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1. Totally the nineties. Great music and the last fun time before bad things started to happen. And NIN
2. Whichever I can get my paws on first
3. Older
4. Different continent... across the ocean
5. @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @GingerAntics

#friyayintro

Ashley85 Totally agree about the 90‘s!!! 2mo
Gezemice @Ashley85 👍 Right? Things we worried about seem trivial now. 2mo
TK421 90's music all the way! ( now singing Head Like A Hole ) 2mo
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Gezemice @TK421 My favorite! “Bow down before the one you serve. You‘re going to get what you deserve” 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Oh, how much worry we put into Y2K! Definitely seems trivial now. 2mo
Gezemice @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Yep. And before 9/11... so without fear 2mo
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After finishing this book, this still stands out to me - under a bajillion layers of clothing, the Victorian lady went commando in the crotch area, like Paris Hilton. It apparently had to do with the impossibility of lifting those skirts to go to the bathroom. Who would have thunk?
#nfbuddyread @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Right, can‘t get all those layers off in a hurry! It made me think of the old one piece long underwear with a seat flap. 2mo
Gezemice @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Just to think they did not even use much during their periods! Madness! And the comment about the Moulin Rouge... I had no idea! 2mo
Slajaunie 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 2mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Gezemice Yes, I honestly had never thought of that either....my innocent self thought it was all those high kicks and ankles and legs showing, like the Rockettes.🤪😱😂 2mo
Gezemice @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Yep, they always tell you that the sight of an ankle was scandalous. But ne thinks a lady falling over was way more scandalous back then than it would be now... I wonder if the period costumes in movies allow the ladies to go to the bathroom... 2mo
Crazeedi This looks like a rather interesting book!! 2mo
Gezemice @Crazeedi Well, who would not be interested in crotchless drawers? 😉 2mo
Crazeedi @Gezemice exactly, lol😁😁 2mo
GingerAntics Well you also have to remember, underpants are a modern invention. No one worn them, for the reasons we now wear them, until rather recently. Probably the last 100 years-ish. 2mo
Gezemice @GingerAntics I did not know that, but gross. 2mo
GingerAntics 🤣😂🤣 actually, underpants aren‘t even universal. When you can barely afford clothes, underpants aren‘t really important. Most countries still don‘t wear underpants. It‘s a western thing, really. Why is it gross? It‘s actually healthier, especially for females, to not wear them. They just create humidity where you really don‘t want it. 2mo
Gezemice @GingerAntics It is amazing to have historians around. Love it! But still gross. All sorts of fluids leak out if you are not wearing them. And get on your outer clothes. And things you might sit on. Which might get into your lady parts. And who knows who sat there before... Ugh. Nope, gross, thank you! Although I concede the humidity thing in hot climates. I did do some googling though... and tgey do wear loin cloths! 2mo
GingerAntics Yeah, loin cloths do sometimes function as something similar. Someone dared me to run commando once, dude it was freeing. No wedgie and absolutely everything evaporates through the “cool 360” wicking fabric. 😆 when it‘s too cold I don‘t do it, but especially when it‘s 100 degrees outside, it‘s a game changer. 2mo
GingerAntics Where are you sitting with no trousers/jeans/skirts on that you‘re concerned with who sat there last? 😂 2mo
Gezemice @GingerAntics I‘ll just call you Paris Hilton from now on. 😉 2mo
Gezemice @GingerAntics I think most of my clothes would feel gross after I sat down and then I got up... Also, miniskirts! And if you are wearing your jeans without underwear, you better wash it every day. I don‘t. Not to mention the clothes that are dry clean only. As far as sitting, this explains why women in India who are menstrating are banished to the grass hut. Tgey sit on the floor while cooking!! 2mo
Gezemice @GingerAntics When I had to wear pantyhose to work (Victorians were not the only ones with torturous underwear) I did the concession to stockings with garters and long, loose skirts in the summer months, and indeed it was freeing. But that‘s as far as I got in that arena... I am just glad pantyhose is mostly a thing of the past. (edited) 2mo
GingerAntics Oh I would never do jeans, that would be a bit rough, I would think. I generally wear underwear, I just don‘t find anything wrong with choosing not to. 🤷🏼‍♀️ I don‘t know about the mini skirt thing. If your skirt is so short it doesn‘t cover your butt when you sit, it‘s probably too short. 2mo
GingerAntics Oh god I hate pantyhose. I must be allergic to something in those and tights. They always made me itch. The pantyhose less than the tights, but still. 2mo
Gezemice @GingerAntics Miniskirts are long enough to sit. But the view... 2mo
Gezemice @GingerAntics It‘s the material - pantyhose makes you sweat. I hated the smell of my own feet! I never had such smelly feet in socks or bare feet. Tights don‘t give me a problem if they are mostly cotton, but all sythetics is bad. 2mo
GingerAntics I‘ll give you that on the view. Yeah. That would be creepy. Pantyhose do make you smell weird. I remember that. I don‘t know if I ever had cotton tights. I probably would have been okay with those...maybe. It didn‘t help that my grandmother insisted I wear tights, so to “help” me she would lather me with lotion and then put baby powder on top. I was basically pasted into these things. It was gross. 2mo
Gezemice @GingerAntics Ouch! Thankfully no one insisted that I wear tights as a child. I do it occasionally nowadays although I am mostly for jeans. But they go well with a miniskirt in the winter. I would never wear them on their own like so many do nowadays. I feel like that‘s too much public info about your butt. 2mo
GingerAntics We may be talking about two different things. I‘ve never seen anyone wear just tights (like pantyhose but thicker, and very popular for little girls in winter when dresses are required - I had to wear them at Christmas and for my First Communion). Leggings are the thin, stretchy pants things. People are wearing leggings alone now, especially the workout ones. I love how now they‘re being called “jeggings.” No idea what the hell is up with that. 2mo
Gezemice @GingerAntics Well they are the same thing here. Kinda confusing. Jeggings are keggings that are jeans patterned or jeans material. 2mo
GingerAntics 🤦🏼‍♀️ dear god why smh 2mo
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Wow. Theranos: lies and intimidation. Elizabeth Holmes had a vision and was going to see through it - investors, patient‘s lives, employees‘ concerns, and the truth be damned.

I was struck by how many would-be whistleblowers were silenced; how many believed her lies despite of evidence to the contrary; and the mafia-like threats to ruin even minor witnesses if they said anything.

Riveting. Well researched and told. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Gezemice This is a complicated story, one of my best reads of the year. Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2743276581 2mo
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In this snarky look at the Victorian underbelly, or rather, underskirt, Therese O‘Neill tells us all a lady needs to survive in this romantic era of filth, diseases, complete subjugation of women, and crotchless underwear. We learn (or rather, are told by Victorian men), how to menstruate, stay innocent until wedding night, cope with our husband‘s syphillis, flirt with a kerchief, and where to put our forks at dinner. Lots of fun. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Gezemice Enjoyable history, very snarky, easy read with many illustrations. #nfbuddyread @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Weaponxgirl (edited) 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I enjoyed it and finished today too! 2mo
Gezemice @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Awesome! What was your biggest surprise? Mine was the crotchless underwear. Really! With that much clothing! 2mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Gezemice Right! It‘s because all those clothes were impossible to get out of in a hurry or often. 😂. So that and that the whole movie Hysteria lied to me!🤪 2mo
Gezemice @Riveted_Reader_Melissa what movie? 🤔 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa It was called Hysteria and starred Maggie Gyllenhaal https://m.imdb.com/title/tt1435513/ 2mo
Gezemice @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sounds like fun! But yeah, sounds like lying, too... 2mo
Slajaunie Yeah...it‘s history. 2mo
Gezemice @Slajaunie I love history. 😊👍 2mo
Slajaunie I do as well! @Gezemice 2mo
Gezemice @Slajaunie Awesome! Nice to find other history lovers. What‘s your favorite era? Mine is medieval and ancient Europe, especially Britain and the Tudors. 2mo
Slajaunie Love the Tudors, French Revolution, The Romanovs. @Gezemice (edited) 2mo
Gezemice @Slajaunie Awesome! Lots of intrigue and madness. 2mo
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I must agree with the reviewers that this last Sherlock collection is the weakest. Many of the stories lack the investigative genius and rely on gimmicks, or re-hashing older mysteries. Doyle was clearly tired of Holmes by this time. Nevertheless it was well listenable and I am glad I have finished the series. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Wars of the Roses | Alison Weir
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The Wars of the Roses is the greatest entertainment for a medieval history lover: dynastic intrigue, complicated genealogies, bloody battles, rival kings, formidable queens, mighty lords in constantly changing alliances provide an exciting story with fascinating characters. This would make a great TV series, and has obviously inspired Game of Thrones (Lancaster and York...)

This was simply exciting to read, and I was rooting for York. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Texreader Great review 2mo
Gezemice @Texreader Thank you! 2mo
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Dragon 👍😀🐉 Allison Weir writes great books! 2mo
GingerAntics This book is still on my wish list, and I got another book on the war of the roses so we can compare notes. That‘s my next nonfiction to start. 2mo
Gezemice @GingerAntics That would be awesome! I am onto The Princes in the Tower, which is the conclusion to the story. 2mo
Gezemice @Dragon I am a huge fan of her nonfiction, but her fiction is not for me. 2mo
GingerAntics Oh I‘ve always wanted to know more about that whole incident. Just added it to my wish list. This is happening!!! I think I need to read them in order, though. 2mo
Gezemice @GingerAntics It is a much shorter book and she wrote it first, so it does not need to be in order. It is a lot less dense since it is a more linear story and shorter time period. I have read it but forgot it so I know it is an easy read while Wars of the Roses is not. 2mo
GingerAntics Oh, that definitely needs to happen then. Good to know. Sadly, my library has neither of her books, so I‘m going to have to wait until I get paid again to get them. 2mo
Gezemice @GingerAntics Oh no! can you get an interlibrary loan? 2mo
GingerAntics I haven‘t looked into one. I need to check the library at work, then it becomes if any libraries in the state have it. I‘ve found in the past that anything dealing with the U.K. just isn‘t happening here, as a general rule. No idea why. 2mo
Dragon Agreed I can‘t read her nonfiction books. 😀🐉 2mo
Gezemice @Dragon Haha! I tried, too. Nope. 2mo
Gezemice @GingerAntics My library has all of Weir‘s work. And a ton of English history. I live in a small town but it is a college town... and the library is popular. 2mo
GingerAntics We have several colleges in the area. No idea why the public libraries have such limited options. The college libraries are much better stocked, but sadly you can‘t check books out unless you‘re a student or an employee. 2mo
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The Wars of the Roses | Alison Weir
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1. All genres! I love variety, but my most read genres are fantasy, classics, sci-fi and non-fiction, especially history.
2. Terry Pratchett!!
3. It changes. Today it is Daisy Jones and The Six, but often Song of Achilles, I,Claudius, The Handmaid‘s Tale, and anything Terry Pratchett.
4. I try anything once, but I do avoid romance, horror and westerns (although some books I loved were horror, or had romance in them).
5. ✔️
#hellothursday

wanderinglynn Terry Pratchett! 🙌🏻 Thanks for playing! 📚 2mo
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Harry Potter | JK Rowling
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1. The Harry Potter series.
2. Hermione.
3. Umbridge. And Humbert Humbert.
4. Hermione‘s wand. Then we‘ll apparate to land!
5. What would you do, @GingerAntics and @Graywacke ?
#whatwouldyoudo @DannyHattan

Thanks for the tag, @Riveted_Reader_Melissa !

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Sex, drugs, rock-and-roll: but so much more. Love, heartbreak, addiction, temptation, and choosing the right thing - every day. And of course music - the creation and joy of music, the bond of making something great together; and who you want to be along the way.
The interview format, the multiple perspectives works wonderfully; the full-cast audio is great. Each character is well developed. This story will hang with me for a while. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Gezemice This is my favorite book this year so far. There is so much to say. Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2763504743 . Oh and I freakin‘ love that cover! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great review!!! Loved this one!! 💗💗 2mo
Gezemice @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you! I am still thinking about it. 2mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Gezemice me too!!! Have you looked back at some of the pictures of Stevie Nicks in the 70‘s? Looks identical to Daisy on the cover 💗 2mo
Gezemice @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks No! I will now! Thanks for the heads-up :) 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Gezemice yes!!! 💞💞💞 2mo
BooknerdsLife Love your review! I‘m just starting the book but really loving the writing and the style of this one! I think she‘s becoming one of my favourite writers! 2mo
Gezemice @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Oh yes, its beautiful! 2mo
Gezemice @BooknerdsLife I know! I don‘t normally read “just out” books but I was intrigued ( #blameitonlitsy ) and I am so glad I succumbed to the hype :) Enjoy! 2mo
BooknerdsLife @Gezemice Thank you💓 I really enjoyed her last book so was a little nervous going into this one too! Really enjoying it so far 🤗 2mo
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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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“I used to think soul mates were two of the same. I used to think I was supposed to look for somebody that was like me. I don't believe in soul mates anymore and I'm not looking for anything. But if I did believe in them, I'd believe your soul mate was somebody who had all the things you didn't, that needed all the things you had. Not somebody who's suffering from the same stuff you are.”

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Obama‘s early memoir covers his growing up, and looking for his identity as a young black man in America. He is the child of a love marriage between his all-American white mother and Kenyan father, raised in young boyhood in Indonesia, later in Hawaii by his mother and white grandparents. His unique perspective on race - both from inside and out - and opportunity - both in America and Kenya - give him unique insights and understanding. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Gezemice I listened to the audiobook, which Obama narrates himself. 2mo
GingerAntics After reading Becoming and hearing her talk about the process it took for this book to even happen, this is on my reading list now. 2mo
Lcsmcat @GingerAntics Same here. 2mo
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Gezemice @GingerAntics @Lcsmcat It is much shorter than Becoming. And an easy listen with that great voice. 2mo
GingerAntics When I read that part, I think I need to find the audiobook. I have the book on my Apple Books wish list, but I think the audiobook needs to go on there, too. 2mo
GingerAntics I was about to wonder why the audiobook is cheaper than the book, but then I discovered why. The audiobook is adridged. (edited) 2mo
Gezemice @GingerAntics Oh I did not realize that. Well, at 7 hours, I do hope it covers what‘s important. 2mo
GingerAntics Sheesh, the abridged version is 7 hours long. Wow. I would think it would. If he was reading it, you‘d think he‘d be going “yeah, but that thing you cut was really important.” 2mo
Gezemice @GingerAntics It is 257 pages in print. I can‘t imagine they cut too much. 2mo
GingerAntics Geez, unless he talked really slow, I don‘t think much could be cut out. That‘s interesting to consider. Hm. 2mo
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The Wars of the Roses | Alison Weir
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Inspired by King Henry IV of #shakespearereadalong, I am re-reading an old favorite about the Wars of the Roses.
My roses are a bit sad at the idea.

That‘s Lancaster and York for you, Lannister and Stark fans. 😉

I love that Alison Weir starts with how people lived in the fifteenth century in England, and not with the great families and battles. She writes about people, which makes me love her history so much.

GingerAntics Definitely need to read this. 2mo
Gezemice @GingerAntics I thought you said you are not a fan of medieval history? It does have a lot of battles, too, and tons of complicated blood lines. I do enjoy that, though :) 2mo
GingerAntics I‘m not a fan of military history. I don‘t like all the battles and macho bs, personally. Military history, to me, is just all the evidence that men haven‘t changed in centuries. I feel like I would understand the history plays more by reading either this one or Dan Jones‘s 2mo
GingerAntics I‘m more interested in the bloodlines than the battles, but it‘s hard to separate those two things. I may need to reread (edited) 2mo
Gezemice @GingerAntics Shakespeare‘s Kings looks interesting. I have tried Dan Jones once but I felt after Alison Weir that he was too much of the male oriented history writing, i.e. battles and dates. I like Weir‘s emphasis on personalities and contemporary life and thinking. 2mo
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The Enchanter | Vladimir V. Nabokov
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Nabokov‘s short story is the precursor to Lolita, and its main attraction is to compare and contrast the story‘s evolution with the novel. Lolita‘s main genius is the brilliant use of the English language. This story was written in Russian, and no doubt it is dazzling in its original, however son Dmitri Nabokov‘s translation is overwrought and circumspect, which dampened my enjoyment a lot. ⭐️⭐️⭐️
@collegecatlady #newyearwhodis

Gezemice @collegecatlady Thank you for the recommendation! It was very interesting to compare this to Lolita, and I see the similar elements and also how it evolved. I just wish Nabokov had translated it himself. 2mo
collegecatlady I totally see where you‘re coming from about the translation. I love getting a glimpse into a writer‘s process and this did that for me especially well as you mention! 2mo
Gezemice @collegecatlady Yes! It was very interesting to see what elements he kept. Lolita is a lot more nuanced, and I found it also interesting that no one is named in this story, whereas Lolita is so interwoven with the title name, and other names in the novel. This makes it a lot more personal. (edited) 2mo
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Tales of the Tikongs | Epeli Hau'ofa
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A slim collection of short stories about the everyday lives of people on Tiko, a tiny fictional island nation in Polynesia. Written with lots of humor and irony, we get a picture that the islanders are avid Church goers and much less avid workers. Caught between traditional tribal life and foreign aid, most live off cushy government jobs or swindling foreign aid. While short, I struggled, as the stories got repetitive. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Gezemice Read for the #bookriot #readharder2019 challenge, own voices book set in Oceania 2mo
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This book starts with such a humble goal yet so far ranging. What we put on our table and how is deeply embedded in our relationship with the Earth.

I have listened to it already but I am diving back in with the Kindle edition and finding quotes.

Hooked_on_books I love this book. I‘ve recommended it to so many people. 2mo
Gezemice @Hooked_on_books I just finished it but I am doing the same! 2mo
Gezemice @mrsmarch Thanks! Will check it out! 2mo
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King Henry IV, Part 1 | William Shakespeare
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Henry IV came to the throne via a rebellion, and now he is dealing with a rebellion himself - a rebellion of his old friends. This setup gives us an interesting dramatic irony, which Shakespeare fully exploits. The other part of the story is the Prince‘s debauchery and thieving with his low friends, among whom Falstaff gives us one of the bard‘s best comic characters. Much witty wordplay ensues, there is lots of fighting and action. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Mansplaining ca. 1890.
“The highest [best] type of bosom... is not only placed well upon the chest, but can be best described as of slightly pine-apple form.”

@Weaponxgirl @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Riveted_Reader_Melissa

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I have started reading Unmentionable for the #nfbuddyread. I also wanted to show off my tulips. It is still cold but if we have tulips, spring could not be far away, right?
@Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Weaponxgirl

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Beautiful photo and tulips! I want spring so badly, but here it‘s still cold, windy..and generally dismal looking.☹️ 3mo
Gezemice @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Same here, it sucks! But you can always get some tulips... 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I started it today. It‘s so zany ... and a little depressing. 2mo
Gezemice @BarbaraTheBibliophage Yeah, it certainly takes the romance off the era... 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Gezemice For sure. I‘m glad it‘s not all totally new to me. Imagine how disillusioned someone would be ... 2mo
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Sleepless Vol. 1 | Sarah Vaughn
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A great intro to a new series. We have a beautiful heroine of color, the illegitimate daughter of the late king. The new king is her uncle, the new heiress is her cousin. Her life is in danger, but her valiant sleepless knight protects her. There is court intrigue, assassins, knights, tournaments, princesses, beautiful courtly dresses, an amalgam of European and African culture, a hint of romance, magic, gorgeous art. Can‘t wait for more. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Gezemice @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @hermyknee I finished it and it was fun. Clearly just an intro, we barely scratch the surface of the magical elements and characters, but beautiful and a great setup. This could be a really good series. 3mo
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Sleepless Vol. 1 | Sarah Vaughn
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My library is awesome. When I first tried to put this on hold, they said it is not out yet but they will buy it and hold it for me. And it came! I will be the first to read it!

@Riveted_Reader_Melissa

hermyknee This looks really cool - what is it? 3mo
Gezemice @hermyknee It is a new comic series... recommended to me by @Riveted_Reader_Melissa . I will tell you when I read it... I don‘t know what its about, but flipping through it, it looks cool. Fantasy, court, swords and horses, skulls... pretty dresses 3mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa I hope you enjoy it. And yes, you have the best library ever!!! 3mo
JSW Oooh I loved this and can‘t wait for the second one! 3mo
Gezemice @JSW That‘s another recommendation - I am looking forward to it! 3mo
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In this action-packed final installment, Elend, Vin, Sazed, and the crew struggles to save the world, which is increasingly being ruined by the all too conveniently named Ruin. There are lots of battles, plans, foiled plans, clues, and answers. I especially liked that the clues were coming in an order that I could stay one step ahead figuring them out. The ending was amazing and fitting. Sazed rocks. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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While the mystery was certainly Agatha-worthy, I have figured it out before hand. This is one of the Dame‘s later works, and Miss Marple‘s “old pussy” behavior certainly seems from first-hand experience, just as the constant judgmental attitude about young people and their immoral ways, especially young girls who would go with anyone. There are views blaming girls for being raped or murdered. This is an old and musty Christie. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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550 pages of droll lameness. 200 pages of sheer awesomeness.

The end is amazing. Vin kicks even more major ass, Sazed turns out to be a mighty warrior, and the story is turned upside down again in unexpected ways, setting this up for the last sequel.

But before that? Bumbling Elend, endless, simplistic “political intrigue”, and Vin and Elend both mope about not being good enough for the other. “He is a good man” said 1000 times 🙄. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Mistborn Trilogy | Brandon Sanderson
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I have finished the Mistborn trilogy! #scififantasybookclub
These are my (well, my husband‘s) well worn copies. Overall, I adore Sanderson‘s plotting, world building, and the clues he drops that you can put together. Less adorable is the writing, especially dialogue and character development. The characters often mope about and repeat themselves.
But the fights scenes, and the ending of all three books, are masterful. All worth it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⬇️

Gezemice They all start slowly. The first one is the best, especially due to Kelsier, and the first encounter with Allomancy. The second is the weakest - for 500 pages, almost nothing happens - then an amazing 200 pages makes up for it. The last one has lots of action and a stunning conclusion. I have given four stars to all. The plot deserves a five star but the writing is only a three. #bbbbc (edited) 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Wow! You certainly flew through these!! 3mo
Gezemice @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Flying is a little exaggaration. Took me two full weeks! 3mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Gezemice Yea, 2 weeks for well over 2,000 pages. That‘s still flying through, those are some pretty big books. 3mo
Gezemice @Riveted_Reader_Melissa My husband decided to read them, too, and he reads way faster... I had motivation. 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Gezemice Are you two going to continue on with the offshoot books? 3mo
Gezemice @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I will not, unless he wants to, but I doubt he will. These wrap-up well and I don‘t see that I want another story in the same world, at least not for a while. I am Sanderson-ed out. (edited) 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Gezemice I thought that might be the case...I think the rest are set way in the future of that world. 3mo
InLibrisVeritas I am glad you enjoyed them overall! Sanderson does have some issues with characters on occasion. I dont remmeber having issues with it in his later stuff but his early writing its prevalent. 3mo
Gezemice @InLibrisVeritas Thanks! Good to know that he improves later. I was considering reading more but not ready at the moment. 3mo
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All Our Wrong Todays | Elan Mastai
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Time-travel, love, the meaning of life, and what could happen if just one minor thing has altered in a time line? I kind of enjoyed the parts where Tom/John discovers love and a functional family, but the rest simply throws us for too many loops. Time loops, navel-gazing, too many causalities and paradoxes, and self-reference loops. The idea would have made a great short story, but at 384 pages it is more like a bloated headache. ⭐️⭐️

HeatherBookNerd I loved that book! 😂 the audiobook is terrific. 3mo
Gezemice @HeatherBookNerd I listened to it. There were parts that I really liked but he went around in too many circles so it never came together for me. 3mo
MaleficentBookDragon I did not like it either. Great idea but I did not enjoy the execution of it. And it felt really sexist to me at times. 3mo
Gezemice @MaleficentBookDragon Yeah, I agree. Good idea, bad execution. And yeah, it was cringeworthy at times. 3mo
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Mistborn: The Final Empire | Brandon Sanderson
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Mistborn. Knows everything and a badass fighter. Cool, yeah?

I greatly enjoyed the story, the twists, the Allomancy, and the fight scenes. Sanderson is a great action writer. The magic system using different metals is original and highly interesting. However, his characters are one dimensional, his writing is juvenile, and he has a tendency to explain things too many times.

Overall, I both enjoyed it and rolled my eyes often. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

heikemarie My cousin keeps mocking me for not having read this so I guess I should get on it. Thanks for the review! 3mo
Gezemice @heikemarie Go for it! 3mo
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Lylah This one was the best one in the series. I couldn‘t even finish the third. 3mo
Gezemice @Lylah Hmm. I am on the second one and I have noticed that the eye-rolling is more frequent, although I am still interested in the story and the fight scenes. But the amount of characters who just blabber about and supposed to be important is astounding. 3mo
Lylah @Gezemice I feel like he used up his big twist plot device on this one. I REALLY did not like the romance in the second book. 3mo
Gezemice @Lylah Yeah well I am not a big fan of romance to begin with, but this is not romance, this is relationship troubles... yeah, not a fan so far. Thankfully there isn‘t too much of it. I enjoy the fights a lot. 3mo
Laughterhp I‘m kinda struggling to read this. I enjoy it when I‘m reading it, but don‘t really have motivation to pick it up. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
Gezemice @Laughterhp Lol I have the opposite problem, I am compulsively reading but keep shaking my head... eh, I am referring to the second one, the first one had some eye-rolling but overall I enjoyed it. (edited) 3mo
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Good Omens | Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
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This is the funniest take on the Apocalypse you have ever read. Gaiman and Pratchett are their best, enhanced by each other; the characters are amazingly fun, and don‘t leave tapes in your car unless you really love Queen. And if your son is the Antichrist, Destroyer of Worlds, Lord of Chaos, etc, stay away from Loquacious nuns, book-collecting angels and demons who enjoy fine cousine and wear sunglasses at night. Witches are welcome. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Gezemice #ookbookclub #pratchettposse #terrypratchett - The stills from the upcoming show are exciting! They nailed the characters perfectly! (edited) 3mo
madamereadsalot1 Absolutely LOVE this book! 3mo
KathyWheeler I cannot wait for this series to come out! I‘ve read this book twice and listened to it once. I‘ve read that Neil Gaiman announced that Benedict Cumberbatch was going to be voicing Satan. ❤️ 3mo
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Gezemice @madamereadsalot1 It is so good! 3mo
Gezemice @KathyWheeler Me too! I just found that out as I searched for a photo for this post! I love it. He is perfect for Satan. Those eyes... 😈 3mo
GingerAntics I wear my sunglasses at night, so I can - so I can watch you weave then breathe as anti-christ, and I wear my sunglasses at night, so I can - so I can keep you from seeing my snake eyes. 3mo
Gezemice @GingerAntics I had to look that up. I am not sure I really wanted to know lol. I am looking forward to Crowley wearing them though 3mo
GingerAntics 🤣😂🤣 I live in a musical in my head. 🤷🏼‍♀️ The most random things make a song pop into my head, and then it‘s not uncommon for my brain to change the words to fit the situation. In fact, I once had quite the online following to post these random song changes. 🤣😂🤣 3mo
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Good Omens | Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
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Ok, so I was going to Google a picture to go with my Good Omens review, and I found this! I am jumping around here (silently). Perfect. He will make the best Satan. Love it! 😍😍😍😍
#ookbookclub @Riveted_Reader_Melissa

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘m going to Have To watch this! 👍 3mo
Gezemice @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Oh yeah! I am glad to have found this because I did not know the release date. Now I am going to circle it on the calendar! 3mo
rabbitprincess YESSSS 😍😍 3mo
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Eyelit Love this news!!! 3mo
Gezemice @rabbitprincess @Eyelit Fun, isn‘t it 😁 3mo
umbrellagirl Can. Not. Wait. 3mo
GingerAntics It just keeps getting better. IS IT HERE YET?! 3mo
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Freshwater: A Comedy | Virginia Woolf
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Virginia Woolf‘s only play is a comedy performed by and for friends, full of inside jokes, entertaining and based on surprisingly accurate historical facts. The play is about Woolf‘s great-aunt, Julia Cameron, photographer; and her highly intellectual friends, Alfred Tennyson, the poet, and G. F. Watts, the painter. She pokes fun at them. There is a porpoise, a marmoset, and the Queen herself. Woolf‘s friends must have had great fun. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Murder in an English Village | Jessica Ellicott
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This was entertaining enough, but nothing special. I definitely did not suspect the culprit, as the information kept coming slowly. The characters were rather stereotypical, and much of the revelations smacked of melodrama, but I was in the mood for something light and fluffy, and it certainly fit that bill. Shout-out to the superb narration by Barbara Rosenblat. She made a believable full cast by herself! ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Good Omens | Gaiman, Neal
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I love the gag that all tapes left in the car longer than a fortnight metamorphose into Best of Queen albums. That was the first CD I ever bought! I can sing all of those songs, lol.
#ookbookclub #terrypratchett #pratchettposse
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GingerAntics Oh my god I love this part. I want to stick all my music in there and see how it changes over the two weeks. lol 4mo
Gezemice @GingerAntics Yeah, right? Altgough it seems this does not work with Spotify. 😉 4mo
GingerAntics I guess because it‘s a tape deck? It has to be a tape, maybe. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 4mo
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julesG I'm so looking forward to the #OokBOokClub open discussion this week. It's one of my favourite books. Also, I'm looking forward to the series. 4mo
Gezemice @julesG Oh yes, it is so much fun. And me too, waiting for the series! 4mo
Gezemice @GingerAntics Yeah... it might have gone out of style. Although if it is anything like my own phone, Siri would start playing Queen no matter what you asked her... 4mo
GingerAntics Maybe now, 30 years later, his car would mess with your phone and make it only play Queen‘s Greatest Hits. 🤣😂🤣 4mo
Gezemice @GingerAntics Oh yeah... lol! 😂 4mo
Lcsmcat 😂 4mo
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Twelfth-night: Or, What You Will | William Shakespeare
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This is one of Shakespeare‘s most light-hearted comedies, full of mistaken identities, misdirected love, cross-dressing, drunken revelry and witty word-play. Oh, and poor Malvolio. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
#shakespearereadalong

JSW I love this one!! There‘s a musical version as well, using the music of Duke Ellington, called Play On! It‘s fantastic. 4mo
Lcsmcat Interesting that you find it the most light-hearted. With Malvolio not getting a happy ending I found it darker than some. 4mo
Gezemice @Lcsmcat I guess you are right. I was pretty sorry for Malvolio. But I found it very witty overall. 4mo
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Gezemice @JSW I did not know that! Sounds fantastic, thanks for the heads-up! 4mo
Lcsmcat @Gezemice It is very witty! 4mo
Verity The production in your photo - with Mark Rylance as Olivia is still the best play I‘ve ever seen I think. I love Twelfth Night and it was an amazing production. Just perfect. 4mo
Gezemice @Verity I have not had the fortune of seeing a production, but it clearly jumped out at me as tge way I would imagine it. Thanks for the info! 4mo
Verity @Gezemice there is a dvd of the revival of it... 😉 in all seriousness it works so well because the twins look so alike you really can see how Olivia could have confused them. And Rylance‘s Olivia is a work of art. Moves like she‘s on wheels. (edited) 4mo
Gezemice @Verity What is this production called? 4mo
Verity @Gezemice it‘s this one: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5622262/ The Globe theatre production from 2012. 4mo
Gezemice @Verity Thank you! 4mo
Verity @Gezemice you‘re welcome. Here‘s a clip, but it‘s all Olivia (and her wheels!) and no twins. https://youtu.be/RDPT2e26SgY 4mo
Gezemice @Verity I was searching around but it appears there is no way to rent this. I can only buy the DVD... 🙁 4mo
Gezemice @Verity Stephen Fry as Malvolio! Brilliant! 😂👍 4mo
Gezemice @Verity I have found it in the library and put it on hold! 4mo
Verity @Gezemice can‘t wait to hear what you think of it! 3mo
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Farewell, My Lovely | Raymond Chandler
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I am considering deleting my TBR on Goodreads because I feel like it hams me in and I can‘t choose what I want to read... but I don‘t want to lose the ideas. Plus, I love list challenges. So I saved it there! Here is the list before I terminate it.
https://www.listchallenges.com/farewell-lovely-tbr
@Riveted_Reader_Melissa - here you go :)

RealBooks4ever That's kinda sad! 😢 If it makes you feel better then it's good... 4mo
Gezemice @RealBooks4ever oh, it will make me feel better. I already feel better! 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Wow! I bet that took you a lot of work to make. Now I‘ll have to go take the list quiz! 4mo
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Gezemice @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Nah, most books are in the database so I justsearch and click. I had toadd four books, those took a little longer. I was having fun with it. I now have deleted them from Goodreads, except for the 14 I actually mean to read soon. I feel like a huge weight has lifted! 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Gezemice As long as you feel better, that‘s all that really matters. 4mo
Zelma I got rid of my Goodreads TBR last year as well. I have my Litsy one just to scan through when I‘m at the library. But I hated the number attached to the Goodreads one. 4mo
Gezemice @Zelma I knew I am not the only one! It felt like a burden. I was trimming it regularly, and at the end it seemed like all the serious books were left. I will keep the list as reference to pick from, but seeing it as “to be read” feels oppressive. 4mo
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I have not posted #monthlystats in a while, but I am on a roll this month. I am quite sure I completely left my previous page total in the dust - mainly due to listening to some hefty nonfiction books.
I loved so many, picking favorites is so hard - but I gotta pick Team of Rivals as the best. I rolled through Murderbot, Pratchett is always fun, and Guns, Germs and Steel is view-altering. Honorary mention: Killers of the Flower Moon. #gezestats

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Guns, Germs and Steel | Diamond, Jared
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Why did Europeans spread all over the world, and not Polynesians or Aztecs? Because they had guns, germs and steel, which those other societies did not. But why did they have them? Jared Diamond traces the advantage back to early and wide adoption of food production, which in turn was based on environmental conditions, and not innate abilities. Fascinating, highly educational, well-researched, albeit occasionally too technical. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Gezemice This is a book that can change how you view the world. Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2689478043 4mo
GingerAntics This is a very popular summer reading books of AP World History. 4mo
Gezemice @GingerAntics I did not know that, but I could see why. I will never think of rich vs. poor countries the same way again. 4mo
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GingerAntics Right? I think it works well to change up the way students think. Admittedly, as the tutor I bought the book... then watched the documentary. Maybe I should read the book one of these days? 😂 (edited) 4mo
Gezemice @GingerAntics There is a documentary? And yes, you should. 😉 4mo
GingerAntics Yeah, it‘s in three episodes. I got it on iTunes. Good stuff. 4mo
Gezemice @GingerAntics Cool, I should look for it! Thanks! 4mo
GingerAntics The author hosts it or narrates it or whatever, so it‘s almost like if he were going to cover the book in three lectures, these would be it. 👍🏻 4mo
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Ms. Marvel Vol. 8: Mecca | G. Willow Wilson
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I am not sure if I am tired, or the series. I get what she was doing in the first storyline, speaking up against Trumpism and the usurpation of democracy, but I don‘t like it to be too obvious. In the second story, I enjoyed the banter between Ms. Marvel and Red Dagger, but the story lacked even basic knowledge of trains and train routing systems... I also did not like the changing artists. This was a kinda meh experience. ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Gezemice The picture is the only moment that made me chuckle. 4mo
Laura317 That‘s disappointing. I‘m up to Vol. 6 and still loving it. I hope that doesn‘t change. 4mo
Gezemice @Laura317 I loved 6, it was my favorite! But 7 and 8 were weak. Especially 7. 4mo
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Who Fears Death | Nnedi Okorafor
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This is a tough book; a coming of age story, but its main themes are genocide, weaponized rape, genital mutilation, systemic abuse and oppression of women. This heavy dose of reality is interwoven with stories of friendship, love, family, growing up and learning; and blended with the mysticism and spirit world of West Africa. The book takes place both in the deserts of Africa and the magical world of powerful sorcerers and wise women. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Gezemice @collegecatlady , thank you for the recommendation, it was really good! I finished it about a week ago but I had a hard time formulating thoughts about it. It is a complicated but unique book. #newyearwhodis @monalyisha (edited) 4mo
Literaturenut Oh, I‘ve been wanting to read more of her work ever since LeVar Burton read one of her short stories on his podcast. 4mo
Gezemice @Literaturenut This is a good one! My favorite is the Binti series, however. 4mo
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collegecatlady I‘m so glad you enjoyed it. Definitely an amazing story. 4mo
Gezemice This is a difficult book to review in a few words. Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2623762849 4mo
Gezemice @collegecatlady Definitely! Very creative and unique. It is fantasy but rooted in a very tough dose of reality. 4mo
monalyisha Litsy reviews can be so hard! 4mo
Gezemice @monalyisha Yes, especially for complex books! 4mo
Literaturenut @Gezemice oooh, I‘ll have to check it out. Thanks! 4mo
Gezemice @Literaturenut Enjoy! Binti is short, although all her books are page-turners. 4mo
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Amazons Audible Audio Books | Albert N Thomas
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In case you have missed it: Audible has a ton of books on sale from 1.95 to 4.95.

I bought 15 - how many did you get? 😁

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Artificial Condition | Martha Wells
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Murderbot is fun. Each is like a TV show episode: lots of action, rather thin plot, some character development. In this one, Murderbot meets ART, and we witness some snarky AI bonding over space soap operas. There is a lot of feed and security altering, hacking, wiping, medical altering, and of course, fighting, double-crossing and outsmarting. Lots of fun, but too short to have a meaty story behind. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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Elevation | Stephen King
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I thought I would give Stephen King another try, and this was a short listen that was available on Overdrive.

It was meh in every way - plot, characters, writing. The turning of the town from haters to lovers, and bitchy neighbors into loving friends based on one event was very sudden and very cliché. The slow demise of Scott‘s weight was mildly interesting, but overall I was bored. Maybe King is just not for me. ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Ashley_Nicoletto I‘m a huge King lover and this truly was just meh. 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ 4mo
Gezemice @Ashley_Nicoletto Maybe I need to try an earlier one. 4mo
Ashley_Nicoletto @Gezemice I tend to like his earlier ones better than his new stuff. The stand is my favorite but it‘s a chunk. He has trouble pulling off his endings. 4mo
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BarbaraBB I stopped reading King. He is definitely not for me! 4mo
Gezemice @Ashley_Nicoletto I read one, 11/22/63, and I liked it, but was not sure I wanted to try more. I might try The Stand and decide from there. 4mo
Gezemice @BarbaraBB I am still on the fence... 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Gezemice Yes, I liked 11/22/63 too, and I think you‘d find The Stand interesting, I read that one last year. 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Whoops, hit send to soon....I think the next one I want tackle is probably 4mo
Gezemice @Riveted_Reader_Melissa That looks interesting... 4mo
TieDyeDude The Stand is pretty intense. I've just read the Mr. Mercedes trilogy, which is his first go at a detective novel. Might be a good starting point. A good early choice would be Pet Semetary (audio narrated by Michael C. Hall) or Misery. 4mo
TieDyeDude He's not for everyone, though, so at least you have him a shot 🙂 Elevation was kinda crap... 4mo
Gezemice @TieDyeDude Yeah, I figured I need to try him. I think I will try The Stand. 4mo
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Lincoln was amazing, and this book is also amazing. Goodwin draws a great portrait of a great man, and the great men he surrounded himself with. We get detailed insight into the war, battles, political intrigue. The women are not forgotten either; we get to know Mary Lincoln and Kate Chase and the vivid social life of Washington; the families and children of the main cabinet members.

I loved it, despite its enormous size. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

KathyWheeler I loved this book too. My husband and I listened to it on a long trip — he picked it but I was against it since I thought it wouldn‘t be good as an audiobook. I was wrong. 4mo
Gezemice @KathyWheeler That must have been a long trip! I also listened, and my husband is listening to it, too, albeit much slower. It works great on audio. I find that nonfiction generally works better for me on audio. 4mo
KathyWheeler @Gezemice 24 hours. When I started listening to audiobooks, I could only listen to nonfiction and I had to be in an enclosed space like a car. I‘ve gotten better and more able to listen to fiction over the years. 4mo
Gezemice @KathyWheeler I used to do the car, too, but now I use a Bluetooth headset and do it while doing errands or chores, too. My audio-reading increased a lot! 4mo
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Rome is still important: our calendar, political system, the concept of citizenship rights, and the underpinnings of our culture came from Rome. Mary Beard‘s book is both fascinating and frustrating: she likes to write about themes, sources and the difficulty of the historian‘s work, but it is hard to know WHAT actually HAPPENED. There is great analysis and insights, but a frustrating lack of narrative. ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

GingerAntics Don‘t forget that we got sexism from them. Thanks for that, Rome. 4mo
Gezemice @GingerAntics Sexism is much older than Rome... Mary Beard includes a section on Roman women, and it is one of the best parts of the book. Roman women had actually quite a bit of independence. Greece was way worse. 4mo
GingerAntics @Gezemice women didn‘t even have citizenship in Rome. They were considered property. They were legally just above slaves, but depending on the man they could be equal to slaves. Greece was bad, too. It was just that Rome expanded and brought their sexism with them. They obliterated most of the matriarchal societies of Europe, thus solidifying patriarchy and sexism as the main form of civilisation on the continent. 4mo
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Gezemice @GingerAntics Yes, women did not have any political rights, but in practice they enjoyed more freedoms than women of Greece, such as going anywhere they wanted, property ownership, abilty to divorce, sexual freedom. Beard does not talk about the spreading of sexism, however. I do not know anything about the matriarchal societies of Europe - sounds like something to remedy! Do you have a good book you can recommend on the subject? (edited) 4mo
GingerAntics @Gezemice I‘ve learned about them from a bunch of different places for years. Let me think of there is a specific book I‘ve heard mentioned a lot. I‘m a historian of the British isles and pretty much all of that area was matriarchal until Rome came along. I know the Norse were fairly equal before Christianity came in. There are plenty of shield maidens through history. I don‘t think they were matriarchal, but they were certainly close. 4mo
GingerAntics @Gezemice I know that the Jewish/Hebrew word for the spirit of god (which became the Holy Spirit of Christianity) was feminine until Rome took over Christianity. It‘s still Feminine in Hebrew/Judaism. Men and women were equal in Christianity until Rome took over. I‘ve got info from various documentaries, lectures and legends. I know there are Roman sources, but they also claim they sacrificed humans as they usually did of other societies. 4mo
Crazeedi This is a book I have on my shelf TBR . Interesting to hear your take 4mo
Gezemice @Crazeedi It is an interesting book, and most of the issues are in the first half. The second half - from Augustus on - works well with Beard‘s approach and is a good read. But I have struggled with the first half. I also was listening, so this might have something to do with it - many of the audiobook reviewers shared my view. 4mo
Gezemice @GingerAntics Wow, a historian! That is awesome! I love British history, admittedly that means mostly the Tudors and know almost nothing of Britain before the Romans arrived. I would not mind a book on that subject, either! 4mo
Crazeedi @Gezemice I think I opened the book and read the first couple pages and thought ohhhh, maybe I'm not ready for this. Glad to hear your explanation, because I read good reviews on it 4mo
GingerAntics @Gezemice the problem is that the Romans brought writing. It seems that writing down knowledge was seen as disrespectful, you should memorise the oral tradition basically. That means all sources have one of two issues, either a Roman propaganda bent or a Christianisation. We do know that lineage was handed down through the mother‘s line, sex wasn‘t stigmatised, and the center of a community was the oldest woman. (edited) 4mo
GingerAntics @Gezemice men could be teachers, warriors, spiritual leaders. Women could be teacher, warriors, spiritual leaders. Gender didn‘t really matter as far as your role in life. Different groups did marriage/sexual relationships a little differently, but mostly your mother‘s line was more important (or possibly just easier to track) than your father‘s line. 4mo
GingerAntics @Gezemice I have a few books up on deck to be read soon, so I‘ll keep you posted. Often it ends up being something that‘s mentioned within a book about a much wider or different topic. The book I read recently about Grace O‘Malley/Granuile mentioned it in several places, but it wasn‘t about that. 4mo
Gezemice @GingerAntics That sounds all fascinating, thanks for the recap! Mary Beard also laments on the fact that sources are biased - they are from the winner‘s view. I can also see that we would not know much of oral traditions. But having Roman writers‘ biased view is better than not having anything. I have recently read a book on medieval British queens. An earlier view would be lovely. Thanks for looking out for a source! 4mo
Gezemice @Crazeedi Yeah, you gotta be ready. I hope you find the right mood! 4mo
GingerAntics @Gezemice She-Wolves? 4mo
Gezemice @Crazeedi Here is my full review if you are interested: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2652916192?type=review (edited) 4mo
Crazeedi @Gezemice thank you I will read! 4mo
Gezemice @GingerAntics Lol, I just realized I had She-Wolves on my Kindle and started reading it! But no, I am a fan of Alison Weir, so it was 4mo
GingerAntics Going to have to add that to my reading list. I‘ve got She-Wolves on my list already. 4mo
Gezemice @GingerAntics I have committed to way too many buddy reads in January, but will be reading She-Wolves soon. I am trying to get through Memoirs of Hadrian, but it is denser than I expected and I am having motivation issues... 4mo
GingerAntics @Gezemice it‘s going to be a bit before I can read it. It‘s going to be a matter of when I can buy it, because none of the libraries I have access to actually have it. 4mo
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Marlon Bundo is the 700th book I have marked as read on Goodreads. It is a milestone for me! I have only read about 15-20 books per year up until May of 2015, when I left a job that was bringing me down - and started to read. About two thirds of the 700 was read since. I am very happy about that :)

Lylah That‘s wonderful!! What a milestone! 4mo
Gezemice @Lylah Thank you! 4mo
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Crazeedi Wonderful job 4mo
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sprainedbrain That incredible! Yay you! 🙌🏻 4mo
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Gezemice @Redwritinghood 😊 Thanks 4mo
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I just can‘t resist posting a picture of these adorable bunnies. So cuuuuuuuute! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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This charmingly illustrated children‘s book is adorable, humorous, with cute bunnies. And, with a message that love is love, and stinkbugs can be voted out of office.
I got a special kick out of the bunnies watching BNN and the Real Wolf Blitzer. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️