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HettyG

HettyG

Joined July 2021

Queen of supply-side bonhomie bone-drab.
If you know what I mean.
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Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
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Best of Me | David Sedaris
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My weekend audio book, if you‘ve never listened to Sedaris read his own work, it‘s such a joy and I highly recommend it

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I had my issues with act 4, and the critiques of it I have seen are valid, but this was overall still a beautiful book about the transcendent power of friendship. I very much enjoyed it.

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I‘m on to act 3, a thing I‘m really enjoying about this book is the cultural contrasts and critiques, it‘s really a beautifully diverse set of characters, I both love and hate all of them.

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I have twice already laughed until I cried listening to this book, it is really so delicious and I‘m only on act 1. The structure of the novel is delightful, a play that I cannot help but imagine the stage, the lights and what actors would play what characters (confession: nothing will convince my brain that anyone except Yakov Smirnoff should play Sasha). Love this novel so far 💜

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My weekend audio book! I spent an audible credit since there was a 10 week library wait and this book is on all the lists and y‘all…. So far it‘s living up to the hype!

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Who is Maud Dixon? | Alexandra Andrews
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This book was so much fun! The narration was A+ on audio format, excellent balance of narration vs. performance. I will say I have my issues with the ending, but would still recommend as a great weekend audio book!

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Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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Finally finished! I can def understand the criticism that the book is too long, but I still liked it. It‘s very meta, a story teller who tells a story about a story featuring a teller of stories, like that. But I liked thinking about stories and story tellers and whether or not the story tellers are bound by their craft to include an end to the story. Maybe they aren‘t, maybe stories live, like all of us, in the middle. The in-between.

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Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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There are certain kinds of books that boldly grab your hand and ask you to follow them into nonsense. My experience with this kind of book is that it will either work or it won‘t with nary a spot of in-between. (The chronicles of narnia, for example, are books of this kind that were never able to pull me in). This one works for me, I can‘t imagine any of this coming into order but I‘m still following along in dark corridors with a smile

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Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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My weekend audio book, I‘m really enjoying it so far, although judging from the reviews it is not for everyone. all the literary references and nods to other authors are fun, although I‘m sure I‘m not catching all of them. #weekendaudiobook

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Bear and the Nightingale | Katherine Arden
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A dark fairy tale for adults, I loved this novel! I don‘t have any experience with Russian mythology and what a wonderful journey to learn it! I loved how the cold was so embedded in the story, how you could really feel how trapped they all were during so much of the year, prisoners of the forest buried in the snow and ice, the only defense their sturdy oven and household demons. I am in love with this story, and I‘m on to the next novel! 💜

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A Corruption of Blood | Ambrose Parry
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Will and Sarah continue their grisly yet somehow adorable adventures! This was my favorite of the three books so far, so fun and engaging! I have listened to the audio books and Bryan Dick is a wonderful reader, I really cannot rate his performance highly enough! I wish this would be made into a TV series (has it?) also, don‘t miss the afterward on this one, it talks about what parts were based on factual history, I loved it!

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The Art of Dying | Ambrose Parry
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The thing I loved about this second novel was the development of the Sarah character, who I just love. I loved the love story between her and Archie, and I can‘t wait to hear what happens next! Raven continues to be rather a prat (but kind of a sexy prat).

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The Way of All Flesh | Ambrose Parry
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Crime novels aren‘t usually my thing, I got this recommendation from @Minimalgrl and I really enjoyed it! I‘m on to the second novel now and while the Raven character is obnoxious in many ways he also seems very sexy in my mind (helped out by narrator Bryan Dick whose Scottish voice is just 100% hot) so basically I am continuing the trilogy because I have a lusty crush on the main character 😂

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Matrix | Lauren Groff
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Mehso-so

Admitting to not loving this book feels like a confession. Like others, I thought at the beginning I would love it, but I somehow just didn‘t. The language is beautiful but I just couldn‘t find any solid story underneath it that could hold my interest. Anyway, bless me father for I have sinned, I found Matrix hard to follow and not that interesting and rated it a “so-so”.

fredthemoose I love a contrarian review! 4mo
Abailliekaras Feeling the same way 😬 3mo
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Matrix | Lauren Groff
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My weekend audio book and I am just in love with it so far! I keep repeating chapters, and I can tell I‘m probably going to want to read the book in print format as well, such beautiful language I want to experience with all possible senses!

TiredLibrarian I have a library hold on this; really looking forward to it! 4mo
TiredLibrarian B&N is having a virtual discussion with the author on 10/12. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bn-book-club-virtual-event-lauren-groff-discusses-m... 4mo
GHABI4ROSES @TiredLibrarian yup sent in my RSVP! Are you making those pretty regularly? 4mo
TiredLibrarian @GHABI4ROSES Actually this will be my first! I'm pretty burned out on virtual events, so it has to be something I'm really interested in or excited about. 4mo
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A wonderful story and a well done audiobook! Esme is a complicated character, and I couldn‘t help but love her. I will enjoy reflecting on the intersections of love and language this book made me think about. 💜⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Beginning my weekend audio book. 💜

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Ariadne | Jennifer Saint
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This book was okay but I agree with other reviews that commented on the essential boringness of Ariadne the character. It was okay, but in a genre thick with extraordinary books, this one just doesn‘t stand out.

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I enjoyed this story quite a bit although found the voice switches jarring on the audiobook version, may have been easier to follow in printed format.

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Wuthering Heights | Emily Bront
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Mehso-so

I don‘t know y‘all… I‘m just a Jane Eyre kind of girl I guess. This book was okay but it‘s the sort of story that leaves you nobody to root for, each and every character being reprehensible except the unreliable narrator and I just don‘t find it all that interesting. The Corrections by Franzen is another of this type that comes to mind, I hated that one more than this one, but had a similar impatience with both. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Fascinating story and so well told! I read the book after listening to the first couple of episodes of the author‘s new podcast (also called bad blood), I was not familiar at all with the story while all this was going on, and I‘m so glad to get caught up so I can follow her trial, just a fascinating story about what seems to me to be a most basic con job. Highly recommend!

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Here on Earth | Alice Hoffman
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I liked this book better when it was called Wuthering Heights.

merelybookish Ha! 😂 5mo
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Billy Summers | Steven King
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This just is not a good book. The first half is good but the second half went downhill so fast I got dizzy. The female protagonist is so poorly written and cliche as to be unbearably sexist. Moving from virgin victim to virtuous whore as the narrative requires, she has literally no character arch of her own and is infantalized to the point of creepiness. Thumbs down on this novel, full of cliche characters and plot.

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Billy Summers | Steven King
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I‘m still in the middle of this one…. I‘m giving it a pick for now, but simply must register my irritation with the female character who isn‘t introduced until well into the novel, and whose choices make little sense without backstory that King isn‘t giving yet. I‘m not sure why she‘s here and I wish she would leave. I presume the story will get past this current slump and it‘s still good enough to not bail on.

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A pretty solid addition to the genre, I enjoyed the story of the two sisters (although I hate the cover of mine why do they look like they have mustaches?). It basically skips the war and the last third of the book is kind of rushed but I liked it well enough.

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Pretty Things: A Novel | Janelle Brown
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78 miles walked in July while listening to these wonderful books!

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Pretty Things: A Novel | Janelle Brown
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This book was a lot of fun! It‘s not high literature or anything, and does seem to have been written with a tv series or movie in mind, and the stupidity of the Vanessa character at times defied the limits of credulity but it was an enjoyable audio book all the same!

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Mehso-so

I‘ve been ripping my way through this genre and found this to be on the more mediocre side with way better options out there including A Thousand Ships. I found the parts from Achilles‘ perspective not nearly as good and didn‘t really understand the point of them.

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The Vanishing Point | Mary Sharratt
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I enjoyed this book so much! I listened to the audio book on a long car drive and it was excellent in this context, the story is engaging. I listened to this book while on a weekend trip of a solitary nature and it made me think a lot about how often vanishing is the only means of survival for many women, same now as in 1690.

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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I am obsessed with mythic retellings of ancient witches, and this one does not disappoint! I loved thinking about how in her capacity to forgive herself and right her wrongs, Circe comes into her greatest powers. Lovely novel ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Furies: A Novel | Natalie Haynes
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An intensely readable page turner, I very much enjoy this author! I found myself thinking a lot about the universality of our stories in the aftermath of trauma. Well drawn characters and the reader of the audio book had a great voice and a great balance of reading/performing. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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I enjoyed this book, and I couldn‘t help but compare Evelyn and some of the juicier bits to current celebrities (just how legitimate were those marriages between Brad and Jennifer or Ben and Jen?) I enjoyed hearing how Evelyn kicked her way through every closed door, by any means necessary…I‘m a sucker for a cold hearted b*tch 😏

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The Dutch House | Ann Patchett
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I have had mixed feelings about this author in the past, but I thoroughly enjoyed this. I read it in audio format, a great book to keep you company cleaning house, the characters were finely drawn, I was very pulled in to the story. I loved musing on the theme of home, what makes the Dutch house a home or not one, you know? It was good.

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A Thousand Ships | Natalie Haynes
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I listened to the audiobook read by the author, I loved this book. It is important to pay close attention to chapter titles to make sure you know where you are in the book, but once I got used to that the flow was easier. I also highly recommend listening to the afterward, the author‘s obvious and genuine joy in her subject shines brightly.

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The Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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An achingly beautiful love story, I was not very familiar with the mythology and I love learning it in this way, with this love story, on a beautiful journey with this author. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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A fearless book, I am so thankful for the author and his willingness to take what seemed to me an at times harrowing journey so that he could tell us about it.

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Hour of the Witch | Chris Bohjalian
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I listened to the audio book and by the end I felt like if I had to hear the term “drink-drunk” again I was going to quit the book. I did find some of the language aggravating and detracting from the story, which was overall interesting and engaging enough.

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The Witch's Heart | Genevieve Gornichec
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I only downloaded this app to talk about this book, and I don‘t understand why it isn‘t more popular. I cannot remember the last time I fell so hard in love with a book! I listened to the audio book twice. Then bought the print book both because I want to experience the book in print word format but also because I couldn‘t bear the thought of not owning my own copy. I hope the author is working on sequels and prequels, my money is yours madam!