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PatriciaTina

PatriciaTina

Joined May 2016

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The Fall of Heaven | Walter Mosley
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So here's what was hiding under that brown paper. Gotta love libraries that do events like this. So fun, and a great way to commemorate Black History Month (which is apparently being recognized officially in Alberta for the first time ever this year... baby steps...) But anyways, this looks amazing. I can't wait to read it!

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Untitled | Anonymous
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Mystery book from the university library! 😊 Can anyone guess what it is?

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I may be a "lazy fuck" who just listened to the audiobook, but this was a great experience! It's not a memoir or a deep look at Aziz Ansari's personal life, but had a ton of fascinating yet somewhat depressing insights into dating in the modern world. Plus Ansari writes like he talks, so there were plenty of hilarious tidbits throughout!

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Yes Please | Amy Poehler
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Just finished the audiobook for Amy Poehler's amazing memoir. Can't recommend this highly enough! Just so phenomenal and engaging, with so many awesome guest stars... Like Patrick Stewart reading a poem about plastic surgery. If that doesn't convince you to pick up this audiobook right now, I don't know what will. 😂👍

Heideschrampf WHAT!? Had I known he did that on the audio I wouldn't have bought the print. #knope2020 3y
PatriciaTina It's definitely a memorable performance! You should see if your library has a copy, I have the eBook but I listened through hoopla. 3y
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Dark Matter | Blake Crouch
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Wow this book was so crazy and unpredictable! What a thrill ride from beginning to end. 🌟

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Dark Matter | Blake Crouch
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Doing some reading in the sauna after work. About halfway through at this point, but it's due at the library today so I have to finish it tonight. So good so far, the hype is warranted!

RebeccasReading I think you're close to the point where you can't put it down anymore, so it should be ready to go back tomorrow! 3y
PatriciaTina Oh for sure, I've definitely hit that point! What an insane book! 😱😳 3y
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Another great book in the series. I have to admit I liked Bitten a bit better, but Stolen was still pretty awesome and kept me interested throughout. I might have to take a break just to finish some library books, but I'll definitely be back to the series soon!

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Bitten | Kelley Armstrong
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I just realized that I forgot to post about this book when I finished it. Kelley Armstrong has yet to let me down, it was just what I needed and I could not stop reading! Great way to break my streak of sub-par novels. 👍👏

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The Boy Is Back | Meg Cabot
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Okay, what happened to Meg Cabot? I grew up with her. I loved and still love a lot of her work, especially the "Boy" and "Mediator" series'. But, just like with Remembrance, I'm left incredibly disappointed with this book. Maybe it's the curse of the sequel, but she's never left me feeling so annoyed and disconnected with a story so far. I guess I'll just have to hope for the best with whatever she does next... ??

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I just could not get into this. I'm not sure if it was a timing issue or actually the book itself, but I couldn't connect with any of the characters and constantly felt like there was something missing that left me lost. 😔

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The Year of the Flood | Margaret Atwood
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Another great novel from Margaret Atwood finished! I have to admit that I liked this one a bit better than Oryx and Crake, but both were really interesting.
On another note though, I'm starting to feel like I'm reading way too much depressing stuff for school this term. I can't wait to read some happier stuff on Christmas break!

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This was an important and relevant novel, tackling issues like consumeristic culture, environmental pollution, and what should be done about the poison and loss of many animals' natural habitats. Definitely gives you a lot to think about!

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Oryx and Crake | Margaret Atwood
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I feel like a horrible Canadian for saying this, but this was only the second Atwood novel I've read so far. With that said, I thoroughly enjoyed it and am now kicking myself for taking so long to get started on her enormous repertoire. If you're looking for a wonderfully original and beautifully written dystopia, this is the novel for you! 👍🇨🇦❤️

Reagan-reads I read this trilogy this year, and it was my first Atwood as well! Terrible Canadians! It was my secret Canadian shame. Loved these books. 3y
susanw This trilogy is the only Atwood I've read. We should start a shameful Canadian club, it used to totally embarrass me that I had never read her. 3y
PatriciaTina Haha I know, they're great books but I've always been a bit nervous to start on any of her work because I never knew which one would be best as an intro. Embarrassingly enough though all the ones I've read so far have been for my university classes. 😟 better late than never though I guess! Shameful Canadian club sounds like an awesome plan, haha. I feel like there are a lot more of us in similar situations. We can all be embarrassed together! 3y
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I had the amazing honour of meeting Colson Whitehead this past Friday at the Vancouver writers fest and he signed my copy of The Underground Railroad! He's such an amazing writer and wonderfully hilarious speaker, if you ever get the chance to see him make sure you do. You won't be disappointed!
#signedsundays

On another note, if anyone can decipher what he wrote there beside the title I'd be eternally grateful! 😂

OSChamberlain Love you e,;: ???😂 3y
KrisConstantReader "Hope you enjoy!" Right? 3y
ReadingOver50 "Hope you enjoy" 3y
PatriciaTina Haha, I've been thinking mainly that the first word looks like "love", and then either "you" or "your", but the last part is just messing me up. "Hope you enjoy" makes a lot of sense though! ? 3y
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Here's my possibly (probably) unreasonable novel reading goal for the week! I'm seeing Colson Whitehead on Friday at the Vancouver Writer's Fest and haven't had a chance to read or pick up The Underground Railroad yet, so I couldn't resist when I saw it on the "hits to go" display at the library today. And of course the obligatory school reading, Thomas King's The Back of the Turtle. Both look super interesting, now I just need some time! ???

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Station Eleven: A novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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Friday afternoon catch up time with my #littenkitten! I loved this book, what an original and intriguing take on the apocalyptic genre! There were mixed reviews in my class about it, but I definitely enjoyed it and highly recommend giving it a chance.

Jillsandypants This is one of my faves! 3y
Bookzombie 💕🐱 3y
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Into the Current | Jared Young
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#bookmail really is the best mail! I got home today to find a box of 12 awesome books waiting for me, courtesy of Geist Magazine and the Literary Press Group of Canada. So excited to dive into these! 😄😄😎👍

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Station Eleven: A novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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And now to work on my reading list for tomorrow and Tuesday. I'm supposed to finish Station Eleven for class tomorrow afternoon, and The Bluest Eye for Tuesday afternoon. Gotta love the #studentlife!

becausetrains I loved both of them! Hope you have a good experience with them too. 😎 3y
BeckyMerilatt I loved Station Eleven. Happy reading! 3y
PatriciaTina Thanks! I'm looking forward to both, and I'm definitely enjoying what I've read of Station Eleven so far! 😊😎 3y
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Bad Feminist | Roxane Gay
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This book was amazing. Roxane Gay brings up so many important issues and topics that need to be discussed more often, and I'll definitely be getting my own copy sometime soon so I can force it on all my friends, and read it myself again and again! There are so many great quotes, but I'll leave you with this one. I get so much side-eye and hate from people in my own life for being a feminist, so I can definitely relate. Spot on, Ms. Gay! 👍👏❤️🌟

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Apocalypse for Beginners | Nicolas Dickner
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This book reminded me at times of Paper Towns, but overall it was one of the most original books I've read in a long time. I read it for a class on apocalypse fiction, and there is so much to think about within these pages. It's not action packed, but it's still incredibly interesting, entertaining, and highly recommend!

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Apocalypse for Beginners | Nicolas Dickner
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I need to finish this by class tomorrow afternoon, but I keep getting distracted by other assignments and Panic! at the Disco music videos... 😳😬😆 At least it seems to be a pretty quick and fun read so far!

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I haven't read anything by Megan Abbott before this, and I was really impressed. Super tense all the way through, and kept me guessing until the end! (Though I did have my suspicions...) I'll definitely be reading more of her work, as soon as I'm not as swamped with school reading, haha! 😂😩

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Murders in the Rue Morgue | Edgar Allen Poe
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And some more class reading, this time a short story in this beautiful yet frightening collection of Poe's work. 👍

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Interpreter of Maladies | Jhumpa Lahiri
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Gotta love it when class readings are interesting! I'm loving This Blessed House so far. 😀👍

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Humans: An A-Z | Matt Haig
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This is my #bookanddrink for #day6 of the #septphotochallenge! Humans: An A to Z paired with some green tea in this awesome mug that my boss made for me. 👍😄 @TheSpinecrackersBookClub

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Humans: An A-Z | Matt Haig
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Very true! 😂🌟👏

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Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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An inspiration indeed, I have to say Homegoing deserves all the hype it's been getting and more. I've already been telling basically everyone I know that they need to read this book, and I can't see myself stopping anytime soon. Such an absolutely amazing book!

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The Thing Around Your Neck | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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This book was amazing. All the stories were full of wonderful and vividly realized characters, dealing with life in Nigeria and America and the cultural differences between the two. I would recommend this collection to anyone!

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The Girls: A Novel | Emma Cline
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I enjoyed this book, despite the mixed reviews on here and goodreads. It's been a while since I've read a book with such rich, vibrant, beautiful prose; and while it's not a fast paced thrill ride it still kept me interested until the end.

britt_brooke 👍🏻👍🏻 3y
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Bad Feminist | Roxane Gay
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I'm loving this book so far, and just have to point out this spot on quote from the essay How We All Lose. Relevant when it was written, and even more now with everything going on in France.

Yamich49 YES 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽 3y
BookishFeminist 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 3y
Megabooks Just finished this before bed! Awesome book!!!!!!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 3y
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And I'm done! This one was a lot more focused on character/relationship/friendship growth than the previous three, but it was still enjoyable and worked well with the overall plot. However, with an ending like that, it's going to be a long year before the next one comes out. 😩

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The Cainsville series is amazing, but I have to say that this was my favourite installment so far. So many plot twists and stressful character tension, I can't recommend this book and series highly enough. Now on to the next! 😃

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Come Barbarians | Todd Babiak
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This book was much darker than I expected, and hugely different from other books I've read by Babiak. Nevertheless, it was a beautifully written novel about a father who is trying to find out the reasons behind his daughter's death, politician neighbours' murder, and the subsequent disappearance of his wife.

Fair warning though, if you read this book you may never look at a vegetable peeler the same way again. 😬

DGRachel I'm not sure if that makes me really want to read this book or run away from it! 😮 3y
PatriciaTina @DGRachel 😂 Haha totally! 3y
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Losing It | Cora Carmack
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Somewhat entertaining, but the flat characters and extremely predictable plot had me rolling my eyes way too much.

MrBook The more we read, the more we see, the more we know, the more we know what we'll see when we read. 😎👍🏻 3y
readinginthedark Yeah, I liked the beginning of this one, but I bailed when they started getting all clingy and weird with each other. Blech. (edited) 2y
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We Stand on Guard Deluxe Edition | Brian K. Vaughan, Steve Skroce
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Started and finished this within and hour. It's a quick and mostly entertaining look at what could happen if America went to war against Canada, but I feel like it would have worked much better as a longer series. As a miniseries, the story ended up feeling rushed to the point of being somewhat unbelievable, and missed out on a lot of potential incisive social commentary.

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We Stand on Guard Deluxe Edition | Brian K. Vaughan, Steve Skroce
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Well technically he's a motherfucking Kryptonian, but if you look at it that way... 😂

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The Outside Circle: A Graphic Novel | Patti Laboucane-Benson
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There has been a lot of hype surrounding this release, and I must say it deserves it. This graphic novel is amazing. Relevant, powerful, and unbelievably important. We need to talk more about the issues presented here, we need to find a way to reconcile. This will not solve everything, but mainstream representations of the lingering issues faced by aboriginal people such as the one found in this novel are a start. Read it. Listen. Learn.

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This book is an incredibly interesting, and wildly irreverent look at modern American life and the struggles faced by members of the LGBTQ community. Savage brings up so many important topics and points I will be thinking about for a long time. A great read, even for a straight Canadian coming from a very conservative Christian background such as myself! 😄

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Hey look, turns out there's something I can agree with Justin Bieber on! 😂🇨🇦

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I've been trying for so long to get into this book, but I'm going to have to bail. It's an interesting premise, but I just can't get into the story or characters. Maybe another time. 🙁

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Quesadillas: A Novel | Juan Pablo Villalobos
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Well-written, fast-paced, consistently interesting, hilarious and bizarre; these are just some of the ways I can describe this wonderful novel. Read it, you won't be disappointed!

BookishFeminist Yay, glad you liked it! I feel like Villalobos is a hidden treasure 3y
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Quesadillas: A Novel | Juan Pablo Villalobos
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And we're off to an interesting start! 😂

BookishFeminist Oh you'll love this book! It's so snarky 😂 3y
PatriciaTina Ohh yay! I've heard so many good things, and I'm definitely loving it so far! 😃 3y
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I'm starting to feel like I really shouldn't have bought so many books here. 😂 there are more in my carry on, hopefully I still end up under 50 pounds! #booknerdproblems

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Got this book at the amazing shop Vibes and Scribes in Cork yesterday, and I am so excited to read it! Murder + gangsters should = a pretty fun time 😂🇨🇮☘

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Bark: Stories | Lorrie Moore
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Great spot for some evening reading 😊 So far, so good!

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Visions: A Cainsville Novel | Kelley Armstrong
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Finished this in class today, another great installment in the Cainsville series! Highly recommended 😄

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Book haul from Dublin today. I really need to stop buying books here!

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A Modest Proposal | Jonathan Swift
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I'm not sure if A Modest Proposal was here, but I got to tour the Russell Library at Maynooth University today and spotted these. Not super easy to see in the picture, but it's just a row of Swifts. So cool!

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Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Limited book binge in Maynooth! I wish I could have bought so many of the beautiful books I saw at the bookshop today, but unfortunately my wallet and suitcase said otherwise. Couldn't resist these two though, can't wait to read them!

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Waiting in the airport for my flight to Ireland, where I'll be spending the next month. I only brought my Kobo and one other print book to save space, but I'm already starting to find that I'm having trouble keeping to one book when I have this along. We'll see how this month of only ereading goes..

readeatretreat Ooh where are you going in Ireland? ☺️ 3y
PatriciaTina Maynooth university 😊 It's about a 40 minute drive away from Dublin, I'm taking their international summer school program. 3y
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