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Rachel_nyc

Rachel_nyc

Joined June 2016

The things that bring me the most joy are books, travel, food and my pets.
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House of Gold by Natasha Solomons
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Three Women by Lisa Taddeo
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Water Dancer | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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Great options for Book of the Month this month! The Coates was a no brainer for me and I couldn‘t resist adding just one more. What did all you other #botm clubbers choose?!

thebluestocking I picked these two as well!! 💙 3y
BarbaraBB @thebluestocking If the both of you chose them I‘ll probably like them too. #stacked 3y
thebluestocking @BarbaraBB I really hope all three of us like them! 💙 3y
Rachel_nyc @thebluestocking @BarbaraBB Me too! I am hoping to get to The Water Dancer later this month or early next. 3y
BarbaraBB Hi Rachel, you‘ve been quiet lately. All well? 😘 3y
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Summer of '69 | Elin Hilderbrand
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I closed out the summer with a beach reach. It contained some annoying tropes and a few cringey lines like “And maybe, just maybe, this summer will end up being one that people write songs about”, but overall it was well written and light even though it touched on serious subject matter (Vietnam, racism). It felt like she was trying too hard to make it historical but as an engaging story about family in that period of time, it worked for me.

BarbaraBB Great review. And a beautiful place to end the summer... (I am so not ready for fall yet 😬) 3y
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB Thanks! We‘ve had a very warm September and it is going to be 88F one day next week so I am now finally ready for fall. Bring on the sweaters and hot chocolate! 3y
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Sleepless Nights | Elizabeth Hardwick
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It was not at all what I expected based on the description so I‘m glad I was “warned” by fellow #nyrbbookclub members! I found parts of this stream of consciousness novel captivating but also found my mind wandering while reading the rambling prose. Looking forward to the discussion!

sisilia Rambling prose... that what i thought as well 😃 3y
Rachel_nyc @sisilia ha ha I wasn‘t sure how else to put it! 🤣 3y
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Paris: The Novel | Edward Rutherfurd
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1. Approximately 50. I love to travel and my to-go list is significantly longer!
2. Coast 🏖 3. South Africa 4. Paris #wondrouswednesday @Eggs

Eggs #4 - me too👏🏻👏🏻 3y
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#7days7covers Day 7. Last one from me! If you see this and haven‘t started yet, please join in! One cover you love per day for 7 days. No explanation necessary. #covercrush

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American Spy: A Novel | Lauren Wilkinson
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#7covers7days Day 6 of 7 favorite covers. No explanation necessary. If you aren‘t already participating, please join in on the fun! #covercrush #7days7covers

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Milkman | Anna Burns
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#7covers7days Day 5 of 7 beautiful covers. No explanation. If you haven‘t already been tagged, please join in! #covercrush

Ruthiella What I love most about this cover is its connection to the text...which had to be pointed out to me but still!😀 3y
Cathythoughts Loved this book. And it‘s a great cover for this book 👍🏻♥️ 3y
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Rachel_nyc @Ruthiella It took me awhile to make the connection as well but I love it! 3y
BarbaraBB Great one. I can‘t remember why I didn‘t use this one! 3y
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB It was one of the first I thought of when the challenge started! Love it so much. 3y
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Next Year in Havana | Chanel Cleeton
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#7days7covers Day 4 of favorite covers over 7 days. No explanation. I think everyone is already participating but if you see this and haven‘t joined in, please do! #covercrush

marleed My favorite cover of 2018! I bought the book for the cover and then loved the story. I was sorely disappointed when the sequel didn‘t compare - in cover or story. 3y
Rachel_nyc @marleed I‘ve been putting off the sequel since I haven‘t heard good things. That‘s disappointing since it seems it could have been good since it revolves around an interesting character. 3y
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Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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#7days7covers Day 3 of 7 favorite covers. No explanation. #covercrush Not sure who isn‘t participating, perhaps @squirrelbrain ?

BarbaraBB A favorite of mine too, this cover! 3y
Cinfhen Agreed!!! Fabulous cover 3y
squirrelbrain I‘m already participating Rachel... so difficult to find someone now who isn‘t... 😁 3y
Rachel_nyc @squirrelbrain Ha ha it sure is! I will go back and look at yours. This is a fun challenge! 3y
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Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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#7days7covers No explanation. #covercrush It seems so many people are already participating, how about you @Liz_M would you care to share your fave covers?

BarbaraBB Oh yes, this is a good one too! Even though I didn‘t like the book much! Are you in, @Liz_M ? I hope so! I was going to to tag you too! 3y
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB I loved the beginning of this one but it did fall apart about halfway through. I adore this cover though! 3y
BarbaraBB Me too! Now that I take a closer look at the cover I realize my copy is missing the green om the cover. I think it‘s gold all over. Must look it up! 3y
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LeahBergen This is a great cover 👍🏻 3y
Rachel_nyc @LeahBergen @BarbaraBB I think this is the UK cover. I haven‘t seen it in any bookstores in the US and even though I didn‘t live the book, I love the cover enough that I‘ll def buy it if I come across it. 3y
BarbaraBB I always buy the UK editions but mine is not so gorgeous! Lucky you! 3y
Cinfhen Forgot about this gorgeous cover ♥️and I LOVED the WHOLE book 3y
Rachel_nyc @Cinfhen Have you read by the same author? I recommend it. 3y
Cinfhen Own it, haven‘t read it yet!! But thanks for the reminder XX 3y
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House of Gold | Natasha Solomons
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Joining in on #7days7covers and will be posting one cover per day no explanation. Good timing because I just started this one. Thanks for the tag @BarbaraBB #covercrush If you‘re not already doing it, would you like to participate @LeahBergen

BarbaraBB Intriguing cover of a to me unknown book! 3y
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB I‘ve just started but I like it so far. It‘s about a ridiculously wealthy and powerful Jewish banking family with branches throughout Europe pre and during WWI. 3y
LeahBergen Thanks for the tag but I just joined in yesterday, too 😆 Lovely cover! 3y
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The Old Drift | Namwali Serpell
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I‘ll start by saying I am a sucker for a good multi-generational story! The characters are very “unique” and it did take me some time to get into this one but I loved learning more about Zambian history and reading about these families and how they interconnect. The last section veered off in an unexpected direction but I still found it interesting and relevant to what is happening in the world. #aty2019

Ruthiella 😃 Yay! I have this sitting on my shelf! Hopefully I‘ll get to it this Fall. 3y
Rachel_nyc @Ruthiella I can‘t wait to hear your thoughts. It almost feels like 2 novels in one because it switches from a more traditional multi generational historical fiction to a near future tech novel but I enjoyed it! 3y
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Lost Roses | Martha Hall Kelly
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I loved Lilac Girls and was excited to read a WWI novel by the same author. I enjoyed the story, particularly the parts in Russia, but the varying perspectives were awkwardly done. This was fine otherwise but not really memorable. The photo is from a recent sunset boat ride and felt it appropriate for an immigrant story. #aty2019

BarbaraBB Such a great picture! Don‘t know the book. 3y
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB Thanks! It was such a beautiful evening and sunset! I would recommend the author‘s book Lilac Girls which is a WWII novel about women in Ravensbruck concentration camp. I wonder if the author was pushed by her publisher, due to that book‘s success, to follow it up with this “prequel”? The books have very little in common other than a main character in this one is the mother of a main character in the other. 3y
BarbaraBB Thanks! I‘ll check out Lilac Girls first! 3y
Liz_M Beautiful picture! 3y
Rachel_nyc @Liz_M Thanks Liz! 3y
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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Congrats @Megabooks for the huge milestone! #25etsy My reading has been hit or miss this summer but the clear favorite was Circe. I worried it wouldn‘t live up to the hype but it exceeded expectations!

Megabooks That‘s awesome! Do you have to know a lot about mythology to enjoy it? Thanks for entering! 3y
Rachel_nyc @Megabooks Nope. I remember very little from the one mythology course I took in school and I loved it! 3y
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Black Wings Has My Angel | Elliott Chaze
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This is another one that never would have been on my radar without the #nyrbbookclub and I really enjoyed it. Lots of intrigue and the writing made me feel like I was right there along for the crazy ride. Looking forward to the discussion. #nyrb I‘m not sure if the image shown was original or if it was released as One for the Money subsequently but seems pretty racy for the time!

Cathythoughts I keep thinking I need to get reading this one ... 3y
Rachel_nyc @Cathythoughts You definitely do! It‘s a quick read too. 3y
LeahBergen I thought I was following you already? 🤔 Weird! I‘ve now “re-followed”. 3y
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Rachel_nyc @LeahBergen ha ha that is strange but glad you re-followed! 🤣 3y
BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts you must! You enjoy all NYRB‘s don‘t you? 3y
BarbaraBB Is this the same book with another title? 3y
vivastory I'm glad you enjoyed this one. Looking forward to the discussion. 3y
Rachel_nyc @vivastory Same. I‘m curious to hear what everyone thinks of both main characters. 3y
Liz_M That is quite the cover! 😁 3y
sisilia Omg the scene of Virginia bathing in money!! 🤑😻 3y
Rachel_nyc @sisilia And this is exactly how I pictured it! 3y
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American Spy: A Novel | Lauren Wilkinson
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I read this for #camptob even though I‘m not really following along. I was hooked quickly and really liked the main character. I also thought it was a cool mash-up of spy thriller and literary fiction but what I enjoyed most was the detail regarding Burkina Faso and Thomas Sankara, which I knew very little about. The ending was slightly unsatisfying but I still recommend it.

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The Whisper Man | Alex North
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I feel like I‘m always the last one to get it but it‘s still exciting to get #bookmail from #botm club! I‘ve been more into #thrillers lately so I‘m looking forward to this. I‘m also a sucker for a cool cover and I like this one a lot. Has anyone else read it yet?

peacegypsy About 75 pages in! Seems like a great thriller! 3y
BarbaraBB No! I‘ve never even heard of it so am looking forward to your thoughts! 3y
Rachel_nyc @peacegypsy Glad you‘re liking it! 3y
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB It is getting a lot of buzz so hopefully it will live up! 3y
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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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I put this off because I was worried it wouldn‘t live up to the hype but I ended up liking it more than expected. I‘m aging myself but I used to love watching Behind the Music for my favorite bands and musicians and this really felt like the book version of that. (I figured a boozy photo was appropriate for this one!) 😜

Samplergal I‘m really struggling to get through it. I‘m over halfway through and it‘s not gotten better. Will it? 3y
Rachel_nyc @Samplergal If you don‘t like it at this point, you probably won‘t. The one complaint I had about it was it did feel repetitive at times. Sorry you didn‘t like it! 3y
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BarbaraBB Perfect combination, this book and the Aperol Spritz! 🥂 3y
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB Yes! A little tame for Daisy but it works for me! 🍾🍹 3y
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Lost Children Archive | Valeria Luiselli
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I finished the book over the weekend (sitting in one of the chairs in the pic) but I had to sit with it a few days. It took me awhile to get into it, pretty much until the POV change I think. I can‘t say I “enjoyed” most of it but it was very powerful and the elegies of the Lost Children were just heartbreaking. A very timely novel and I wish some of the people who support the detention centers would read it. #campToB

AlaMich That is a lovely picture! 3y
Rachel_nyc @AlaMich Thanks! It was taken on a friend‘s farm in Vermont. Such a relaxing trip. 3y
BarbaraBB Great review. I am starting this one now and will keep it in mind if I find it hard to get through! 3y
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Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB I can‘t wait to hear your thoughts on this one! 3y
Suet624 Exactly how I felt after finishing the book. The TOB did a great discussion on it if you‘re interested. I‘m in VT. What part did you visit? 3y
Rachel_nyc @Suet624 I need to go back and read the TOB discussions. I have read most of the books (not the James novel and just started American Spy) but was always a bit behind. I spent a few days in North Pomfret on a farm which is where this photo was taken (close to the border of NH) and then Stowe. It is so beautiful up there! 3y
Suet624 I live 20 minutes from Stowe. If you come again, let‘s meet up! 3y
Rachel_nyc @Suet624 Yes! I was visiting friends of friends but we discussed possibly going back in the Fall. I‘m sure it is absolutely gorgeous that time of year! 3y
Suet624 It sure is. 😍😍 3y
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Needing to renew my library card was the perfect excuse to pop into the gorgeous Rose Reading Room. #nypl

BarbaraBB So gorgeous 😍! I remember that sentence above the door ‘A good Booke is the precious lifeblood...‘ 3y
BarbaraBB And I just booked a place in Williamsburg for two days. My kids decided a trip to the US without visiting NYC is no trip to the US 😂. We were in NY for a week a few years ago so this time it will be short, just one day shopping, museum and restaurant. My kids want to go to Flight Club and guess what, it is nearly next to The Strand 😍 3y
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB That‘s fantastic and how convenient that you‘ll be “forced” to visit The Strand! If you want any suggestions for Williamsburg or NYC in general, please let me know! 3y
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BarbaraBB Yes! I am looking for a nice restaurant in west Manhattan (Hell‘s Kitchen? Chelsea? West Village? Greenwich? Soho? Tribeca?) If you know anything hip & happening 😉 and not toooo expensive, I‘d be very happy! I am googling and lost in all restaurants that seem the place to be at the moment! 3y
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB Any particular type of food? There are so many great options! If you like Thai, Pure Thai Cookhouse is one of my go-to spots in Hell‘s Kitchen. No reservations accepted so get there early for dinner. 3y
BarbaraBB That sounds good, I love Thai food! I like all kinds of food actually 😂. 3y
BarbaraBB All Asian is a go for me! 3y
Leftcoastzen @BarbaraBB Yay, Strand! 3y
Leftcoastzen That Library always inspires me! 3y
Rachel_nyc @Leftcoastzen IKR! Lots of construction going on right now but still beautiful. 3y
BarbaraBB Dinner at Pure Thai Cookhouse was perfect! Exactly what I was looking for! Thank you! 😘 3y
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB So glad you liked it! 🤗 3y
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Lost Children Archive | Valeria Luiselli
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It‘s lines like this that have me wanting to continue but at 30% in, I just do not care about this family at all! I love the idea of this book but I want more of a balance between the family and the “lost children” that I thought would be the focus of this novel. I‘ve heard enough good things that I want to keep going but I only have a few days left before the library snatches it back. Deciding whether to continue or set aside for now.

Cathythoughts I just got it ... only read the kindle sample , but I‘m looking forward to it 👍🏻♥️ 3y
Rachel_nyc @Cathythoughts Looking forward to hearing your thoughts! 3y
Ruthiella I think this book is more a thought exercise than a novel. I appreciated it for how it made me consider current US politics. 3y
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Rachel_nyc @Ruthiella I think that‘s a great way to describe it. I am still parsing through my feelings but I am glad I read it, even if I didn‘t necessarily enjoy it. 3y
BarbaraBB I am somehow not looking forward to it but I will read this one soon. It probably wins #CampToB and shall be shortlisted for the #Bookerprize I expect... 3y
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB I suspect you‘re correct. I still need to write my review but while I didn‘t love it, I‘m glad I read it. 3y
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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1. Most recent is tagged. 2. Don‘t make me choose! 3. Sunset. (I‘m not a morning person) 4. Flight and accommodations for a Paris trip. 5. Probably 4th. I had a total “girl crush” on my teacher. #fryayintro @howjessreads

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Kaddish.com | Nathan Englander
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This book isn‘t exactly what I expected but I really enjoyed it. IMO the blurb is misleading since the crux of the novel is the internal conflict the MC has with his decision once he becomes observant after lapsing from Judaism. Photo was taken near where “Larry” lived when he had strayed from his faith.

Leftcoastzen So beautiful! Wish I was there. 3y
Rachel_nyc @Leftcoastzen I wish it was Fall weather like in this photo. It‘s oppressively hot right now here so you‘re not missing much! 😓 3y
BarbaraBB Great picture and review. I mostly love Englander and I just got a copy of this book from the wonderful @Cinfhen so I‘ll get to it soon! 3y
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Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB This is my first experience with Englander but I definitely want to read more of him even though I‘m not usually a short story fan. I think you‘ll like this. I‘m not at all religious but I found it to be an interesting insight into someone who left his faith and returned. 3y
BarbaraBB @Rachel_nyc Sounds good and if you like it, I‘m sure I will as well! 3y
Suet624 I have been wanting to read more of Englander's books. Glad to hear you enjoyed this one. 3y
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Chess Story | Stefan Zweig
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I have never played chess so I was unsure about this book but I found it fascinating. So sad that Zweig committed suicide shortly after writing it. As always, I‘m looking forward to the discussion with the #nyrbbookclub #nyrb Unrelated photo. It‘s hot out there so if you‘re in a warm climate too make sure to get refreshments!

Cathythoughts I thought it was excellent too ... 👍🏻♥️ 3y
Rachel_nyc @Cathythoughts And very different from our previous books. It should make for I retesting discussion. 3y
vivastory I'm reading it tomorrow. I'm really looking forward to it. It will definitely be a change from the prior two. 3y
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Rachel_nyc @vivastory Yes, much different but still quite good. Looking forward to discussing next week. 3y
Leftcoastzen I would kill for a Mr. Softie!😂🍦 (edited) 3y
Rachel_nyc @Leftcoastzen 🤣🤣 It is so good!! 3y
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I‘ve only read two but I‘m definitely not impressed with the summer #ToB shortlist so far. I struggled through the angsty first part of the book because I was curious what the switch in POV would bring. I don‘t want to spoil anyone with specifics but I actually started liking it but it wasn‘t enough to make up for the drama kid drama. My reading buddy wasn‘t impressed either! #catsoflitsy #camptob

brit91 Lol I love his face so cute!😍🤣😻 3y
AlaMich Grumpy!!😾 3y
Rachel_nyc @AlaMich @brit91 lol He is actually the sweetest cat ever but he always looks grumpy in photos! 😹😹 3y
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Ruthiella This title and Lost Children Archive are my favorites actually. But I can see where Trust Exercise would frustrate. I‘m still not sure what happened but I‘ve enjoyed thinking about it. 3y
Rachel_nyc @Ruthiella Even though I didn‘t love it, I am definitely still thinking about it which is why I wouldn‘t dismiss it. Definitely a lot to unpack will make for lively discussion! I‘m excited to read Lost Children Archives soon. 3y
Suet624 Yup. Glad to see I‘m not the only one with the so-so rating. 3y
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The Gifted School | Bruce Holsinger
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It was a tough choice but I went with the tagged book for this month‘s #botm club. Has anyone else read this yet? Also, I love the cover and think that subconsciously contributed towards it being my choice. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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I‘m always nervous to read a hyped book but this absolutely lived up to expectations! I was hooked from the beginning through to the final page. I don‘t remember a whole lot from my Greek mythology course but this has me wanting to revisit The Odyssey among others. I was sad for it to end but excited that I still have The Song of Achilles to read. #ATY2019

BarbaraBB Great review! 3y
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB Thanks! And thanks for encouraging me to read this one sooner rather than later! 3y
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Bowlaway: A Novel | Elizabeth McCracken
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This seemed like it would be a fun summer read and it being part of #campToB gave me high hopes but it ultimately disappointed. Early on, I enjoyed the whimsical writing and quirky characters but it was a multi-generational novel and the subsequent characters were uninteresting and there wasn‘t much of a story to hold it together. Unrelated image is of the much needed cocktail on this Friday!

BarbaraBB Well, I unstacked it now. Are you reading all six books for #CampToB? 3y
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB I‘m relying on the library so I‘m way behind but I think I‘m going to try to get to all except the James novel. I‘m put off by the violence and from what I‘ve heard it‘s not good enough for me to try to overcome that concern. I‘m going to start Trust Exercise next week. What about you? Have you read any yet? 3y
BarbaraBB I only read Daisy Jones and have a copy of Lost Children Archives. I don‘t know, I‘m not feeling up to most titles this time - especially the James novel. I haven‘t yet seen reviews that made me change my mind. So I think I let it go by. 3y
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB I hear you. They are not particularly inspiring. I‘ll see how it goes. 3y
Ruthiella I didn‘t love this title either. Too whimsical for my personal taste! 3y
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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There‘s nothing like sitting outside at the start of a relaxing long weekend with a great book on a beautiful day! I should have listened to @BarbaraBB and others and read this book sooner. #ATY2019

Cathythoughts Fab pic ✨ 3y
monalyisha So good, right?! Enjoy! 3y
Rachel_nyc @Cathythoughts Thanks! @monalyisha Yes it is! I was hooked from the first chapter! 3y
BarbaraBB Great pic. This is NYC? Have a good weekend with Circe 😘 3y
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB Thanks! This is at my mom‘s house in New Jersey. 3y
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Having read the Mother Jones article that prefaced the book, I‘d been wanting to read this since it came out and am glad I finally did. It was not a pleasant read of course, but an important one. The author not only describes his experience going undercover as a prison guard with shocking honesty but also discusses the horrific details of private and state run prisons throughout the U.S‘s history. #ATY2019

Liz_M Have you read The New Jim Crow? If so, how does this compare? It looks like a good suggestion for my bookclub. 3y
Rachel_nyc @Liz_M I haven‘t read it yet but plan to. American Prison is more about the history and the reporter‘s experience focusing on the problems of the for profit prison system. I think it would be a good complement to The New Jim Crow book but they seem to be very different in their focus. 3y
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It‘s been so fun seeing everyone‘s #top6reads of the year so far! Thanks to @BarbaraBB for tagging me to share mine. I‘ve only had five 5 star reads for the year so it was the 6th book that was really difficult. I ultimately included the tagged book because it has really stuck with me months after reading.

MarriedtoMrT I loved My Sister the Serial Killer! 3y
Rachel_nyc @MarriedtoMrT Wasn‘t it wonderful? So much packed into such a short book! 3y
MarriedtoMrT @Rachel_nyc Yes! I listened to the audio and the reader was fantastic. I think my heart was in my throat for most of it. 3y
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MelissaSue81 A Place for Us is on my list too. I am in the Minority that didn‘t much like Sister the Serial Killer 3y
Rachel_nyc @MelissaSue81 I can see how it‘s not for everyone. A Place for Us was so good at depicting relationships between family members. It‘s hard to believe the author is so young and that it was a debut. 3y
Cinfhen Fabulous list!!! Still need to read 3y
vivastory @Cinfhen I really want to read it too. I've had it on my TBR ever since @barbarabb posted about it 3y
Cinfhen SAME @vivastory !!!! And @BarbaraBB put it on her #Top6Reads list too!!!!! 3y
vivastory @Cinfhen I saw that. I took a screenshot of her post, was intrigued by all of the titles. I think I'm going to try to read it in a couple of weeks. 3y
Cinfhen I don‘t have a copy yet @vivastory but if I pick it up, in the next few weeks I‘ll let you know. I think my next book is going to be 3y
vivastory @Cinfhen You're in for a real treat! I hope you love it. If you don't, can you please pretend you do? J/k 😄 3y
BarbaraBB Fab list! My Sister was my number 7, and I loved Cutting For Stones and A Place for Us (read them last year)! 3y
BarbaraBB @vivastory @Cinfhen You flatter me, don‘t have your hopes up too high, I don‘t think everyone loves it as much as Rachel and I do! 3y
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB Cassandra was my #7. Tough choice between the two. @vivastory @Cinfhen I hope you love The House of Broken Angels! This reminds me I need to read more from him. 3y
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The bad news is that my library card just expired and I can‘t access the ebooks I planned to start because I won‘t be able to renew until next week. The good news is that I have an excuse to get started on my backlog of #botm books (or my other physical or kindle owned books but that‘s another story!). Any thoughts on where I should start from this stack??

BarbaraBB Circe is fantastic! And I have not read but am looking forward to A Woman is no Man! 3y
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB Thanks! I think I am leaning towards Circe since you and others who share my taste highly recommend it and I have it planned for the ATY challenge as well. 3y
BarbaraBB Then do! I think you‘ll be hooked within 10 pages 💕 3y
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Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB Well that was easy! 🤣 ok I‘m sold. I‘m a bit bored with what I‘m reading now so I think I‘ll start it tonight. 3y
BarbaraBB What book are you bored with? And I really think you‘ll know quite soon if Circe fits your mood! 3y
AlaMich Circe!!! 3y
Rachel_nyc @AlaMich Starting it tonight! 3y
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB I liked the beginning because it was whimsical and had fun quirky characters but it‘s become kind of tedious. I usually like a multi-generational story but the characters in the subsequent generations here are not interesting enough to keep the book going. (edited) 3y
AlaMich I would also say that I listened to Circe, and the audio version is superb, if you do audiobooks. 3y
Ruthiella Lemonade outta lemons 🍋! 😀😀😀 3y
BarbaraBB Ah for the ToB. I had high hopes for that one. 3y
Rachel_nyc So the NYPL graciously extended my library privileges through the end of the month so I wouldn‘t miss out on holds that I have had that are becoming available. I still decided to start Circe and @BarbaraBB you were right, I was hooked immediately! 3y
BarbaraBB I am so glad you do! And personally I think that this one is even better! 3y
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB I have a feeling I‘m going to want to read it once I finish Circe. 3y
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Pride Colors | Robin Stevenson
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So proud to live in a city that celebrates people for who they are, not who they love. Happy Pride everyone! #worldpride #nyc

Leftcoastzen 👏🌈 3y
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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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#unpopularopinion I know I‘m in the minority but this book irritated me in many ways. I don‘t want to give anything away but the cleverness of the story is the only thing keeping this from being a pan. It felt like the author had that clever concept and then wrote the story in service of it rather than the story itself or the characters. I never felt a connection to any characters and I also felt it reeked of sexism. 👇

Rachel_nyc The sexism I referred to was that on multiple occasions, practically every male character referred to Alicia as a seductress or thought of her in that way. This is the same woman who had been heavily medicated, unable to even make eye contact and was mute for 6 years. 3y
Cathythoughts I‘m #unpopularopinion too 👍🏻I bailed 3y
Rachel_nyc @Cathythoughts Glad I‘m not the only one! 3y
BarbaraBB I unstack immediately now! @Cathythoughts 3y
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB It‘s a shame because it had real potential. 3y
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After Claude | Iris Owens
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Where to begin..Harriet is certainly, as my dad used to say, a real piece of work! As exhausting and exasperating as she was, reading her rants and about her antics was kind of delightful. I have to agree with my fellow #nyrbbookclub ers who have already said that the last few chapters felt like an entirely different book, although I do feel they humanized her a bit. Looking forward to discussing it further.

Rachel_nyc Oh and @Liz_M I returned the book so hopefully you‘ve received notification and can begin! 3y
Suet624 I loved her rants. The first one in particular, after seeing the movie with Claude, had me laughing out loud and reading it to friends of mine. 3y
Theaelizabet @Suet624 That first rant kind of put me in her corner from the start, despite her subsequent, less appealing qualities. 3y
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Suet624 @Theaelizabet Oh good. So I‘m not alone. 😀 3y
Liz_M @Rachel_nyc Heh, I thought I was joking, but I did get notified by NYPL right around the time of your post! 😂 Looking forward to starting this on the morning commute. 3y
Rachel_nyc @Liz_M Great. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts! 3y
Rachel_nyc @Suet624 That cab ride was hilarious. 3y
BarbaraBB Delightful is the right word, despite I would go crazy having her in my life! Such a cool idea that @Liz_M and you may be reading the same copy 💕 3y
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB Knowing a Harriet IRL would be a nightmare. I admit to having had friends that were similar but no one quite as over the top as her. It was an ebook and I love the idea that @Liz_M received the notification pretty much as soon as I returned it! 3y
BarbaraBB An ebook. Yet still! The coincidence! 3y
vivastory Fantastic review!!! I'm looking forward to your impressions @Liz_M 3y
Rachel_nyc @vivastory Thanks! This should be another fun one to discuss. 3y
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Florida | Lauren Groff
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I need to preface this by saying I‘m not a big fan of short story collections in general. I tend to like character driven novels so short stories can be frustrating for me since there isn‘t usually enough time to flesh out characters. Having said that, there were a few stories like the one during the tornado and the first one set in France that I really loved and I expect those who are fans of short stories will love this collection.

Theaelizabet I‘m where you are with short story collections (unless it‘s Eudora Welty 😉). I thought this one had much to recommend it, though there were certainly highs and lows. I look forward to Groff‘s next novel. 3y
Rachel_nyc @Theaelizabet Yes, I agree. I‘m definitely interested in reading her novel as well as I really like her writing style. 3y
Suet624 @Theaelizabet I‘m with both of you on short stories and on this book. I love Lauren Groff though so I‘ll pick up anything she writes. 3y
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Rachel_nyc @Suet624 Glad I‘m not alone in my feelings on short stories. People are always pushing me to read collections and while I often enjoy them, it‘s never as fun as sinking my teeth into a great novel. 3y
Suet624 @Rachel_nyc I totally agree. 3y
vivastory I second everything said in this thread 3y
Rachel_nyc @vivastory Yeah, there are lots of us! 3y
Ruthiella I don‘t gravitate towards short stories either. The only exception has been Jhumpa Lahiri‘s collections and The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra (which totally worked as a novel IMO). (edited) 3y
Rachel_nyc @Ruthiella I‘ve enjoyed Lahiri‘s stories as well. I will have to check outThe Tsar of Love and Techno. 3y
BarbaraBB I agree too in that I prefer novels but there are many exceptions. For example I looooved 3y
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB Ooh I‘ve heard good things about that collection and if you loved it, I‘m sure I will too. Stacked! 3y
BarbaraBB I think so too! Almost sure 😀 3y
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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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I haven‘t been around much due to life, etc. and just realized how behind I am on reviews! This book was fantastic and a great follow-up to THUG. Excited to hear more about her next book that I believe is coming out later this year?

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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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Enjoying this gorgeous view while starting the tagged book during a quick lunch break. I don‘t read much #YA but I loved The Hate U Give and so far, I think I‘ll like this as well. Has anyone read it yet?

squirrelbrain Yes, I loved both. I think I‘ve seen that a lot people prefer On the Come Up. THUG probably just shades it for me, but only because I don‘t do much YA either and THUG just blew my mind! 4y
Rachel_nyc @squirrelbrain That‘s great to hear. THUG blew me away as well. I‘m only 3 chapters in but so far I‘m loving it. 4y
BarbaraBB That view 😍 4y
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Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB I know right?? It‘s also an absolutely gorgeous day so I was so happy to have some time to enjoy it. 4y
Nute I would be thrilled to go to work everyday if I had a lunch break view such as that.🤩 3y
Rachel_nyc @Nute I work all over the city so my view changes but this is definitely one of my favorites! 3y
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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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1. Jane Eyre and Florida 2. On the Come Up 3. The Haunting of Hill House (so good!)
#weekendreads

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This book contains a powerful and important message but the execution just didn‘t work for me. The format and writing style was very unemotional and left me feeling completely detached from the main character and had me questioning the believability. I am absolutely not questioning the author‘s experience or pervasive racism but the way the story was presented, without many details of the climactic situation left me unsatisfied. #unpopularopinion

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I love coming home and seeing that blue #botm box! Very excited that they are now offering #nonfiction choices and I can‘t wait to read the tagged book.

BarbaraBB And Circe is so good too! 4y
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB Definitely looking forward to that as well! 4y
Nute So many recent BOTM selections make me want to rejoin immediately. I‘ve never heard of The Buried, but it sounds intriguing. 3y
Rachel_nyc @Nute I haven‘t started it yet but I‘m not sure I would have heard of it if not for BOTM. 3y
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Stoner | John Williams
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On the surface this appears to be a dull book about a seemingly dull man but there is something so captivating about Stoner and his story. One thing that really had me thinking was how often he says that there was nothing he could have done differently when in fact, doing something differently could have changed everything in his life. He simply wasn‘t the type of person to think that way and instead watched his life go by as if a spectator.

Suet624 I really need to check this book out. 4y
Rachel_nyc You should. It‘s a fascinating character study. 4y
merelybookish Oh dear, I might be able to identify with this character. 😕 Still, I'd like to read! 4y
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Rachel_nyc @merelybookish Definitely worth checking out. An unlikely, but fascinating main character. 4y
hilded Glad you enjoyed, it‘s a wonderful book 🤩 4y
Rachel_nyc @hilded It really was. Great writing and such interesting characters. 4y
BarbaraBB Great review. I loved this book. 4y
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB Thanks Barbara! I did as well. 4y
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Cassandra at the Wedding | Dorothy Baker
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This character driven novel had me hooked from page one. I‘ve read several reviews where people complained how unlikable Cassandra is. I don‘t know what this says about me but I loved her! 🤪So much to unpack with every character so well crafted and I‘m really looking forward to discussing it with the #nyrbbookclub

batsy I love her so much! 4y
Rachel_nyc @batsy Glad it‘s not just me! 4y
Theaelizabet I‘ve seen those complaints, too, but I found her fascinating. 4y
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merelybookish Is this a dark comedy about marriage? 🤔 I'm not done yet but that blurb feels odd. And I also like Cassandra. She's fascinating! 4y
Rachel_nyc @merelybookish That is definitely an odd statement and not what I thought this book was about at all. I just liked this cover! 4y
vivastory I was utterly charmed by Cassandra, despite everything. 4y
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Kindred | Octavia E. Butler
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Finished Kindred at my favorite neighborhood Chinese restaurant. This book was so well done and a great intro to sci-fi for those that aren‘t fans of the genre. Some very powerful and emotional moments but I was slightly disappointed with what seemed an abrupt ending to me. I‘m not quite sure what more I wanted from it but it felt just a tiny bit lacking. Still highly recommended though!

squirrelbrain Looks yummy! 😋 4y
Conleyheather I wanted a little more to the ending too. 4y
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1. Oliver enjoying the bird watching and my mom‘s cherry blossom tree. 2. Cutting for Stone 3. Relaxing today, working tomorrow 🙁 4. ☔️ 5. Chicken with peas & asparagus over farfalle pasta 😋

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Cutting for Stone: A Novel | Abraham Verghese
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April was quality over quantity! As much as I loved Michelle Obama‘s Becoming, I had to go with the tagged book as my favorite. What an incredible story and it made me want to read more books set in Africa since my knowledge of that part of the world is embarrassingly lacking. Any recommendations appreciated! #aprilreading

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Great reads!! 📖💖 4y
Rachel_nyc @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Thanks! Some better than others of course but not a dud in the bunch! 4y
BarbaraBB Great reads. I loved Cutting for Stone too and am looking forward to his 4y
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BarbaraBB ... although this one is not set in Africa. 4y
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB Stacking! 4y
BarbaraBB I‘ve heard great things about it and have it lined up for later this year (an ATY prompt probably)! 4y
vivastory If you haven't read it, I highly recommend Adichie's 4y
vivastory It was one of my favorite books of last year & I still think about it regularly 4y
Rachel_nyc @vivastory It‘s on my tbr. I hope to get to it this year. Thanks! 4y
GinaKButler Have you read Homegoing yet? It‘s amazing on audio! 4y
Rachel_nyc @GinaKButler I read Homegoing last year and loved it! 4y
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Cassandra at the Wedding | Dorothy Baker
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Perfect timing to begin reading for the first #nyrbbookclub . I will probably end up purchasing the book to start a collection but glad to have the ebook now to get started. #nyrb

vivastory Wonderful timing 👌 I will be starting this in a couple of days myself. 4y
Rachel_nyc @vivastory Really looking forward to discussing! 4y
BarbaraBB To know you‘re about to start a collection 😂😉! I am reading this one now as well! 4y
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB It was inevitable! I‘ll be starting in the next couple of days. 4y
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Leadership: In Turbulent Times | Doris Kearns Goodwin
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A fascinating look at the lives of four US presidents who led during turbulent times in our nation. I was especially interested in her take on Johnson since she worked closely with him. He certainly had a turbulent tenure but I believe quotes like this one, about civil rights, show the kind of man he was. “Until we address unequal history, we cannot overcome unequal opportunity.” #aty2019

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Cutting for Stone: A Novel | Abraham Verghese
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“You‘re much too late. We went ahead with our lives without you.”
This book is so damn good! It‘s long but I just get lost in it every time I pick it up so I‘m glad I‘m only 50% finished.

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After being underwhelmed by one of Allende‘s other books, I now get why she has the reputation she does. This was a masterful weaving of 3 generations of a fascinating family during a tumultuous political climate. I love how Allende portrays Chile‘s history while never mentioning the country or any major player by name, evoking that much more mystery and the feeling that it could be anywhere.

BarbaraBB This is my favourite Allende although I also really liked 4y
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB Just stacked. Sounds great and I‘m eager to read more from her. 4y
stephothebesto I liked her retelling of Zorro, too! 4y
Rachel_nyc @stephothebesto I‘ve heard good things about that as well and I think I need to read a retelling for one of my challenges this year so I‘m adding to the list. Thanks! 4y
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