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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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On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
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Florida by Lauren Groff
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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
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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! 7d
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. 7d
BarbaraBB That view 😍 7d
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. 7d
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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Brontë
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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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Mehso-so

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! 1w
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB Definitely looking forward to that as well! 1w
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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. 2w
Rachel_nyc You should. It‘s a fascinating character study. 2w
merelybookish Oh dear, I might be able to identify with this character. 😕 Still, I'd like to read! 2w
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Rachel_nyc @merelybookish Definitely worth checking out. An unlikely, but fascinating main character. 2w
hilded Glad you enjoyed, it‘s a wonderful book 🤩 2w
Rachel_nyc @hilded It really was. Great writing and such interesting characters. 2w
BarbaraBB Great review. I loved this book. 1w
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB Thanks Barbara! I did as well. 1w
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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! 3w
Rachel_nyc @batsy Glad it‘s not just me! 3w
Theaelizabet I‘ve seen those complaints, too, but I found her fascinating. 3w
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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! 3w
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! 3w
vivastory I was utterly charmed by Cassandra, despite everything. 2w
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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! 😋 3w
Conleyheather I wanted a little more to the ending too. 2w
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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!! 📖💖 4w
Rachel_nyc @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Thanks! Some better than others of course but not a dud in the bunch! 4w
BarbaraBB Great reads. I loved Cutting for Stone too and am looking forward to his 3w
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BarbaraBB ... although this one is not set in Africa. 3w
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB Stacking! 3w
BarbaraBB I‘ve heard great things about it and have it lined up for later this year (an ATY prompt probably)! 3w
vivastory If you haven't read it, I highly recommend Adichie's 3w
vivastory It was one of my favorite books of last year & I still think about it regularly 3w
Rachel_nyc @vivastory It‘s on my tbr. I hope to get to it this year. Thanks! 3w
GinaKButler Have you read Homegoing yet? It‘s amazing on audio! 1w
Rachel_nyc @GinaKButler I read Homegoing last year and loved it! 1w
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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. 4w
Rachel_nyc @vivastory Really looking forward to discussing! 4w
BarbaraBB To know you‘re about to start a collection 😂😉! I am reading this one now as well! 4w
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB It was inevitable! I‘ll be starting in the next couple of days. 4w
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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 1mo
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB Just stacked. Sounds great and I‘m eager to read more from her. 1mo
stephothebesto I liked her retelling of Zorro, too! 1mo
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! 1mo
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Paris: The Novel | Edward Rutherfurd
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Not #bookrelated but I am so heartbroken by today‘s fire at Notre Dame and I am sure there are other #littens that can relate. Paris is my favorite place in the world and never could have imagined that this epic monument wouldn‘t be there forever. I am heartened by the fact that part of the structure is intact and am sure they will rebuild to some extent but still devastating that 850 years of history is gone. 😭

Bklover 😥💔 1mo
hjreviews Do they know how the fire started? I‘ve been following the coverage of the fire but haven‘t heard anything about how it started yet 1mo
Rachel_nyc @hjreviews I think they‘re still investigating but as of now are calling it accidental. I‘m guessing the construction going on was a factor. 1mo
BarbaraBB It is so sad, so much history destroyed. 1mo
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB I‘m glad much of the structure survived, not to mention the relics but still so sad to see it with so much damage. My favorite view, from the left bank, will never be the same. 😢 1mo
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Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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When I began this short, quirky novel I assumed it would be similar to Eleanor Oliphant but while there are some similarities between the main characters, this is very different. I spent some time living in Tokyo and I appreciated the insight into Japanese culture and, while exaggerated here, the message of conformity is certainly one we all deal with. Also, how adorable is this cover?? #aty2019

BarbaraBB You lived in Tokyo? You‘ve lived my dream! I once spent a month in Japan and have been wanting to go back there ever since. In the mean time I loooove books like this one! 1mo
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB I did for about a year and it was an amazing experience that came out of nowhere through work. It‘s been over 10 years that I‘ve been there so I definitely need to plan a trip soon. I‘m glad I lived in Tokyo but my favorite place to visit there is Kyoto. Such a beautiful place! 1mo
vivastory I've seen a few glowing reviews for this one. Definitely stacking! 1mo
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Rachel_nyc @vivastory I hope you like it! 1mo
BarbaraBB I loved both places and all of the others I visited then but to live there must be something else. What a chance! What kind of work do you do? Did you come back completely zen or a bit changed at least?? 1mo
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB Not zen (commuting in Tokyo makes NYC seem like a picnic!) but absolutely changed. It was an incredible experience and taught me so much. I work in real estate now but at the time I worked for a hospitality company that organized conferences and business summits. 1mo
BarbaraBB It sounds real interesting. And I thought people in Japan wait patiently in line for the subway! But I‘m obviously wrong if it makes commuting in NYC seem like a picnic! 1mo
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB You‘re right that they are much more polite but it is just so damn crowded. They actually have workers whose job it is to push people into the subways so they can cram as many people in as possible without incurring delays! It‘s pretty insane. 1mo
BarbaraBB Lol, I noticed they created a lot of weird jobs 😂 1mo
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This book started out very slow but the writing was great and the characters well developed and realistic. The mystery was intriguing but felt almost secondary. 3.5 🌟 The image is of course not a witch (wych) elm but spring has finally arrived in NYC and I love this tree! #pop19

erzascarletbookgasm So pretty! I love it too! 1mo
Eggs Beautiful ❣️ 1mo
squirrelbrain Oh, I love NYC when the blossom is out. 😍🥰😍🥰 1mo
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Rachel_nyc @squirrelbrain @Eggs @erzascarletbookgasm Thanks! It *almost* makes winter worth it! 🥶🥶 1mo
cathysaid I agree that the mystery didn‘t really seem to be the focus of this one. Enjoyed but not my fave Tana French novel. 1mo
Rachel_nyc @cathysaid This was my first of hers and i really like her writing style. Do you have a recommendation of what else to read? Should I just start with the first of the Murder Squad series? 1mo
cathysaid @Rachel_nyc Yes! In my opinion the first few in that series are her best! 1mo
Rachel_nyc @cathysaid Thanks! I will check that out soon. 1mo
Liz_M Beautiful. And it looks so familiar. ☺ 1mo
Rachel_nyc @Liz_M 😊🌸 1mo
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Lost and Wanted: A Novel | Nell Freudenberger
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I had a difficult time choosing my #botm selection this month but went with this because I thought it could be good for the STEM prompt for #ATY2019
Has anyone read this yet?

BarbaraBB I never even heard of it! It looks seriously. I‘ve been thinking of an easy one for that prompt 2mo
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB That looks interesting too. I was thinking of doing non-fiction with something like Sapiens but this caught my eye when I was choosing for botm this month. 2mo
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Next Year in Havana | Chanel Cleeton
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I have always been fascinated by Cuba and have been looking forward to this for awhile. The prose was fine but not revelatory and the story was at times predictable and the romance a bit cheesy but I still really enjoyed it because of the insight into modern Cuba which is fascinating and also quite disturbing. I just realized her new book is a sort of prequel to this so I‘m looking forward to reading that as well. #aty2019 #pop19

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The Leftovers | Tom Perrotta
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#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain 1. Becoming, The Witch Elm and Leadership in Turbulent Times 2. Tagged. I loved the book but the HBO show The Leftovers brought it to another level. Crazy how much better adaptations have gotten in recent years. 3. GR

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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“On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.”
*sigh* I miss the Obamas! Becoming is every bit as good as I hoped it would be.

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This Is How It Always Is | Laurie Frankel
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Such a beautiful story. I‘ve read some reviews that criticize it for sugarcoating but I thought Frankel did a great job of showing the ugly side of what Transgender people have to deal with from ignorant and hateful people. Obviously most people do not have a family who is immediately so supportive, especially at the age she comes out, but hopefully this book will help others understand and be less judgmental.

BarbaraBB I‘ve never heard of this one but since you say so, I think it‘s worth reading? 2mo
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB I think you‘d like it! The writing itself is good, not great but the story is really beautiful and timely about a family of 5 boys and the youngest comes out as transgender as a young child. I would have liked for more of it to be from her perspective but since the author is the mother of a trans daughter IRL, it makes sense it‘s primarily in the mom‘s voice. 2mo
BarbaraBB Interesting. Definitely. 2mo
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Booked | Kwame Alexander
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#booked2019 I was late to the party but still have 5 (maybe 4.5) of the 6 for the #winter prompts. 1. Where‘d You Go, Bernadette (not quite a detective but sort of)
3. French Exit 4. Heart Berries. 5. Milkman 6. A Place for Us

BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job! You‘re pretty much on target. It‘s not hard to make two up in nine more months. 👊🏻♥️📚 2mo
Cinfhen Great way to jump right in!!!! 2mo
Rachel_nyc @Cinfhen Thank you! 2mo
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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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So excited to finally be reading (and listening) to this book by a truly inspirational woman during #women‘shistorymonth #popsugar #aty2019 With a little help from my reading companion Oliver. #dogsoflitsy

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Ok I am just a bit late to the party on this one but better late than never, right? I am sure I picked this up at some point in high school but probably wrote it off as an “old fashioned romance” without giving it a chance. Fortunately, I finally did give it another chance and realized it is so much more than that. I‘m slowly getting through my list of Classics that I know I “should” read and this is at the top of the list. #aty2019

sprainedbrain ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
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1. NYC, USA 2. Paris France 3. England (Pride and Prejudice) and Chicago, Washington DC (Becoming)
4. You can get any food you want here but we‘re probably best known for 🍕 5. @Eggs @BarbaraBB @Ruthiella

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A Place for Us: A Novel | Fatima Farheen Mirza
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The frequent jumps in time and voice could easily have been a distraction or source of confusion but somehow it flowed beautifully. I loved seeing the glimpses of Muslim culture and sprinkling of Urdu words and phrases but ultimately this book is about family and the author did an incredible job of showing the good, bad and ugly of sibling and parent/child relationships. A rare⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ read for me and is so far my favorite book of 2019. #aty2019

BarbaraBB Oh wow, we‘re definitely booktwins! I loved this one too (four stars for me, I too am sparse with my five stars!) 2mo
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB 😀I think it was how well the characters were written and how real their relationships felt that pushed it over the edge for me. Also, it made me cry multiple times! 2mo
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Heart Berries: A Memoir | Terese Mailhot
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Warning: unpopular opinion ahead! The writing was beautiful and I admire what the author set out to do with this very raw, very powerful memoir but it just did not work for me. Looking back and thinking about everything she went through, I feel so much empathy but while reading, I never felt an emotional connection. The writing style just did not work for me.

thebluestocking I felt the same way! 2mo
Rachel_nyc @thebluestocking Glad it wasn‘t just me! 2mo
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Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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I had so been looking forward to this and it did not disappoint. There was a point where I was worried too many characters were being introduced and the plot would become too convoluted but I needn‘t have been concerned. This author knows how to weave a tale and she did so beautifully. I was captivated from start to finish. #ATY2019

Ruthiella This is on my shelf! I‘ve heard mixed things so am glad you liked it!😀 2mo
BarbaraBB What prompt did you read it for? 2mo
Rachel_nyc @Ruthiella It probably could‘ve been shorter but I was sucked in and happy to go along for the ride. I hope you like it! 2mo
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB I‘m still deciding! 🤣 Probably “sense of place” but possibly the New prompt for the wedding theme since this is a new book by a favorite author. 2mo
BarbaraBB Smart! 2mo
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I was immediately captivated by the beautiful writing and I‘m a sucker for anything set in Paris so this hooked me in quickly. It took awhile before I really connected with the protagonist but I ended up relating to her in so many ways. A beautiful novel and one I doubt I would have read had it not been for #tob2019. Also, I am officially a shortlist completist!

squirrelbrain Yay you! 👍 3mo
Rachel_nyc @squirrelbrain Thanks!!!! 🥰 3mo
BarbaraBB So good that you‘ve read them all! Impressive!! 3mo
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Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB Thank you! I‘m still surprised I managed it! 3mo
BarbaraBB There are some very good ones among them, that I never would have read without the ToB. It‘s such a great Tournament! 3mo
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB So true! Lots of hidden gems that don‘t receive enough attention otherwise. 3mo
Ruthiella Well done on completing the short list!😀 3mo
Mindyrecycles Way to go! 3mo
Rachel_nyc @Mindyrecycles Thanks Mindy! 2mo
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I knew this was popular but it was low on my radar until I realized it worked for multiple challenges I was working on so I figured, why not? I‘m glad I gave it a chance! It starts out with typical “mom drama” but took some fun and interesting twists and turns and I liked that there was actual self-awareness and growth among the characters that are so often one dimensional. #ATY2019 #pop19

Joanster5 I‘m planning on reading it this month 3mo
Rachel_nyc @Joanster5 I hope you like it! 3mo
BkClubCare And..... if you are a 📚 book-to-film 🎥 junky like I am, they are making a movie 🍿 3mo
Rachel_nyc @BkClubCare Yes, I heard and am excited to see it! 3mo
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Starting my final book of the #tob2019 shortlist! Just in the nick of time!

Mindyrecycles I am SO impressed! I started Overstory today, which is my last except for Zebra which won‘t happen. Excited for Wednesday. 🙂 3mo
Rachel_nyc @Mindyrecycles Thanks! I made it a major reading priority. You‘re not missing much with Zebra. Very excited for Wednesday as well! This will be my first time following along from the beginning. 3mo
BarbaraBB I just started this one too. How do you like it? I find it hard getting engaged in the story 3mo
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Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB I am not sure if it‘s the lingering flu/medicinal haze but I‘m enjoying it. I can‘t say I‘m very interested in the dictionary itself but as a sucker for anything set in Paris, I‘m enjoying that part of the story and am intrigued by how everything we are learning about Ivory‘s life will come together. How far in are you? 3mo
BkClubCare Congrats on being a completist! It‘s a satisfying feeling I have only managed once in my years of TOB fandom 3mo
Rachel_nyc @BkClubCare Thank you so much! Definitely a great feeling! 3mo
BkClubCare (And... how is Bernadette going? I really liked it but I read before hype) 3mo
Rachel_nyc @BkClubCare Thanks for the reminder, I need to write a review! I went in without any expectations and really enjoyed it! 3mo
Liz_M Oooh, a whole wall of bookshelves. So jealous. 3mo
Rachel_nyc @Liz_M This is actually my office. Isn‘t it great?! 3mo
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Milkman | Anna Burns
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I was sidelined by the flu this past week but it felt oddly right to finish this book in a fluish haze. 🤣The word that comes up most often when this book is mentioned is challenging and it is that but it is also beautiful, haunting, relevant and a fascinating look into a world I knew little about. I doubt I‘ll ever be a fan of stream of consciousness writing but this one is absolutely worth dealing with the difficulty of the style. #tob2019

BarbaraBB Great review!! 3mo
BkClubCare The more I think about this book, the more I ❤️ it. 3mo
Rachel_nyc @BkClubCare Same. I expect it to go far, possibly all the way, in the competition. 3mo
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Milkman | Anna Burns
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#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain 1. Milkman and French Exit. 2. Ereader mostly but am starting to incorporate paper books again thanks to #botm 3. Jane Eyre but I‘m on a Classics kick so I am giving it another try this year!

rachelsbrittain Thanks for joining in 📚 3mo
BarbaraBB Of course you‘ll like Jane Eyre! 3mo
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Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB I‘m sure I will now! It just wasn‘t something I was interested in in high school. 3mo
BkClubCare Are you an audiobook fan? Because Jane Eyre by Thandie Newton is EVERYTHING 3mo
Rachel_nyc @BkClubCare Thanks for the tip! I‘m just starting to get more into audiobooks but mostly non-fiction. Will put this on my audible wishlist though because I love Thandie! 3mo
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Milkman | Anna Burns
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‘Sorry kids. Seeing things in right relation we should never have had children. We‘re just off dancing forever. Sorry again - but at least now you‘re grown up.‘ After this, there was an afterthought: ‘Well, those of you who aren‘t grown up can be brought up and finished by those who are - and look, please have everything - including the house.‘ 😂💃🏼🕺🏻 The humor in this book is an unexpected surprise.

WanderingBookaneer Agreed! 3mo
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Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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This started out so strong for me but aside from a few interesting passages, it fizzled out towards the end. I still rated it a pick since I think it‘s a worthy story to share. #ToB2019 Next up Milkman and I am both excited and nervous about it since reviews are all over the place!
Unrelated pic of my yummy flatbread and mango margarita dinner. 😋 #aty2019 #pop19

AnneFindsJoy I had the same experience with this book... I struggled through the back half.. good luck with Milkman , I‘ve been so curious about it because of the polar reviews ... 3mo
BarbaraBB Your dinner looks great! I agree on the end of Washington Black. Good luck with Milkman. I hope you‘ll like it! 3mo
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB @AnneFindsJoy Thanks! I haven‘t gotten very far with Milkman but despite the challenge of the dense paragraphs and stream of consciousness writing, so far I‘m really enjoying it. I‘m very intrigued by the world and story being developed. 3mo
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Just a little bookish humor I couldn‘t resist sharing. #litsyhumor #bookclub 🤣🤣

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Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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“Negroes are God‘s creatures also, with all due rights and freedoms. Slavery is a moral stain against us. If anything will keep white men from their heaven, it is this.”
“Oh, no, Titch, I would rather be your property, said I, eagerly. I did not understand the pained look that crossed his face.”
Only 25% in and I‘ve already cried in the subway reading this. I‘m trying to keep expectations in check but so far, this is fantastic. #TOB2019 #ATY2019

BarbaraBB Oh wow, glad you‘re loving it. It didn‘t do much for me somehow, unfortunately. I‘m starting The Golden State now 🤞 3mo
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB I had lowered my expectations since I heard mixed reviews so I think that helps but I really like it. Looking forward to hearing what you think of The Golden State! 3mo
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My #botm selection is finally here! I have a backlog of library books so this will have to wait a bit but I‘m really looking forward to it. Has anyone read this yet? #readingwomen

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The Golden State: A Novel | Lydia Kiesling
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This book started out very slow for me. I‘m not a fan of stream of consciousness writing but it did make sense in this context. Once I became used to the style and other characters entered the story, I started really enjoying it. 3 to go for my #tob2019 shortlist. #pop19

Mindyrecycles After Milkman, I barely noticed Golden State was stream of consciousness. 😂 3mo
Rachel_nyc @Mindyrecycles Ha! I‘ll be starting Milkman soon so perhaps having just finished this, it‘ll be an easy transition! Really looking forward to it but trying to keep expectations down with the mixed reviews. 3mo
BarbaraBB Hmm, well I am curious. I‘m going to read it for #ATY2019 next week! 3mo
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB Can‘t wait to hear what you think! 3mo
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The Golden State: A Novel | Lydia Kiesling
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Lunch and some reading on this miserable day! This one started out very slow for me but I‘m liking it more that I‘ve gotten used to the stream of consciousness style which I don‘t usually enjoy. There is also more “cooing” than I care to read about. 🤪 #tob2019

BarbaraBB Oh no, another stream of conscience? I have this one up next but now I am hesitating because I‘m going on a vacation and want to read easy reads over there 🌴☀️ 3mo
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB I wouldn‘t categorize it as a difficult read but I find the style annoying. I get what the author was going for since she is conveying the thoughts of an exasperated mother of a toddler but still, a comma never hurt anyone! 🤣 I‘m liking it more as I go but it is definitely not going to be a favorite for me. I am definitely in the minority it seems though so hopefully you‘ll love it! I‘m jealous you‘re about to go on vacay! 3mo
BarbaraBB I don‘t think you‘re a minority, I have read a lot of mixed reviews. Actually I haven‘t read a raving one yet! We‘ll see, I do like the subject! 3mo
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB That makes me feel a bit better. I‘m almost done and am liking it much more now that I‘m used to the style. 3mo
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I‘m pretty sure everyone in my subway car just now thought I was insane. This feels odd to write but I was practically in tears laughing at Trevor Noah narrating the chapter of his book entitled “Go Hitler!” If you haven‘t read this yet, trust me and the countless others who have raved about this book and read or better yet, listen to it. This book has convinced me to give more audiobooks a chance. #bornacrime #audible

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Watching You | Lisa Jewell
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I‘m always hesitant to read psychological thrillers because I get frustrated when they are too easy to figure out or if characters made stupid decisions for plot purposes. This one did not disappoint! The twist toward the end made me rethink the story but also how easy it is to make knee jerk reactions without knowing the whole story. Also, I love this cover! 😀 It was a nice break from the #tob2019 but now I‘m excited to finish. #aty2019

merelybookish I have the same problem with thrillers, mysteries, or heavily plotted books. I become too aware of the mechanisms at work and it annoys me. 3mo
Rachel_nyc @merelybookish Exactly. When a book is cookie cutter or it‘s obvious where things are going, I lose interest and since I have a difficult to DNFing, it just makes for a very irritating reading experience. (edited) 3mo
BarbaraBB I am always on the lookout for good thrillers. Like you I am often disappointed. Also by the tagged one but your review makes me want to give Jewell another try. 3mo
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB This was my first book of hers. Hopefully she learned from any past mistakes but I definitely think this one‘s worth a try. 3mo
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The Mars Room: A Novel | Rachel Kushner
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This is a difficult one for me to review because it‘s right on the cusp between so-so and a pick. There is a lot I liked about it but I felt very detached from all the characters and as an emotional reader, that takes away from my experience. I expect this was purposeful and the writing is quite good. I also wanted a bit more closure from the side characters but again I think leaving things open was a choice based on the subject matter. #tob2019

Ruthiella I think that Kushner writes with an emotional remove on purpose. It is just her style to have that step away. 🤔 4mo
Rachel_nyc @Ruthiella Ah, thanks for that insight. This is my first time reading her and I wasn‘t sure if that was her style or if it was specifically because of the prison setting. 4mo
BarbaraBB This was a so-so for me too. A bit too predictable imo 4mo
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Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB Yes, I agree. Predictable plot and no real insight into the prison system that I haven‘t already seen in Orange is the New Black! 4mo
BarbaraBB Exactly. Orange is the New Black all over again. 4mo
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Rachel_nyc @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Loving it, thanks! 😍 4mo
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“If you‘re Native American and you pray to wolves, you‘re a savage. If you‘re African and you pray to your ancestors, you‘re a primitive. But when white people pray to a guy who turns water into wine, well, that‘s just common sense.” I‘m so glad I finally followed the advice of so many readers I trust and started listening to this. It‘s wonderful!

hermyknee Oh it‘s so good! 4mo
Rachel_nyc @hermyknee I‘m loving it! 4mo
Chelleo The audiobook is excellent! 4mo
Rachel_nyc @Chelleo I don‘t listen to audiobooks often but I‘m glad I am with this. He really brings the material to life. 4mo
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The Mars Room: A Novel | Rachel Kushner
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I‘m not interested in the Super Bowl but will take time out from reading to watch the #puppybowl. Anyone else? #tob2019 #dogsoflitsy

ProfReader I‘m going to watch both. Ari, my miniature poodle, loves the puppy bowl!! 4mo
Rachel_nyc @ProfReader I love miniature poodles! Enjoy! 4mo
ProfReader We will... 4mo
BarbaraBB What do you think of The Mars Room? I didn‘t really like it. Looking forward yo your review! 4mo
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB I‘m only about 20% in but so far I‘m underwhelmed. Trying to keep an open mind since I had really been looking forward to this one! 4mo
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Warlight: A novel | Michael Ondaatje
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The writing was beautiful and the plot was intriguing but I just never connected with the characters or story as it unfolded.

BarbaraBB I had that same problem. It didn‘t stay with me at all even though I enjoyed it while reading. 4mo
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB Exactly. I wanted much more from it but the great writing still made it worth a read. 4mo
merelybookish It's a so-so for me which is disappointing. I really like the first 1/2 or so but then lost interest once Marsh and Rose started narrating their stories. It really did feel shadowy though, the way he wrote it was impressive. 4mo
Rachel_nyc @merelybookish Yep. The writing made it worth reading but it‘s not a book that will stay with me. 4mo
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The House of Broken Angels | Luis Alberto Urrea
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Here are my January reads. Twelve total books, most were for #tob2019 and I managed to fit in 8 for #aty2019. No complete duds but a few just meh. Standouts were the tagged The House of Broken Angels and also There There, The Italian Teacher and My Sister, the Serial Killer.

merelybookish Wow! Good work! Do you have any #tob books left to read? 4mo
Rachel_nyc @merelybookish Thanks! 5 to go after I finish Warlight. The Mars Room, Milkman, Dictionary of Animal Languages, Washington Black and The Golden State. How about you? 4mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Looks like you had a great month of reading! 📚💕 4mo
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Rachel_nyc @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Thanks! Def a strong start, hoping to keep it going in February. 4mo
merelybookish Ive read 5. (Milkman; There, There; Dictionary; So Lucky; Census) I bailed on 2 (Golden State, A Terrible Country) and am currently reading Warlight, which I like more than I expected. I don't really plan to read them all but hope to tackle Overstory. Milkman is my fave for sure! 4mo
Rachel_nyc @merelybookish Very much looking forward to Milkman. I‘m also enjoying Warlight more than I thought after a slow start. 4mo
BarbaraBB Great month! I need to read 7 more for the ToB. Did you like Evelyn Hardcastle? I have a copy but not read it yet. 4mo
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB I liked it a lot. I don‘t read a ton of mysteries but I found it a unique and interesting premise. I hope you like it! 4mo
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So excited this was a #botm choice. It was a tough decision but a few of the others are on the TBR and may become add-ons soon if I can‘t wait for library holds.

BarbaraBB Sounds very good this one. 4mo
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB I think so too. Really looking forward to it. 4mo
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I love how the author doesn‘t mince words and gets right to the eponymous serial killing in the opening line. This was such an entertaining, fast and thought provoking read. I hope I never have to find out the lengths I‘d go to keep the secrets of a loved one! #ToB2019 #ATY2019

BarbaraBB Great opening. This has become an unexpected favorite for me on the ToB shortlist! 4mo
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB It‘s high on my list as well! I was sad for it to end. 4mo
RaimeyGallant Great book! And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon
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Rachel_nyc @RaimeyGallant Thank you so much! Will check out the tips now! 4mo
ProfReader Welcome to Litsy!!!💜💙♥️💕💚 4mo
Rachel_nyc @ProfReader Thanks!! 4mo
ProfReader You‘re welcome 😊 4mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌺 4mo
Rachel_nyc @Eggs Thank you! 4mo
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There is so much I liked about this book, particularly the insight into what it was like in the Philippines during the Marcos years (though I would have liked even more of those flashbacks) but also the peek into the daily lives of Filipino immigrants in California. My one qualm is the author created an incredible character in the prologue and then relegated her to the background. I would have loved to have some of Paz‘s POV. #ToB2019 #ATY2019

BarbaraBB I remember @batsy writing a great review too of this book. I need to get a copy! For what #ATY2019 prompt did you use it? 4mo
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB I used it for ATY rejects category of set in a small town or village but it would work for set in the Far East since it is partially set in the Philippines. 4mo
batsy I agree! I'm hoping for another book on Paz ❤️ 4mo
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Rachel_nyc @batsy I would love that! 4mo
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB I just noticed that this is also a NYPL staff pick so it could work for that prompt for ATY. 4mo
BarbaraBB Thanks! I am reading the prompts in order, maybe it‘ll be just in time - depending on if and how long this one makes it in the ToB! 4mo
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