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The Hunger by Alma Katsu
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Sabrina and Corina: Stories by Kali Fajardo-Anstine
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My $16 #bookhaul from our local library sale. I mean, I had to support the library, right? 🙈

vivastory It's your duty! 4d
Jas16 You absolutely had to. 4d
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Tanisha_A Whooooooa! Good girl! 4d
LeahBergen I just found that same copy of Cullum a couple of weeks ago. Future buddy read? 😆 4d
LeahBergen Wait ... I have Faro‘s Daughter TBR, too! 😄 4d
batsy Doing your part as you're meant to! 😆 And what a FANTASTIC haul 👏🏽😍 4d
readordierachel @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @vivastory @jas16 @Tanisha_A @batsy I knew y'all would understand (and enable) 😆😁 3d
readordierachel @LeahBergen I think we have to! 😆 3d
UwannaPublishme Great stack! Valley of the Dolls is on my TBR too. 1d
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Cat's Eye | Margaret Atwood
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I found this copy of Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood in the horror section at our big library book sale today. I can't decide if this was a mistake or someone's idea of a joke. It's funny either way.

vivastory Make Margaret Atwood fiction again 5d
GingerAntics 🤣😂🤣 I loved that book, though. 5d
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batsy It is kind of like real-life horror, in a way! 5d
readordierachel @merelybookish @vivastory @GingerAntics @batsy I think someone was having a little fun with that categorization 🙂 4d
GingerAntics Probably, but @batsy has a valid point. lol 4d
batsy @GingerAntics One of the scariest books I've read about power play and bullying/gaslighting dynamics. 4d
GingerAntics @batsy that is very true. On that front, it is truly terrifying. I knew kids like that. I was “friends” with them and god the trauma left over. 4d
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Drama | Raina Telgemeier
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She randomly grabbed the tagged book off a shelf and insisted we check it out. When we got outside, she sat down and said "Shoo Mama, I'm reading," then sat there quietly turning the pages and looking at the pictures.

Guess I'm doing something right.

Tamra 👍🏾 She had a good eye! 7d
Trashcanman That's a cute picture 7d
saresmoore 🥰 7d
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Redwritinghood Too cute! 💕💕 7d
Suet624 💕💕💕 7d
AshleyHoss820 Yes!! I love her!! 😊❤️📚 7d
Slajaunie So precious! 7d
Aims42 Love this! Way to go, mama! 7d
Jas16 So adorable ❤️❤️❤️ 7d
Bookishthoughts 😍👏 7d
LeahBergen Awww! ❤️❤️❤️ 7d
Christine ❤️ 7d
erzascarletbookgasm Yes! ❤️ 7d
marleed Oh my gosh! 7d
mrp27 Love it! 7d
batsy Oh how adorable 🥰🥰 7d
Tanisha_A Daaaaaying of cuteness! 😭🥰 7d
Reggie She‘s grown a lot, yes? How cute!! 7d
tournevis 😍😍😍😍 6d
ValerieAndBooks So cute 😍📚!! 6d
merelybookish What an adorable bookworm! 6d
vivastory I can't believe how much she's grown! Too adorable. 5d
readordierachel @vivastory I can't believe it either sometimes 🙃 5d
Sace This picture, the story make me incredibly happy what a wonderful child! I miss mine being that age. (But I love her adult self even more!) 5d
Centique How adorable! 5d
kspenmoll So sweet! 5d
readordierachel @Sace 😊 I'm trying to enjoy every minute of this age. I know it'll go by fast. Although I'm looking forward to getting to know the person she becomes. 5d
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The Bus on Thursday | Shirley Barrett
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A woman whose life has been turned upside down takes a teaching job in a weird, isolated Australian town. A lot of shit happens, some of it unsettling, some of it confusing, some of it funny. I think Barrett was clever in the way she revealed things (or didn't), but the payoff was unsatisfying and I was put off by the informal tone of the narrator. Lots of "So, anyway..." and YELLING CAPS TO CONVEY BIG FEELINGS. Not really my flavor but ⭐⭐⭐

Addison_Reads @readordierachel Great review! I'm glad I wasn't the only one who felt that way about the ending. I am curious though to read future books by this author. There was something in her writing style that I really liked, but the story just went too off the rails for me in the end. 1w
CarolynM I agree about the ending, and I found some of it quite upsetting, but I also thought it was very entertaining. 7d
readordierachel @Addison_Reads I would definitely try something else from her in the future. She's funny and clever. Just didn't stick the landing. 7d
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readordierachel @CarolynM Yes, it was definitely entertaining! I just wanted more in the way of resolution/explanation. 7d
Reggie I loved how untrustworthy she was. Lol, how her exbf maybe wasn‘t a horrible person after all. Yeah that ending.... where does the bus go?!!! 7d
readordierachel @Reggie Haha, yes I liked that reveal as well. How Barrett kept revealing how unhinged she really was. But omg, that damn bus! I'm wondering now if she was dead? And that's, like, the bus to hell or something? 6d
vivastory I have this checked out from the library, might wait awhile. Great pic BTW 5d
readordierachel @vivastory Thanks 🙂 Don't let me deter you too much. It was entertaining and moves at a good clip, it just had some of my personal pet peeves. 5d
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Waiting for Eden: A novel | Elliot Ackerman
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Thank you so much for the surprise, Jennifer! How incredibly sweet of you. You made my day! 😊 Can't wait to read it. @Jas16

Erinreadsthebooks Waiting for Eden is a great book! 2w
readordierachel @Erinreadsthebooks Good to hear! I'm looking forward to it. 2w
Jas16 I was happy to be able to pay it forward! I hope you like it as much as I did! 2w
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Reggie Get ready to 😭. It‘s so good, though! 2w
readordierachel @Jas16 Thanks again 😊 2w
readordierachel @Reggie OK, totally sold! 2w
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Bitter Orange | Claire Fuller
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The audiobook is beautifully read by Bianca Amato, but the story and characters left me cold. A lonely woman becomes entangled with a seemingly golden couple. There are secrets and lies. It felt too familiar. A pleasant enough way to pass the time, but I don't think it will stay with me. That cover tho 😍

Cathythoughts Yes great cover 👍🏻I have it a pick at the time , but looking back I‘d give it a ‘so-so‘ too 3w
Redwritinghood Agree! I expected more from this book. 3w
readordierachel @Cathythoughts Certainly not a bad book. Just not wonderful 🤷‍♀️ 3w
readordierachel @Redwritinghood Me too. She's a good writer but it felt kind of pointless in the end. 3w
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Wayward Son | Rainbow Rowell
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Also #7days7covers #covercrush Day 7

LeahBergen Happy Birthday! 📚📚📚 3w
readordierachel @LeahBergen Thank you! 🤗 3w
Tanisha_A It's your birthday, ooh! Happy happy birthday! 🎂🎁🎈🥳 3w
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readordierachel @Tanisha_A Thank you ❤🤗 3w
vivastory Happy belated birthday, friend! 🎂🎉🎊👏 2w
readordierachel @vivastory Thanks, Scott! 😁 2w
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BiblioLitten Oh so pretty! 💚 4w
batsy Love 💚 4w
Tanisha_A Ahhh 😍 4w
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Jas16 Lovely! 4w
LeahBergen Great cover! 4w
mrp27 Awesome! 4w
Centique 😍😍😍 4w
sudi So pretty 😍 4w
batsy Happy birthday! Hope you have a fabulous one 🧁🥂📚💖 3w
Redwritinghood Happy birthday! 🎂🎂 3w
readordierachel @batsy Thank you! 🤗❤ 3w
readordierachel @Redwritinghood Thank you! ❤🤗 3w
BiblioLitten A bit too late but happy birthday!! I hope you had a wonderful day🥳💕 2w
readordierachel @BiblioLitten You're so sweet! Thank you! 🤗❤ 2w
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Emergency Contact | Mary H. K. Choi
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Inflated my heart like a balloon ❤

Perfect for fans of Rainbow Rowell. Highly recommend.

Eyelit I really liked this one - even though it got Austin wrong 😂 4w
readordierachel @Eyelit Ha! I've only been to Austin once, for like a day, so I had no idea. 4w
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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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These characters felt very real to me, and for all the drama there was a gentleness that moved me deeply. (To tears. On an airplane. The guy next to me kept shooting me concerned glances.) I just loved it.

batsy Yes! There is something so tender and moving and true about this 💙 4w
youneverarrived Exactly that! 👌 4w
JillR I just finished this and was trying so hard not to 😭 on my train to work several times. Loved it 💔 4w
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Reggie Lololol I have not read this yet. But your crying in public story has appealed to the marshmallow teddy bear that lives inside me to move it up. 4w
readordierachel @batsy Tender is a perfect word for it 💙 4w
readordierachel @youneverarrived It's just lovely, isn't it? 4w
readordierachel @JillR I feel you! I just couldn't hold it together 😭 4w
readordierachel @Reggie Do it! Can't wait to hear what you think. I want you to cry, Reggie 😆 4w
Suet624 This is such a great book and I love your review. 7d
readordierachel @Suet624 Thanks 🙂 It really is, isn't it? 7d
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The Seas: A Novel | Samantha Hunt
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Owlizabeth 😍 1mo
Addison_Reads I definitely just judged this book by its cover and added it to my TBR. 😁 1mo
readordierachel @Addison_Reads I don't blame you 😁 4w
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Sabrina and Corina: Stories | Kali Fajardo-Anstine
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 4

7 days, 7 covers, no explanation.

Addison_Reads Beautiful 💚 1mo
Centique Wow! 1mo
batsy That's stunning! 1mo
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Cathythoughts Beautiful ♥️ 1mo
sudi 😍 1mo
BiblioLitten Wow! 😍 1mo
merelybookish Have you read this? I'm curious! 4w
readordierachel @merelybookish I haven't yet. But it's on my list. I've heard good things! 4w
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The Beauty | Aliya Whiteley
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 3

7 days, 7 covers, no explanation. I'm loving seeing everyone's choices.

Want to play @atla ?

vivastory This challenge has, among other things, reminded me of books that are still on my TBR that deserve a TBR bump. Great choice 👍 1mo
readordierachel @vivastory This is a really weird/good one. I think you'd like it. 1mo
Cathythoughts Very good 1mo
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If They Come For Us | Fatimah Asghar
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 2

7 days, 7 covers, no explanation.

batsy 💜 1mo
vivastory I haven't seen this one before. Fantastic selection! 1mo
Centique That is gorgeous! 1mo
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BiblioLitten Oh I love it!! 💕💙💕 1mo
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The Cage: A Novel | Audrey Schulman
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 1

Thanks for the tag @vivastory 🙂
Anyone else who wants to play, consider yourself tagged!
7 days, 7 covers, no explanation.

LeahBergen I read this one when it first came out. 😆😆 1mo
readordierachel @LeahBergen Did you like it? I'm about halfway through. I wish they still made covers like this. So corny, but I love it 😆 1mo
vivastory Nice! I love covers like this! 1mo
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batsy Gahhhh didn't see that coming!! Love it. 1mo
readordierachel @vivastory @batsy So much drama before the story even starts 😆 1mo
Reggie Yikes!!!! 1mo
sudi Love how dramatic this cover is 😄 1mo
readordierachel @sudi Me too. It's a story of it's own 😆 1mo
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Orange Eats Creeps | Grace Krilanovich
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I haven't finished a book since August 17. Sigh. Figured some library therapy was in order. Unintentionally 🍊 themed. The tagged book sounds wild and has a pretty low score on Goodreads. I'm excited 😆

vivastory Sorry to hear about your book slump! I've been meaning to read the tagged book for years. 1mo
readordierachel @vivastory Thanks. I think it's turning around finally 🙂 1mo
batsy Same, I've had the tagged book on my list for years! 😆 Look forward to your thoughts and glad you're feeling like your reading mojo is back. 1mo
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readordierachel @batsy @vivastory I'm way behind the times apparently. I just found out about this book last week! 1mo
batsy I can't believe I still remember but back in the day I used to obsessively read the now-defunct Bookslut and it was mentioned there 🤓 Their recommendations were always on point. 1mo
Billypar Good luck, and if it works out, you should try a book that's on my TBR shelf and make it a trio. 1mo
readordierachel @Billypar Good idea! I've been meaning to read that one. 1mo
readordierachel @batsy Now I'm on a journey through the Bookslut archives 😍 1mo
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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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This is a book that will stay with me. Whitehead tells the story of Elwood Curtis, a boy sent to Nickel Academy, ostensibly a school designed to reform wayward youth that is in reality a prison, where racist staff & guards abuse & discard the boys at will. Whitehead based Nickel on the Dozier School for Boys, a real Florida reform school. It's a heartbreaking & angering story, unsentimental & unflinching. Required reading.

Graciouswarriorprincess I just finished it and can't wait to discuss it this evening at the B&N bookclub! 2mo
readordierachel @Graciouswarriorprincess Hope you have a good discussion! 2mo
Graciouswarriorprincess @readordierachel Thank you. It was a good bookclub discussion. 2mo
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Reggie Man, Rachel, I didn‘t want to read this one...nice review. 2mo
readordierachel @Reggie It's really worth reading. Heartbreaking, but worth it. 2mo
RaimeyGallant Can't wait to read this! 2mo
readordierachel @RaimeyGallant It's a good one 👍🏼 2mo
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Finished this a few weeks back and have been thinking about it since. Ma weaves a unique tapestry: zombies (sorta), dystopia, immigration, capitalism, religion, cult dynamics, workplace ennui, a love story, and a love letter to cities. It's a lot for one book, but for me it all blended so sweetly. Loved this and am looking forward to more from her. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

vivastory Fantastic review. This has been on my TBR. Might need to move it up! 2mo
Nute Love this review! I‘m ready for this type of fresh take with zombies (sorta)!😁 2mo
sarahbarnes This one is definitely on my list! 2mo
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batsy I love this review! 💜 2mo
Tanisha_A Sounds a good read. Awesome review! 😀 2mo
BarbaraBB Great review. I must read the book soon! 2mo
sudi Love this review 😊 2mo
britt_brooke I liked this one, too. Nice review! 2mo
readordierachel @vivastory Thanks, friend! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 2mo
readordierachel @Nute Haha! Thanks 😊 2mo
readordierachel @sarahbarnes I hope you love it when you get to it! 2mo
readordierachel @batsy Thanks, friend! ❤ 2mo
readordierachel @Tanisha_A Thanks, friend! 💛 2mo
readordierachel @BarbaraBB Thank you! Look forward to your thoughts on it! 2mo
readordierachel @sudi Thanks, friend! 🧡 2mo
readordierachel @britt_brooke Thanks! I liked how genre busting it felt. Hard to categorize. 2mo
Reggie I put this on everyone‘s review but the part with the little girl behind the curtain....😭😭😭. FU Bob!!! Lol, glad you liked this book. 1mo
readordierachel @Reggie I KNOW. What a monster! 1mo
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Bunny: A Novel | Mona Awad
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For the first third of this book, I couldn't decide if I liked it. The characters are ridiculous---everyone is a caricature, but that's clearly by design. Then the weirdness really kicks in 🐇 Let yourself go along for the ride. If a send up of literary MFA programs mashed up with some light horror, magical realism, and Heathers references sounds like something you'd enjoy, give this a go. By the end, I loved it.

vivastory I'm sold! 2mo
readordierachel @vivastory 👍🏼I think you'll dig it 2mo
Reggie Nice review! I was enjoying the hilarious fever dream of it all and then I got hit in the heart by the last quarter of it. 2mo
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LauraJ I loved it too! 2mo
readordierachel @Reggie Right? It got so poignant at the end! 2mo
readordierachel @LauraJ So weird and good! 2mo
monalyisha I felt similarly! 🖤 1mo
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Bunny: A Novel | Mona Awad
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I want to go to this party so bad.

mrp27 Loooove Kate Bush. I look forward to your review, trying to decide if I want to add this one to my tbr. 3mo
batsy Oh my god, me too 😆 3mo
LeahBergen 😆😆 I‘m so there. 3mo
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Ruthiella Loved the writing in this book! 3mo
readordierachel @mrp27 🙌🏼 Me too! So far I'm enjoying it. It's super weird. Hope you're riding out the earthquakes down there OK! 3mo
readordierachel @batsy @LeahBergen Mona Awad gets us 😆😆 3mo
readordierachel @Ruthiella She can really set a scene! 3mo
mrp27 @readordierachel ohh sounds like a stacked to me!! Thanks, last nights quake was totally unnerving but in general we're very lucky with no major problems. 3mo
merelybookish The smut salon! (And yeah, super weird!) 3mo
vivastory Hey, I hope everything is going well 3mo
merelybookish Hey Rachel! Popping in to say hi! 3mo
Trashcanman Where you at? You're missed. 3mo
readordierachel @vivastory Hey Scott, sorry I've been MIA. Truth be told, life got hard and I was in kind of a bleak place. But I think I'm back :) Hope you're well. 2mo
readordierachel @merelybookish Hello! 👋🏼 2mo
readordierachel @Trashcanman Hey TCM, that's nice of you to say. Missed you all as well 🙂 2mo
merelybookish @readordierachel Sorry to hear you were having a hard time. But glad to hear it has passed. 2mo
vivastory I completely understand. I'm sorry to hear that you were having some difficulties. Anytime you want to talk, feel free to message me on Goodreads. I'd give you my email address, but I honestly hardly ever check it & it's easy for me to overlook emails due to all of the spam. 2mo
readordierachel @vivastory Thank you, that means a lot ? And I hear you about the spam. So much advertising, no matter how many things I "unsubscribe" from. 2mo
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@Chrissyreadit Thank you so much for recommending this cookbook! I made the Dilly Stew With Rosemary Dumplings and it was delicious, without being overly laborious. (Doesn't photograph well, but it tasted very good 😆). Excited to try more recipes from this one 👍🏼

Chrissyreadit Oh good! That one sounds yummy and I haven‘t tried it yet. I may have to this weekend. 3mo
Powered_By_Plants Looks yummy! This book is fab 👍😁 3mo
readordierachel @Chrissyreadit Is there a particular recipe you like to make from this one? 3mo
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readordierachel @Powered_By_Plants I'm excited to try more recipes from it! 3mo
Chrissyreadit @readordierachel funny you ask!! I just pulled my book out. I‘m going to skype and batch cook Sunday with my SIL and I‘m going to try out some new recipes from her book. 3mo
readordierachel @Chrissyreadit What a fun idea! Let me know how it goes! 3mo
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My Lovely Wife | Samantha Downing
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Putting this aside for now. I just...don't care what happens. Maybe I'm not in the right headspace for a thriller? Might give it another go at a later date.

Cathythoughts I bailed after a few pages first time. But I went back months later in need of a thriller fix .... it worked well then. Who knows ?! 🤷🏻‍♀️📚 3mo
readordierachel @Cathythoughts That gives me hope! I will save it for a rainy day then 👍🏼🙂 3mo
Cathythoughts I bailed on Whisper Networks today ... I can‘t imagine going back ... but ... I might give it another go some day ( or not ... 🙄 3mo
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readordierachel @Cathythoughts It's kind of freeing to bail on a book. Now we can follow our bliss move on to more enjoyable reads! 😃 3mo
Cathythoughts Yes very freeing .. unless I‘m lucky , I start & bail a good few times until I find “ the one “ 😀 3mo
Jenken1998 I bailed this one also. 3mo
Addison_Reads I almost bailed, but finished it since it was a local bookclub pick. I just never cared about any of the characters in this one. 3mo
readordierachel @Jenken1998 Glad it's not just me! It started out pretty strong and then just stalled I felt. 3mo
readordierachel @Addison_Reads Yeah, I think that was part of it for me too. It lowers the stakes. 3mo
Redwritinghood I hated this one. 3mo
readordierachel @Redwritinghood I remember! Your review actually made me feel better about deciding to bail 😆 3mo
BooknerdsLife Now I‘m not sure if I want to start it 😅 3mo
readordierachel @BooknerdsLife Lol. Don't let me dissuade you too much if you're interested. I've read a lot of positive reviews. It just wasn't my particular flavor. 3mo
BooknerdsLife @readordierachel I‘m still pretty curious about it 😆Will wait for my library copy🤗 3mo
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Theory of Bastards | Audrey Schulman
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Ok, here are my #top6reads so far in 2019. All 5 ⭐. Theory of Bastards was my favorite favorite. Thanks for the tag @Redwritinghood ! What about you @batsy @Tanisha_A @JennyM @DivineDiana ? And anyone else who'd like to share 😊

swishandflick A Little Life! 😭 4mo
batsy Fabulous list and almost all on my TBR 🙂 Thanks for the tag! 4mo
Cinfhen Still need to checkout 4mo
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JennyM Great list...I will put my thinking cap on 😘 4mo
readordierachel @swishandflick Right? Gutting 😭 4mo
readordierachel @Cinfhen I hope you like it when you do check it out! 4mo
readordierachel @JennyM Look forward to your picks! 4mo
vivastory Which Toni Morrison books have you read? I've only read one, but I loved it. Wonderful list. All are on my TBR. 4mo
vivastory Except for Oscar & Lucinda. Already read (& adored) it. 4mo
readordierachel @vivastory Sula was my first! I can't believe it took me so long. I have Beloved and The Bluest Eye on my list to read next. I can't remember if we talked about it already, but which one have you read? 4mo
vivastory Song of Solomon. I read it late last year, around Xmas. I had always heard it was her most challenging book, but I was immediately drawn in 4mo
readordierachel @vivastory Adding it to the list. There is a documentary about her that I believe just came out. Not sure if it's in wide release yet. It's called "The Pieces I Am." Sounds fantastic. 4mo
vivastory I just heard about it. I will definitely be watching it... although it may take me awhile. I still haven't watched the documentary about James Baldwin. 😬 4mo
Cathythoughts Great list ! I‘ve read some & will be stacking others 👍🏻♥️ 4mo
Tanisha_A Brilliant picks! My TBR is shooting up! Thanks for the tag love, will share in a bit. 🥰 3mo
youneverarrived A Little Life is amazing. I have the tagged back to read after your review on it 👍 3mo
readordierachel @Cathythoughts ❤👍🏼😊 3mo
readordierachel @youneverarrived Ooh, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Look forward to your thoughts. 3mo
youneverarrived Thanks I‘ll let you know when I read it 😘 3mo
atla Ouch, my TBR list just grew by 3 books. I loved all 3 of your lower row, and haven‘t read any of the upper - so now I must add them immediately to my list! 3mo
BiblioLitten I have had Sula on my list for so long! 3mo
readordierachel @atla #sorrynotsorry 😁 Be warned that A Little Life is an emotional rollercoaster. So worth it though. 3mo
readordierachel @BiblioLitten It's a fantastic book! 3mo
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The Laws of the Skies | Grgoire Courtois
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"All of these stories, all of these tales, repeat ad nauseam that a child has no business alone in the middle of the woods, that no good can come of heading off-road. And yet here we are."

Harrowing & grotesque, although there's a certain poetry to it. Abandon all hope if you choose to read this book. The situations are so extreme & hopeless that it's almost cathartic to read them & come out whole. I suppose that's horror in general, right?

readordierachel It was probably a mistake to read this before I go camping with small children this weekend... 4mo
DGRachel Oh yeah! I‘m never walking into the woods again and I certainly wouldn‘t go camping with small children. Good luck! 😱😱🤣 4mo
readordierachel @DGRachel Haha! Thanks, I'll need it. 😱🙃 4mo
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batsy Oh, you're a brave one! 😭😭😂 Great review, though. Perhaps there is something cathartic about reading stuff like this. 4mo
readordierachel @batsy Brave or dumb 😆 I kept trying to figure out what kept me reading. Like, it was so completely awful but I was enthralled and thought parts were kind of humorous. I settled on catharsis 🤷🏽‍♀️ 4mo
Tanisha_A Love the review, and the way it contrasts the background of the picture - blue, hopeful, some clouds! 4mo
readordierachel @Tanisha_A Yes, it doesn't quite fit with the tone of the book does it? 😆 4mo
rohit-sawant Really intrigued by all the reviews for this 😱 3mo
readordierachel @rohit-sawant It's not for the faint of heart for sure! But worth reading if you can stomach it. 3mo
DivineDiana I‘ll pass! 🤔 3mo
readordierachel @DivineDiana i don't blame you. It's definitely not for everyone. Very dark. 3mo
Reggie The part about the boar just made me feel like I was being spit roasted over flame. 2mo
readordierachel @Reggie It definitely made an impression. I was reading that whole part through spread fingers. #thingsyoucantunread 2mo
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The Flatshare: A Novel | Beth O'Leary
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Charming as hell. The audiobook narration is perfect. If you like a good rom com, I imagine you will like this a lot. 👍🏼

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Three Weeks in December | Audrey Schulman
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It's clear that Audrey Schulman loves research. In the afterword, she mentions that she read 70+ books to write this novel and provides a reading list, by topic, of the ones she recommends. (She provided a similar list at the end of Theory of Bastards.) Three Weeks in December benefits from her extensive research; it is rich with details that ring true. But at the same time, the story sometimes lacks focus.

vivastory Fantastic review. I'm hoping to read her sooner, rather than later. 4mo
batsy Great review. She sounds like a fascinating writer and I look forward to checking out her work. 4mo
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readordierachel @vivastory Thanks, Scott! I'll be anxious to see what you think. Theory of Bastards is a better book imo, although I liked this one. 4mo
readordierachel @batsy Thanks, Suba! Such an interesting mashup of ideas going on in her work. And I can't imagine being dedicated enough for that much research! Look forward to your thoughts on her stuff. 4mo
Reggie After reading your review I‘m curious about her list of books. Nice review!! 4mo
rohit-sawant Great review! 4mo
readordierachel @Reggie Thanks, Reggie! I have another one of hers to read, The Cage, which apparently has to do with bears in the tundra 😮 4mo
readordierachel @rohit-sawant Thanks, Rohit! 😊 4mo
ValerieAndBooks I‘m intrigued!! By this book and this author. 4mo
readordierachel @ValerieAndBooks I've never read anyone quite like her! 4mo
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Three Weeks in December | Audrey Schulman
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Getting in a little reading while the child plays in the sandbox we made over the weekend (plastic kiddie pool w/ sand bought at a home improvement store). Best $30 I've ever spent. She's entranced and contained.

I'm enjoying this book a lot, but it needed a better editor. I've found several mistakes (repeated words, a date that didn't jive, etc). I don't mind a couple here and there, but it upsets the rhythm if there are too many.

Susannah I wish I could find something to entrance and contain my new young cat. He‘s driving me nuts. 😁 4mo
Reggie Does she make castles? 4mo
readordierachel @Reggie She's still pretty young, so she's more into dumping the sand on herself, then yelling "Mama look!" I think castles are a couple months away :) 4mo
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The bits about medical procedures & treatments were fascinating (& alarming). Doctors were doing some pretty grisly, backward stuff, essentially groping along in the dark trying to save lives and ending many in the process (although infection would probably have done the job anyway). Joseph Lister is one who shined a light & helped lay the foundation for modern medicine. 👇🏼

readordierachel We've come a long way, & it makes me wonder how far we'll go in the future, what else we'll discover.

While the parts about the science & medicine were engaging, I found some of the biography of Lister himself & the descriptions of hospital politics tedious.
Megabooks I have had this on audio for awhile. I should remember to read it. Thanks!! 4mo
Crazeedi It's crazy what medicine was way back when 4mo
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Cathythoughts It‘s awful to think of the pain people were in .... for what now is a more simple procedure. My one wish is for all dental treatments to be laser jobs .... I‘m terrified of the dentist 4mo
readordierachel @Megabooks the narrator is good. Enjoy! 4mo
readordierachel @Crazeedi It really is. I'm very thankful for modern medicine. 4mo
readordierachel @Cathythoughts Yes, it's heartbreaking to think of all the pain and lives lost. And I'm with you 100% about the dentist. I had a root canal last month and it was...unpleasant. Although I shudder to think what it would have been like in Victorian times! 4mo
Crazeedi I'll have to look for the audio of this! 4mo
Crazeedi Just borrowed the ebook! 4mo
readordierachel @Crazeedi cool! Enjoy! 4mo
Crazeedi @readordierachel I'm sure I will 4mo
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A Room With a View | E. M. Forster
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Young me was pretty obsessed with the 1985 film of this. I taped it off network TV in the 6th grade (I missed the full monty that was the bathing scene until years later 😆) and watched it over and over. In light of that, I'm not sure what held me back from reading this for so long. I can only say I wish I'd read it sooner ❤ It's light & funny but also has some deeper undertones about class and what's expected of women. Delightful.

BiblioLitten This is one of those, ‘I can‘t believe I haven‘t read it‘ books. 4mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful beautiful pic ✨ 4mo
readordierachel @BiblioLitten Exactly! And it's a very quick read. 4mo
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readordierachel @Cathythoughts Thanks! 💕💕 4mo
LeahBergen I love this book. ❤️ 4mo
rachaich I read it recently and also coujdnt work out why it had taken so long. 4mo
Jas16 Love this book and the movie so much 4mo
batsy Same @BiblioLitten ! Especially since I love Howard End so much. 4mo
Reggie Man..... another stacked book.😜 4mo
rohit-sawant Loved this one! 4mo
readordierachel @LeahBergen @rachaich @Jas16 @rohit-sawant It's just lovely ❤❤ 4mo
readordierachel @batsy I've not read Howards End yet. I want to even more now! 4mo
charl08 Yes, reading the book made much more sense what all those question marks were about! 4mo
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"His left arm was reportedly so strong that he could use it as a tourniquet while wielding the knife in his right hand. This was a feat that required immense strength and dexterity...Liston could remove a leg in less than 30 seconds...in order to keep hands free, he often clasped the bloody knife between his teeth while working. Liston's speed was both a gift and a curse. Once he accidentally sliced off a patient's testicle along with the leg."

DivineDiana I think I‘m a little too squeamish for this one! 4mo
readordierachel @DivineDiana It's pretty intense! It makes me very thankful for modern medicine. 4mo
vivastory "..he often clasped the bloody knife between his teeth" This makes my inner germaphobe vomit a little 4mo
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BiblioLitten @readordierachel Me too! I read some crazy stuff here, and am glad that i live in the present. 4mo
readordierachel @vivastory Right? There was a note before on how surgeons rarely washed their aprons and had what was referred to as that "good old hospital stink" 4mo
readordierachel @BiblioLitten It's remarkable how far we've come. That book sounds fascinating! 4mo
batsy Oh lord 😰 4mo
rohit-sawant What @vivastory said 😵 4mo
Reggie Yowza!!! Well we all have to start somewhere right? Even surgery. 4mo
readordierachel @batsy @rohit-sawant I know! This whole book is disturbing (ie, kinda gross) and fascinating. Like @Reggie says, we had to start somewhere. Makes me wonder where we'll be in another 50-100 years! 4mo
RaimeyGallant Omg! 4mo
Suet624 Yikes! 4mo
readordierachel @RaimeyGallant @Suet624 I know! Surgery was not for the faint of heart. 4mo
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Did some #audiobaking tonight. Vegan carrot cake with vegan cream cheese frosting. Turned out pretty well! I think it looks like Pac-Man with the piece missing. Just started the tagged book and it's fascinating (and somewhat alarming) so far 👍🏼

CoffeeAndABook Yumm 😃🍰🍴 4mo
vivastory The book has been on my TBR. Glad to hear it's interesting. The cake looks delicious! 4mo
RvnclawWhovian I love carrot cake 🤤 4mo
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Reggie That sounds and looks delicious!!😋 4mo
rohit-sawant Looks so yum! 😋 4mo
batsy Mmm! Looks delish! 4mo
DivineDiana It does look like Pac Man! 😀 4mo
ladym30 That looks amazing 🤩! 4mo
readordierachel @CoffeeAndABook @vivastory @RvnclawWhovian @Reggie @rohit-sawant @batsy @DivineDiana @ladym30 Thanks, friends! It was one of my better baking ventures 😊 4mo
Lindy Is the cake recipe from a cookbook, the Internet, or your own creation? Looks wonderful! 4mo
readordierachel @Lindy I used this recipe (although I used a different, easier frosting recipe from Minimalist Baker): http://www.picklesnhoney.com/hippie-vegan-carrot-cake-simple-recipes-for-joy-giv... 4mo
readordierachel @Lindy It was yummy 😊 4mo
Lindy @readordierachel Thanks for the recipe link. I haven‘t made carrot cake in a long time and now I really want some! 4mo
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A Midsummer Night's Dream | William Shakespeare
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'Lord, what fools these mortals be."
Which makes them very entertaining to read about. I would have been happier if Lysander and Demetrius fell in love with each other and Hermia and Helena, like, started a business or something. But maybe that's too modern a take ??

#shakespearereadalong @merelybookish

GingerAntics I need to read this yet. This whole week has been crazy and amazing and wonderful, but very little reading has happened. 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm Ha! I‘ll love to read a retelling like that! 👍 4mo
vivastory I need more Shakespeare in my life 4mo
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readordierachel @GingerAntics Hooray for your wonderful week! That's awesome! 😃 4mo
readordierachel @erzascarletbookgasm Someone needs to make that adaptation 😋 4mo
readordierachel @vivastory Me too. This was a nice palate cleanser. I forgot how much I enjoy Shakespeare. 4mo
GingerAntics @vivastory you‘re more then welcome to join us!!! We‘re on the last act of this play but if you‘ve already read it I don‘t see why you couldn‘t join the conversation. I‘m not sure what the next play is yet, but you‘re more than welcome to join us for it. Come join the party!!! @readinginthedark @merelybookish (edited) 4mo
GingerAntics Okay that would be an awesome adaptation!!! Can I cast the same three actors to play all the parts like I did with Winter‘s Tale (or was that 12th Night?)? 4mo
readordierachel @GingerAntics I don't see why not! 👍🏼 4mo
GingerAntics GAME ON!!! 4mo
batsy I love your take and you absolutely have to make a movie of that version of the play, please? 😆❤️ 4mo
merelybookish Yes, please write that! As much as I enjoy this play, it's hard to feel like H & H really win in the end. Glad you joined us! Shakespeare can be lots of fun! 4mo
readordierachel @batsy my life has purpose now! To get this movie made 😂 4mo
readordierachel @merelybookish I'm totally with you. It's a tidy ending but what have the women gained really? They can literally continue to live b/c they have the right husbands? Not ideal. I did really enjoy it though. Looking forward to more Shakespeare! Thanks for hosting! 4mo
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Theory of Bastards | Audrey Schulman
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I loved this so much. Lit fic with elements of near-future sci-fi, cli-fi, dystopia, social science, and biology---it's hard to really describe. An acclaimed researcher who has struggled with a lifetime of chronic pain comes to a facility to study the mating habits of bonobo apes. 👇🏼

readordierachel There are so many layers to this book: chronic pain and the ways medicine can fail people who have it, the drive to procreate, the biology of attraction, the possibilities and limits of technology, the future of the planet, evolution, love, friendship, connection. It completely absorbed and moved me. I never wanted to put it down. Favorite book of the year so far. 5mo
tpixie Wow! Lots in the book!! 5mo
readordierachel @tpixie There is so much! And so good! 5mo
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tpixie @readordierachel 🎉😊🎉 5mo
Cinfhen Sounds great!!!! 5mo
Cinfhen Fabulous review🙌🏻 5mo
Cinfhen @shawnmooney Does this interest you??? How about you @LeahBergen Sounds like a meaty book for a buddy read xx 5mo
batsy Wow! Sounds amazing. I stacked it earlier thanks to your post ❤️ 5mo
vivastory This sounds brilliant. Will definitely be checking out soon! 5mo
readordierachel @Cinfhen Let me know what you think if you read it! 5mo
readordierachel @batsy I think it's really special 💕 Hope you like it if/when you get to it 5mo
readordierachel @vivastory I think you would like it. Look forward to your thoughts! 5mo
BarbaraBB Sounds fascinating. I hadn‘t heard of it but will check it out now! 5mo
readordierachel @BarbaraBB It really was! I very randomly heard of it and am so glad I did! 5mo
GatheringBooks there needs to be a #EuropaEditionBookClub as well @vivastory 5mo
readordierachel @GatheringBooks Yes! I would join 🙌🏼 5mo
GatheringBooks @readordierachel right?? less american-centric, i feel. :) 😍📚🧚🏼‍♀️ 5mo
shawnmooney @Cinfhen I laughed when I saw I was tagged in a comment about a book with this title! LOL what are you trying to tell me, Cindy? :-) This novel sounds quite interesting, but perhaps not my cup of tea. :-) 5mo
Cinfhen Ha!! I thought the title alone might sway you @shawnmooney 😘😘I‘ll keep looking for another book we might be able to read together 5mo
GatheringBooks @Cinfhen perhaps in 2020! We are also thinking of doing An International Year Of Reading in 2020 (special focus on translated titles), and the #EuropaEditions books would be perfect! 5mo
readordierachel @GatheringBooks In general, I think they are less American-centric, but this one is set there 🙃 The author is originally from Canada though. 5mo
GatheringBooks @readordierachel ooh! even more interesting! 😍 5mo
rohit-sawant Wow, sounds fascinating! Great review! 5mo
readordierachel @rohit-sawant Thanks! 😊 4mo
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The Nakano Thrift Shop | Hiromi Kawakami
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Another day, another flight delay. Only 3 hours this time! Sigh. I'm about to finish my current read, so I bought myself a new one. I'm technically on a book-buying ban, but I feel like it's extenuating circumstances.

MicheleinPhilly Definitely. You have the patience of a saint. I would have bought 6 and still been a grump. 5mo
readordierachel @MicheleinPhilly I am surprised by how zen I seem to be about the whole situation. Maybe it's the glass of wine I had 🙃 5mo
ReadingOver50 Looks good. I love Japanese fiction 😀 5mo
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LauraJ Oh yeah...flight delay = automatic book purchase. It‘s in the rules. 5mo
Reggie I hope this is good. I loved Strange Weather in Tokyo. 5mo
Tanisha_A Yes. The circumstances change things. 😁 5mo
readordierachel @ReadingOver50 I need to read more Japanese fiction. So far this is great! 5mo
readordierachel @LauraJ @Tanisha_A I knew you Littens would understand the logic 😁 5mo
readordierachel @Reggie I actually recognized the author from your review of that one! So far I'm really liking it. 5mo
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Theory of Bastards | Audrey Schulman
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I've been advised that my flight will be delayed by at least 5 hours. I'm always complaining about not having enough uninterrupted reading time. I guess the universe heard me. 🙄

Jerdencon Hope the flight isn't that delayed!! 5mo
C.Perone Uggghhhh that sucks😖 BUT happy reading!!!😬 5mo
Tanisha_A Hiii! I like when the universe hears us at times. 😁 Where are you going? Have a nice trip! 💜 5mo
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Cathythoughts Oh dear !! Still , the universe provides. Hope it‘s a great read ♥️👍🏻 5mo
wanderinglynn Ugh, but happy reading! 5mo
readordierachel @Jerdencon Thanks! 🤞🏼 5mo
readordierachel @C.Perone Thank you!! 5mo
readordierachel @Tanisha_A Hello there! I am headed to NYC for a 1-day work trip. Thank you! ❤ 5mo
readordierachel @wanderinglynn Thank you! 💕 5mo
batsy What a title and description! Bummer about the delay but enjoy your reading and safe flight. 5mo
readordierachel @batsy It's an absorbing read. So far I absolutely recommend it. Thank you! ❤ 5mo
LeahBergen 5 hours?? Yikes! 5mo
minkyb That is a major delay. 5mo
readordierachel @LeahBergen @minkyb it ended up only being a 4-hour delay 😆 Still long, but I did a lot of reading! 5mo
UwannaPublishme Oh my! That‘s a bit much, even for the Universe. 😁 5mo
readordierachel @UwannaPublishme Indeed. The universe went a little too hard 😆 5mo
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Theory of Bastards | Audrey Schulman
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This is real good so far. Near-future speculative fiction (think contact lenses that project a computer screen only you can see, implants that monitor your vitals, etc; tech is advanced but the world still seems basically the same). A no-nonsense researcher with health issues is studying bonobo orgies at a facility. I'm loving it 👍🏼 #currentlyreading

Lindy Sounds great! 5mo
readordierachel @Lindy it is so far! 5mo
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The Dumb House | John Burnside
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It's good, but brace yourself. Completely inside the mind of a sociopath who sees human beings (and animals for that matter) as tools or experiments. There are some gorgeous passages describing the natural world & some questionable musings about human nature/language, all juxtaposed against horrific acts. Luke is a supremely unreliable narrator. So much rationalization & ascribing dubious motives and feelings to the people around him. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

saresmoore Great review and such a cool cover! 5mo
readordierachel @saresmoore I like the cover too! And it takes on some creepy symbolism after you read the book 😬 5mo
Kalalalatja Great review, I agree with it all! 5mo
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teainthelibrary Instantly stacked - this sounds good! 5mo
readordierachel @Kalalalatja It's haunting! Now I'm curious about his other books. 5mo
readordierachel @teainthelibrary It is. Disturbing but good! 5mo
batsy Your review is so good! I've been interested in this one but just a little bit wary; need to pick it up when the mood is right. 5mo
readordierachel @batsy Thanks! It's definitely a book you have to be in the right head space for. I was repelled and drawn in simultaneously and put it down a couple times b/c of that. I'll be so interested to hear what you think when you get to it. 5mo
Reggie Ughhhhh, should I, shouldn‘t I? Do I want to make room for a sociopath in my life. I can just stack it and leave it right? Nice review. Lolol, update-I has already stacked it. I‘m an idiot. (edited) 5mo
readordierachel @Reggie Hahahaha. I don't want to be responsible for bringing a sociopath into your life. For what it's worth, I'm not sorry I read it. 5mo
rohit-sawant Great review! I stacked this a while ago. Need to bump it up my TBR! 5mo
readordierachel @rohit-sawant Look forward to your thoughts! 5mo
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The Bride Test | Helen Hoang
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Hoang is 2 for 2. Fantastic 3-dimensional heroine, a neurodiverse hero, and a plot that actually has some stuff to say (and teach) about the immigrant experience in this country. More romance like this, please.

And the sexual tension (and sex) is turned up to 11 🔥

Tanisha_A Ooh, nice review. I haven't read her at all. 5mo
readordierachel @Tanisha_A The author herself is on the autism spectrum and so far each of her 2 books has featured a heroine or hero who is neurodiverse. And the romances are sweet (and spicy) and believable. Good stuff 👍🏼 5mo
Tanisha_A @readordierachel Ah! Intriguing. Stacked! 😁 5mo
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mrp27 Agreed! I was pleasantly surprised that I liked The Kiss Quotient, I'm looking forward to this one. 5mo
readordierachel @mrp27 I liked aspectsof this even more than the first one. I'm excited to see what she does next! 5mo
BiblioLitten Is this a sequel to The Kiss Quotient? Is it better? 5mo
readordierachel @BiblioLitten It is a sequel. I wouldn't say better per se, but equally good in a different way, with elements I liked better. If you liked the first one, you'd like this 🙂 5mo
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Simmering with tension and bleak themes, but this somehow manages to be a light, quick, sometimes funny read. That balance is what makes it so clever. It's the kind of book that gives you so much insight that the lines of right and wrong begin to blur a little. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Theaelizabet Good review. I loved this book. 5mo
Dragon Great review, stacking! 😀🐉 5mo
readordierachel @Theaelizabet Thanks! I'm looking forward to whatever she writes next. 5mo
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readordierachel @Dragon Thanks! I hope you like it. 5mo
batsy Clever review! Great description of the book's subtle charm/power. 5mo
Reggie I still can‘t get over her dancing to Whitney Houston and the “Let‘s play Clue!!!” Lol, nice review, Rachel. 5mo
readordierachel @batsy Thanks 💚 5mo
readordierachel @Reggie Right? That and all the Snapchat references! 5mo
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Becky Chambers takes #spaceoddity and gives it heart and dimension. The universe is vast, but her stories are really about the little moments. Lots of warm conversation and self-reflection, and she always makes me tear up at least once. I just love her. I'll plug her books every chance I get. 🖤

@Cinfhen @rohit-sawant

GypsyKat I have the first two on my Kindle TBR! 5mo
readordierachel @GypsyKat I hope you like them when you get to them! (I loved the second even more than the first) 5mo
Cinfhen I‘ve seen loads of #LitsyLove for these books but I couldn‘t get into them 😬 5mo
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Tanisha_A I love this collage. 😍 5mo
Katerina I love these books too 😍 I was a bit disappointed at first that the second was not a direct continuation of the first, but then it didn't matter at all. She has created a great universe and I hope we'll get to see much more of it. 5mo
rohit-sawant This sounds wonderful! 5mo
GypsyKat @readordierachel I have them already, I just haven‘t read them yet. I feel sure that I‘ll love them! 5mo
readordierachel @Cinfhen It took me a little bit to get into the first book, but once I was into it, I was INTO it. But we all have different tastes, and that's what makes reading fun! 5mo
readordierachel @Katerina Same on all counts! I ended up loving the second one even more than the first. Can't wait to see where she goes next! 5mo
readordierachel @rohit-sawant She's a really talented author! Space opera that manages to be grand and intimate at the same time. 5mo
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So, I liked this. I think. I liked the style, I liked the tone, I liked how it glanced off each topic like a pinball, periodically circling back to certain themes. There was a bit of catharsis in reading about the months right after Trump's election, about the fatigue of the every-day-is-somehow-worse-than-the-last-how-is-that-even-possible nature of his presidency. ⬇️

readordierachel I'm unfamiliar with Kathy Acker (and the author for that matter), so I'm sure there are references that I didn't pick up and I can't speak to how effective this was as an experimental pseudo memoir. I did find myself tiring of the character of Kathy, of her wealth and inaction. I'm left wondering it Laing was trying to comment on that, but I'm just not sure. And yet, in spite of that, I found it a pleasure to read. So, yes, I liked it. I think 5mo
JSW The fatigue you‘re talking about is REAL. ❤️ 5mo
sarahbarnes Great review. This book is on my TBR and I‘m looking forward to it! 5mo
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Reggie Do you watch SNL? Cause last night their opening skit was supposed to be funny but I just found it depressing. It had a lot to do with what you just mentioned. Nice review. 5mo
batsy Thoughtful and intriguing review! This is definitely on my list. 5mo
Tanisha_A Love your review. It's on my list. On another note, I know you sent me the book earlier but I haven't got my hands on it yet. I am assuming the post people are taking their sweet time. 🙂 5mo
rohit-sawant Terrific review. This sounds like a relatable yet weary read, but also a glad-I-read-it sort of book. 5mo
Theaelizabet Yours is the review that makes me want to read this book. I could use a catharsis. 5mo
youneverarrived Great review. Been wanting to read this. I love her non-fiction. 5mo
readordierachel @JSW It really is. Here's hoping there's an end in sight 🤞🏼 5mo
readordierachel @sarahbarnes Thanks! I hope you enjoy it! 5mo
readordierachel @Reggie I do, but I haven't watched the latest one yet. I will have to remedy that. I'll think about your response as I'm watching the opening (Tbh, it's opening usually the weakest part of the show for me anyway.) 5mo
readordierachel @batsy Thanks! I look forward to you thoughts on it 😁 5mo
readordierachel @Tanisha_A Oh shucks! I was hoping it had arrived by now. I will hunt down the tracking number and see if I can see where it is on its journey 😊 5mo
readordierachel @rohit-sawant Thanks! Yes, that's a great way to describe it! I should have mentioned that it's funny, too, so that helps break up some of the weariness. 5mo
readordierachel @Theaelizabet Thanks! Yep, I wish there was more catharsis to be had too. 5mo
readordierachel @youneverarrived Thanks! After this, I'd really like to try her nonfiction. Is there something of hers you recommend in particular? 5mo
youneverarrived I‘d recommend The Lonely City 👍 5mo
readordierachel @youneverarrived I will check that one out! 5mo
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Looking forward to this story of a Peruvian family who emigrate to NYC in the 1990s and the challenges they face. #immigrantsong

@Cinfhen @rohit-sawant

Cinfhen I don‘t think I‘ve read any Peruvian fiction. Im curious to hear your thoughts when your done. Happy Mother‘s Day 💕 5mo
readordierachel @Cinfhen Happy Mother's Day to you too! 💚 5mo
vivastory This one sounds really interesting. Happy Mother's Day! 5mo
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merelybookish I have this from the library but don't know when I'll get to it! 5mo
readordierachel @vivastory Thanks, Scott! 😊 5mo
readordierachel @merelybookish It sounds good doesn't it?? And @Redwritinghood liked it, so I have high hopes 😁 5mo
Redwritinghood @readordierachel @merelybookish I liked it. It was bleak, but well done. 5mo
rohit-sawant Fascinating! A little late but Happy Mother's Day! 5mo
readordierachel @rohit-sawant Thanks, Rohit! 😊 5mo
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A Midsummer Night's Dream | William Shakespeare
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“So will I grow, so live, so die, my lord
Ere I will yield my virgin patent up
Unto his lordship, whose unwished yoke
My soul consents not to give sovereignty.”

I was really feeling Hermia in this bit. That last line in particular. I'm gonna find an occasion to use it in real life. Shouldn't be too hard 😁


batsy Yes! ❤️ I underlined this and wrote YAAAAAS in my copy 😆 5mo
readordierachel @batsy Hahaha! That's perfect 🙌🏼 💕 5mo
merelybookish Great passage! I hope it comes in handy someday! 😆 But I love how unwavering Hermia is! 5mo
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readordierachel @merelybookish She knows what she wants! 5mo
Lcsmcat I love Will‘s strong women. 5mo
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Called a "political travelogue" and "literary criticism with solid field reporting," this is the story of the year Emma Larkin spent in Burma, following in the footsteps of George Orwell. (He lived and worked there for 5 years in the 1920s, as an Imperial Policeman.) It seems the author might have said on her travels: see #howfarillgo and #dontstopmenow

@Cinfhen @rohit-sawant

RaimeyGallant I just finally (now that I'm on the web version) read the quote in your profile, lol. 5mo
readordierachel @RaimeyGallant Groucho Marx for the win 😋 5mo
Cinfhen This one sounds pretty interesting! Once again, thanks for posting & sharing ❤️ 5mo
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Stephjotsdown Wow. Interesting. Adding it to my TBR 5mo
charl08 Love this book! 5mo
rohit-sawant This seems fascinating! Great mashup of prompts! 🙌🏼 5mo
readordierachel @charl08 good to know!! 5mo
readordierachel @Stephjotsdown Enjoy! 👍🏼 5mo
readordierachel @Cinfhen @rohit-sawant 🤗🤗🤗 5mo
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Sense and Sensibilty | Jane Austen
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This is from a little learners edition of Sense and Sensibility. 😂😂😂

LeahBergen I just snort-laughed. 😆 5mo
readordierachel @LeahBergen I definitely laughed out loud in the store 😆 5mo
JackOBotts I love those books. My kids love Emma & Pride and Prejudice...we have Wuthering Heights, too. 👍🏼 5mo
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readordierachel @JackOBotts They're so cute. I bet Wuthering Heights is hysterical! 5mo
batsy 😂😂 5mo
readordierachel @batsy Right? Distilled to it's purest form 😆 5mo
Tanisha_A I am reading this book right now, and this is 😂 5mo
readordierachel @Tanisha_A Pretty accurate you would say? 😆😆 5mo
Trashcanman I must know what the tattoo says if it's something you don't mind sharing? 5mo
readordierachel @Trashcanman Sure, I don't mind. It says "All sanity depends on this: that it should be a delight to feel heat strike the skin, a delight to stand upright, knowing the bones are moving easily under the flesh." It's from the Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing. I read it (and got the tattoo) in my early 20s, when I was going through some stuff. It resonated for some reason. 5mo
BiblioLitten 😁😁 5mo
ephemeralwaltz 😂😂😂😂 4mo
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I don't have the heart to tell her the book is upside down. She's so into it, and who am I to stunt her creativity? 🤷‍♀️

vivastory This is great 👏 5mo
batsy Too adorable 😍😍 5mo
Cinfhen Adorable!!!! 5mo
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Erofan Ahh! 💕 5mo
Cathythoughts Ahh the little pet 💕💕💕 5mo
GingerAntics Aww she‘ll figure it out eventually. 🥰🥰🥰 5mo
LeahBergen Awwww! 😆😆 5mo
Tanisha_A Aw! So cute! 5mo
JSW 😍 she‘s trying! 5mo
BarbaraBB Too cute 😍 5mo
DivineDiana Love! 💗 5mo
Reggie Awwww!!! 5mo
Redwritinghood Too cute! 💕💕 5mo
UwannaPublishme How cute is she! 💕💕💕 5mo
readordierachel @UwannaPublishme I think she's pretty cute ❤🤗 5mo
merelybookish So sweet! No harm is trying out different possibilities! 😍 5mo
BiblioLitten So adorable! 💕😘 5mo
readordierachel @merelybookish @BiblioLitten She marches to her own beat and I love it 😊❤ 5mo
minkyb ❣️❣️❣️ 5mo
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The Dumb House | John Burnside
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I'm reusing The Dumb House because I came across this line today and it jumped out at me and made me think of the #youngandbeautiful prompt: "Ten years before, she would have been considered pretty; now, with the lines around her mouth and the stain of persistent disappointment in her eyes, she was almost beautiful."

I think that's a compliment?? ?

#maymoviemagic #besticoulddo #ipromisenottousethisbookforeveryprompt
@Cinfhen @rohit-sawant

rohit-sawant Looking forward to your review of this one! 5mo
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The Dumb House | John Burnside
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#weveonlyjustbegun this book and I, but I'm already disturbed and hooked. The first line is: "No one could say it was my choice to kill the twins, any more than it was my decision to bring them into the world." ?

@Cinfhen @rohit-sawant

BiblioLitten 😟 That line 5mo
JennyM That‘s one heck of a first line! 5mo
vivastory I have this on my shelves. Haven't read it yet but that's one hell of an opener! 5mo
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merelybookish Wow! 5mo
Cinfhen Stacked!!!!! That‘s such a powerful first line!!!!! 5mo
Cinfhen Thanks for posting & sharing 😄 5mo
Cinfhen Ohhh, I just read the blurb.... creepy!!! I‘m a little nervous now... tag me when your done, please!! 😱 5mo
rohit-sawant Such an arresting first line! Stacking! 5mo
Cathythoughts I‘m going to wait for your review! Sounds good though 5mo
LeahBergen I‘ve had this stacked for ages. I can‘t wait to see how you like it! 5mo
Reggie That‘ll hook ya. Stacked!! 5mo
Kalalalatja I read this some years ago, and loved it, but it is soooo creepy and disturbing! 5mo
gradcat Omigod...that‘s a winner as far as first lines go...I love reading different and/or weird first lines! ♥️ 5mo
everlocalwest This has been on my list for a while! I'm excited to see what you think. 5mo
readordierachel @Kalalalatja Sooo creepy indeed! I am so nervous and interested to see how it all plays out! 5mo
gradcat Good on you! I‘m eagerly anticipating your review! 5mo
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Duende: Poems | Tracy K. Smith
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Tracy K. Smith is so good ?

My favorite poems were "Duende," "In Brazil," and "When Zappa Crashes My Family Reunion."

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I read this in high school and have forgotten much of it, but there is a car accident in it that has stayed with me. I was so disturbed by it, and I still think about it sometimes when I get #behindthewheel.

@Cinfhen @rohit-sawant

Reagan-reads Oh I really enjoyed that book! 6mo
candority I saw this at a used bookstore today, but decided not to buy it. Now I‘m intrigued 🤔 Plus, seeing it twice in one day must be a sign, right? 😂 6mo
readordierachel @Reagan-reads I think I liked it, too! But it's been a while. 6mo
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readordierachel @candority The universe is telling you to buy it! 6mo
Reagan-reads @readordierachel I remember that car accident but I also read this a long time ago. I tried reading A Prayer for Owen Meany and I just kept thinking I should reread Garp. 🤷‍♀️ 6mo
Cinfhen I should read this!!! And yes @candority it‘s a sign !!! 6mo
BarbaraBB Great choice for this prompt. I know exactly which scene you mean 😲 6mo
Reggie The kid loses an eye but doesn‘t something else happen to somebody else? The mom‘s arm breaks? He hits her from behind? I just liked this book because if you ever want the anti-openending this is it. Lol 6mo
rohit-sawant John Irving is another writer I've been meaning to read. 6mo
Joyfulmimi I actually really appreciate you sharing about the car accident which will keep me from reading this book and being triggered. I drive a lot and have a phobia about being in a car accident. (edited) 6mo
readordierachel @BarbaraBB It's haunting 😱 5mo
readordierachel @Reggie It's wild. Garp's wife is performing oral sex on a dude in the other car (that Garp hits) and she bites some of his penis off and I think breaks some teeth or something? 😱 5mo
readordierachel @rohit-sawant I've only read this and The Hotel New Hampshire, but I remember liking them, although it was a long time ago. 5mo
readordierachel @Joyfulmimi Car accidents are so scary! 5mo
gradcat I‘d forgotten that accident until now, and funnily enough, now I remember it quite clearly. I read a good few of his books back in the day...it‘s been eons though. I remember being obsessed with the books mentioned here. 5mo
readordierachel @gradcat Yeah, even though I only read a couple of his books, I was really into him. For some reason I never think to pick up another one now. It's so interesting how we grow and change as readers. 5mo
gradcat I truly think his appeal wears off after awhile...maybe the books are for younger folks—I‘m probably too old now! 😂 5mo
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