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readordierachel

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Bailedbailed

Was hankering for more historical fic, so I pulled this off my tbr shelf. A forthright woman "doctor to the dead" in the 12th century, called upon to solve some murders. I gave it ~50 pages, and it's OK but not grabbing me. It feels anachronistic, more focused on the crime aspect than on the historical context or character development. Crime fic isn't generally my bag, but I thought the historical setting might do it for me this time. Alas, no.

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Hamnet | Maggie O'Farrell
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Wow. I inhaled this. It was beautiful and sad, and I was just mesmerized. All the stars 🌟

MrsMalaprop Agree, this is an excellent book. 👌 3d
charl08 😍 3d
Jas16 I loved this book so much. 2d
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youneverarrived I need to get to this soon! 2d
readordierachel @MrsMalaprop @charl08 @Jas16 It‘s just so good. And pretty to look at too 😍 2d
readordierachel @youneverarrived I hope you love it when you get to it (I suspect you will 🙂) 2d
sprainedbrain So good! ❤️ 2d
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Doomsday Book | Connie Willis
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Kivrin is an Oxford historian who travels back in time to the middle ages. Things don't go as planned. By the time I realized this was about the plague, it was too late, I was invested. I needed to know what happened to Kivrin. There's a parallel story of Kivrin's mentor in modern times, combating a virus outbreak and trying to figure out how to help Kivrin get back to the present. The story gets bogged down in the middle, becoming repetitive ⬇️

readordierachel ...with Willis withholding crucial information from the reader, seemingly just to draw out the suspense or for the sake of humor, which started to annoy me. I just wanted her to get on with it. The last quarter or so of the book I enjoyed very much.

Ultimately, this is a pick for me for the sheer ambition of this story and the emotional resonance of the ending.
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vivastory I've been meaning to read this one for ages. Great review 👏 6d
readordierachel @vivastory I can see why so many people love it, even with its problems. I'm gonna try the next book in the series too. 5d
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vivastory I always forget that it's part of a series. Hopefully the next one is a little better 5d
Centique I loved this but I can certainly see what you mean about the middle. The next one (To Say Nothing of the Dog) is different - it doesn‘t have the intensity of the Kirvin plot, but it relies on that academic humour a bit more I think. The last two are my favourites so even if you don‘t like number 2, do try number 3 because they‘re not really linked and you don‘t need to have read number 2. 3d
readordierachel @Centique I do plan to continue. I was inspired to pick up Doomsday based on your review of these a while back actually! I have Say Nothing on hold at the library. I didn't mind the academic humor per se, but it felt like it belonged to a different book, if that makes sense? I think the modern story may not have felt as draggy if the Kivrin plot hadn't been so engrossing/high stakes. But maybe that was what Willis was going for? Contrast? 2d
Centique @readordierachel oh I‘m glad you liked it then! Yes I reckon it was for contrast for sure. The comparison between a modern day crisis and a medieval one. (I read it pre pandemic 😬) The rest of them feel more internally consistent I guess - but different to each other. If that makes sense 😂 2d
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The Collector | John Fowles
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Frederick collects butterflies. One day he decides to collect the beautiful woman he has observed from afar. He holds Miranda captive, admiring her like one of his pinned insects, fantasizing that she will fall in love with him. But Miranda is intelligent and strong-willed, and she won't be easily cowed. This book is disturbing, yes, but also a very interesting examination of class and art, which I was not expecting. 5⭐

Billypar Totally agree - I don't usually like narratives involving serial killers, but this went in a much more interesting direction than most. 1w
LeahBergen I read this quite a few years ago and thought it was fantastic. Just last year I finally watched the 1965 movie and thought it captured the feel of the novel so well! 1w
Ruthiella I love the cover! This has been on my list for a while. I have read this one, which is a bit of a head trip. 🤯 1w
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Reggie Nice- sounds very creepy. 1w
batsy Great review. This certainly sounds intriguing. I have this and The Magus on my TBR. 1w
kathedron I read this book more than twenty years ago and I still remember how it creeped me the hell out! 😱 1w
readordierachel @Billypar Yes, same! I was surprised (and pleased) by how philosophical it was, how much it didn't rest on salacious or violent details 1w
readordierachel @LeahBergen I didn't know there was a movie! It looks and sounds great. Terence Stamp! I will have to watch it. 1w
readordierachel @Ruthiella The Magus is on my tbr! Even higher now after reading this one. 1w
readordierachel @Reggie It is. Especially cuz you're in Frederick's head a lot, and he starts to seem piteous and almost reasonable at times 1w
readordierachel @batsy The Magus is on my tbr as well! I want to read it this year. But we'll see how that goes 😅 1w
readordierachel @kathedron I can understand! I know I will remember this one for a long time. So unsettling 1w
sprainedbrain Great review of a great book! 1w
tpixie This was a disturbing book! But a great read. One of the original thrillers. 🦋🦋 1w
readordierachel @sprainedbrain When I saw that you gave it 5 stars on GR, I knew I was going to love it! 7d
readordierachel @tpixie It must have been so shocking and original when it was published in 1963! 7d
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Today's modest library haul 📚

I only get Once Were Wolves for 2 weeks, so I will start with that one. And I think I will dip in and out of Long Players, as the entries seem pretty bite-sized. I loved The Hunger by Alma Katsu, so I am looking forward to The Deep🤞🏼

ReadingOver50 I just got The Deep for Christmas. I‘m excited for it! 2w
BarbaraBB I so hope you‘ll love Wolves! 2w
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Reggie I didn‘t know this but Alma actually worked for the CIA as a secretary I think for many years and her last book had to do with a spies. She had to let them read it before she got to sell it. 2w
readordierachel @BarbaraBB So far I am really enjoying it! 1w
readordierachel @Reggie Whoa! That's wild. Makes me very curious about that book 1w
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Turtle Diary | Russell Hoban
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merelybookish That's easy! I've wanted to read this for ages! 2w
merelybookish And so good to have you back Rachel! 🙂 2w
vivastory Thanks for posting these! I am voting for a book that has been on my TBR for awhile 2w
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mklong Yep, me too 2w
GatheringBooks Thank you for having this early! I vote for 2w
Leftcoastzen They all look great but I shall pick 2w
batsy Great choices here ... I'm a bit of a Tove fangirl 😁, so voting for 2w
emilyhaldi Ooohhh all good choices! I will be excited to read any of these!! But I‘ll give my vote to 2w
BarbaraBB Great choices Rachel! I already read two of them so my vote goes to the one I haven‘t read yet and which sounds great: 2w
saresmoore Ooh, I loved Fair Play! I‘ll vote for 2w
BarbaraBB @saresmoore Hi! Good to see you!! 2w
youneverarrived I own Chocky so voting for that 😁 2w
arubabookwoman I have read them all, but read Turtle Diary eons ago, so I will vote for #TurtleDiary. 2w
quietjenn Great options! Similar to others, I'll vote for the one that I've had sitting unread on my bookshelf and tbr pile for ages 2w
LeahBergen And just like some of the others here, I‘ll vote for what I own! 2w
daena Wow. Such a hard one. I want to read all 3. I‘ll vote for 2w
Billypar These all sound intriguing for very different reasons! I'm going to go with 2w
sprainedbrain I vote for 2w
Liz_M I'll vote for the one I haven't read 2w
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Mehso-so

"It was so hazy, it all ran together in her head"

This pretty much sums up how I felt reading this book. A vivid setting with some lovely descriptions but not enough of a narrative for me to grab on to. By the end, I was just reading to finish. That said, it's very layered, and I suspect this is the kind of book that will improve on a second read, when my expectations have been appropriately calibrated. #nyrbbookclub

vivastory It looks like a lot of us felt the same. Thanks for dropping into the discussion today. I enjoyed hearing what you thought about it! 2w
batsy Great review. I can totally understand why it was a bit of a letdown for many people. 2w
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Untitled | Unknown
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This year I started grad school, moved again, & struggled powerfully with my mental health, which led to a break from social media. I read a ton of picture books with my daughter & not nearly as many adult books as I usually do. Even so, I did squeeze in some good ones. They were comforting, informative, powerful, magical, thoughtful, strange, spooky, & swoon-y. I'm glad to have read them all.

Wishing everyone a happy & hopeful new year 🎉

CarolynM Happy New Year 2w
Leftcoastzen Hang in there! Great reads ! Happy New Year! 2w
Kdgordon88 Happy New Year! 🎆 2w
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Ruthiella Happy New Year! 🥳🥂 I also loved Goodbye Vitamin and Luster. (edited) 2w
LiteraryinLawrence 💗💗💗 Wishing you an easier road in 2022. 2w
Jee_HookedOnBookz Happy New Year! 2w
vivastory Some great reads in here! I especially want to check out Howl's Moving Castle & The Good House. Happy New Year 🎉🍾📚 2w
BarbaraBB Happy new year Rachel. It‘s so good to see you here and I hope 2022 will be easier for you! ❤️😘 2w
mrp27 Happy New Year! Glad to see you gain. 2w
Simona Happy New Year 🥳 2w
Christine Thanks for sharing those thoughts and these great books. Happy New Year! ❤️ 2w
batsy Great reads squeezed in a year of new beginnings and changes. Hope you have an easier but equally fulfilling 2022 ❤️✨ 2w
ozma.of.oz Congrats on grad school! 🎉🎉 And happy new year! 2w
Jas16 Wishing you a better 2022. This is a great group of reads. 2w
Nute Happy New Year, Rachel!💜🥳💜 It‘s good to see you posting again on Litsy. You found courage and strength to get through so many challenges last year. I hope that this year requires a different kind of tenacity…just a fast hold on peace, wonderful new ventures and so much happiness for you and your daughter. Take Care!💞 2w
Reggie Luster and Freshwater❤️. I hope this year is better for you and all of us. 2w
Bookzombie Happy New Year!🎆 2w
Graywacke Sorry you had such a tough year. Wish you a great 2022 and it‘s really nice to get an update from you. That Saunders collection looks good. 2w
readordierachel @Graywacke Thanks 🤗 The Saunders is excellent. I highly recommend it. 2w
Centique Oh so good to see VE Schwab and Rainbow Rowell - I love those authors. And Boyfriend Material was fabulous. I‘m keen to read the Evie Dunnore series and the George Saunders and loads more! Well done you on climbing the mountain that was 2021! We have mental health struggles in my family too and I have to remind myself what we‘ve achieved should be celebrated. A round of applause for you my friend 👏👏👏👏 2w
readordierachel @Centique Thank you so much, Paula! 🤗 The Evie Dunmore books are a delightful escape. I recommend! I love the angles she takes to her historical romance. And the Saunders is sooo good as well! Hope you're doing well 💗 2w
kspenmoll So sorry you struggled so this past year. It‘s a crazy world right now! I am glad you had children s books for solace- lots of wisdom & gorgeous illustrations to warm the soul. I hope 2022 is a better year. 1w
readordierachel @kspenmoll You‘re so kind ❤ And so right. I did find so much solace in children's books. There are so many great messages about kindness and acceptance and love, and yes the art! I hope you're doing well and that 2022 is a good year for you and us all) 🤗 1w
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Doomsday Book | Connie Willis
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#audioknitting a baby blanket for my niece. Almost done. Really enjoying this book so far 👍🏼

Ruthiella Beautiful! 😍 7mo
AmyG It‘s gorgeous! 7mo
CBee So lovely!! 7mo
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Jas16 That is beautiful! 7mo
Kdgordon88 Beautiful colors and looks so soft 7mo
Tamra Amazing! 7mo
Megabooks Gorgeous! 7mo
Crazeedi So pretty and very unique! 7mo
Palimpsest Gorgeous! 7mo
GingerAntics That is beautiful!!! 7mo
kspenmoll Beautiful!!! 7mo
EvieBee That is so beautiful! So talented! 7mo
FlowerFairy Those colors and your stitch work are beautiful! 7mo
batsy So pretty and it looks wonderfully soft. 7mo
LeahBergen It‘s beautiful! 😊 7mo
Tera66 So beautiful! You are so talented! 7mo
BiblioLitten It‘s lovely 😊🥰 7mo
charl08 Love those colours. 7mo
AshleyHoss820 That is bonkers amazing!! 😍😍😍 7mo
readordierachel @charl08 Aren't they pretty? I wish I could take credit for putting them together, but it's all from the same ball of multicolored yarn 7mo
readordierachel @AshleyHoss820 Thank you! 😊 7mo
merelybookish Hey Rachel! Haven't seen you in a while. Hope all is well! 4mo
BiblioLitten Hi Rachel… how are you? Hope you are keeping well. 💕 4mo
Trashcanman Miss your presence 🙂💟 4mo
batsy Happy birthday!! 🎂💜 Miss you around here and hope you've been well. 4mo
readordierachel @merelybookish Hey! Sorry it's been so long. Hope all is well with you too! 4w
readordierachel @BiblioLitten Hi! Sorry it's been so long. How are you? Hope everything is good with you 💕 4w
readordierachel @Trashcanman Hi George 👋 I hope you're well 💛 4w
readordierachel @batsy Thank you! 💜 I've missed you too. Sorry for being gone for wo long. Hope you've been well. 4w
BiblioLitten Oh Rachel!! It‘s so good to have you back💕 You we‘re missed. How have you been? 4w
readordierachel @BiblioLitten Thank you, I missed you too 💕 It‘s been a weird year. For everyone I'm sure. Haven't read many books at all. How have you been? 4w
merelybookish @readordierachel So nice to see your name pop up! I hope you're doing well! 4w
BiblioLitten @readordierachel Yes, weird is right. Books are the only constant. I hope the next year fares better.💕 3w
rohit-sawant @readordierachel Great seeing you back on here! Hope you're doing well. 2w
readordierachel @rohit-sawant Hi Rohit! Nice seeing you too 😊 Hope you've been well 2w
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Seven stories by four Russian greats (Chekhov, Turgenev, Tolstoy, Gogol) are presented with critical essays from Saunders on each. In one essay, he writes that “A story is a frank, intimate conversation between equals. We keep reading because we continue to feel respected by the writer.” I would apply that same thinking to Saunders‘ essays. This is such a fabulous, engaging book...👇

readordierachel ...largely because he respects the reader. He assumes you are tracking with him, are capable of making the same leaps/connections. His analysis is thoughtful and detailed, but his tone is warm and quite funny. The book isn‘t inaccessible or overly academic, as some literary analysis/criticism can be, and it still feels so smart. I underlined so many passages. A truly special book. 7mo
vivastory What a wonderful review! 7mo
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Saunders has created tables for analyzing Chekhov's story "The Darling." Tables! ??

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#currentlyreading this for my first graduate school class and it is so, so good. It's a whole class in itself.

EvieBee 👏👏❤️ 8mo
SamAnne Just picked up Pastoralia by him for a book club read. I‘ve only read Lincoln in the Bardo. 8mo
readordierachel @SamAnne This is the first I've read by him. Maybe a weird place to start since it's famous Russian short stories sandwiched in nonfiction analysis. But I'm curious to read his stories now. Did you like Lincoln? 8mo
SamAnne @ReadOrDie at first I was mixed on it. It felt overrated. But then the more I thought about it the more I loved it. Looking forward to diving in to his short stories. 8mo
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Howl's Moving Castle | Diana Wynne Jones
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A total delight! I had been curious about this book since seeing the Miyazaki adaptation (a favorite). It did not disappoint! Quite different from the movie, which makes some significant changes that give the story a darker tone. The book is much more whimsical, funny, and just all-around charming. A story I will revisit. 5⭐

I listened to the audio, expertly narrated by Jenny Sterlin. Pic above is the folio society edition, which I covet.

Trashcanman You're back ❤❤ 8mo
MarriedtoMrT I love both the book and the movie with a passion despite (because of?) their differences. 8mo
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gossamerchild Oh, that's an incredible edition! And I agree, @MarriedtoMrT , somehow the differences work for this story 😁 8mo
BarbaraBB Hi! So good to see you 🤍 8mo
batsy Nice to see you back ❤️ And I adore this book! That Folio edition 😍 8mo
readordierachel @MarriedtoMrT @gossamerchild Yes, the differences really complement each format. One of the rare instances where book and movie are equally good! 8mo
readordierachel @BarbaraBB Good to see you too ❤ 8mo
readordierachel @batsy Nice to see you too ❤ Isn't it something? 8mo
BiblioLitten Good to see you back 😊💕 8mo
readordierachel @BiblioLitten Hi ❤❤ Hope you're well 8mo
EvieBee What a beautiful edition! Also 👋🏼 🤗 (edited) 8mo
readordierachel @EvieBee Hi! 👋🏼❤ 8mo
DivineDiana I covet many of the Folio editions! 8mo
readordierachel @DivineDiana They are generally gorgeous 😍 8mo
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Luster: A Novel | Raven Leilani
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"In other words, all of it, even the love, is violence."

I felt such a push and pull with this book. The story feels both familiar and fresh. The characters lives are simultaneously too messy and too neat. Some of the situations required considerable suspension of disbelief, and others felt cringe-inducingly real. Leilani's voice is so sharp and compelling and I look forward to reading more from her.

merelybookish Great review! I also liked it AND doubted a lot of the things that happened. 10mo
Ruthiella Yes! I loved this one too. I was afraid to read on and yet was compelled to read on, if that makes sense. (edited) 10mo
Reggie I feel we got hooked on the side chick story but stayed for the relationship between the two women? I really liked this book. 10mo
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readordierachel @merelybookish I would find myself thinking "Nobodoy would do that" and then quickly become completely absorbed in the story again. 10mo
readordierachel @Ruthiella That makes perfect sense! It's such an uncomfortable read but there's also so much to pull you in. 10mo
readordierachel @Reggie Yes, totally. And the daughter. 10mo
readordierachel @Reggie I loved when they went to the concert, and when Edie painted Rebecca while she was working. Great scenes. 10mo
vivastory Are you doing okay? It's been awhile since you've posted. Message me on GR if you need to talk 9mo
BarbaraBB Rachel! Where are you? Missing your posts. I hope all is well 💚🍀 9mo
readordierachel @vivastory @BarbaraBB Hi! I appreciate you asking. I'm so sorry I've been MIA. I'm bummed I missed the last book club! It's been quite a month. Haven't read a single book that didn't have pictures in it. Hoping to catch up on everyone's posts soon. Hope you're well ❤❤ 9mo
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Bohemian Gospel | Dana Chamblee Carpenter
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Quite a page-turner, especially the last third, which turned very grim. Just brutal. In 13th century Bohemia, a 15-year-old girl known as Mouse saves the life of a young king, and the course of her life is changed. Part historical fiction, part slow-burn horror, with just a splash of fantasy (probably not the kind you are imagining). The ending definitely hooked me for the next book. And good god, I am glad I was not born in the medieval era. 4⭐

vivastory 😂💯 agree with you 10mo
saresmoore Ooh, I‘m intrigued by your review! I have been in the mood for something like this. Do not ask me why, but here we are. 10mo
readordierachel @saresmoore It was a surprise to me. I had zero expectations and it kept me steadily turning pages. Be warned though, it gets very, very dark. 10mo
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Loved this. Left me wanting more of these characters and world and magic. Looking forward to the rest of the trilogy 👍🏼👍🏼

Jas16 I really need to move these books up my TBR. 10mo
readordierachel @Jas16 This one is really fun, and I've heard that they just get better. 10mo
Nutmegnc I agree they get even better. I think she‘s going to continue writing in this world but not out any time soon. 😪 7mo
readordierachel @Nutmegnc Something to look forward to tho! 7mo
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Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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Wow. This was unique, hypnotic, harrowing, moving. I wouldn't know where to begin describing it, so I'll just leave it at adjectives. I know this will be echoing in my mind for a while. Just truly stunning.

CW: sexual assault, self-harm, suicide

MySharonaK After reading how you feel about it, I just put on hold on my library‘s app. Thank you ❤️ 10mo
readordierachel @MySharonaK I hope you like it ❤ 10mo
Erinreadsthebooks One of my favorites 🙌 10mo
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MySharonaK @readordierachel thank you! 🌷 Sadly gonna have to wait until the end of May 😂 10mo
readordierachel @MySharonaK That's so long! I suppose that means it's in demand 😊 I'd be happy to send you this copy if you'd like to read it sooner? 10mo
MySharonaK @readordierachel wow you‘re so kind !!! 😍 10mo
Reggie This book was so hard to read. You just wanted Ada to be ok. Great review, Rachel. 10mo
batsy It's a brilliant book 💜 10mo
youneverarrived Agree. I still think about this 🖤 10mo
readordierachel @MySharonaK If you email me your address, I will pop it in the mail :) It's readordierachel at gmail. 10mo
readordierachel @Reggie @batsy @youneverarrived Knowing it's somewhat autobiographical makes it that much more emotional 💔 I read they have a memoir coming out in the near future 10mo
MySharonaK @readordierachel emailed you 💚 10mo
Addison_Reads I loved this book. I'm so glad you did too. 10mo
sarahbarnes This sounds amazing!! 10mo
readordierachel @sarahbarnes it is! Highly recommend! 10mo
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You know that feeling when you're discovering a new (to you) author and it feels like falling in love and you realize they've already written a bunch of books for you to read? I'm having that feeling 💕

Also: I've seen this cover floating around for years and I just had it pointed out to me that it is not in fact an upside down wizard in a pointy hat, but is in fact a person walking with their coat flaring behind them 🤭

Nalbuque I LOVE her sm 11mo
Centique So glad you‘re enjoying it! 11mo
HeyT Dead at upside down wizard but I can kind of see it now that you've said it. 11mo
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Addison_Reads I really loved this series. 💚 11mo
HOTPock3tt Oh I was falling her love with her too when I read this book! Just a heads up, book 2 is even better 😉lol 10mo
Jas16 That is the best feeling! 10mo
Mrs_B Ohhhhhh it is a person with a cloak! Now I see it! 10mo
readordierachel @Nalbuque I can't wait to read more by her! 10mo
readordierachel @Centique So good 💕 10mo
readordierachel @HeyT Ridiculous right? 😆🤭 10mo
readordierachel @Addison_Reads I have a feeling I will too 💕 10mo
readordierachel @HOTPock3tt Omg, I can't wait! 😍 10mo
readordierachel @Jas16 The very best 💕 10mo
readordierachel @Mrs_B Right?? My mind was blown when I finally saw it 🤯😆 10mo
DogMomIrene I‘ve seen her books floating around too. May need to read her sooner... 10mo
readordierachel @DogMomIrene I am really enjoying this one 👍🏼👍🏼 10mo
JSW This is one of my favorite book series and you have such treats in store!! 😍 10mo
readordierachel @JSW Yay! I'm excited 💕 10mo
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"We can ask and ask but we can't have again what once seemed ours forever...They've gone and you can only wait for the pain to pass."

A lovely, gentle read about a veteran who spends a summer restoring a mural in a quiet English village. I liked it very much.

batsy Nicely put and love the choice of quote. I'm towards the end and liking it very much, too. 11mo
catebutler Great quote! There were so many throughout. Can‘t wait to discuss! 11mo
vivastory Looking forward to the discussion. Glad that this one worked for you! 11mo
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The fancy new cover seduced me. I was really hard on this book the first time I read it. This time I enjoyed it much more, maybe because my expectations were appropriately calibrated. Think I'll just go ahead and reread the rest of these now.

I have to say though, if I was playing a game and had to drink every time it's mentioned that Cinder is a mechanic and has grease somewhere on her person, I would probably die 🙄😆

AlaMich I hate repetitive things like that in books. I start to obsess about it and I can‘t stop thinking that some editor should have put a stop to it. 11mo
Ruthiella There were certain tropes and tics that slightly bugged me in this series and yet I really enjoyed it as a whole. It was fun and Meyers does witty banter well, which is particularly exemplified by Capitan Thorn in the later books! 11mo
readordierachel @AlaMich I know what you mean. It becomes all I can see. I think repetition is more forgivable in YA, but at one point I actually started laughing b/c it had been mentioned so many times. Still a fun book though. 11mo
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readordierachel @Ruthiella Yes! Cress was my favorite the first time I read these, because of him. He gives me Han Solo vibes. And I totally agree that these work better and are very enjoyable when taken as a whole. They build on each other really well. 11mo
SpiderGoddess Oooooh! I love this author. I need to read this! 11mo
readordierachel @SpiderGoddess It's fun 👍🏼 11mo
merelybookish Cover is pretty cool. I haven't read these but my daughter loved them. 11mo
UwannaPublishme I must finish this series. 🙌🏻Only read Cinder and really enjoyed it. But your cover is much cooler than mine. 😁 11mo
batsy Yep, it's one of those don't think too hard books! I enjoyed it on that level 😁 These covers are very cool. 11mo
readordierachel @merelybookish They are a fun way to pass the time when you want to "think too hard" as @batsy aptly put it ?, and cool covers certainly don't hurt 11mo
readordierachel @UwannaPublishme You must! The books get progressively better, so if you enjoyed Cinder, you're in for a treat 😊 11mo
Centique I liked this one then enjoyed the second one even more and loved the third one. Like candy really 😂 Oh you‘re rereading! I reread Cinder on audiobook which was fun too. (edited) 11mo
readordierachel @Centique I had the same progression with these books. Loved the third (rereading it now!) If I reread these again, I'll check out the audiobooks! 11mo
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Lakewood: A Novel | Megan Giddings
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To pay off family debt, a college student joins a research program, agreeing to live in the mysterious town of Lakewood and take various experimental treatments in exchange for a healthy paycheck. An eerie novel that calls out the history of U.S. medical experimentation on Black people. I do think there is some unrealized potential here, and I didn't connect with the characters so much as the situation. But overall a solid, thought-provoking read.

Come-read-with-me This sounds great. Have you read The Immortal Life if Henrietta Lacks? It deals with the topic of medical exploration /exploitation of people of colour. It was a great book. 11mo
Crazeedi @Come-read-with-me I read that one a couple years ago, very good 11mo
candority Great review! 💕 11mo
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readordierachel @Come-read-with-me I'm familiar with the story but haven't read the book yet. It's on my list! I did read this one, which is a broader overview of the topic though 11mo
TNbookworm Great review! 11mo
Reggie When that one woman lost her teeth, when the kid shoots their parents, when Lena and her mom look for Charlie but can‘t find evidence of him. Ughhh, very creepy. I liked this book. Glad you liked it too! 11mo
Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻sounds good. 11mo
readordierachel @Reggie Omg yes, that shooting part 💔 11mo
readordierachel @Cathythoughts Thanks 💕 It was! 11mo
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HOTPock3tt A darker shade of Magic!!🙌🏽🎉❤️ 11mo
readordierachel @HOTPock3tt I'm excited for that one! 11mo
HOTPock3tt I love that series! 🤗❤️ 11mo
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BookishMarginalia 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 11mo
BookInMyHands Great haul! I loved the Brown sister books. I‘m so excited there‘s a new one coming out! 11mo
readordierachel @BookInMyHands I really enjoyed the first one! 11mo
Centique I hope you love A Darker Shade of Magic 😍😍 11mo
batsy That looks like a fun stack 🤩 11mo
readordierachel @Centique I dipped into the first chapter and was really liking it so I'm feeling good about it! 11mo
readordierachel @batsy I clealry had an eye toward escapism 😄 11mo
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Good gravy, this book has a lot going on, a lot of which I enjoyed: the descriptions of snow and of cooking and food, the interesting characterizations, the tidbits about Greenland. But the plot is all over the place. Some frankly unbelievable things happen. I got confused by the ever-increasing cast of characters---who was that again? why are they here? When it was good, I was enthralled. Wish it had been more focused.

Daisey I agree with a lot of your thoughts. I loved the setting and that description, the plot not so much. 11mo
readordierachel @Daisey Yeah. It lost the thread. I think there were several interesting plots in there, all mashed together. 11mo
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Red at the Bone | Jacqueline Woodson
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Woodson touches on many themes in this short novel. POVs shift, time jumps. Some parts were very moving, had me holding my breath. Others I wanted more from, more of. It was like flipping through an artist's sketchbook, admiring their incredible pencil sketches, longing to see them painted in full color.

Jas16 Great review. Very well put. I really liked this book but I know exactly what you mean. 11mo
Librariana Fantastic way of illustrating the appreciation for the "work" along with a desire to delve a little deeper... to learn more. A true compliment to the author's skill! Excellent review ? 11mo
BarbaraBB I looooved this one ❤️ 11mo
readordierachel @BarbaraBB It's great! 11mo
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Natasha is about to be deported to Jamaica and is frantically searching for a solution. Daniel is killing time until his Yale interview; his parents want it for him but he isn't so sure. They meet for one whirlwind day. Short chapters, alternating POVs, mostly of the two mains, with glimpses into the lives of ancillary characters (my favorite part!). The romance was the weakest part for me, but Yoon wrapped it up well. She's a great writer.

Reggie I know, especially about the guard who shows up as a flight attendant, the brother, and the lawyer and his secretary. The side character stuff in here was great. 11mo
readordierachel @Reggie Yes! Loved those parts. That was the real strength of the book, I thought. All the characters had dimension. The ripple effects of each interaction. 11mo
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The True Deceiver | Tove Jansson
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"But you trust people, don't you?"
"Yes, I suppose I do. Why shouldn't I? One sees and hears a great deal about the way people behave, but that's their problem. One doesn't want to make things worse by not believing that they mean what they say."

This was fascinating. Such interesting details and so much character development and nuance for such a short novel. Yes, people deceive others but just as often (maybe more often?) deceive themselves.

readordierachel Looking forward to the #nyrbbookclub discussion! @BarbaraBB @vivastory 12mo
LeahBergen I‘m looking forward to the discussion, too. 👍🏻 12mo
rachaich Love Tove 😍😍🤗🤗 12mo
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BarbaraBB This quote sums it all up 🤍 12mo
vivastory This quote definitely captures the book & you're right-its very nuanced. Looking forward to discussing more! 12mo
Suet624 I love that you‘ve highlighted this passage. It‘s a good one. 12mo
readordierachel @LeahBergen @BarbaraBB @vivastory Such a great discussion! So glad I was able to join, and really looking forward to the next one 😊 11mo
readordierachel @rachaich This was my first of her books. Definitely not my last! 11mo
readordierachel @Suet624 So many good quotes in this book! 11mo
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Fangs | Sarah Andersen
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Cute love story between a vampire and a werewolf. Lots of puns, a few of which made me smile. Not much there there, but a pleasant way to spend 20 minutes. 3⭐

Reynosa8701 I loved it 12mo
readordierachel @Reynosa8701 It was really cute. I like her artwork too. 12mo
rubyslippersreads I would read this just for the adorable cover. 🦇 11mo
readordierachel @rubyslippersreads I know! The binding is just lovely. 11mo
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My mom is looking for Nordic noir recommendations. She reads a lot of US and UK mysteries but has exhausted all the authors she likes. I'm not much help, as it's not a genre I typically read. Anyone have any to recommend? Any favorites? Bonus points if it's a series. Thank you!!

Texreader My fave is Jussi Adler-Olsen and his Department Q series. It gets better and better as it goes along. Book one: (edited) 12mo
vivastory I've heard great things about 12mo
Texreader Chris Ould‘s Faeroe Islands books should be good. I read one and it was terrific. (edited) 12mo
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vivastory I also recently bought Nesbo's latest. It's supposed to be one of his best 12mo
Texreader Husband is from Norway and he loves Gunnar Staalesen. But I‘ve only found his series in English in London. But you may be somewhere where you can find them. 12mo
Texreader Check out my review of this book by an Icelandic author: 12mo
Texreader Also check out of my review of this book by a Finnish author, historical fiction rather than mystery, but I plan to read more from this author: 12mo
mrsmarch I can ENTHUSIASTICALLY recommend (edited) 12mo
Amiable I‘ve enjoyed Henning Mankell‘s Wallander series. (edited) 12mo
Jadams1776 I love anything by Nesbo- and I recommended The Keeper of Lost Causes to several people when I finished it. (edited) 12mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Jo Nesbo is popular, I've only read The Snowman though. But it was pretty good. 12mo
Jari-chan Maybe something by Hjort & Rosenfeldt? 12mo
readordierachel @Texreader Thank you so much!! Some of these sound right up her alley. She'll be thrilled. 12mo
readordierachel @vivastory Oh yes, Nesbo! I have heard of him. And Snowblind sounds good. Thank you! 12mo
readordierachel @mrsmarch Wonderful! I will definitely suggest it to her. Thank you! 12mo
readordierachel @Amiable Oh, excellent. I know she's watched and loved the TV series. She'll be excited to learn it's based on novels she can explore. Thank you! 12mo
readordierachel @Jadams1776 Fantastic, I will add that to the list. Thank you! 12mo
readordierachel @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Adding it to the list, thank you! 12mo
readordierachel @Jari-chan I will check that out, thank you! 12mo
Texreader @Amiable I second the Wallander series. I enjoyed the bbc TV show. The one book I‘ve read from the series was easily 5 stars 12mo
batsy I read the first one, tagged, of the Martin Beck series and really enjoyed it. I keep meaning to continue, but, *distracted by all of the books*. It's socially-conscious Nordic noir; a slow-burn but good. 12mo
Amiable @Tanisha_A That‘s a great list—thanks for posting! 12mo
readordierachel @Tanisha_A That's perfect, thank you!! 12mo
readordierachel @batsy Ooh, socially conscious Nordic noir. She will love that, I think. Thank you!! 12mo
kspenmoll @mrsmarch What a great book! I just got the sequel 12mo
Singout This isn‘t technically “Nordic,” but has she read the Edie Kiglatuk series set in the Arctic? From my white southern perspective they seem to address some important Inuit issues as well as being good yarns. 12mo
readordierachel @Singout I don't think she has. Sounds great though. I'll pass your recommendation along. Thank you!! 12mo
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We the Animals | Justin Torres
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I'm so torn. There is some truly beautiful writing in this novel, some moments that will stay with me for a long time. Through short chapters, Torres introduces us to 3 brothers and their lives with their Puerto Rican father and white mother. There is no plot to speak of, just connected vignettes, snapshots of a family. The first two-thirds of the novel are something special, but... 👇🏼

readordierachel ... Torres makes some decisions in the last act, introduces some subject matter that feels out of place, like he felt he needed more drama. I don't mind a sad book, but it began to feel forced. Still a pick but with caveats. 12mo
Chelsea.Poole Have you watched the film adaptation? I read the book first and then watched it and I found it to be true to the book, and well done. 12mo
readordierachel @Chelsea.Poole I haven't, but I definitely will. Glad to hear it's well done. 12mo
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In this memoir addressed to his mother, Laymon shares the weight of being a black boy and man in the U.S., childhood trauma, romantic and familial relationships, gambling addiction, body dysmorphia, and disordered eating/exercising. It feels rare to hear a cis man openly talk about their experiences with the latter. Not an easy read but I'm glad to have read it.

vivastory Stacking. Have been looking for more memoirs by poc since reading 12mo
readordierachel @vivastory That one is on my list after your review! 12mo
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Lost Children Archive | Valeria Luiselli
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Ma, Pa, the boy, and the girl drive from New York to the southwest, in search of the history of the Apaches. They listen, talk, and record their journey. They reflect on the children trying to cross into the U.S., separated from their families, lost. A deeply emotional story. The audiobook production is stunning and made me very curious what this is like in print. Second 5⭐ read of the year.

vivastory This has been lingering on my TBR for awhile. Really need to read it 12mo
merelybookish She is a brilliant writer. 12mo
BarbaraBB I loved this one too. Great review! 12mo
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sarahbarnes I loved this one, too. ❤️❤️ 12mo
readordierachel @vivastory It lives up to the hype 12mo
readordierachel @merelybookish @BarbaraBB @sarahbarnes I'm looking forward to reading her other work! 12mo
Centique This is looking at me from my shelf! I‘ve heard so many good things and your review is wonderful 😍 12mo
readordierachel @Centique Thanks 😀 I hope it moves you as it did me! 12mo
Graywacke Yay! Glad to see this here. I listened to this, fell in love. Later i read it and it was so hard for me to read, so emotional. Phew. 12mo
readordierachel @Graywacke I'm looking forward to revisiting it in print. I kept wondering how things were being translated from page to audio. So good! 12mo
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Mrs. Caliban: A Novel | Rachel Ingalls
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This novella is hard to describe. I'll try. A lonely, grieving housewife finds a frog man (? - for lack of a better description) in her kitchen. A relationship forms. Reminded me a little bit of The Shape of Water (the film). But there is a lot simmering inside this strange stew. All I know is it kept me compulsively turning pages, the last ~10 of which kinda floored me. Weird and good. 4⭐

vivastory I'm intrigued! 12mo
readordierachel @vivastory I think you would like it! 12mo
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LeahBergen I have this waiting on my shelves. 👍🏻 12mo
Cathythoughts Well that‘s quite a review ... stacking 👍🏻❤️ 12mo
batsy Nicely described 😁❤️ Would stack it but I see I already have! 12mo
readordierachel @TheBookAddict Weirdly, it's more straightforward than it sounds 12mo
TheBookAddict 🙂👍🏽 I definitely have to give it a try. Here I go, adding another hold even though I currently have 20 books checked out. 😅🤷🏽‍♀️ In my defense, I have to return 3 already. 12mo
readordierachel @TheBookAddict You're not alone 😆 12mo
readordierachel @LeahBergen Look forward to your thoughts on it! 12mo
readordierachel @batsy 😁❤ 12mo
TheBookAddict 😆👍🏽 12mo
charl08 Sounds a bit like Helen Oyeyemi? 12mo
readordierachel @charl08 More straightforward I would say. The 2 Oyeyemi's I've read were much dreamier, if that makes sense. This was a totally normal, mundane world that just happened to include a frog man. 12mo
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On the heels of a break-up, a woman moves in with her parents to help care for her father who has Alzheimers. The format is like a journal, the MC relating things she notices/remembers on a given day, saving the memories as her father loses his.

This hit close to home, as my father has severe dementia, and I found parallels to my own situation. It's sad but it's also quite a funny book. The balance Khong strikes is impressive and very moving. 5⭐

Come-read-with-me @readordierachel I‘m so sorry to hear about your Dad. It‘s never easy to be the caregiver for a parent. He‘s lucky to have you! 💜 12mo
readordierachel @Come-read-with-me Thank you for the kind words. That means a lot ❤ 12mo
vivastory I really liked this one too. I'm so sorry to hear that your dad isn't doing well. 12mo
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readordierachel @vivastory Thanks, friend ❤ 12mo
monkeygirlsmama Sorry to hear about your dad. ((hugs)) I too have family members that have been afflicted with this disease and it breaks my heart. That said, I want to read this book. Stacked! 12mo
readordierachel @monkeygirlsmama Big hugs to you too ❤ 12mo
BarbaraBB I loved this book too. I am sorry to hear about your dad. That must be so hard for the both of you. 🤍 12mo
readordierachel @BarbaraBB Thanks ❤❤ 12mo
dariazeoli Caregiving is hard, and dementia is harder. I‘m so sorry! 12mo
BiblioLitten I‘m sorry to hear about you dad. Much love to you. 💕 12mo
Christine I‘ve been putting this one off (my mom has dementia, too). But maybe now I‘ll try it. ❤️ 12mo
readordierachel @dariazeoli It is. Thanks ❤ 12mo
readordierachel @BiblioLitten Thank you ❤❤ 12mo
readordierachel @Christine I'm so sorry, Christine ❤ I know we don't know each other well, but if you ever need someone to talk, I'm here 12mo
Christine That‘s so kind, Rachel. ❤️ 12mo
batsy I need to read this, but I'm afraid it'll feel too much. (I'm caring for my elderly mum; the topic in general seems a tough one for me to think about.) Lovely review and sending lots of love and strength to you about your dad. Always willing to lend an ear if you need it. ❤️ 12mo
readordierachel @batsy I understand. I had the same trepidation. I'm so sorry to hear about your mum. That must be hard. Love to you and thank you. Same goes ❤❤❤ 12mo
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Gingerbread: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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Reading this was like having a conversation with someone much smarter than myself. I periodically lost the thread, picked it up every once in a while and felt smart too, then lost it again and began to wonder if there was ever a thread to begin with.

I love Oyeyemi's playful use of magical realism, but it worked much better for me in her earlier novel White Is for Witching, which I adored. 👇🏼

readordierachel ...I really enjoyed parts of this one, but there were so many ideas and characters popping in and out that I found it difficult to focus and connect with anything. I appreciate the mind behind this novel more than the novel itself. 12mo
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 12mo
Librariana Excellent review, Rachel! This one's on my TBR, so I appreciate your thoughts on it as it'll help me make sure I read it at a time when I give it the attention/focus it might need. 12mo
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mcipher I hate when books make me feel dumb 😆 Great review that cemented my choice not to read this one. 12mo
readordierachel @Librariana Thanks, Ana! 12mo
readordierachel @mcipher I feel kinda bad now 😂 I didn't feel dumb exactly, it was just moving too fast through all her ideas and I couldn't catch up, lol. 12mo
batsy Lovely, thoughtful review! I haven't yet read her because your last sentence captures it for me: I sense that I like the idea of her books more than I'd like the books itself... 🤔 12mo
Reggie Happy New Year, Rachel! You still kinda make me want to read this. @batsy at least try White is for Witching. She has this poetic prose about her that made me think of dark horror filled cotton candy that I‘d think you‘d dig. 12mo
readordierachel Thanks! @batsy If it helps, I don't regret reading this one at all, it just didn't move me. And I'm seconding @Reggie that White Is for Witching is worth trying. I loved it, and love Reggie's description 🙂 12mo
readordierachel @Reggie If you're still interested in reading this, I'd be happy to send you my copy. Just let me know 🙂 12mo
batsy @Reggie "dark horror filled cotton candy" is such a beguiling description so I'll definitely give it a go @readordierachel :) 12mo
vivastory Happy New Year, Rachel 🎉🎊📚 I agree that Oyeyemi is hit & miss for me. I haven't read this one, but I recall not caring for Mr Fox. I do like the others I have read though. 12mo
readordierachel @vivastory Happy New Year, Scott! 🎉 I remember trying a bit of Mr. Fox a couple of years ago and setting it aside. I'm looking forward to her short stories, which I think you really liked, if I'm remembering correctly? 12mo
vivastory Yes, I loved What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours. One of my favorite collections of the past couple of years. 12mo
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I'm unlikely to finish any more books before the year is through, so here are my favorite 20 reads of 2020 (did not include any rereads, to keep it at 20). A lot of good ones for such a trying year 😊

I think Far From the Madding Crowd is at the top of this list, with Tess not far behind. Hardy is becoming a new favorite author, and I'm looking forward to reading more of his work ❤

vivastory You had such a fantastic year! I agree about Hardy. Mayor of Casterbridge was a fave. Will def be reading more next year. 13mo
Thousand-Lives Tess is an absolute favorite of mine, and Far From the Madding Crowd is on my list for 2021. Looks like you had a great reading year! 13mo
Ruthiella I‘ve never read any Hardy - mostly intimidated- but your review of Tess makes me think I should give him a go! 13mo
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Reggie Yeah, your review of Tess the other day has stuck in my mind. Sadly, I‘ve only read one on here and even though it‘s not a favorite I think about it a lot. The Bluest Eye. 😭Great list. 13mo
Centique Wow what a year! To have read Maya Angelou and those two Toni Morrison‘s - all of which are in my top 20 of all time I think. Hard hitting but beautiful. I will screen shot the rest for the benefit of my TBR! I haven‘t read any Thomas Hardy for a while, must rectify that 😍 13mo
Bookzombie I read Tess in high school and remember liking it. I have always intended to reread it. I also enjoyed The Quick. 13mo
Tanisha_A Fab list, Rach! Screenshot-ting it. I have read only The Bluest Eye, which I loved loved. Going to read so many others frol here. ❤️ 13mo
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BarbaraBB Great list! 13mo
batsy Wharton and Hurston 💜 You had a great reading year! Brilliant list. So many of those on my TBR. I really must read Morrison! 13mo
readordierachel @vivastory That one is on my list for next year for sure. I think I read it in high school? I remember nothing. 13mo
readordierachel @Thousand-Lives I hope you enjoy Madding Crowd! If you love Tess, I can't imagine that you wouldn't :) 13mo
readordierachel @Ruthiella Go for it. I always thought I wouldn't like Hardy but I was very mistaken! 13mo
readordierachel @Reggie Thanks! I think about it a lot too. Can't believe it was her first novel! 13mo
readordierachel @Centique Yes, looking back over these all together, I had a great reading year! It will give me one reason to think back on 2020 positively, lol 13mo
readordierachel @BarbaraBB Thanks! 💕 13mo
readordierachel @batsy I think one of my 2021 goals will be more Hurston and Wharton. Both of those reads were so lovely ❤ 13mo
readordierachel @Tanisha_A Thanks! 😘 13mo
readordierachel @Bookzombie Wasn't The Quick fun? I had no expectations and was reallt pleasantly surprised. Supposedly there is a sequel in the works 🤞🏼 13mo
Librariana Sadly, I've only read one of these titles - Redefining Realness - but it was a fantastic one! 😊 You had a phenomenal reading year and I marvel at all these great classics you've read! Way to go, Rachel!! 12mo
youneverarrived Some great books! I‘m with you on really enjoying Hardys novels. I‘ve read the same two as you and love them 🤍 12mo
readordierachel @youneverarrived ❤❤ I'm thinking of trying The Woodlanders or Return of the Native next. We'll see if the love affair continues :) 12mo
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This book made me powerfully angry and profoundly sad. It's tragedy after tragedy after tragedy. Tess is ill-used, repeatedly, by nearly everyone around her, and especially those who claim to care for her. Her naivete and upbringing work in tandem, making her believe she deserves such treatment because she has lost her "virtue." ??

readordierachel ...I always assumed I wouldn't like this book because it's a woman's downfall written by a man, but Hardy doesn't moralize and seems to be pointing out the backward thinking of the time. His writing is a pleasure to read, and I loved being immersed in this tale, regardless of its bleakness. 13mo
Jas16 This was my first Hardy abs remains one of my favorite classic authors. I am overdue for a reread. 13mo
batsy Great review, Rachel! I need to read this. That element of Hardy's empathy was interesting in Madding Crowd, too. 13mo
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BookwormM I really like Hardy with this one I was really struck that Angel was as bad as Alex 13mo
readordierachel @Jas16 I'm kicking myself for waiting so long to read Hardy. This is only my second of his. He's so good! 13mo
readordierachel @batsy Thanks! Yes, and it's even more on display here I think. I'll be very interested in your thoughts when you get to it! I loved it, though Madding Crowd just a little bit more, probably because it's happier 🙃 13mo
readordierachel @BookwormM Yes, I totally agree! Angel made me so angry. The hypocrisy 13mo
Redwritinghood One of my favorite writers. 💕 13mo
readordierachel @Redwritinghood He's becoming one of mine too 💕 13mo
HOTPock3tt I read this for the first time this year as well! 13mo
readordierachel @HOTPock3tt Just saw your review. You captured it perfectly! So nice in the very beginning and then SO SAD. 13mo
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From the Land of the Moon | Milena Agus, Ann Goldstein
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A surprising little book. A Sardinian woman thinks back on what she knows of her grandmother's life. The full picture is painted in small, increasingly touching (sometimes shocking) strokes. People contain multitudes. 4⭐

LeahBergen This sounds good! 13mo
vivastory Happy Holidays, friend 🎄📚🍷 13mo
readordierachel @vivastory Thanks, Scott! 🍻 Same to you. I hope it's filled with wine and books! 13mo
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How to review this? How to dissect and have opinions on someone's pain poured out on the page. Though this is presented as a novel, it quickly became clear that this is largely autobiographical (I googled to confirm after I finished it).

This is the first-person narrative of a woman in an increasingly abusive marriage. The physical and emotional abuse are not shied away from, and may be quite triggering, but are also not dwelt on. Instead 👇🏼

readordierachel ...the book is more contemplative, dwelling in the narrator's inner life and then taking a wider view of how family, friends, authorities, and society as a whole handle such situations when they come to light. Kandasamy's wit and virtuosity with language (she is also a poet) make this very readable, but it is not an easy read by any means. 13mo
Reggie I think maybe we‘re missing half of what you are saying? This is stacked already but poets who write books are my jam. Their language is almost always right on. 13mo
Tanisha_A Brilliant review! It's on my list ❤️ 13mo
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batsy Thoughtful review! I have this too but have yet to read, because I do anticipate it being a tough one (subject-wise). 13mo
readordierachel @Reggie I like poets turned authors too! There were some really great passages in this. (Nothing more to the review than my one comment above. I ran out of thoughts at that point, lol) 13mo
readordierachel @Tanisha_A Thanks! ❤ 13mo
readordierachel @batsy It is def difficult subject matter. Certainly kept me from breezing through it. Thanks again for sending it. I'm glad to have read it ❤ 13mo
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Pizza Girl: A Novel | Jean Kyoung Frazier
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The titular Pizza Girl is 18 and pregnant, living with her mom and boyfriend, working in a pizza joint, and slowly, slowly unraveling. She meets Jenny, a suburban mom with a long ponytail who orders a pepperoni pizza with pickles, and she unravels even more. At its heart, this is a story about dealing with the emotional fallout when life doesn't go as planned, something none of the characters are very good at. (But are any of us really?) 👇🏼

readordierachel ...There was something so real about it. The more I think about this book, the more I like it. (Gave me strong Ottessa Moshfegh vibes, but not as bleak, with more heart.) 13mo
vivastory I've heard great things about it. Will def be checking this one out. Strangely enough one of my fave books of the year also involved characters who worked as pizza delivery. It's quite a bit diff from the Frazier, but I can't help but think of it when Pizza Girl comes up 13mo
readordierachel @ephemeralwaltz It's good! I think you would like it. 13mo
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readordierachel @vivastory How funny! I've been meaning to read Stephenson for a while. Will have to check that one out. I have Seveneves on my shelf. Have you read that one? 13mo
vivastory @readordierachel No, I think that's going to be my next Stephenson. Will probably tackle it in Feb. 13mo
readordierachel @vivastory Maybe I will do the same and we can discuss 🙂 13mo
vivastory @readordierachel Sounds good! I'll tag you when I start it 🙂📚 13mo
sarahbarnes I‘ve been so curious about this one, and now I really want to read it! Great review. 13mo
readordierachel @sarahbarnes Look forward to your thoughts when you do! 13mo
batsy I want to read this! Even more so now after your fab review 😘 13mo
Reggie Great review, Rachel. 13mo
readordierachel @batsy I think you will enjoy it 🤗 13mo
readordierachel @Reggie Thanks, Reggie! 13mo
ephemeralwaltz Oh thanks so much for tagging me!!!! Def bumping it up on my TBR 😍😍 13mo
BiblioLitten Love your review! Stacked!💕 13mo
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This was so good. Each story was layered and surprising and thought-provoking. I was absolutely riveted.
I went in knowing next to nothing about the themes/content and loved the way these stories unfolded and revealed themselves. If you like short stories these are excellent and you should read them!

Megabooks I loved this too! 14mo
readordierachel @Megabooks It was great! Every story was a winner. The one about the Confederate flag bikini and the one about the woman who finds the baby on the bus particularly blew my mind 🤯 14mo
Megabooks The baby on the bus one was awesome!! Just incredible. It gave me a story hangover. 14mo
ephemeralwaltz Excited!!! 12mo
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Started this today while waiting to get lab work done. #currentlyreading

readordierachel (Thanks again @batsy 😊💜) 14mo
vivastory This sounds interesting. Hope everything turns out okay! 14mo
batsy Hope it's a good read and all is well 💜 14mo
readordierachel @batsy Thanks 😊 14mo
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For today's adventure in #audiobaking I made soft pretzels. They turned out pretty good, though obviously my pretzel-shaping technique could use some work 😅. Started the tagged book and so far it is very, very, very good 👍🏼

Bookzombie They look delicious! 14mo
mrp27 Yumm! 14mo
Leftcoastzen So cool ! They look yummy! 14mo
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merelybookish Impressive! They look great but I feel Paul Hollywood might disagree. 😀 (that's a Great British BakeOff reference, in case you don't watch.) 14mo
LeahBergen Yum! They look so tasty! 🥨 14mo
Cathythoughts They look great 👏🏻 14mo
batsy Ooh, yum! I want one! So impressive 👏🏽👏🏽 14mo
tracey38 They look great! And yummy as well. 14mo
readordierachel @merelybookish I love GBBO! No Hollywood Handshake for me this time I'm afraid 😆 14mo
BiblioLitten They look so good! 14mo
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Emma (Revised) | Jane Austen
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And now I am an Austen completist. I enjoyed this more than I expected to. Austen's comic skill is on full display. Some parts dragged (the ending chapters in particular). And many of the characters are quite annoying, including Emma herself at times. But everyone means well and most of them seem to grow, and though this is not my favorite of Austen's novels by any stretch, it was a very pleasant read.

Ruthiella Congratulations on becoming a completist! 🥳 (edited) 14mo
readordierachel @Ruthiella Thanks! 😊 14mo
DAB I am currently reading and is loving it. What's a completist? 14mo
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readordierachel @DAB I just meant that I've read all her novels now. Glad you're loving it! 14mo
DAB Thanks for letting me know. I probably wont get there, I keep getting distracted by adaptations. But I am loving all things Jane Austen. 14mo
Tanisha_A I want to be an Austen completist, too. 😄 14mo
Tanisha_A Fab review! ❤️ 14mo
batsy Yay! #AustenCompletist 🎉😁 I find this novel quite hard to take at times, out of all the books she's written, and it's because of Emma's character... Will be interesting to see how I feel these days when we tackle this for #pemberlittens 14mo
readordierachel @DAB There are so many good adaptations to be distracted by! 14mo
readordierachel @batsy ❤? I feel like I had much more compassion for some of Emma's misguided views and flaws than I would've had if I was younger. I just wanted to take her aside and say "Girl..." ?. Looking forward to your thoughts when you read it again! 14mo
vivastory What is your favorite Austen? 14mo
readordierachel @vivastory Persuasion, followed very closely by Northanger Abbey. I just think the latter is so clever and funny. And I like the MCs and the love story in the former. Do you have a favorite? 14mo
vivastory I've only read Northanger & Emma. Between the two I def prefer Northanger. I agree with you about it being funny, plus it has one of the most spirited defenses of novel reading I have come across. I am planning on reading another Austen soon, so I will def keep Persuasion in mind!
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readordierachel @vivastory I'll look forward to your thoughts whenever you get to it :) 14mo
BiblioLitten I just realised that I became a completist when I completed Northanger Abbey last month. 🎉😊 14mo
readordierachel @BiblioLitten High five! 🎉 14mo
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Ethan Frome | Edith Wharton
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Well, that was fucking sad. Wharton could have titled it "Regret: A Study."

I loved it. 5 ⭐

batsy That sums up how I felt about it, too! This is the best succinct review :) ♥️ 1y
zezeki Love your review! 👌🏼 1y
Reggie Lol (edited) 1y
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UwannaPublishme 😁👍🏻 1y
LeahBergen 😂😂 Perfect review! And umm... the cover illustration! 😂 1y
readordierachel @LeahBergen It's so misleading! I was expecting a nice little roll in the snow! 1y
Blueberry I love your haircut in your profile pic. 1y
readordierachel @Blueberry Thank you! 😊 1y
Tanisha_A 😂 1y
Tanisha_A @readordierachel Also, a nice little roll in the snow 🤣 1y
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A really strong collection. The poems about her brother and family are especially powerful.

"The Red Blues" was my favorite, hands down. Definitely the best (only?) poem about menstruation I've ever read.
"There are bulls between my legs,
a torera
stabbing her banderillas"

Really good

Reggie I used to have a roommate who would go into la curled up child‘s pose in our living room and then she would ask me to cover her with a comforter and wouldn‘t move for the rest of the night her cramps were so bad. 1y
GingerAntics This collection looks really good. 1y
GingerAntics @Reggie those are some bad cramps 1y
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readordierachel @Reggie Oh man. No joke sometimes. 1y
readordierachel @GingerAntics I really liked it. Definitely recommend. 1y
GingerAntics I‘ve added it to the list of books I want to get when I get paid. The description was a hoot. 1y
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We, the Drowned | Carsten Jensen
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The cover sure is pretty, but after 75 pages of war and violence and meditations on manhood, I think I'm done. Just not my cup of tea. Also, the language feels a bit stilted, and I'm wondering if that's just me or is an effect of the translation. Spoiler tag in the comments for what finally tipped me over the edge.

readordierachel There is a horrific, protracted scene of a group of boys killing their abusive teacher's dog. 1y
BiblioLitten You‘re right, the cover is pretty 💙🤍 1y
vivastory @readordierachel I forgot about that scene. I read this a few years ago & thought it was okay, but not great. I don't remember a whole lot about it except the scene at the beginning when the crew gets really drunk while fighting 😂 1y
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readordierachel @vivastory Yeah, the opening scenes were quite funny!! I wasn't prepared for it to get so dark. Don't know what I was expecting with a war epic though 🙃 1y
readordierachel @BiblioLitten Isn't it? 😍 1y
j9brown Whoa, glad I read your spoiler, that's a no for me! It was on my TBR too (mostly because of the cover!) Thanks for sharing! 1y
Kdgordon88 Thanks for the heads up. That will be a hard no for me! 1y
LeahBergen I bought this book several years ago at a charity book sale, read a bit and thought “meh”, and got rid of it. 😆 1y
readordierachel @j9brown @Kdgordon88 I figured that might be a deal breaker for some folks! 1y
readordierachel @LeahBergen Sounds about right 😂 1y
inthegreensandblues I had this audiobook and bailed quickly, couldn't get into it. Really glad I didn't get as far as your spoiler scene, yeesh. 1y
readordierachel @inthegreensandblues I can't imagine listening to that scene in audio 1y
Cathythoughts Nice cover alright 💙 1y
batsy I'm glad I read your spoiler. Also, meditations on manhood? Yeah, no thanks 😘 1y
readordierachel @Cathythoughts I really like it too 💙 1y
readordierachel @batsy 😂 Right? 💙 1y
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Memory Police | Yoko Ogawa
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Thank you so much @sarahbarnes ❤ Looking forward to reading it!

BarbaraBB So good. You‘ll love it! 1y
Blaire That cover! 1y
sarahbarnes Yay! Glad it arrived! ❤️ 1y
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Leftcoastzen Heard great things about this one. 1y
batsy Will look out for your review! 1y
readordierachel @BarbaraBB I'm excited! 1y
readordierachel @Blaire Isn't it cool? I like it too. 1y
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Parable of the Talents | Octavia E. Butler
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I've posted this quote before, but it seemed particularly fitting today. I've already cast my vote for Biden/Harris, now all I can do is wait and hope 🤞🏼

saresmoore So good. 1y
Tanisha_A Superb! 1y
Traci1 💙💙 hoping along with you. 1y
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Palimpsest 💙💙💙 1y
sprainedbrain 🙌🏼 💙 1y
Reggie 💙 1y
Cathythoughts 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1y
Cathythoughts 💙💙💙 1y
SamAnne 💙💙💙💙💙 1y
vivastory Make Octavia Butler Fiction Again 1y
mrp27 🙌🏽🙌🏽 1y
Bette Worth reposting 💙 1y
Bookzombie Such a good quote! 💙 1y
Trashcanman I like your haircut. You rock it 1y
readordierachel @Trashcanman Thanks 😊 Hope you and your family are doing as well as possible 1y
SamAnne I am crying right now. So much relief. 1y
readordierachel @SamAnne I feel you 💙 1y
Palimpsest 🍾 🥰I also was flooded with emotion and have happy tears. 1y
readordierachel @Palimpsest Such good news 💙🎉 1y
saresmoore Yes!!!! Hope is restored! 1y
Cathythoughts I‘m so happy for you America ! And for all of us in the rest of the world 1y
SamAnne I‘m drinking tequila before noon. I live in a red county but I‘m headed downtown to find the Blue party! And I start weeping on the hour. 1y
sprainedbrain Yayayayayayayayay!! 🎉🎉🎉 1y
readordierachel @Cathythoughts Yes, this definitely feels like a win for all of us! 💙 1y
readordierachel @saresmoore Sweet, sweet hope! 1y
readordierachel @SamAnne That sounds like a perfect way to celebrate 🍸🥂 1y
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readordierachel
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A thorough examination of "reproductive racism," as Angela Davis calls it, in the U.S., from slavery to the present (the present being '97 when this was first published). Covers topics such as eugenics, forced sterilization, inequities in birth control use and availability, inequities in fertility treatments, and welfare.

This is academic reading, dense and full of information, with no narrative. It took me a while to read, but I'm glad I did.

readordierachel This would be my pick for your #litfortunecookie @KVanRead 1y
KVanRead Those both sound really good and definitely fit the cookie 😊 1y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa Stacking! And I bet there will be chapters that could be added when we finally learn all that transpired at the boarder. 1y
Reggie Is Margaret Sanger discussed in here? (edited) 1y
readordierachel @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Yes, absolutely. I'm sure much could be added to cover 1997 to now. 1y
readordierachel @Reggie She certainly is. I knew she was problematic, but I did not know the extent of it. 1y
Reggie @readordierachel funny story I I had never heard of her until I read this vampire story set in 70‘s New York earlier this year. It was one of those casual references that had me go down a rabbit hole. Weird huh? 1y
readordierachel How funny. Which book/story was it? I'm intrigued by a vampire story that would mention her. 1y
readordierachel @Reggie forgot the tag 🙃👆 1y
Reggie I kid you not it‘s less than a paragraph. 1y
Reggie But it was still a good vampire story. 1y
batsy This sounds like a must read! 1y
readordierachel @batsy Definitely is! 1y
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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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Book adjacent: I have been listening to the soundtrack to the 2011 Jane Eyre adaptation while I work today, and it is so lovely (the film is lovely too). Highly recommend if you need some soothing, instrumental background music. https://open.spotify.com/album/4EHO6nIhB0OCyOY2vQ8yqX

zezeki I love the 2011 adaption! 1y
inthegreensandblues Good rec, love this movie (and book 😊) 1y
Palimpsest ❤️one of my favorite books and this adaptation is one of my favorite movies too. 1y
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ephemeralwaltz Love love love this book and the movie(s). Obsessed! 1y
Tanisha_A Sooooooooo good 💙 1y
BiblioLitten Beautiful! 1y
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