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RealBooks4ever

RealBooks4ever

Joined March 2016

Book. Cat. Coffee. Done. #StopLinkingToAmazon
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In thinking about if there is an underlying point in this fast-paced story, maybe it‘s that it‘s better to leave power alone, as it might skew one‘s sense of reality and cause very poor decisions which would affect many other people. Now THAT‘S relevant!
I love this series as an escape between more serious books and I recommend it to anyone aged 15+. 💜

Crystalblu I think I have to give this a try 🤡🤡 1d
RealBooks4ever I also recommend reading the first book, Night Terrors! 😜💜 1d
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Great book by the original FBI criminal profiler! Four murderers are interviewed in an effort to figure out what made them kill. Fascinating stuff!

Stacypatrice I just added it to my TBR list 😁 2w
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In reading this interesting book, The Gentle Tamers: Women of the Old Wild West, I thought I was ticking off another book on my TBR, but what I‘ve done instead is ADDED another eleven titles that were referenced in the book! I guess that‘s a good recommendation for this!

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Finished all four volumes of Four Color Fear! Most of the stories seem pretty silly these days, but there are a few that are pretty whacked out! Included is some background information on publishers, writers, and artists. To sum up: I had a ton of fun looking at these! 👹

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Keefe‘s extensive research is much appreciated and is of historical value. On top of that, he and the narrator Matthew Blaney make the audiobook interesting and suspenseful. Say Nothing has added to my interest in the Troubles, and I‘ve now included a few more books to my TBR on the subject. Highly recommend this book to history buffs! ☘️🎧

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Thank you @Leftcoastzen for reviving the memory of once owning this book! I read it hundreds of times as a little girl! Now I've tracked down a nice copy and I can read it hundreds more! 💜🤗

Leftcoastzen Oh , I‘m so happy for you ! It‘s a darling book. 1mo
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Enjoying the first volume of Four Color Fear, anthologies of 1950s horror comics! So much cool artwork!

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Though this book was published in 1972, it still has a ton of information regarding duck hunting!

My grandfather, who I inherited the book from, was an avid duck hunter. He was the only person I‘ve ever known who hunted ducks. I never thought to ask him about this part of his life – I just enjoyed the dinners. Now that I‘ve read this book I realize there was a lot more to it than sitting in a boat with a gun and a golden retriever.

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Middlemarch (UK) | George Eliot
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I did it! I got through the entire book! I think this was my third try and I resorted to listening to the audiobook on 1.25 speed... Yeah, it was a lot of drama and pearl clutching, so if you like that sort of weepy distress then this is the book for you! 😁 Now if I could just get through Swann's Way!

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My late grandfather hunted ducks. I inherited this 1972 book... "the only music that emits from it is the melodic bang-bang from your shotgun." Yeeezapeet! ?

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Science Fair | Dave Barry
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I love that it plays out just like a kids movie, with all the snarkiness, bumbling bad guys, pratfalls, etc. There‘s even a police chase after an Oscar Meyer Weinermobile. One thing that was disappointing was that the frog (Fester) didn‘t have a larger part in the story. After all, he‘s on the cover of the book!
Overall, it was a fun read. You do need to suspend your disbelief for it though. It‘s just a really fun time.

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Science Fair | Dave Barry
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Hey... this sounds familiar... 🤔

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The sequel to DREAMS AND SHADOWS, this follows Colby as he engages with a young Dreamwalker in an otherworldly Australia. While not quite as good as the first book, it kept me interested.

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"Great and terrible things can come about because of a single person wanting nothing more than attention. And the end of the world can be stopped by men [and women] brave enough to try."

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Dreams and Shadows: A Novel | C. Robert Cargill
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This dark fantasy blew my mind! Violent, engaging, a whole different world to escape into! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💜

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I met my hero Bill Griffith today! The author and illustrator of all the wonderful ZIPPY comics!! 💜💜💜 He did an insightful slideshow presentation of his latest book. I was in heaven!

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Ninefox Gambit | Yoon Ha Lee
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Happy Independent Bookstore Day! My haul from the 3 stores I hit before my energy faded.

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Those of us who grew up watching monster movies on Creature Features are well acquainted with The Creature From The Black Lagoon. My whole life I never knew he was the product of the imagination of a woman! Why had I never heard about Milicent Patrick? This book will tell you why.

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So happy to hear that these books won Pulitzer prizes! 💜 🏆🏆

Leftcoastzen Me too ! 2mo
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Queenie | Candice Carty-Williams
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Thank you @Hooked_on_books ! Queenie arrived super fast. I will be sure to drop in at Beach Books when I hit the coast! 💜

Hooked_on_books You‘re welcome! Sometimes our post office is really good. 👍🏼 2mo
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Just got this in! Love the quote! 💜

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I listened to 50% of the audiobook and had to take a break from SO MUCH MINUTIAE! The style makes for a well-researched project, but I was looking for something just a bit less immersive. I hope to return to this book someday and finish it up.

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Parnassus On Wheels | Christopher Morley
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Short quaint story, written in 1917, of an unmarried middle aged farm woman who suddenly finds adventure and love. I loved the literary references and the descriptions of nature. 💜

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Well, I had a good streak of reading books I enjoyed and then I ran into this. Too long, too unbelievable, and a big disappointment after reading A Head Full of Ghosts, which was incredible.

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Paper Girls Vol. 5 | Brian K. Vaughan
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The girls seem to be closer to returning to 1988! The coloring in this volume is fabulous.

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Paper Girls #4 | Brian K. Vaughan
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Wow! Paper Girls Vol. 4 gets right back to fantastic after a slightly disappointing Vol. 3!

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The Michigan Murders | Edward Keyes
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I listened to the audiobook, which was excellently narrated. THE MICHIGAN MURDERS was written about ten years after the original crimes, which occurred between 1967 and 1969. It is not for the faint of heart. The murders of these seven women were brutal. So glad they caught the psychopath who committed them.
The book follows the disappearances, the hunt for the killer, and the trial. Perfect book for true-crime fanatics! #truecrime #murderinos

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Three Parts Dead | Max Gladstone
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THREE PARTS DEAD was fun to read. It‘s the first novel of The Craft Sequence series written by Max Gladstone. Upon seeing the Judge Cabot dead and literally torn apart, Tara Abernathy also sees a Gargoyle who claims not to have done the dirty deed. Things get exciting in the second half. The world-building is outstanding! Driverless carriages, shape-shifting Justice enforcers, and floating buildings!

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The Nest | Jon Klassen, Kenneth Oppel
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Yaaaay! The first book in my Paperbacks From Hell subscription has arrived! This one was originally published in 1980. 💜📚 (this book is not the tagged book)

RealBooks4ever @Leftcoastzen Still haven't read my copy 🤭 but Grady did a great presentation on his book tour for it! 3mo
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Very comprehensive but sometimes repetitive, this is a good look behind the scenes at a man who championed children.

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Three Parts Dead | Max Gladstone
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I think this may be the best collection of short stories that I have ever read. I‘m stunned! I have no words to describe the words that Haslett has used to transport me to other places. Exquisite? Perfect? I give up. Thanks for the rec @Liberty !

Tanisha_A Just read the blurb. Sounds something I'd like to read. Stacked! 4mo
RealBooks4ever @Tanisha_A Hope you enjoy it as much as I did! 💜 4mo
BarbaraBB Stacked! 4mo
Leftcoastzen I loved one of his other books 4mo
RealBooks4ever @Leftcoastzen Will definitely read more of his work! 4mo
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Set to Sea | Drew Weing
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Goodnight, world!

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Mouthful of Birds: Stories | Samanta Schweblin
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Schweblin‘s Fever Dream was great. This collection of short stories is hit and miss, with some incredible entries. Favorites are:
•HEADLIGHTS
•SANTA CLAUS SLEEPS AT OUR HOUSE
•THE SIZE OF THINGS
•A GREAT EFFORT
•THE HEAVY SUITCASE OF BENAVIDES

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Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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As entertainment this is a fine novel. It‘s fast-paced and interesting. The ending is a non-ending in that the story just stops. I was, after all, a bit disappointed with WASHINGTON BLACK.
#ToB #ToB19 #TournamentOfBooks #TournamentOfBooks2019 #TMN

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Untitled | Unknown
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I picked up a "Big Little Book" at a collectibles show last month. Lots of old-timey illustrations. Here's a few of them. I might have gotten some of them out of order... ?

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The paranoia that developed in Elizabeth Holmes while keeping information reigned in is scary. People were followed night and day, she hired personal guards, and bullet-proof glass windows were installed. This wild story is unbelievable. Read it and believe! 😬☠️👩‍⚕️🕵️‍♂️👨🏼‍💻

Hooked_on_books I just finished this one. I felt such a sense of foreboding while reading it! Such a fascinating story. 5mo
RealBooks4ever @Hooked_on_books I know what you mean! When the woman (I forget her name) was handed the package outside her new place of employment and it had her new temporary address on it I just about died! 5mo
LauraBeth I can‘t wait to read this! 5mo
RealBooks4ever @LauraBeth It took forever to get it from the library, but well worth it! 5mo
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Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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RaimeyGallant How lovely. 5mo
RealBooks4ever @RaimeyGallant Thank goodness more and more people aren't giving up their wonder just because they're adults! 💜 5mo
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The Mars Room: A Novel | Rachel Kushner
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What attracted me to this story was the fact that the main character grows up in San Francisco, but after reading it, I don‘t give a schilling about any of the characters. #ToB #ToB2019

Leftcoastzen I thought her other one was overrated as well. I finished it but I was like “meh” 5mo
BarbaraBB I didn‘t like this one much either. Still need to read the Flamethrowrers because it‘s on the #1001books list 😉 5mo
RealBooks4ever @Leftcoastzen @BarbaraBB Oh well, at least we have it a chance! Here's to our next reads being fabulous! 💜 5mo
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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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I‘m grateful to the author for bringing this horrible fire at the Los Angeles Central Library to our attention. Most people are unaware of it, certainly I was and I was living in northern California at the time! Unfortunately the disaster at Chernobyl happened the same day and overshadowed the fire, shall we say, a wee bit?!

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The Last Weekend | Nick Mamatas
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So glad I'm sober! Crazy, but sober! 🤪 Taking life on life's terms! 💜 Love to all my Litten friends!

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I had a lot of fun listening to this audiobook. In fact, I think I might get a print copy for my personal library! I‘d recommend Dreadful Places to everyone who likes good ghost stories. 👻👻👻

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So Lucky: A Novel | Nicola Griffith
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I‘m glad I read this. We all need to focus and really listen to stories of all kinds of societies to make this a better world and this story reminded me to keep looking disabled people in the eye and smile.

thebluestocking This is high on my ToB priority list! 6mo
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Speak No Evil | Uzodinma Iweala
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Several issues are covered in here. The coming out of a young man, religion as a “cure” for homosexuality, race relations, and the steering your own future away from your parents. Some of the writing is superb but the overall story could use some tweaking. #ToB #ToB2019

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Speak No Evil | Uzodinma Iweala
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Currently reading the books that interest me that are included in the #TournamentOfBooks2019 #ToB2019 This one is up next!

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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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THERE THERE centers around a group of Cheyenne people who live in Oakland, California. Their lives intertwine and they end up at a powwow being held at the Oakland Coliseum. (The old Oakland Coliseum holds so many memories for me, it was great to revisit them as I read. As games and Day On The Green concerts… ah yeah…) Sorry for the crappy pic, between holding the book and my iPad, I had to take it using my nose... 🤷🏻‍♀️

jhod 🤣🤣 6mo
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Written by Nigerian author Oyinkan Braithwaite, this is a small book with a big punch. It‘s told by a nurse, Korede, and involves her younger sister Ayoola. There are several questions left unanswered in the story but that‘s why it made me think hard about it, so that‘s a good thing. 💜

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My Aunt Laura just gifted me her copy of this book, which includes the Santa Cruz mountains commune my Aunt Karen lived at in the 60s! I'm so stoked!! 💜 I lived with Karen in the mountains (post-commune) during my high school days. Miss her terribly.

BarbaraTheBibliophage How cool! 6mo
Leftcoastzen Very cool ! 6mo
RealBooks4ever @Leftcoastzen @BarbaraTheBibliophage Good times in the Santa Cruz mountains! 6mo
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I finally finished my goal of 75 books this year! I‘m thinking I‘ll do better in 2019 because it should be a less stressful year than the last two! Hopefully! 💜🦖😻📚🎉🤖🦀

Cinfhen Congrats!!!! That‘s awesome 7mo
Reggie Yayyyy, congrats!!! 7mo
LauraBeth 🎉🎉🎉 7mo
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Leftcoastzen 👏🎉🎉 7mo
RealBooks4ever Thank you @Leftcoastzen ! 🤗 7mo
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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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I was really loving this book until it neared the end and it seemed that she's kind of fallen into a "privileged" state of mind. Still, I'd highly recommend reading this account of the person closest to the best U.S. president we've ever had.