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Redwritinghood
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Day 6

Seven covers in seven days with no explanation and tag someone new everyday. Tagging @Mirandareads !
(I know it‘s supposed to be no comments, but this is a blank book made by yours truly.)

Ruthiella Beautiful! 😍 13h
GatheringBooks nice! 13h
ravenlee That‘s gorgeous! 12h
Mirandareads Beautiful!!! 🤗💜 6h
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Hollow Kingdom | Kira Jane Buxton
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I‘m enjoying an afternoon out with a cortado, macaroons, and my next read.

JennyM Enjoy! Looks perfect 👌 1d
BiblioLitten Those macaroons match the cover💚💛 1d
youneverarrived Macaroons 😋😋 19h
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Day 5

Seven covers in seven days with no explanation and tag someone new everyday. Tagging @Sarah83 !

Soozee I‘ve just had to google Richard Minsky! 2d
Lcsmcat Wow! Love this one. 2d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty ❤️❤️ 2d
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Come-read-with-me @Redwritinghood Simply stunning 💗 2d
Ruthiella Beautiful! 😍 2d
LeahBergen 😍😍😍 1d
Redwritinghood @Soozee 👍🏻👍🏻 1d
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Bunny | Mona Awad
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I had a great time reading this dark, creepy, absurdly funny satire of MFA programs. Centered around an outsider who finds herself enmeshed in the insular, clique-ish MFA program at an elite New England school. So many tropes of “women‘s” writing are paraded out and chopped up with an axe (literally). On the serious side, though, book also looks at ways that the imagination can both save us and isolate us. More profound than at first appears. 4⭐️

Ruthiella I‘m hoping this makes the Tournament of Books long (if not short) list for 2020. I thought it was so weird but in a good way!😍 2d
Tiffiney I‘ve been dying to read this one! 2d
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McSweeney's | Dave Eggers
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#7Days7Covers #CoverCrush

Day 4

Seven covers in seven days with no explanation and tag someone new everyday. Tagging @samanthagutt !
(FYI - this is a dos-a-dos binding, so showing both sides.)

Erofan 😍 2d
batsy Their covers are so good! 2d
Redwritinghood @batsy On the older issues they are fantastic. Not so much, lately, though. Originally, they worked with an Icelandic book producer that did some amazing things. I wish they still did. 1d
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McSweeney's | Dave Eggers
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#7Days7Covers #CoverCrush

Day 3

Seven covers in seven days with no explanation and tag someone new everyday. Tagging @Connster !

vivastory This is phenomenal! 🤘 3d
Connster Yay! This is awesome, thank you! 3d
LeahBergen 😍😍 3d
batsy 👌🏽 3d
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Mehso-so

If you enjoy character-driven stories, then you would probably love this. I‘m not a fan of such writing, however, so this is not a pick for me. There were some potentially fascinating characters in this book, but their treatment was very uneven. The narrative was choppy as backstory on various characters was interspersed with the main story in separate chapters. This book has an interesting construction, but overall the execution was bland. 3⭐️

Redwritinghood Book 2 from #booker2019 shortlist. 4d
Ruthiella I do often like character driven books. But I also love a good plot. Writing (ie luminous prose or whatevs) is less important. How about you? 4d
Redwritinghood @Ruthiella I guess I look for the trifecta - solid plot, sympathetic characters, and good writing. 4d
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Ruthiella @Redwritinghood Kate Atkinson comes to mind for satisfyingly meeting all three pretty consistently! Just thinking 🤔. 4d
bedandabook I‘ve just finished it myself, @Redwritinghood, and whilst I did enjoy it I think I would probably agree with you. I‘d give it 4 stars (I don‘t mind character-driven books) but I too disliked the choppiness of the writing. 4d
mklong Totally agree Jerrie. She created all these great back stories for the characters and then didn‘t give them anything to do. 4d
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McSweeney's | Dave Eggers
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#7Days7Covers #CoverCrush

Day 2

Seven covers in seven days with no explanation and tag someone new everyday. Tagging @Tiffiney !

Ruthiella Good one...first thought pretty...second thought CREEPY! 😨 4d
Redwritinghood @Ruthiella This is part 1. I‘ll post the second part tomorrow where we see what she‘s listening to. (edited) 4d
vivastory Great choice 👍 I have a McSweeneye's that I'm now sorely tempted to use tomorrow 4d
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Redwritinghood @vivastory They used to do great stuff with various book bindings and designs. They don‘t anymore and then doubled the price, which is one of the reasons I let my subscription lapse. 4d
batsy Wow! I'm so intrigued by this cover. Cool pick. 4d
Redwritinghood @batsy Thanks! It‘s a collection of 8 small books that form two pictures. I posted the other four today. 3d
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This is an honest, unflinching look at faith in middle America and the author‘s struggle to reconcile it with her own beliefs. Lenz grew up in an Evangelical household and married a conservative Christian. Gradually, she became conflicted about the Evangelical church‘s restrictions and exclusionary rules. This book is about her search to find her own place, while also taking a hard look at the current cultural divide and the church‘s role in it.

Megabooks Stacking!!! 5d
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Day 1

Seven covers in seven days with no explanation and tag someone new everyday. @marleed - do you have any favorite covers? Thanks for the tag @mklong !

mklong Love it! 5d
LeahBergen I love this cover (and have been sorely tempted by it at the bookshop 😆). 5d
Redwritinghood @LeahBergen The inside is gorgeous too. 4d
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The Farm: A Novel | Joanne Ramos
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I like the concept of this book - privilege and use of immigrants and the poor to fill in for aspects of life the privileged don‘t want to deal with. But somehow the story never really hooked me. Maybe it was a bit too focused on issues not relevant to the story or trying too hard to be political. It was ok, but just didn‘t wow me. 3⭐️

marleed I felt the same way. If this were adapted I bet I‘d prefer the movie to the book. 6d
TheLibrarian Great review! I felt the same way. 5d
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An Orchestra of Minorities | Chigozie Obioma
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First book from #booker2019 shortlist finished! Unfortunately, I hated it. Verbose and trying way too hard to be tragic and dramatic. Also, the author often seemed more concerned with demonstrating Igbo mythology than creating sympathetic characters. Finally, any comparisons to The Odyssey are really missing the mark. There was some lovely prose in places, but it was often hard to find among the weeds. 2⭐️

DGRachel I find that I struggle with Man Booker nominees. I think I enjoyed one that I read last year and seriously hated a couple of the others. I find it useful to help select books I shouldn't waste my time on, as I know there's a good chance they won't be for me. 😉 1w
rachelm I bailed on this one as an ARC and I don‘t regret it 1w
Cinfhen I really LOVED this one!!! Especially for the myth, proverbs & folklore. I thought it was clever and engaging. 1w
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Cathythoughts I loved this one too. It was a page turner for me ... 1w
Redwritinghood @Cathythoughts @Cinfhen @rachelm @DGRachel This one seems to be a love it or hate it type of book. I just lost patience with it and would have bailed if it hadn‘t made the shortlist. 1w
BarbaraBB It doesn‘t appeal to me at all. Your review confirms my suspicion 😉 (edited) 1w
LeahBergen I second exactly what @BarbaraBB said! 1w
Tamra Oh shoot! 1w
batsy I'm with @BarbaraBB and @LeahBergen 😆 1w
readordierachel Sorry the book was disappointing. At least your nails are amazing 😉 1w
Redwritinghood @readordierachel 💅🏻💅🏻💕💕 1w
DivineDiana Too bad. 🙁 1w
Redheadrambles One down five to go ?! 1w
sudi I was actually going to buy this one, glad i read your review first 😊 7d
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White Elephant: A Novel | Julie Langsdorf
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Interesting suburban drama and not that far-fetched. Unfortunately, many of the characters were a bit thin and the story somewhat unfocused. This is one case where I think the book could have been a little longer to better develop the characters and situations in the story. Available on #Hoopla 2.5⭐️

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The Glass Woman | Caroline Lea
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I really enjoyed this Gothic-like story set in 1689 Iceland. Following her father‘s death, Rosa is forced to marry and move away from home so that she and her mother will not freeze or starve during the coming winter. Rumors abound about the fate of her new husband‘s first wife and the strange man who works for him. The author did a great job of sustaining tension throughout and audiobook narration was very good. 4.5⭐️ Available on #Hoopla

Tamra I‘m anxious to read this one. (edited) 2w
erzascarletbookgasm Sounds good! 2w
Librarybelle I have this one on my radar. I‘m glad it was good...stacking this to remember! Great review! 2w
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The Winter Sister | Megan Collins
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Mehso-so

So-so mystery/thriller. Mostly plausible, but I found some of the characters‘ behaviors a little hard to take. Writing needed some work - too many awkward similes and letting go of breath she didn‘t know she‘d been holding. 2⭐️

BookishJess Major eye roll whenever I read that sentence in a book lol it‘s so overused in YA especially 2w
batsy That breath line always ticks me off, too. Editors should be there to catch that 🙃 2w
Redwritinghood @batsy @BookishJess It‘s so cliche now, no one should really ever use it. But the similes bothered me more. They were often bad and stuck out from the rest of the text. 2w
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Pumpkinheads | Rainbow Rowell
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Absolutely adorable and perfect to put you in a fall mood. Two best friends spend their final night, Halloween night, working at a pumpkin patch theme park. As high school seniors, they‘ll be going off to college next fall and will miss the autumn-themed park and all their friends. As they take chances and explore, they learn a lot about themselves and their friendship. Charming story as always from Rowell and wonderful art from Hicks.

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Pumpkinheads | Rainbow Rowell
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Waiting to pick up my son after school and reading “Pumpkinheads” while drinking pumpkin spice cold brew. Getting in a fall mood even though it‘s 82 F right now. This book is really cute so far.

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Levy is kinda brilliant. This sly, subtle novel is ultimately about human connection and how one can “see” and remember another person or situation. The MC Saul is very focused on his own outer beauty, and never really connects with those around him. This observation is frequently mixed with references to mirrors and photos, which can capture an image without really conveying much of what‘s behind it. 👇🏻

Redwritinghood Cracked mirrors and cut up photos show how perceptions can be distorted, much like Saul‘s memories of his friends and family. Part 1 reflects Saul‘s perception of people and events. In Part 2, the reader can‘t be certain that Saul‘s memories are true. Are our memories/perceptions true? How can they be distorted? When we look at a person, do we really “see” them? How do we ultimately know what‘s true? 5⭐️ #booker2019 3w
Lindy Nice review. I always enjoy Levy and I‘m looking forward to this one. 3w
JennyM Fantastic review! #stacked 😘 3w
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This is a pick, not because it‘s a great book, but because it‘s a thriller that I actually didn‘t hate. It took me about 50% in to get hooked on it, but then I had to know what was going on. 3⭐️

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Thank you @tournevis for the tag!
1. Tagged book I‘ve been meaning to read for various reasons, but haven‘t made much progress in it. Keep putting it away.
2. I don‘t recall ever re-reading a book.
3. Um . . . Next question please.
4. Dreyer‘s English. Loved it. 5⭐️
5. @sudi @Ashley_Nicoletto @Cathythoughts @Reggie and anyone else who wants to join in.
#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

tournevis 😘 😘 😘 3w
Eggs #3 ❤️😉💗🤪❤️🤣 3w
sudi I've been wanting to read Dreyer's english for so long, that's a good pick. And thank you for tagging me 😘 3w
UwannaPublishme Dreyer‘s English! 🙌🏻 3w
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With the Fire on High | Elizabeth Acevedo
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I didn‘t enjoy this as much as The Poet X, but still a good read. This felt a little more YA and some of the situations around dealing with a toddler while in high school seemed a little watered down. I do like Acevedo‘s writing, though, and she does a great job narrating her own audiobooks.

riversong153 Is this also written in verse? 3w
Redwritinghood @riversong153 No, this is a standard prose novel. 3w
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Frankissstein: A Love Story | Jeanette Winterson
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This was a very clever book. The often comedic tone belies a more serious look at the question of whether consciousness, or the person, can ever be separated from the physical body. This question is explored in both modern terms (AI, sexbots, transgender, evangelical religion), and less modern times (the life of Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, feminism). Winterson also takes time to get in a few jabs at US, British, and Brazilian leaders, and Brexit.

charl08 Still reading this: really enjoying it, but so different from the other nominees I've read so far. 3w
Redwritinghood @charl08 This is #6 of the 13 for me. I‘m struggling with Orchestra. 3w
Redheadrambles @redwritinghood so pleased you enjoyed this one, as you know it‘s my favourite:) Ah Orchestra- is he in Cyprus yet ? 3w
Redwritinghood @Redheadrambles No, still tending chickens. 🙄 3w
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This was the most fun I‘ve ever had reading a style guide. Read by the author, it‘s a charming mix of unpretentious and persnickety. I got the audiobook from my library and am seriously considering buying a hard copy for myself.

RaimeyGallant Sold! 3w
Bradleygirl Oh yes, this one was delicious 3w
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Patsy | Nicole Dennis-Benn
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I did not enjoy this one nearly as much as her first book. Despite its length, this book failed to provide much clarity on the title character or her motivations throughout much of the story. The book was also unfocused and the narrative shifted too often - a love story, an immigrant story, a coming of age story? She is a good writer, but couldn‘t seem to find the guiding story for the title character. 2.5⭐️ #Hoopla

jamicuns I finished an audiobook last night and chose to listen to The Gone Dead over Patsy, guess I‘m glad I did. Thanks for the heads up. 😀 4w
marleed I think this was a bit of a miss as far as an immigration story goes because it‘s hard to connect with Patsy. As I read it, it broke my heart that a child is born to a mother who lack the capacity to love. From that perspective I thought it was interesting. I wonder why Jenna Bush picked it for her bookclub pick? 4w
Redwritinghood @jamicuns Hope you like The Gone Dead! 4w
Redwritinghood @marleed I found this audiobook on Hoopla and grabbed it because I really liked her first book. For me, this one just didn‘t hold together well. It was like she couldn‘t decide what it should be about so she just threw it all together. I agree that Tru‘s story was sadder in some respects, but Patsy was also abandoned in a way as a child. You would think she wouldn‘t want to do that to her own child. 4w
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For this one, I felt the author distanced herself too much from her story. It almost felt like she was writing about someone else most of the time. There are some good segments in the book, but overall the writing style was so-so. The author has, however, gone through some dark times and unique challenges and has some valuable perspective to give. 3⭐️

Penny_LiteraryHoarders Yes, agreed. 4w
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Mostly Dead Things | Kristen Arnett
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This story was just too relentlessly sad. The characters are all filthy, depressed, and passive-aggressive. They are grieving the death of their father and abandonment by a former lover. My biggest issue with the book is the lack of finesse. The reader is constantly hit over the head with repeated scenes that show just how sad and disgusting everything is. Yes - I got it! 2⭐️ #indiebuddyreads

Cinfhen Too bad, cover is JUST INCREDIBLE 1mo
Redwritinghood @Cinfhen It is! Under the dust jacket it‘s that vibrant pink with silver lettering and black endpapers. It‘s a pretty wrapper for a book about a lot of ugly things. 1mo
Redheadrambles Glad you made it through and it is a shame it was not the best of our IndieBuddyreads endeavours this year :( 1mo
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The writing in this one was great, but the story fell flat for me. It was both too much and too little. There was a lot of extraneous material as it seemed like the author was in love with this Turkish family and just wanted to tell us all about them. There could have been more focus on the relationship of the characters and the Armenian genocide. I felt it wasn‘t sufficiently woven into the story, except for some coincidental plot points. 3⭐️

Redheadrambles I am interested in how you think this one compares to 10 minutes- when you get to that one. 1mo
BiblioLitten I gave it three stars too when I read it long back. Read and forget. 😊 1mo
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Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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Pretty good family saga, but I would have liked more depth in exploring some of the relationships. Overall, 3.5⭐️

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Night Boat to Tangier | Kevin Barry
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This was a great, quick read. Shades of “Waiting for Godot”, two aging drug dealers wait at a Spanish port for a boat from Tangier. It may be transporting a daughter of one of the men. She has been wandering since the death of her mother. In beautiful, evocative prose, Barry relates how the lives of the two men lead them to this place. After a life of crime and violence, can they be redeemed by the one thing that ties them together? #booker2019

erzascarletbookgasm Sounds good! 2mo
Redheadrambles Just started this and I love it ! 1mo
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Finale (Caraval, #3) | Stephanie Garber
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Mehso-so

Not my favorite of the series. This one wrapped up the story nicely but had way too much YA romance focus for my tastes.

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My interest often waned with this one. Part 1 deals with the murders Maxwell is suspected of committing. Part 2 deals with the attorney who defended Maxwell‘s killer. Finally, Part 3 is sort of a biography of Lee and some of the work she did toward writing a true crime account of Maxwell. Parts 1 & 2 didn‘t fit very well with Part 3. I also didn‘t get the feeling Lee was “obsessed” with the case and some of the author‘s conclusions were a stretch

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Lanny: A Novel | Max Porter
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While I didn‘t love it, I could appreciate the experimental nature of the writing and the strong voices of the characters and the community. For a story that had such strong supernatural elements throughout, though, it had a somewhat pedestrian ending. 3.5⭐️ #booker2019

Cathythoughts I loved it , I have to say & I loved that mix of supernatural & on the ground voices 2mo
Redwritinghood @Cathythoughts I was surprised that I didn‘t. I‘d seen so many rave reviews from people who have similar taste to mine, but I just wasn‘t swept away by it. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
Cathythoughts I really didn‘t see all those reviews... I‘d only heard one or two ... I wasn‘t sure what I would think of it. But it was very special for me .. 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
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This was a fun audiobook read by the authors. I‘ve listened to My Favorite Murder a few times and was surprised by how funny, yet serious their show is. This book is a similar mix of funny stories from their pasts that have very serious messages behind them. 3⭐️

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The Wall | John Lanchester
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This is a dystopian novel about climate change, nationalism, and immigration, as much as it is about human nature and basic survival. The book started out slow with a dissertation about the wall and climate change and the disruption of society-not the most interesting way to do world-building. It did pick up about halfway through. Despite the characters constant fight for survival, however, the book just didn‘t seem to move quickly. 2.5⭐️ #Hoopla

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The Heavens | Sandra Newman
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I love time travel novels. This one was challenging and somewhat sad, though, because it‘s not an optimistic book. Kate travels in her dreams from modern-day America to 16th century England. When she wakes, her present has changed, often in tragic ways. She tries to change the future in her dreams, but can‘t seem to change the ultimate fate of the world. #hoopla 3.5⭐️

JennyM I thought this was exceptionally clever! Great review and glad you enjoyed 😊 2mo
Redwritinghood @JennyM Thanks. It was quite clever. 2mo
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The Water Cure | Sophie Mackintosh
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So-so on this one. I don‘t feel that an author has to spell out everything in a book, but this one could have used a few more details to help me understand the world of the story.

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Girls Made of Snow and Glass | Melissa Bashardoust
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I gave this audiobook a chance and got about halfway through, but it just isn‘t interesting me. Billed as ‘Frozen‘ meets ‘The Bloody Chamber‘ I guess I was expecting something like Angela Carter, but it‘s not.

batsy Oh man, yeah. They shouldn't throw around the Angela Carter comparisons lightly. She is so in a class of her own 👑🙌🏽 2mo
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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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Rooney is a skillful writer. The characters are rich and the narrative focused on the story. She weaves in just enough details to develop the story and characters. Her tone is somewhat muted, though, which takes away a little of the emotional impact for me. Otherwise, I enjoyed this story of modern romance between two young adults still trying to understand themselves and their places in the world. 4⭐️

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Mehso-so

This one started out strong, then got tedious, and finally disappointing toward the end. It was long and could have used some focus. #hoopla

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Mehso-so

While I‘m glad that I finally read this classic, I‘m also glad that it‘s over. The style is, of course, very different from modern writing in that it‘s overly wordy and filled with long soliloquies. Aside from that, though, I was rolling my eyes at all of the hand wringing and languishing in bed for months with a ‘fever‘. At heart, though, it is a sad story about scientific hubris and our inability to look beyond the surface appearance of others.

aeeklund Great review! I love so much about this book, but Victor Frankenstein is not one of those things. 🙄 2mo
Redwritinghood @aeeklund Yes, he was such a whiner! 2mo
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This is a long essay about Felix Gonzalez-Torres, ice, and sex. No, that is just the superficial description. It is about transformation in the uninscribed. The author focuses a lot on the transitions of the body, whether through aging, gender, or death. Also explored are the relationship between love and desire, societal change, and, of course, the transformations of ice (breaking, melting). Complex, but grounded. Graphic, yet compassionate. 4⭐️

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While overall this is a pick, this book was mainly some brief passages of stunning beauty among a lot of horribleness. This starts out with the story between the son, his mother and grandmother. It then shifts to the son and his burgeoning sexuality. The author seems to throw in every bad thing you can think of, but doesn‘t go into depth on any of it. But maybe that‘s the point - to find the beauty in the sea of ugliness. 3.5⭐️

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The Gone Dead: A Novel | Chanelle Benz
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Just ok. I felt there were too many extraneous characters and the plot was not very original. 2.5⭐️ #Hoopla

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Excellent overview of the IRA and ‘the Troubles” including all the ongoing implications of the war. This was very well researched and elegantly written. I had a little trouble at the beginning fitting all of the disparate parts of the complicated narrative together, but things did come together in the third part of the book. 4⭐️

Katerina The Troubles have always fascinated me. I even wrote my diploma thesis about them. This book is going on my TBR.
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KeepCalmWithBooksAndCoffee I also did my final college paper on The Troubles after visiting N. Ireland and finding the conflict interesting and heart wrenching. I've been wanting to read this. Thanks for the reminder! 2mo
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(TW: child sexual abuse) This anthology contains selections from her earlier books of poetry plus some new poems. The early poems dealing with the abuse she suffered as a child and her time in a mental institution are raw and show great vulnerability. The later poems reflect her growing maturity, but the emotions are more controlled/tamed. In the final poems mourning her mother‘s death, the child-like vulnerability comes through again. 4⭐️

TrishB Not read any of this poetry, stacked. 2mo
AJBowers I spy Color Street nails! 😍 2mo
Redwritinghood @AJBowers Yes! I love them. 2mo
AJBowers 💕🙌🏻💕 they look amazing! 2mo
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The Binding | Bridget Collins
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I‘m so glad I did this one as an audiobook because the narration was fantastic. Carl Prekopp‘s voice is lovely and he‘s a great actor. I enjoyed the story as well. I was really rooting for the main characters to have a happy ending! 4⭐️ #hoopla

Godmotherx5 Pretty cover. 2mo
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Deaf Republic: Poems | Ilya Kaminsky
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Thanks @youneverarrived for the tag! Here are my #top6reads so far for 2019. Deaf Republic and Underland were the only 5⭐️ reads for me this year. Tagging @readordierachel and @mklong - what are your favorites so far in 2019?

merelybookish Such interesting choices! 3mo
readordierachel I have read none of these! Must rectify that. 3mo
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Ruthiella The Lost Children Archive was really good! I‘ve not read your other five picks. (edited) 3mo
Cinfhen Some books that weren‘t on my radar!! Cool 😎 3mo
BarbaraBB I knew you would come up with some cool choices. My TBR is exploding! 3mo
youneverarrived The Good People is one of those I keep putting off for some reason. I absolutely love Burial Rites though. Lost Children Archive was a so-so for me. I‘ll check out the others! 3mo
Redwritinghood @BarbaraBB Ha ha! I‘ve never been cool before. 3mo
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Braiding Sweetgrass | Robin Wall Kimmerer
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This essay collection is a long meditation on the natural world. The author melds her training as a botanist with the knowledge of plants gained through her Native American upbringing to create a more holistic view of the plant kingdom. This is a statement on the hubris of western thought and how it often fails to recognize indigenous wisdom. Although the collection is long and sometimes repetitive, what it has to say is valuable. 4⭐️ #hoopla

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Bowlaway: A Novel | Elizabeth McCracken
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This is a pick, but not a strong pick. I loved the breezy, whimsical writing. This book is often touching and funny and wise. Unfortunately, it got bogged down with too many characters and a lot of the book was focused on characters that weren‘t even the most interesting ones. Overall, though, it was charming and she‘s a great writer. 3.5 ⭐️

mreads My 85 yr old mom's opinion was "too much bowling" ? 3mo
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Wicked Saints: A Novel | Emily A. Duncan
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Not a bad YA fantasy story about warring religious and political factions. The author created an interesting world, but could have done a bit more to describe it. The romance (there‘s always one or two in these books) didn‘t feel forced but was definitely ill-advised. Writing was pretty solid. Biggest complaint is the terrible Dracula-like accents the audiobook narrators used for some of the characters. Just bad. 3⭐️ overall.